Dublin Theatre Festival


The 2018 Dublin Theatre Festival features a tantalising selection of brand new work, fresh versions of classic plays and adventurous international productions, created by renowned artists as well as emerging voices, and productions aimed at children, young people and adults. The programme is led by 2 timely productions from the US as part of a strong international programme which includes work from Australia, Belgium, Poland, Netherlands and the UK and a vibrant Irish programme featuring work from a number of leading theatre makers. From intimate encounters in found spaces to the grand physical and emotional scale of Shakespearean drama, ballet and opera, there are portraits of individuals corrupted by power, testimonies from dissenting voices and challenges to received narratives. These theatrical experiences are all connected by one thing, the need for an audience to gather together in a shared time and space. DTF is a festival for Dublin, a communal celebration of theatre from Ireland and across the world and everyone is invited to be part of it.

Highlights from the line-up include:

2 productions from the US: Obie-award winning Elevator Repair Service who took DTF by storm with Gatz returns with a new play, Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf and 600 HIGHWAYMEN’s response to the current polarised social and political climate of the US, The Fever.

Oscar-nominated Irish actress, Ruth Negga, makes her Gate stage debut in the title role of Hamlet, joined by a cast of Ireland’s finest actors. Directed by award-winning director Yaël Farber Shakespeare’s iconic story of politics, vengeance, madness and murder is reimagined in a ground-breaking, visionary Gate Theatre production for today’s audience.

Enda Walsh directs Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle for Irish National Opera, with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy returning home for a rare Irish performance, alongside Joshua Bloom.

From Decadent Theatre a major revival of Marina Carr’s award winning breakthrough play The Mai with a cast led by Derbhle Crotty.

The world premiere of Arthur Riordan’s stage adaptation of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, from Rough Magic.

Druid continues its exploration of Shakespeare’s kings with DruidShakespeare: Richard III, in association with the Abbey Theatre. Shakespeare gives us one of the great villains in DruidShakespeare:Richard III, in a chilling and darkly comic story of power and ambition. Druid return with their acclaimed creative team, featuring Aaron Monahan in the title role.

Proving that you are never too young to become a theatre lover, Dublin Theatre Festival and The Ark present three acclaimed pieces of Theatre for Children, with something for ages 2+. This year, children and their friends and families can explore the ground and all of its wriggling inhabitants in a quirky dance show for children ages 2-5 from Second Hand Dance (UK) Grass; experience a magical journey through the dark and beautiful night for ages 3-6 in Andy Manley (UK) and Teater Refleksion’s (Denmark) Night Light or hear the tale of Oscar Wilde’s The Young King adapted for ages 8+ from Slingsby (Australia).

Gala Night 2018 will celebrate the extraordinary contribution made to the world of theatre by Cillian Murphy.


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