Events - TheatreThe Christmas Concert Special Guest Meav and live shadow puppet animation by Matthew Robbins. A magical concert designed for all the family, Raymond Briggs’s captivating film has established itself as part of the Christmas festivities for young and old, accompanied by Howard Blake’s score played live by the Orchestra of the National Concert Hall. For 2014, alongside the Walking in the Air and the festive classics, we are pleased to add magical live puppet animation by Matthew Robins and traditional Christmas songs with special guest, the beautiful singer, Meav for a magical and musical Christmas Celebration. Suitable for young children, this is an opportunity for the whole family to share in the music and the magic of Christmas. Experience the magic of the remarkable friendship between James and his snowman and delight in this holiday tradition. A special guest narrator will tell the story of James and the flying snowman as you watch the film on a big screen. A phenomenally popular festive concert, early booking is recommended. Click here for bookings   Elf the Musical months Irish theatre enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating what big show will be unveiled as this year’s Christmas show, at the theatre. We have been tight lipped until now as we have been working on something really special! We are so excited and delighted to reveal that The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre will host ‘ELF THE MUSICAL’ this December. The show will open on December 16th 2014 for a strictly limited season. Join the festive fun as this magical Christmas extravagance comes to Dublin – but don't be on the naughty list by missing out, make sure you book your tickets! One Man Two Guvnors Bean’s award-winning play is a glorious celebration of British comedy – a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother – who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers – but to prevent discovery, he must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. The acclaimed production is based on Richard Bean’s version of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters and has songs by Grant Olding, performed by The Craze.  The physical comedy director is Cal McCrystal, with designs by Mark Thompson, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound design by Paul Arditti, fight direction by Kate Waters and choreography and associate direction by Adam Penford.   ‘Comic perfection. What are you waiting for? Book Now!’  Price: €18.00 - €48.00 Booking:   Shrek the Musical on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, SHREK THE MUSICAL is this year’s must-see show for all the family.  Join our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around!  Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, SHREK THE MUSICAL brings all the much-loved DreamWorks characters to life, live on stage, in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. Join the adventure Price: €20.00 - €55.00 Booking: Blood Brothers legendary BLOOD BROTHERS tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True. Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning BLOOD BROTHERS. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the Standing Ovation Musical, as inevitably it; “brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval” Jack Tinker, Daily Mail. Price: €18.00 - €60.00 Booking: Dublin Theatre Festival in 1957, Dublin Theatre Festival is an annual event that brings together artists, theatre-makers and audiences from Ireland and around the world. The festival currently takes place over 18 days from the final Thursday in September to the second Saturday in October .  At the heart of the festival is the city of Dublin – its people and its stories – and a commitment to contributing to the vibrant social and cultural life of our capital. The spirit of the festival lies in the people who engage with us as dedicated friends or curious spectators, and we welcome and value the participation of all our artists, audiences and guests. We aim to present a festival that captures the imagination of Dublin’s citizens and nurtures a sense of connection and community in the city.                 Throughout the festival performances take place in venues and locations across the city. Our programme incorporates theatre, music, dance and family events as well as artist talks, public discussions and artist development programmes.  We present classic drama by celebrated companies and artists alongside work by exciting, emerging theatre-makers from home and abroad.                                                                                                                                                                                     Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival Dublin Fringe Festival is a curated, multi-disciplinary festival and year-round organisation focusing on new and innovative approaches to the arts. Dublin Fringe Festival supports the development and presentation of new work by Irish and International artists of vision, nurturing artistic ambition and excellence across a range of art forms. An active curator, Dublin Fringe Festival provides an environment in which participating artists challenge, subvert and invigorate their disciplines and practice. Dublin Fringe Festival provides context for new work and demands audience engagement and dialogue. The scale and environment of the festival broadens arts participation, playing a vital role in the fabric of Dublin and Irish cultural life. For 18 days the festival transforms Dublin into an exposé of great creative talent from around the globe. It is a platform for the best new, emerging Irish arts companies and a showcase for the best contemporary theatre and dance shows touring internationally. For artists, the Fringe facilitates an opportunity to innovate, to cross disciplines and boundaries and to find new ways and places to create work. Dublin Fringe, unlike many Fringes internationally, is a wholly curated festival seeking innovative and