Travel Ireland Magazine’s June Theatre Guide

Mermaid Arts Centre

Brothers of the Brush by Jimmy Murphy

25 years since the original production of this classic, Brothers of the Brush returns. Set just at the dawn of the Celtic Tiger, it tells the story of three house painters, making a meagre living, overseen by an arrogant and shifty boss who is running a small business.

Dates: Jun 22

Tel: 01 272 4030 or visit

Also at the Mermaid Arts Centre this month: Don’t Throw Out Your Fat Pants Jun 25

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

The Girl on the Train

Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel – an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide – EastEnders’ Samantha Womack stars as Rachel Watson, someone longing for a different life. Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could ever have anticipated.

Dates: Jun 3 – 8

Tel: 01 677 7999 or visit 

Also at the Bord Gais this month: Fame: The Musical Jun 18 – 22, Dirty Dancing Jun 24 – 29.

The Abbey Theatre

Citysong by Dylan Coburn Gray

Described as not just a play but a poem and a chorus of voices, Dylan Coburn Gray’s Verity Bargate Award-winning work centres on three generations of a Dublin family on one day. Featuring teen discos, late night taxis, home nurses, Jewish launderettes, vigilantes, babies, immigrants and seagulls, the Abbey describe it as ‘intimate and sweeping, cerebral and compassionate, joyous and ridiculous.’

Dates: May 25 – Jun 8

Tel: 01 887 2200 or visit

Also at the Abbey this month: The Unmanageable Sisters Jun 14 – Aug 3, Two Pints Jun 24 – Aug 10

The Gate Theatre

The Snapper by Roddy Doyle

Based on Roddy Doyle’s classic novel and the second entry in his acclaimed Barrytown Trilogy of books, The Snapper revolves around the unmarried Sharon Rabbitte’s pregnancy, and the unexpected effects this has on her conservative, working class Dublin family. Veteran actor Simon Delaney stars as Sharon’s father Jimmy Snr – a role previously made famous onscreen by Colm Meaney in The Commitments.

Dates: Jun 6 – Aug 3

Tel 01 874 4045 or visit

The Olympia Theatre

A Conversation with Bob Woodward

One of the two journalists who broke the infamous Watergate Scandal and author of the book Fear: Trump in the White House, Bob Woodward will give a live talk for one night only in Dublin. Moderated by Fintan O’Toole, the two will discuss the state of the US Presidency.

Dates: Jun 10

Tel: 01 679 3323 or visit

The Gaiety Theatre

Turn of the Screw (pictured)

A new adaptation of Henry James’ iconic tale, in 1840, a young governess agrees to look after two orphaned children in Bly, a seemingly idyllic country house. But shortly after her arrival, she realises that they are not alone. There are others – the ghosts of Bly’s troubled past. The Governess will risk everything to keep the children safe, even if it means giving herself up to The Others. Years later, confronted by the past she is compelled to account for what actually happened to her and the innocents under her protection.

Dates: Jun 4 – 8

Tel: 0818 719 388 or visit

Also at the Gaiety this month: Riverdance 2019 Jun 11 – Sep 15

Smock Alley Theatre

My Heart and I: The Life and Loves of Josef Locke

A romp through the life and loves of Irish tenor Josef Locke, this two-man show brings you the fellow artists, agents and marriage partners of this working-class hero. The singer’s extraordinary voice soared over the bustle of showbiz wheeling and dealing as he clambered to the top of his profession, no matter what.

Dates: Jun 10 – 15

Tel 01 677 0014 or visit

Also at Smock Alley this month: Edinburgh Previews Jun 16 – 22, Below Below Jun 25 – 29

Featured Image Credit – Tom Grace

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