Travel Ireland Magazine’s December Theatre Guide – Dublin

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Mamma Mia!

From West End to global phenomenon, Mamma Mia! is an ingenious musical, combining the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with a sunny, funny tale of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads unfolding on a Greek island idyll. To date, it has been seen by over 60 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages. It will be performed at the Bord Gais as part of a UK and International Tour celebrating 20 years since the show first premiered in London in 1999.

Dates: Dec 10 – Jan 5

Tel: 01 677 7999 or visit www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie 

Also at the Bord Gais this month: The Snowman Christmas Special Dec 6 – 8

The Abbey Theatre

Drama at Inish

A major new Abbey production of Lennox Robinson’s play, which first premiered at the theatre in 1933, the story follows the inhabitants of a small seaside town in Ireland. Inish has never been on the map but it has been making headlines lately, and for all the wrong reasons. Could the performances of the newly arrived De la Mare Repertory Theatre Company really be the cause of the town’s strange behaviour?

Dates: Nov 21 – Jan 24

Tel: 01 887 2200 or visit www.abbeytheatre.ie

Also at the Abbey this month: A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings Dec 10 – 28

The Gate Theatre

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’ classic novella about an elderly miser visited by the ghost of his former business partner and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come is translated to the stage. This is in a new adaptation by acclaimed writer Jack Thorne (National Treasure, The Virtues).

Dates: Nov 15 – Jan 18

Tel 01 874 4045 or visit www.gatetheatre.ie 

The Olympia Theatre

Cinderella: The Story of Cinders and Her Fella

Classic fairy-tale Cinderella will be getting the panto treatment courtesy of the Olympia. Directed by Irish film and TV star Simon Delaney, the show features Ryan Andrews (Fair City), James Patrice (Dancing with the Stars), Maclean Burke (Fair City), Erin McGregor (Dancing with the Stars), Nadine Reid (Xposé), Zoe Talbot (Riverdance), Dublin comedian Al Foran and Rob Vickers (Les Miserables on The West End)

Dates: Dec 20 – Jan 4

Tel: 01 679 3323 or visit www.olympia.ie

The Gaiety Theatre

Aladdin – Gaiety Theatre Panto

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the Gaiety Panto. As such, the theatre will be taking audiences on a magical carpet ride with this year’s show Aladdin. An Arabian tale of true love, magic wishes and dastardly dealings, organisers say this 2019/2020 panto will excite and delight all ages with the extra helping of song, dance, slapstick and laughter that people have come to expect from the Gaiety’s festive extravaganza. Read our interview with star of Aladdin Suzie Seweify here.

Dates: Nov 24 – Jan 19

Tel: 0818 719 388 or visit www.gaietytheatre.ie

Smock Alley Theatre

Dreamgun Film Reads: The Christmas Binge

Dreamgun strike back with a whole new line-up of Christmas themed film reads for you to binge. Expect classic movie scripts, rewritten with jokes and nonsense, read by unprepared comedians. Die Hard, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, The Lion King and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy will be getting the Dreamgun treatment.

Dates: Dec 19 – 21

Tel 01 677 0014 or visit www.smockalley.com

Also at Smock Alley this month: Gaslight Dec 3 – 7, This is NOT a Cult Dec 9 – 14, Baa Humbug! A Stocking Full of Show Tunes Dec 12 – 14

Dlr Mill Theatre

Robin Hood

The wicked Sheriff of Nottingham won’t stop raising the taxes of the town until the lovely Maid Marian agrees to become his wife. But this Maid Marian is not one to give up on a fight and, with our hero Robin Hood, sets out to overthrow the nasty Sheriff. There may be wedding bells . . .  but for whom? Mill Productions’ One Hour Panto is perfect for families, featuring audience participation, songs, dancing and a host of crazy, zany and colourful characters.

Dates: Dec 7 – Jan 5

Tel 01 296 9340 or visit www.milltheatre.ie

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