Travel Ireland Magazine’s December Theatre Guide

Mermaid Arts Centre

A Winter Wish

This interactive musical adventure for children revolves around the mysterious Whistleberry Forest. Every Winter, a little robin visits the place with the ability to grant the creatures of the wood their very own wish.

Dates: Dec 11

Tel: 01 272 4030 or visit here

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Les Misérables

Based on the legendary 1862 novel by Victor Hugo, before being adapted into a musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, the play follows the lives and interactions of several characters in 19th century France, particularly the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption. Featuring iconic songs like ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, acclaimed theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh’s brings his Broadway production of Les Misérables to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre as part of a new UK & Ireland tour. 

Dates: Dec 5 – Jan 12

Tel: 01 677 7999 or visit here 

The Abbey Theatre

Come from Away

Following sold-out, record-breaking engagements on Broadway, across the USA and in Canada, Come from Away will land in Dublin for its long-awaited European premiere, ahead of its West End transfer. The musical shares the real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers from all over the world who were grounded in Canada during the wake of 9/11, and the small Newfoundland community that invited these ‘come from aways’ into their lives. For more information, click here.

Dates: Dec 6 – Jan 19

Tel: 01 887 2200 or visit here.

Also at the Abbey Theatre this month: Shame Dec 10-15, Thirst Dec 18 – Jan 5

The Gate Theatre

The Great Gatsby

This immersive stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel about young, mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby extends its run at the Gate following a string of sold out shows last month. The theatre is transformed into the central character’s mansion, famed for its decadent opulence and atmosphere. The seats are removed from the auditorium, allowing audiences access to the stage and backstage areas, the Green Room, hospitality room and the Studio space, enabling them to experience one of Gatsby’s unique and legendary parties, with a bar in full swing. Organisers say 1920s jazz age style costumes are encouraged and dancing shoes are mandatory.

Dates: Dec – Feb 16

Tel 01 874 4045 or visit here

The Olympia Theatre

Polly and the Magic Lamp

The Olympia Theatre’s Family Panto is back and bigger than ever, boasting an all-star cast. The comedy features Ms Brown Boys’ actor Rory Cowan in the lead role as Polly. He will be joined by Ryan Andrews (Fair City), Rob Vickers (Les Misérables), singer Jake Carter, social media sensation James Patrice and Dancing with the Stars’ Erin McGregor

Dates: Dec 21 – Jan 6

Tel: 01 679 3323 or visit here.

The Gaiety Theatre

The Snow Queen

Dates: Dec – Jan 20

Rivalling the Olympia Theatre’s Polly and the Magic Lamp is the Gaiety Theatre’s own Panto. The play centres on the evil titular character who with chilling treachery, kidnaps one half of a beloved couple and casts a ‘sub-zero spell’. This leads to our hero embarking on an adventure, trekking through storm and blizzard to find his lost love. Starring Irish native and West End star Louise Bowden (Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins) as the Snow Queen, the show will put to the test whether true love can melt a frozen heart. For more details, see here.

Tel: 0818 719 388 or visit here.

Smock Alley Theatre

Iphigienia in Splott by Gary Owen

Stumbling down the street at 11:30am drunk, Effie is the kind of girl you’d avoid eye contact with, silently passing judgement. We think we know her, but we don’t know the half of it. Effie’s life spirals through a mess of drink, drugs and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day — till one night gives her the chance to be something more. Inspired by the enduring Greek myth, Iphigenia in Splott drives home the high price people pay for society’s shortcomings, in a play organisers say will break audiences’ hearts.

Dates: Dec 3-15

Tel 01 677 0014 or visit here.

Also at Smock Alley this month: A Christmas Carol (Dec 4-5)

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