Events - TheatreBreaking Dad O’Carroll-Kelly, the southside’s favourite son, is back with more of the hilarious sell–out hit of the year, Breaking Dad. After standing ovations and rave reviews on its first outing, the show makes a highly anticipated return to The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin for two weeks only from Monday 16th until Saturday 28th February 2015. The year is 2022. Ireland is in the midst of an unexpected economic boom. The country’s debts have been repaid in full, people are once again selling houses for five times what they’re worth and Bertie Ahern is set to become Taoiseach again at the age of 71. Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is entering his middle years without a care in the world. He’s got a son who’s a professional footballer, a career-minded wife who’s about to land the job of her dreams – and, like good Cognac, his looks just keep improving with age. For Ireland’s most eligible married man, life is good. Until his teenage daughter arrives home from Wesley one night with the captain of the Blackrock College rugby team – and Ross is forced to face up to the lesson that you must reap what you have sown. Paul Howard’s one-of-a-kind character Ross has become the star of a critically acclaimed series of books that satirized Ireland during the years of the boom and have sold close to one million copies in Ireland alone. Starring Rory Nolan as the inimitable Ross and directed by Irish Times Theatre Award winner Jimmy Fay (The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger, Between Foxrock and a Hard Place), Breaking Dad, the third Ross O’Carroll-Kelly stage play, is an absolute must-see. Lippy a boundary-pushing piece of theatre with Lippy at The Abbey Theatre this January. “Like nothing else you’ll see” The Irish Times Fourteen years ago in Leixlip, Co. Kildare, Ireland, an aunt and three nieces boarded themselves into their home and entered a suicide pact that lasted 40 days. We didn’t know them. We weren’t there. We have no idea what they said. This is not their story. Winner of a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014, Dead Centre Theatre Company’s Lippy is a stunning piece of work that will stay with audiences long after the curtain closes. Directed by Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd, The Guardian recently praised the play for how it “pushes at the limits of theatre”, describing it as “extraordinarily textured”. Don’t miss what’s set to be a landmark theatre experience. Performances Monday - Saturday, 8pm Saturday matinees, 2.30pm Tickets Full price €18 – €25 Concessions €13 – €18 (available Monday - Thursday, and Saturday matinees) The Walworth Farce together for the very first time, catch actor Brendan Gleeson and his sons Brian and Domhnall in Enda Walsh’s The Walworth Farce this January. “What are we if we’re not our stories?” With a strictly limited four-week run, don’t miss the furiously funny masterpiece that follows Walsh’s unrivalled 2014 success, Ballyturk. With demand to see this acting family trio on stage for the first time set to be high, early booking is advised. Performances Previews 10th - 13th January 14th, 16th - 18th, 20th - 25th January 27th January - 1st February 3rd - 8th February Saturday matinees: 17th, 24th, 31st January, and 7th February - 3pm Sunday matinees: 11th, 18th, 25th January, 1st and 8th February - 4pm Tickets €20 - €55   The 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! The Nutcracker Suite & The Snow Queen the talent, skill and majesty of the Irish National Youth Ballet as they present The Nutcracker Suite & The Snow Queen this December. A seasonal offering that’s nothing short of mesmerising, exciting and magical, Christmas just wouldn’t be complete without revelling in this truly festive production.  The Nutcracker Suite Marvel as 40 of Ireland’s most talented young dancers perform, delight and dazzle everyone from the youngest to the most seasoned theater-goers.  With  snowflakes and flowers, Chinese and Spanish dances, all wrapped up in Tchaikovsky’s glorious, tinkling music score, it’s a festive family treat. The Snow Queen Gerda is walking with her grandmother and dear friend Kay when a sudden snow storm surrounds them, in the midst of which swirls the Snow Queen.  The Snow Queen bewitches young Kay and entices him to fly with her. Distraught to have lost her friend, Gerda, together with her grandmother, embarks on a journey to find him.  Along the way they are set upon by a band of gypsy robbers but are helped by the Raven Prince and his flock of birds. When a wing of doves show Gerda a vision of Kay, locked in the land of snow, she goes straight to him only to find she’s unable to free him from his cage of icicles. Distraught, Gerda bursts into tears, the warmth of which, and her friendship, melts the ice and snow away.  