Events - TheatreOne 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: 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 . Our 2014 dates will be 25 September to 12 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. We support Irish theatre artists in creating work of high quality, bringing world-class theatre to Dublin audiences and provide a platform to showcase the best of Irish theatre to the world. Through our work and the work of our presenting companies and partners we continue to grow Dublin Theatre Festival’s reputation as one of the world’s greatest theatre festivals.                                                                     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.                                                                                                                                                                                     Dublin Fringe Festival 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. 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 Dublin Fringe Festival Oktoberfest Culture Night Arthurs Day Dublin Theatre Festival Hard Working Class Heroes Open House Dublin Bram Stoker Festival 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: Dirty Dancing on sale Monday 2nd September 2013 The producers of the smash hit show Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage are delighted to announce that the show will once again set pulses racing at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Dublin when it returns in July 2014 as part of a brand new tour of the UK and Ireland. Since opening in September 2011, the first ever tour of the UK and Ireland has wowed audiences across the country, breaking box office records and playing to standing ovations and 5 star reviews. Producer Karl Sydow said, “We are so pleased to be returning to Dublin where the record-breaking first ever UK and Ireland tour wowed the public in January 2012. The unique combination of Eleanor Bergstein’s iconic story and the breathtaking dancing for which the show is renowned has proven so popular that we are really looking forward to allowing audiences to relive this iconic story live on stage.” Tickets will go on sale to the public on Monday 2 September. Demand is expected to be high, so early booking is advisable! Written by Eleanor Bergstein, script writer and co-producer of the phenomenally successful 1987 film, the production features all the much-loved characters and original dialogue from the iconic film with exciting extra scenes added in. The tantalising dance sequences and brand new choreography come alive on stage, set to all the hits from the unforgettable soundtrack, including ‘Do You Love Me?’, ‘Hungry Eyes’ and the Academy Award Winning ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’, plus many additional songs, making the show a truly extraordinary live experience. Over five million people worldwide have now seen this sensational production, with the London show alone having been seen by over one million audience members. Having opened in London in 2006, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage was sold out six months in advance. The show played for five triumphant years at the Aldwych Theatre, breaking all box office records with advance ticket sales of over £15 million, which made it the fastest ever selling West End show. Black Coffee quintessential English country estate is thrown into chaos following the murder of eccentric inventor Sir Claud Amory, and the theft of his new earth shattering formula.  Arriving at the estate just moments too late, one man immediately senses a potent brew of despair, treachery, and deception amid the estate's occupants.  That man is Hercule Poirot.   In the first play ever written by Agatha Christie we are introduced to a character who went onto become the most famous detective of all time and the only fictional character ever to receive a full-page obituary in the New York Times. Price: €17.50 - €45.0 Booking: 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: Moll new production of Moll will be directed by David Horan, produced by Donal Shiels, with executive producers Caroline Downey and Denis Desmond. This production will star Frank Kelly (Father Jack in Father Ted) as His Lordship The Bishop, Des Keogh (The Love Hungry Farmer by John B. Keane, which played to packed houses in the Gaiety last year) as Very Rev Canon Pratt, Mary McEvoy (Glenroe) as Bridgie Andover, Clare Barrett (Fair City, I ♥ Alice ♥ I) as Moll, Damian Kearney as Father Brest C.C. and Pat McDonnell (Naked Camera, Father Ted, The Savage Eye) as Father Loran C.C. MOLL, first produced in July 1971 in Killarney, is a comedy set in a rural presbytery in Kerry – the newly appointed Moll is a priest’s housekeeper who takes over a parish house with a “divide and conquer” strategy. When Canon Pratt and his two curates, Father Brest and Father Loran, lose their esteemed Ms Bottomly, they must recruit a replacement to carry on with the cooking and cleaning. They select Ms Maureen Kettle, (Moll). She wraps the Canon around her little finger, feeds him well while starving the curates and continues this pattern as the Canon is promoted and one of the curates takes his place. When it comes to the question of Moll’s pension, more chaos ensues – however with the support of the Bishop, Moll proves to be an unstoppable