Travel Ireland Magazine’s January Theatre Guide – Dublin

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

The Sound of Music

Based on Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, this lavish staging of The Sound of Music tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII. The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including ‘Edelweiss’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and of course, the title song ‘The Sound of Music’.

Dates: Jan 10 – Feb 1

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

Also at the Bord Gais this month: Mamma Mia! Dec 10 – Jan 5

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: RTÉ Radio 1 – Nollaig na mBan Jan 5, The 24 Hour Plays: Dublin Jan 19

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 

Also at the Gate this month: Medea Jan 30 – Feb 22

The Olympia Theatre

Pat Shortt – Hey!

Following rave reviews and sold out performances up and down the country in 2019, Pat Shortt’s Hey! returns to the Olympia. The show delivers a peculiar take on modern life that only the unique imagination of Ireland’s best loved comedian could conjure up.

Dates: Jan 30 – Feb 1

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

The Gaiety Theatre

The Lieutenant of Inishmore (pictured)

On a lonely road on the island of Inishmore, someone killed Mad Padraic’s cat. He’ll want to know who when he gets back from a stint of torture and chip-shop bombing in Northern Ireland. He loves his cat more than life itself, and someone is going to pay. Set in the 1990s, The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a clever satire on terrorism, the beautification of violence in contemporary culture and a hilarious farce in true Martin McDonagh (In Bruges; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) fashion.

Dates: Jan 27 – Mar 14

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

Also at the Gaiety this month: Aladdin Nov 24 – Jan 19

Smock Alley Theatre


Oisín left Dublin to pursue his dream of becoming socially mobile. Now, he is having an existential crisis in the canned goods aisle at Aldi, trying to remember his mindfulness techniques. Exploring the relationship between class, capitalism and health, organisers say Admin is about being poor, precarious and lonely, and adding items to your Watched List on eBay in the hopes of feeling better.

Dates: Jan 7 – 11

Tel 01 677 0014 or visit www.smockalley.com

Also at Smock Alley this month: In One Eye, Out the Other Jan 6 – 11; Sophie, Ben and Other Problems Jan 27 – Feb 1, Mad Forest Jan 30 – Feb 1

Dlr Mill Theatre


Eclipsed by Patricia Burke Brogan is set in a Magdalene laundry during the 1960’s, one inspired by the playwright’s own experience as a young novitiate. The show highlights the plight of four women who struggle to bear the austerity of their existence and desire to break the shackles of this landmark of societal repression.  Described as poignant, funny, moving and sad, the play is said to starkly remind audiences of the brutal intolerance of ‘female deviance’ in our country’s not so distant past while also detailing a journey of friendship, love, hope and survival.

Dates: Feb 4 – 8

Tel 01 296 9340 or visit www.milltheatre.ie

Also at the Mill Theatre this month: Robin Hood Dec 7 – Jan 5

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