Friends Kay and Gerda manage to get back home, although have become several years wiser after their encounter with the Snow Queen. Performances Friday 12th, 12noon & 8pm Saturday 13th, 3pm & 8pm Sunday 14th, 2pm Tickets 12th December, 12pm - All seats €8 13th - 14th December, matinee performances: Adults €17.50 Children/Concessions €13 Groups of 10+, €10 12th - 13th December, evening performances: Adults €20 Children/Concessions €15 Groups of 10+, €12 Lunchtime Concert: Love in a Cold Climate some delightful lunchtime music courtesy of the renowned RTE Symphony Orchestra this December with Love in a Cold Climate. Boasting a programme of composers including Glazunov, Mozart, Borodin, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, the darkening December days provide the perfect excuse to be reminded of the chilly romance of Winter with these seasonal works. Enjoy the glistening beauty of Glazunov’s frosty portrait, marvel at the seasonal sparkles of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and the promise of warmer times ahead with Rachmaninoff’s Spring Waters. Three of opera’s larger than life characters are vibrantly brought to life by tenor Patrick Hyland, from Mozart’s libidinous Don Giovanni to earnest lover Ferrando (Così fan tutte), and the ill-fated suitor Lensky from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin; audiences are in for quite a treat this lunchtime. Red Riding Hood's Dangerous Christmas Adventure the family together for some all-ages Christmas entertainment with Red Riding Hood’s Dangerous Christmas Adventure! It's Christmas Eve and Red Riding Hood is on her way to Granny's house for Christmas. She has some of Granny’s favourite mince pies, some chocolate fingers and a huge marshmallow. Just in case Santa forgets she won't be in her own house, she has written him a note letting him know just where to leave her Christmas surprise. But! Danger lurks... It's way past lunchtime and the Big Bad Wolf is watching, his tummy rumbling with hunger. He loves chocolate fingers and simply adores marshmallows. To the hungry Big Bad Wolf, Red Riding Hood is looking pretty delicious, and he intends to gobble everything up - including Granny! If Santa arrives, will the Big Bad Wolf gobble him too? Who can save Red Riding Hood from becoming lunch, or will she summon some Girl Power? Perhaps a mysterious figure will come out of the woodwork to help... With songs to sing along to and plenty of opportunities to hiss and boo the wonderfully wicked Big Bad Wolf, cheer on the brave and lovely little Red Riding Hood at the Mill Theatre’s fantastic Christmas show. It’s Big, Bad and Bonkers! Performances Monday - Friday, 10am and 11.15am from 8th December. Weekends 13th - 14th, 20th - 21st, and Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd - shows twice daily at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Tickets Adults €12.50 Children under-12 €10 Family of four €40 Wilde Christmas Dinner a dinner with a difference this December in the atmospheric surroundings of 12 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, courtesy of event-organisers extraordinaire - Hunt & Gather. "After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one's own relatives" Oscar Wilde On the 5th, 6th and 7th of December indulge in a ‘good dinner’ while ringing in the Christmas season at a sumptuous event that takes inspiration from the romantic notions of the great Oscar Wilde. “I drink to separate my body from my soul” Oscar Wilde Friday & Saturday On the night of Friday 5th and Saturday 6th, a complimentary Teeling’s Whiskey reception awaits you at 7pm. In the elegant drawing room by a roaring fire, experience just one of the many heartwarming performances of the night. After cocktails, climb the 300-year-old staircase to rooms, which have evolved from high society status, to tenements buildings and back to today’s sheer opulence, to find an incredible banquet. Indulge in a wholesome seven-course meal provided by the unrivalled foodie folks at Gruel Guerilla, while enjoying intimate recitals, poetry readings, acoustic music and romantic performances by PettyCash. Sunday Sunday’s proceedings begin at 2pm with a Teeling’s Whiskey Reception, followed by a delicious Christmas Brunch. Join Wilde lovers and fans of fun festivities for a relaxed day sipping drinks, eating food, and enjoying fantastic performances at this one-of-a-kind event. Tickets Friday & Saturday Menu €50 Sunday Brunch Menu €40   She Stoops to Conquer Oliver Goldsmith’s legendary comedy of deception and seduction, She Stoops to Conquer, at the iconic Abbey Theatre this winter. “I have been threatened with a lover” Having enthralled audiences for over two centuries now, and with no sign of its popularity waning, don’t miss this rip-roaring tale of trickery. Marlow and Hastings, two well-bred city gentlemen, arrive in the countryside in search of love. However, they become embroiled in confusion after they are tricked into believing their host, Mr. Hardcastle, is an innkeeper. Against a