force. Price: €22.50 Booking:   Into the Woods’s famous Into the Woods, premiered to critical acclaim on Broadway in 1987. It won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book and Best Actress in a Musical. Based on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, the musical follows the Baker and his wife on their quest to break a curse that was placed on them by their evil next door neighbour, the Wicked Witch. Although the couple are successful with their mission, they have had to lie, cheat and steal from Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack (and the Beanstalk). Into the Woods is a musical with a conscience. Stephen Sondheim credits include music and lyrics for Sweeney Todd, A little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George and Company, as well as lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy. He also wrote music for cinema, most notably for Warren Beatty´s Reds and The Birdcage. He has won numerous Tony Awards as composer and lyricist. James Lapine is an American Stage Director who has won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical three times, for Into the Woods, Falsettos and Passion Price: €15.00 concessions €10.00 Booking: Nixon in China“the most influential opera of the past 20 years” Bord Gáis Energy Theatre are delighted to announce that one of the most renowned operas of our generation, John Adams' Nixon in China, will be unveiled next summer for what promises to be a truly spectacular, one of a kind event.  Following on from the fantastic 5-star success of Wagner’s Tristan & Isolde, Irish company Wide Open Opera mark their return to The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre with a production that is guaranteed to be the must see opera event in Ireland next year. This production will have three performances only on Sunday 11 May, Wednesday 14 May and Saturday 17 May 2014.  Price: €15.00 - €85.00 Booking: Suggs My Life Story in Words and Music“I've just turned 50, the kids have left home, and my cat just died.”  In Suggs: My Life Story the Madness frontman takes to the stage in a hilarious, yet moving, one-man tour de force playing to rave reviews.  The death of Suggs' beloved cat on his fiftiethbirthday triggers a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew.  Stunned by what he learns Suggs is taken back to his childhood on the tough streets of 1970's Soho and his first appearance on Top Of The Pops at the age of eighteen...  Is it a play? Is it stand up comedy? Is it Music Hall? Whatever it is hold on to your seats as Suggs goes on to stumble and plummet through the trap door of failure.. then trampoline back up to catch the passing trapeze of show business success! WITH MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT AND UNCALLED FOR INTERJECTION FROM DEANO, HIS LOYAL MANSERVANT-CUM-PIANIST ‘One of the most original and engaging shows I've seen’ Mark Lawson – The Guardian. Price: €28.00/€30.50 Booking:         International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival eleventh anniversary International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival takes place in venues across Dublin city centre and will feature a diverse programme of drama, musical theatre, music and comedy over two weeks. Founded in 2004 to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth in Dublin of Oscar Wilde, the IDGTF has grown to become the largest of festival its kind in the world.  It showcases works with a gay theme or playwright or addressing broader themes of masculinity, feminism, gender-identity and sexuality and presents these to a diverse, mainstream audience.  Many works are Irish, European or world premieres and are performed by a wide variety of artists, in a diverse programme of over 30 plays carefully selected from over 100 submissions. There will also be a range of free events including play-readings and a seminar on gay theatre as well as a nightly Festival Club. Click here for full programme of events 1959 Pink Thunderbird and Bourbon In "Laundry & Bourbon" we meet Elizabeth Caulder, a strong-willed, longsuffering Texan housewife who is trying to hold the fort while her husband, Roy, takes off for days at a time, indulging in drunken sprees and extramarital affairs. She is joined by her best friend, the outspoken yet brassy Hattie Dealing, and town gossip and country club member Amy Lee Fullernoy. Together, the three women throw about the kind of rumours that thrive in small towns, becoming ever more intoxicated and forthcoming about everyone's secrets--including their own. Lone Star In "Lone Star", we meet Elizabeth's husband Roy, a Vietnam veteran who has had a difficult time adjusting to the changes that have taken place in his home town while he was at war. He now spends his nights behind Angel's Bar, reliving his glory days and staging mock battles with his younger brother, the sweet but slow-witted Ray. Their evening is interrupted, however, by the arrival of Cletis Fullernoy, who idolizes Roy but has come to give him some bad news. The fallout from Cletis' visit leads the two brothers into a confrontation, as long-hidden secrets are dredged up and Roy is forced to admit that things are never going to be the way they were. Price: €16.00/€14.00 Booking:   Twelfth Night‘Love sought is good, but giv’n unsought is better’ For the first time in over 30 years, the