Travel Ireland Magazine’s November Theatre Guide

Mermaid Arts Centre

Woman Undone

Dublin theatre company Brokentalkers have collaborated with Ireland’s greatest female vocalist Mary Coughlan for this powerful music theatre performance. The play tells the story of the singer’s traumatic early life, her experience of abuse, addiction, mental illness and the redemption she found through art.

Nov 29

Tel: 01 272 4030 or visit www.mermaidartscentre.ie

Also at the Mermaid Arts Centre this month: Ireland’s Call Nov 15, Tea Dance Nov 16 (more details here)

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

The Band by Tim Firth

Presented by Take That, The Band is a new musical about what it’s like to grow up with a boyband.  For five 16-year-old friends in 1992, ‘the band’ is everything.  25 years on, audiences are reunited with the group as the friends, now 40-something women, try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes.

Dates: Nov 6-10

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

The Abbey Theatre

Double Cross by Thomas Kilroy

This play creatively pitches two real-life Irishmen against each other in World War II’s propaganda battle – Brendan Bracken, the British Minister for Information, and Nazi broadcaster William Joyce, better known as Lord Haw-Haw. Originally performed in 1986, organisers say Double Cross now takes on a new relevance in an era of heightened nationalism and ‘fake news’.

Dates: Oct 31 – Nov 10

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

Also at the Abbey Theatre this month: Asking for It Nov 9-24

The Gate Theatre

The Great Gatsby

This immersive stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel about young, mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby returns once again following a critically acclaimed, award-winning and sell-out run in 2017. The theatre will be transformed into the central character’s mansion, famed for its decadent opulence and atmosphere. The seats will be 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: Nov 15 – Jan 20

Tel 01 874 4045 or visit www.gatetheatre.ie

The Olympia Theatre

Hello Again – The Story of Neil Diamond

This tribute show celebrates one Neil Leslie Diamond, charting his life over 50 years from his early days as an in-house songwriter at the now legendary Brill Building, to his selling of over 125 million records. Featuring live music from acclaimed tribute act Brooklyn Creed & The Salvation Band, dubbed ‘the voice of Diamond’, as well as evocative imagery, video and narration, the show takes fans on a musical journey. Expect to hear hits like ‘Sweet Caroline’, ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’, ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’, ‘Song Sung Blue’, ‘Hello Again’, ‘Love on the Rocks’, ‘America’ and many more.

Dates: Nov 25

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

The Gaiety Theatre

The Nutcracker

Dates: Nov 14-17

Ballet Ireland is bringing the world’s favourite ballet The Nutcracker to audiences nationwide this season. This Irish production of the festive classic, performed by an international cast of world-class dancers, appeals to audiences of all ages, with its fairy tale magic, Tchaikovsky’s beloved and sumptuous score, beautiful costumes, and tale of wondrous adventure. Organisers say it is one of the most delectable Christmas confections imaginable.

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

Also at the Gaiety this month: The Matchmaker Nov 5-10 (more details here), The Snow Queen – The Gaiety Panto Nov 25 – Jan 6 (more details here)

Smock Alley Theatre

The Little Prince

Based on the famous children’s story from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the play focuses on the titular character as he voyages through the cosmos, uncovering answers and unearthing knowledge about love, humanity and life. Meeting an array of interplanetary vagabonds and faux philosophers, he discovers life in the universe may not be exactly what he expected.

Dates: Nov 6-10

Tel 01 677 0014 or visit www.smockalley.com

Also at Smock Alley this month: Mis-Conceptions Nov 6-10

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