backdrop of mounting chaos they pursue their romantic intentions with escalating hilarity. Radiating charm and bursting with humour, this much-loved play is directed by Conall Morrison and will be the ideal Christmas treat for audiences this December. Performances 4th December 2014 - 31st January 2015 Previews: 4th - 9th December Tickets Full price €13 – €40 Concession €13 – €25 (available Monday - Thursday and Saturday matinees) Little Gem Murphy’s Little Gem swept the boards during its sell-out run as part of the 2008 Dublin Fringe Festival. It was also the surprise hit of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that year and the first ever Irish production to receive the prestigious Carol Tambor Award. Now this heart-warming tale of courage, comedy and romance is back and ready to woo audiences once again. Starring the exceptional Anita Reeves and Hilda Fay, with Kate Gilmore, three generations of Irish women recount the happenings of one extraordinary year. The play unfolds in alternating monologues, as each woman greets life’s travails with strength, humour and the occasional vodka and Diet Coke or night of abandon on the salsa dance floor. Party girl Amber has brutal indigestion that the sambucas won’t shift. Lorraine loses it at work and is shipped off to see the “head doctor”. While grandmother Kay “toys with the idea of Kermit” scratching an itch that her ill husband Gem no longer can. Elaine Murphy has said that much of the inspiration for Little Gem came from her own personal experiences and from the women she encountered when she worked in a woman’s health organisation. This enthralling play is a tribute to the unbreakable spirit of all women from the marginalised, less privileged parts of our society. Audiences won’t fail to be entertained by this revealing, poignant and hilarious production. "Gurgles and giggles with life….Elaine Murphy’s delightful first play more than lives up to the title" The Guardian. Early bird tickets for Wednesday 3rd December are available, €18. This play is suitable for persons ages 16+. It's a Wonderful Life - On Stage George Bailey’s Christmas epiphany in a special stage-adaptation of the 1946 cinema classic It’s a Wonderful Life, at the Mill Theatre from 2nd - 6th December. Adapted for the stage from Frank Capra’s film by Anthony Palermo, affable George Bailey just can't seem to get a break. Though eager to see the world, family loyalty sees him stay at home, sacrificing his dreams to his father's savings and loan business. While George does end up with an ideal with a marriage, a big house and a family - disaster strikes when money from his business is misplaced, causing George to reach his lowest ebb. With the intervention from a bumbling angel named Clarence, will George realise the value of what he has and the people who need him? A fresh yet faithful stage adaptation of the classic film about dreams, sacrifice and redemption in small town America, audiences will be filled with Christmas cheer at this fantastic production. Tickets Full price €20 Concession €18 A Mother's Love a glimpse into Dublin life from the 70s right up to the 90s in the compelling new play, A Mother’s Love, at the Civic Theatre, 1st - 6th December. “The past will decide her future” Marie has grown up with Rita having always been her mother, until she learns of some past truths that will set her life on a path of poor decisions, regret and even murder. What Marie discovers are the lengths a mother will go to out of love and affection for her children, in this superb production. Part of the critically acclaimed Marie Thornton trilogy (A nice Bed to Die In, Queens of Pimlico) audiences will see Marie’s life span from an early age in the 70s, right to her middle age in the 90s, in this captivating play from No Tears Productions. Premiering in Tallaght’s acclaimed Civic Theatre, theatre-goers won’t fail to be impressed by this depiction of life’s struggles. This show contains strong language.   Aunty Ben award-winning, socially and equality-minded theatre for all the family with Aunty Ben at Smock Alley Theatre on 28th November. “… a charming tale of how, with a little more understanding, the world could be a much better place.” Julian Caddy, Brighton Fringe Festival Director Nine-year old Tracey loves her Aunty Ben. It doesn’t matter to her that Aunty Ben is actually her uncle, or that he’s a drag queen, because in Tracey’s family dressing up is for everyone! But when Ben meets her school friends, Tracey is shocked to discover that other people’s families can be very different to her own. Written by Sian Ní Mhuirí, and incorporating magical animations from artist Hanae Seida (whose credits include Disney Japan and Oscar-nominated film The Illusionist), Aunty Ben is a colourful and playful exploration of gender, family, love and happiness for all audiences aged 7+. Winner of the IdeasTap Brighton Fringe Award 2014, and the Doric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award