daring work that impacts, moves and invigorates its audience. See for more information on this years programme. Dublin Festival Season knows what giddy suprises will be in store this year so pop a big reminder in your diary for September and October for the return of Dublin Festival Season. It is no secret that Dubliners love to party. Dublin’s unique spirit of fun and entertainment is evident in the many festivals and events organised throughout the year. Dublin unleashes an explosion of festivals with ‘Dublin Festival Season’ kicking off in early September and running until the end of October. With festivals and events celebrating everything from arts, architecture, music, film, to food, Guinness and beer, fashion, sport theatre and literature; autumn presents the perfect opportunity to visit this vibrant city of culture. The many festivals you can catch during Dublin Festival Season: Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival Dublin Fashion Festival Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival Oktoberfest Culture Night Dublin Theatre Festival Hard Working Class Heroes Open House Dublin Bram Stoker Festival Opera in the Open in a dose of culture every Thursday lunchtime this August with Opera in the Open. Now in its 15th season, audiences can enjoy performances with a difference in the impressive Amphitheatre of Dublin City Council’s Civic Offices. Enjoy the works of Rossini, Puccini, Mozart and Gluck performed by acclaimed casts, and experience artistic and musical director David Wray’s memorable interpretations in this unique, outdoor setting. Performances Thursday 7th August - 1.00pm Orphée et Euridice - Gluck (this performance celebrates the tercentenary of the composer’s birth) Cast includes Fearghal Curtis, Edel Shannon, Kelli Ann Masterson Director: Eoin Cannon   Thursday 14th August - 1.00pm The Magic Flute - Mozart (sung in English) Cast: Sandra Oman, Donna Gallagher, Deirdre Masterson, Lawrence Thackeray, Simon Morgan, Stephen Fennelly, Kelli Ann Masterson Director: Morgan Crowley   Thursday 21st August - 1.00pm La Rondine - Puccini Cast includes Sandra Oman, Alison Langer, Lawrence Thackeray, Fearghal Curtis Director: Eoin Cannon   Thursday 28th August - 1.00pm Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Rossini Cast includes Deirdre Masterson, Simon Morgan, Lawrence Thackeray, Stephen Fennelly Director: Morgan Crowley Show Boat in America’s Deep South, the story begins in 1887 on the Cotton Blossom show boat as it sets sail on the Mississippi River. Following the lives of the performers, dock workers, musicians and stagehands over a period of forty years, Show Boat is rich with nostalgia, humour, love stories and well-loved melodies including Ol’ Man River and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.   With all the glamour of the old American-style big family musical and a cast of over 50 talented performers, Cape Town Opera lovingly bring this classic musical back to life alongside the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. Price: €20.00 - €60.00 Booking: Waiting For Godot Samuel Beckett’s unrivalled masterpiece of absurdist theatre, Waiting For Godot, at Temple Bar’s historic Smock Alley Theatre. “A country road. A tree. Evening.” Vladimir and Estragon wait endlessly for the arrival of the elusive Godot, discussing religion, contemplating suicide and crotch rot in a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes and nonsense. A critical, popular and controversial success when it premiered in 1953, critic Vivian Mercier lauded Beckett for having “achieved a theoretical impossibility - a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats.” A tradicomedy in two acts, the play pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured existential post World War II Europe and man’s inexhaustible search for meaning. “They give birth astride a grave, the light gleams in an instant, then it’s night once more.” An unmissable opportunity to see one of the most beautiful and allegorical plays of our time. Nirbhaya written and directed by Yael Farber comes to the Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire. A powerful play that touches the lives of everyone who sees it and offers a powerful reminder of the strength of the human spirit and its remarkable capacity for survival.  "One of the most powerful pieces of theatre you’ll ever see" ***** The Telegraph "Powerful and incredibly moving" ***** The Independent December 16th, 2012. A young woman and her friend board a bus in New Delhi heading for home. What follows shocks India and the world, and changes the lives of these two people and countless others, forever. This play (performed in English) is a blistering evocation of that night and the ripples of change it set in motion. One woman’s fate touched so many of our lives - the press named her NIRBHAYA, “Fearless” - and in the wake of her death many of us began to break the silence and speak. In this profoundly moving piece of testimonial theatre, five women now break their own silence by sharing their personal stories with the world. Internationally acclaimed playwright and director, Yael Farber, has created a searing new work that cracks open the cone of silence around women whose lives have been shattered by gender-based violence. Featuring an extraordinary cast and creative team from India, ‘NIRBHAYA wants to change the world and today is the first step’ (The Mumbai Mirror). This production offers you a powerful reminder of the strength of the human spirit and its remarkable capacity for survival. An unforgettable work that will move and inspire you in a way that no other piece of theatre might ever have done before. Direct from India, this is a once-off opportunity to see this play in Ireland. It is simply unmissable. Please Note: Strictly 16years+ (contains strong adult themes) Duration: 90 mins, no interval. Latecomers will not be admitted. Five Reasons to see Nirbhaya New Jersey Nights smash hit show New Jersey Nights celebrating the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons