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Travel Ireland Magazine’s January Theatre Guide

Mermaid Arts Centre

I Hear You and Rejoice by Mikel Murfi

Acclaimed playwright and stage actor Mikel Murfi (Ballyturk) returns with a one man show. Late in his life, Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, embarks on a journey he had not quite planned. In doing so, he finds that every twist in the road can bring its own surprises. The play has garnered rave reviews with the New York Times calling it ‘a many-tongued wonder of Irish storytelling.’ Catch it for one night only at the Mermaid Arts Centre.

Dates: Jan 18

Tel: 01 272 4030 or visit here

Also at the Mermaid Arts Centre this month: The Gingerbread Man Jan 4, Infinity Jan 31.

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Calendar Girls

Based on a true story, as well as the 2003 smash hit comedy film, Calendar Girls is an award-winning musical from Take That’s Gary Barlow and playwright Tim Firth (The Band) about a group of ordinary ladies who produced a nude calendar to raise money for leukaemia research.  The comedy comes to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre after performances on the London’s West End where it earned glowing reviews.

Dates: Jan 22 – Feb 2

Tel: 01 677 7999 or visit here  

Also at Bord Gáis this month: Macbeth Jan 15 – 19.

The Abbey Theatre

Tonight With Donny Stixx/Dark Vanilla Jungle by Philip Ridley

Two plays from English writer-director Philip Ridley (The Krays, The Reflecting Skin, The Passion of Darkly Moon) will be performed back to back at the Abbey Theatre. Tonight with Donny Stixx centres on a teenage magician with mental health problems while Dark Vanilla Jungle focuses on an underage girl groomed by an older man for sex. Linked through poeticism and dark subject matter, the two plays will be performed together each evening (more details here).

Dates: Jan 15 – 26

Tel: 01 887 2200 or visit here

The Gate Theatre

The Great Gatsby

This immersive stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel about young, mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby continues 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: Jan – Feb 16

Tel 01 874 4045 or visit here.

The Olympia Theatre

Keith Barry – Deception

Leading Irish hypnotist, mentalist, brain hacker and mind magician Keith Barry is bringing his new show to the Olympia. Titled Deception, the live performance will feature the TV star using brainwashing, subliminal messaging, cults and much more to explore how easy the line between reality and trickery can be blurred. Organisers say: “if you want to laugh until your face hurts and be badly deceived then Deception is for you” (more details here).

Dates: Jan 18, Feb 1

Tel: 01 679 3323 or visit here

Also, at the Olympia this month: A Bowie Celebration Jan 9 (more details here).

The Gaiety Theatre

The Snow Queen

Gaiety panto The Snow Queen continues its run into January, following a string of sold-out shows in December. Adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen story, it 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.

Dates: Jan 1 – Jan 20

Tel: 0818 719 388 or visit here

Also at the Gaiety this month: The Cripple of Inishmaan Jan 25 – Mar 9 (more details here).

Smock Alley Theatre

Personal Space: Volume 2 by Dreamgun

After last year’s sellout inaugural dark comedy anthology show Personal Space, co-writers and performers Stephen Colfer, Hannah Mamalis and Peter McGann return. From the same creatives involved with the popular Dreamgun Film Reads, this new show will see the comedians present audiences with three more stories focusing on the worst people in the worst situations. And there’s a twist.

Dates: Jan 14 – 19

Tel 01 677 0014 or visit here

Also at Smock Alley this month: Son of a Preacher Man Jan 1 – 5, Sally Denver Matthews Jan 2 – 5, Nothing But a Toerag Jan 7 – 12, Infinity 7 – 12, Blue Devils Jan 11, In Two Minds Jan 12, The First Protestant Jan 23 – 26.

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