at the 11th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, this unique production is presented by Irish theatre company Super Paua, which strive to make brave work for young audiences. Tickets Adults €12 Children €7 Follow WillFredd Theatre’s multi-award winning debut production Follow, at the Abbey Theatre from 27th November - 6th December. Exploring stories from the Irish deaf community, Follow is a one-man show that proves utterly captivating from beginning to end. Shane’s parents are deaf. He grew up in a house with doorbell lights and subtitles on the TV. A house where to be heard, you had to be seen. Using sound, light, Irish Sign Language and performance in a unique and playful way, Follow won the Spirit of the Fringe award at 2011’s Dublin Fringe Festival. “The Sign of a masterpiece” Sunday Independent Follow is fully accessible for a deaf and hard of hearing audience. Tickets Full price €18 - €25  Concession €13 - €18 (available Monday - Thursday and Saturday matinees) Follow is performed in Irish Sign Language and is also captioned. Singlehood the fine art of being single at the hilarious and uplifting comedy Singlehood. The fantastic ensemble cast bring real life singleton stories to the stage to funny and devastating effect at the Pavilion Theatre. Boasting seven incredible performers, including comedian Eric Lalor, Singlehood is an exclusive look at the personal triumphs and losses we all experience but seldom articulate. Framed by a stomping single’s soundtrack and original songs by Aidan Strangeman, Singlehood is a celebration of what it means to be single today. Renowned for her documentary theatre practice, writer Una McKevitt in collaboration with writer David Coffey (Dan & Becs, Fade St) interviewed real life singletons to bring their raw and revealing stories as well as those of the cast, uproariously to the stage. "Singlehood really shines in it’s sheer honesty...ridiculous, heartbreaking, hilarious..." The Irish Times. Early bird tickets are available for Wednesday 26th November, €17. The show is suitable for persons aged 15+. National Gallery of Ireland: 16 Short Plays a unique theatrical and artistic event with the National Gallery of Ireland’s 16 Short Plays, each inspired by the gallery’s paintings. Taking place over two Saturdays, 22nd and 29th November, these 10-minute plays inspired by paintings in the National Gallery of Ireland have been created, over two years, by five superb Irish playwrights: Ivy Bannister, Michael Casey, Gerard Dalton, Celia de Fréine and Michael O'Meara. Performed in the Gallery Lecture Theatre by actors from the Umbrella Theatre Company, an audience discussion will follow the performances. 22nd November, 3pm-5pm Blue by Ivy Bannister Inspired by Jack B. Yeats, So My Brother Hail and Farewell for Ever More, 1945. Fatted Calf by Michael Casey Inspired by Bartolomé Estebán Murillo, The Prodigal Son Receiving his Portion, 1660s. In Black and Light by Gerard Dalton Inspired by Michaelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, The Taking of Christ, 1602. Seamstress by Celia de Fréine Inspired by Kasimir Dunin Markievicz, The Artist's Wife, Constance, Comtesse de Markievicz (1868-1927), Irish Painter and Revolutionary, 1899. Wedlock by Michael O’Meara Inspired by Johannes Vermeer, A Woman Writing a Letter with her Maid, c.1670. Dimples and Sin by Michael Casey Inspired by James Barry, The Temptation of Adam, 1767-1770. Afterlife by Gerard Dalton Inspired by William Orpen, Sunlight, c.1925. Stamen by Celia de Fréine Inspired by Mainie Jellett, Single Element, 1927. 29th November, 3pm-5pm Mother and Child by Ivy Bannister Inspired by Paolo Uccello, Virgin and Child, c.1435-1440. Contrast by Michael Casey Inspired by William John Leech, A Convent Garden, Brittany, c.1913. The Stations by Gerard Dalton Inspired by Aloysius O'Kelly, Mass in a Connemara Cabin, c.1883. Beholden by Celia de Fréine Inspired by Unknown painter (Attributed to Master of the Countess of Warwick), The Fair Geraldine, 1560s. Diversion by Michael O’Meara Inspired by Gabriel Metsu, Man Writing a Letter, c.1664-1666. Lady on the Terrace by Ivy Bannister Inspired by Paul Signac, Lady on the Terrace, 1898. Cupidity by Michael Casey Inspired by Rutilio di Lorenzo Manetti, Victorious Love, c.1625. Affairs of the Nation by Michael O’Meara Inspired by John Lavery, The Artist's Studio: Lady Hazel Lavery with her Daughter Alice and Stepdaughter Eileen, 1909-1913. Tickets Single event €7 Both events €10.   