at The Olympia Theatre now running til 02 August **** The Irish Times New Jersey Nights has been captivating Dublin audiences since it opened to a packed house at The Olympia Theatre last Friday. A final number of extra dates have been added to New Jersey Nights’ run at The Olympia Theatre due to phenomenal public demand. The smash hit show will now run on 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29 & 30 July and 01 & 02 August! “This immensely gratifying tribute show will remind you just how timeless great music really is” **** The Irish Times “Brilliant show, perfect harmonies, the crowd went wild” Liverpool Echo “A thrilling concert – a 5 star performance – a must see!” "Loved the music! You'll be on your feet by the end of the show" RTE Radio 1 The show is a spectacular celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and takes the audience on a nostalgic musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all time. From the back street studio in New Jersey where it all began, this vibrant production includes all of The Four Seasons greatest hits, Including Sherry, Rag Dolls, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man and so many more. The Production features an award-winning cast of singers, dancers, unique stage sets and a rockin’ on stage band. New Jersey Nights has smashed box office records right across the USA and UK and is proving to be one of the most successful touring shows of all times. This show must not be missed! Tickets from €23 including booking fee Ticketmaster In person: From 100 Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide By Telephone (24 Hour): ROI - 0818 719 300, Northern Ireland - 0844 277 44 55 Buy Online: Riverdance 20th Anniversary Tour all the preformances to emerge from Ireland- In rock music theatre and film - nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.  20 years ago in May 1994 Riverdance was first performed as the interval act in the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin before being developed into a full length stage show. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin in the reaction was unprecedented, with the original 10 performances being increased to 151 in subsequent months. There followed a hugely successful tour to New York, Belfast and Cork. Since then, it has packed theatres throughout North America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, South Africa and most recently South America. Riverdance has up to three companies on the road at any one time. All of the touring companies are named after Irish rivers and 2014 sees theLiffey Company touring throughout Europe including a major returntour throughout the UK, the Foyle Company perform in Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre for the successive 11th year, while the Moy Company embarks on a ground breaking 60 city tour of China. With music and lyrics by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, Riverdance is the development of an original idea by Moya Doherty, which was initially performed at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Dublin in April 1994 as a seven-minute interval act.It is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. Each of the companies consists of up to 55 cast and crew members, with the remarkable Riverdance Irish Dance Troupe, the cream of Irish musicians in the Riverdance Band and a spectacular array of talent from Spain and America, performing to the magic of Bill Whelan’s music.The wave of public enthusiasm is not only reflected by show attendances but by massive commercial success as demonstrated in phenomenal sales of the DVD, video and CD. Price: €20.00 - €55.00 Booking:     Aristocrats…this has always been a house of reticence, of things unspoken From Philadelphia, Here I Come! to Translations, Brian Friel’s plays have delighted generations of Abbey Theatre audiences. This summer we return to the village of Ballybeg with Aristocrats. The once influential O’Donnell family have gathered to celebrate a wedding in their crumbling home, Ballybeg Hall. They recount memories and stories from the past for the enlightenment of a visiting American academic, Tom Hoffnung. The father, Justice O’Donnell is on his death-bed. This upper class family has survived wars and famine but the old order is collapsing. Can they forge a new life for themselves? Patrick Mason, the acclaimed director of the world premiere of Dancing at Lughnasa reunites with Ireland’s formidable story-teller for this revealing family drama. Price: €13.00 - €40.00 Booking: Abbey Backstage Tours over one hundred years the Abbey Theatre has celebrated the power of theatre and the joy bringing together writers, directors, actors and audiences. Join us for an exclusive insight into the history and behind the scenes workings of Ireland’s national theatre on our guided backstage tours. Get access to areas rarely seen by the public, as our knowledgeable tour guides lead you on an engaging visit through the many aspects that come together to make Ireland’s national theatre, exploring the fascinating challenges of each new production. Enjoy an introduction to the our historic art collection and be inspired by our founders, William Butler Yeats, Lady Gregory and the Fay brothers. As we are a busy working theatre, our tours are scheduled to match the running dates of our Abbey stage plays. Comments about the tours… ‘We went on the back stage tour and really enjoyed it. The Abbey Theatre has some amazing art on the wall and worth it for that alone!’ ‘…got a tour of the Abbey Theatre. My god the history of this place. The tour guide knew everything there was to know….and it’s just amazing…’ Read more reviews or leave your own on NOTE: The tour crosses four levels of the Abbey and involves some stairs. Please specify if mobility is an issue when booking, as we will do our utmost to accommodate those with reduced mobility. Price: €8 per person / €6 per person for groups of 10+ Booking: Tickets are limited. We would recommend advance booking to avoid disappointment.