Abbey Theatre presents Twelfth Night. The chaos of falling in love and the search for identity collide in this fresh and provocative look at Shakespeare’s most renowned comedy. Viola awakes in a strange land in the aftermath of a shipwreck. To overcome the death of her beloved brother she disguises herself as a young boy Cesario, setting in motion a chain of events that will impact the lives of all who meet her. This new production of Twelfth Night brings together director Wayne Jordan and some of the most exciting theatre artists of the moment. Please note – This production may contain strobe lighting. Price: €13.00 - €40.00 Booking:   Breaking Dad O’Carroll-Kelly makes a highly anticipated return to The Gaiety Theatre. The year is 2022. Ireland is in the midst of an unexpected economic boom. The country’s debts have been repaid in full, the people are once again selling houses to each other 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. Breaking Dad is the third Ross O’Carroll-Kelly stage play, following the hugely successful The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger (2007) and Between Foxrock and a Hard Place(2010). Paul Howard’s 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. A remarkable eight Ross O'Carroll-Kelly titles have been shortlisted for Irish Book Awards, so the new stage play Breaking Dad will be a must-see for all fans! Price: €25.00 - €49.50 Booking:   The Love Hungry Farmer Keogh, one of Ireland’s foremost actors and entertainers, tells the story of John Bosco McLane, a bachelor of ‘indeterminate’ age and according to his own assessment, ‘past his best’ and evidently still a virgin. McLane’s amorous adventures range from the hilarious to the pitiful. "Keogh is a wonder. A master-storyteller ..."  Associated Press "Des Keogh is superb. A consummate actor wedded to a skilled raconteur, the wine he offers is vintage ..." The Irish Times "Fiercely serious and bruisingly hilarious ..." New York Times Price: €18.00/ €14.00 Booking: Quietly’s more to the truth than facts. Belfast is a place where things need to be said. Jimmy and Ian are meeting tonight for the first time. They share a violent past. They need to talk. Quietly is a powerful story of truth and forgiveness from Belfast writer Owen McCafferty. Having enjoyed huge international success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe winning three major awards, now the Abbey Theatre brings this important new play on an 11 venue All-Ireland tour before returning to the Peacock stage.  Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play  Edinburgh Fringe First Award  Stage Awards for Best Actor ‘The best new play of the year’ - The Irish Times  ‘extraordinary and completely unmissable’ – Metro Herald  ‘a kind of perfection’ – **** The Scotsman  ‘remarkable’ – **** The Telegraph  ‘An understated yet explosive play’ – **** The Guardian  ‘electrifying’ – ***** The Financial Times   Price: €25.00 concessions €18.00 Booking:   An Ideal Husband Ideal Husband is a comedic stage play by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honour. The action is set in London, in "the present", and takes place over the course of twenty-four hours. "Sooner or later," Wilde notes, "we shall all have to pay for what we do." But he adds that, "No one should be entirely judged by their past. Regarded by many as one of Oscar Wilde's most outstanding works. Director Ethan McSweeny Set Designer Francis O’Connor Costume Designer Peter O’Brien Price: €32.00 Booking: Warhorse National Theatre’s award-winning production of War Horse comes to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from 26th March – 26th April 2014. Seen by over 2.4 million people worldwide since its premiere at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man’s land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage. War Horse is based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford. Now in its fourth year in London’s West End, War Horse consistently attracts sell-out houses at the New London Theatre. The Broadway production, which continues its run at the Lincoln Center until 6 January 2013, was the winner of six Tony Awards, including ‘Best Play’ and a ‘Special Tony Award’ for Handspring Puppet Company. Michael Morpurgo has written over 100 books and was Children’s Laureate from 2003 – 2005. A major feature film of War Horse, based on his 1982 novel and directed by Stephen Spielberg, was nominated for six Academy Awards in 2011. Ticket information: Tickets are available from the Ticketmaster desk in the Dublin Discover Ireland Centre, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 or online at & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Tickets from €20.00 on sale from Friday 5th October 2012.   Life on the Dole and The Brothers on the Dole is a hilarious look at Tommy who is a seasoned dole person. Tommy would like to explain to the audience why he is entitled to be on the dole for 30 years and why working was never an option.The Brothers is a very funny look at life in a remote village somewhere in Ireland. Brothers Jack and Brian live with their mammy, needless to say they both have a very sheltered outlook on everyday life. Starring Matt Ronan, Bernie Kelly and Sean Ronan.  Book Early to Avoid Disappointment! Price: €15 & €12 concession  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.