Kill the Monster your funny on at the Centre for Creative Practices, 15b Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2 with Kill The Monster. This dynamic longform improvisation group emerged from Dublin-based amateur theatre group No Drama Theatre. But just what is “improv” all about? Improv allows for the bizarre, ridiculous, sublime and hilarious as it’s completely unscripted and involves the creation of a scene on the spot from nothing more than the audience’s suggestions. In longform improv, Kill The Monster create not just scene after scene but also seamlessly weave, braid and reveal an unscripted theatrical play from a mere word or anecdote offered by the audience. These theatrical plays unravel before the audience's very eyes over a 30-minute or longer period of time and intertwine plots of romance, revenge, joy, deviousness, excitement, tragedy, comedy and comic tragedy in an incredibly entertaining and spontaneous dramatic spectacle. An innovative experience and one not to be missed. 15b Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2 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:   Wuthering Heights Casey’s adaptation of Emily Bronte’s brooding classic Wuthering Heights comes to the Gate Theatre from 13th November to 10th January. "I have not broken your heart - you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine." Emily Bronte's novel of intense desire and impossible love has thrilled generations of readers since its first publication in 1847. Set in the magnificent and desolate landscape of the Yorkshire moors, it tells of the doomed relationship between the wild and beautiful Catherine Earnshaw and her adopted brother, the inward, elusive Heathcliff, whom her father discovered as a mysterious foundling on the Liverpool docks and brought back to his home - Wuthering Heights. Humiliated by his adopted family and spurned by the woman he loves, anger and resentment leave Heathcliff seething. Will his all-consuming passions ultimately destroy both himself and those around him? Find out in this superb adaptation of one of literature’s classic novels. Tickets €25 - €35 Evening Shows begin at 7.30pm Matinees begin at 2.30pm Howie the Rookie lucky Dublin audiences another chance to see Tom Vaughan-Lawlor’s unrivalled turn in Mark O’Rowe’s Howie the Rookie, catch the award-winning play at The Olympia Theatre from 11th - 15th November. This adrenaline-fuelled ride into Dublin’s underworld narrated first by the Howie, then picked up by the Rookie, unfolds within a landscape of feverish drinking, casual sex and visceral violence.   A tale of two halves, we meet unforgettable characters from Ladyboy, the psychotic thug hell-bent on avenging the deaths of his fighting fish, to monstrous Avalanche, looking for love from her bar stool. This one-man monologue bursts with ferocious lyricism and searing wit as Love/Hate’s Tom Vaughan-Lawlor prowls, dances and dives in his Irish Times Theatre award-winning performance. Playing for one week only, O’Rowe’s incredible production is one audiences won’t fail to adore. National Theatre Live: Of Mice and Men incredible opportunity to see James Franco and Chris O’Dowd’s critically-acclaimed turns in the Broadway production of Of Mice and Men, The Lighthouse Cinema is screening the National Theatre Live recording of the play on 6th November. In a lauded revival of Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck's depression-era play, witness this powerful portrait of the American spirit and its heart-breaking testament to the unbreakable bonds of friendship, directed by the award-winning Anna D. Shapiro. Nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O'Dowd, this excellent production also features Leighton Meester (Country Strong, Gossip Girl) and Tony Award-winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer). Heralded as a “moving masterpiece” by Time Magazine, audiences won’t fail to be compelled by this enduring tale. Tickets Full price €12 Concession €9 One Act Play Festival a diverse mix of plays and performance with the Mill Theatre’s One Act Play Festival from 6th - 8th November. Over three nights, enjoy wonderful drama and mingle with like-minded drama enthusiasts at this unique theatre celebration. There will be drama off stage too, as the competition heats up with adjudicators crowning the best play on Saturday 8th November. Performances Thursday 6th November, 8pm Bangor Drama Club:      An Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang Conna Drama Society:        Hero by Michael Lynch Balally Players: When the Wine is Cold by John Kendrick Friday 7th November, 8pm Theatre 3, Newtownabbey: The Virtuous Burglar by Dario Fo Lucan Drama Group: The Death of Me by Norm Foster Kinnerton Players: The Seduction of Chaos by Kent R. Brown Saturday 8th November, 2pm Coolgreany A.D.S: Stay Carl Stay by Peter Tolan Blue Hat Productions: Valpone by Ben Jonson Saturday 8th November, 7pm Enniscorthy Drama Group: P.V.T. Wars by James McLure Breffni Players: Spectre by Don Nigro   Grease has it that Grease is the word in Dublin this November, as the rockin’ musical smash comes to the Gaiety Theatre from 5th - 16th. Don’t miss this new Irish production of the original high-school extravaganza as it twists its way into the capital for a truly electrifyin’ autumn run.   Since the show’s Broadway premiere in 1972 and the 1978 hit movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, Grease has triumphed across the globe. With its irresistible mix of unforgettable songs, dazzling dance moves, and 1950s pop culture nostalgia - it’s good old fashioned fun with belting tunes you can’t help but shimmy to. Directed by Tony Finnegan, award-winning Irish director of Annie, The Sound of Music and Jekyll & Hyde, Grease just bursts with energy and features an enviable host of fresh talent and vibrant choreography. With Dubliner Lauren Nevin in the role of Sandy, Carl Stallwood as her beau Danny, and even showband icon Dickie Rock making an appearance in the traditional cameo role of Teen Angel, this production is sure to knock your bobby sox off. Tickets €20 - €49.50 Performances 5th - 9th November, Wednesday - Sunday evenings 7.30pm, weekend matinees 2.30pm 11th - 16th November, Tuesday - Saturday evenings 7.30pm, weekend matinees 2.30pm   Queens of Pimlico back in time to the Dublin tenements of the 1950s with Queens of Pimlico, a brand new two-act play at Civic Theatre, Tallaght from 4th - 8th November. It’s Alma’s wedding day, only she’s marrying her older sister Rita’s ex-fiancé. With tensions high as it is, Alma holds back one more secret. Without “a pot to piss in, literally”, getting married might just be Alma’s ticket to a better way of life, despite having to leave her only sister and last remaining family behind. Revealing all about life in 50s Dublin, this brand new play is bound to leave audiences with laughter-lined faces and tear-stained cheeks. Presented by No Tears Productions, this hilariously heartwarming play is “back by popular demand” following two prior sold-out runs. “No Tears… always manage to find a gentle balance between humour and genuine drama’” -   The Gruffalo the book a longstanding favourite of kids and parents alike, Tall Stories’ hit musical stage adaptation of The Gruffalo comes to The Pavilion this November, much to the delight of just about everyone. Meet a wheeler-dealer fox, an eccentric old owl and a maraca-shaking, party-mad snake - all of whom a little mouse scares away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo... But what happens when that mouse meets the very creature he imagined? Voted the UK’s number one bedtime story by BBC Radio 2 listeners, The Gruffalo stage show comes direct from the West End and is the perfect family treat with plenty of songs, laughs and suspense for children aged 3+, and their fun-loving grown-ups too. “A fine piece of children’s theatre” - Sunday Times. Tickets Adults €13 Children €11 Family (4 people) €40   Jackula some howlin’ Halloween entertainment with Jackula at the Mill Theatre on 1st November. Being a vampire sucks, but being Dracula's younger brother is driving Jackula positively batty. Join Jackula on a spooktacular quest to step out of his older brother's shadow and become the world’s most magical vampire. Laugh as Jackula makes his pet ghost dance. Gasp as Jackula balances five glasses of water on his face. Smile as children even help him perform some of his fun magic tricks. And if that wasn’t magical enough, after the show every child gets to do a trick themselves as Jackula invites everyone to stay, perform a trick and get a free treat. Acclaimed performer Jack Flash is Jackula in this lively production. Jack has performed at The White House and for more than 11 million people worldwide with Ringling Brother’s and Barnum and Bailey’s ‘Greatest Show on Earth’. A marvellous magic and juggling show for the whole family, book early to avoid disappointment. Recommended for children aged 4 to 12, children and parents are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. National Theatre Live: Frankenstein live in London’s National Theatre, audiences will be thrilled by Academy-Award-winner Danny Boyle’s production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, screened at The Lighthouse Cinema this autumn. With two screenings, cinema-goers have their pick of who they see perform the main roles, with the renowned Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch alternating the parts of Victor Frankenstein and his gruesome creation. Having enjoyed a sold-out run at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas worldwide. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horrified maker. Encountering cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. With captivating themes of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil, this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale is not to be missed. Screenings 30th October: Benedict Cumberbatch plays the Creature, Jonny Lee Miller plays Frankenstein. 6th November: Jonny Lee Miller plays the Creature, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Frankenstein. Tickets Full price €9 Concession €7.50 The Waste Ground Party’s iconic Abbey Theatre presents a new play from an exciting new voice, with Waste Ground Party. The award-winning playwright Shaun Dunne makes his Abbey Theatre debut with the superb play from 29th October - 22nd November. Gary returns home from college to confront age-old rivalries, bitter disputes, and bin bags that just won’t stop falling from the sky. As Gary and his old friend Martin fight to find their place in the world, their mothers desperately search for meaning in a life that has already passed them by. Will Gary leave the estate forever or return to the rubbish heap? Directed by the acclaimed Gerard Stembridge, audiences won’t fail to be awed by this powerful piece of work. Performances 29th October - 22nd November Previews from 29th October - 3rd November No performances on 10th - 11th, 17th - 18th November. Tickets Full price €18 - €25 Concession €13 - €18 (available Monday - Thursday)   Spectres eerie tale just right for the Halloween season, Sickle Moon Productions present Spectres, a brand new play running from 28th October - 8th November. Revolving around the story of two men as they arrive at a halfway house in the west of Ireland - their last stop before they embark for America - as they while away their last hours with the religious innkeeper, the pair are visited by a young girl from their past. The ghostly girl, Lily, is intent on retribution and the dead are possessive. As the building sinks from the ground up, so too do the men become submerged in the secrets of their own past. Created by Jeda de Brí and Finbarr Doyle, Spectres is a captivating story of religion, regret and revenge. Performances 28th October - 1st November, 4th - 8th November: 1pm  30th October - 1st November, 6th - 8th November: 7pm Tickets Full price €10 Concession €8  Light lunch is included at 1pm performances. Venue Theatre Upstairs (above Lanigan’s Bar) 10-11 Eden Quay Dublin 1   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: Damnation you dare brave Samuel Page’s labyrinth of of untold horrors? Damnation is 15,000 sq ft scare attraction of terrifying passages that play on your deepest fears and will be petrifying the people of Dublin at the RDS from 1st October - 2nd November. Nineteenth-century blacksmith Samuel Page worked at the RDS and was, as far as locals knew, a pleasant family man with a wife and two daughters. Samuel’s dark practices however were unbeknownst to his fellow Dubliners, until some children stumbled upon the entrance to a maze of tunnels one day just before Halloween… What the unfortunate children were said to have discovered was an array of torture chambers, rotting flesh and Page himself summoning Lucifer. Only one child made it out to reveal to the townspeople that the blacksmith was running a Satanic cult, preying on the community’s weakest, innocent members. The furious locals burned Samuel’s house to the ground with his family inside, and yet the body of the brutal blacksmith was never recovered from the burnt remains or the tunnels. Samuel is said to be a beast stuck in eternal damnation, lurking between our world and Hell itself. Disciples of Page’s cult still follow him today, as he gathers people from far and wide, will you encounter them on your journey through the labyrinth, or will you be next? Damnation is a first class scare attraction made up of grotesquely themed sections in a labyrinth of passageways designed to scare thrill-seekers and scaredy cats alike. Samuel’s disciples also lurk throughout the maze, hoping to come across a helpless victim to harvest their screams. Expect a good dose of terror, but don’t worry there are plenty of chicken doors to escape through should it all get too much. A great way to get in the Halloween spirit, Dublin's first interactive scare attraction promises a fright night like no other. A fully immersive experience featuring live actors, professionally designed sets, costume and terrifying scenes. Damnation is definitely not for the fainthearted and is suitable for ages 16 and over. Early bird, group and student tickets available. The Mariner world premiere of Hugo Hamilton’s The Mariner comes to the Gate Theatre for a limited run as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival this September. Following on from Hamilton’s huge success in 2011, with The Speckled People, the renowned Irish writer’s new play focuses on the themes of loyalty, defeat and freedom. In 1916 a sailor with the Royal Navy returns home injured from the First World War Battle of Jutland in the North Sea, unable to speak or tell his own story. His wife welcomes him back with open arms, but discovers that the war has changed him, and his own mother begins to question whether this really is her son. As the facts begin to emerge, the conflict between the sailor's wife and his mother reaches palpable intensity. As the mariner slowly relearns how to speak, will his true identity be revealed? The Mariner previews from Thursday 25th September with its opening night taking place on Tuesday 30th September. The play runs until 1st November.