Travel Ireland Magazine’s October Theatre Guide

Mermaid Arts Centre

The Mai By Marina Carr

The Mai is an epic tale centring on a formidable forty-year-old woman, a teacher known as The Mai, whose husband Robert, a musician, has always felt stifled by her ideals of perfection. After seventeen years he leaves her, whereupon she sets about decorating a dream house in the hope that he will one day return to her. From her fairy-tale castle set in the midlands of Ireland, The Mai waits by the window for him. The play opens in this world on the day of Robert’s return after four years.

Dates 2nd – 3rd Oct

Tel: 01 2724043 or visit

Also at the Mermaid Arts Centre this month: Deirdre O’Kane: A Line of O’Kane 6th October, How to Catch a Star 9th – 10th Oct, Underneath 18th October

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Shrek the Musical

Based on the story and characters from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this show turns the world of fairy-tales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy. Join Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. The musical returns to the country following a record-breaking UK and Ireland tour.

Dates 23rd Oct – 4th Nov

Tel: 01 6777999 or visit  

The Abbey Theatre

Richard III

DruidShakespeare bring their interpretation of the bard’s legendary play to the Abbey. Crippled from birth and intensely ambitious, the titular character sets about bending the world to his own desires. No bond is too sacred, no blood too thick – nothing will stand between Richard and the crown in this chilling and darkly comic story of power and ambition.

Dates 3rd – 27 Oct

Tel: 01 8872200 or visit

The Gate Theatre


Irish actress and Oscar nominee Ruth Negga continues her run playing Hamlet in Shakespeare’s iconic story of politics, vengeance, madness and murder – in this groundbreaking production reimagined for audiences today.

Dates: Playing until 27th October

Tel 01 8744045 / 018746042 or visit

The Olympia Theatre

An Evening with Eric Cantona

One of the most influential footballers of all time takes to the stage for a handful of selected UK & Irish dates, including a stop off for two nights at the Olympia Theatre. There, the legend will discuss his footballing career at clubs like Leeds and Manchester United and his life since leaving the beautiful game.

Dates: 30th Oct – 1st Nov

Tel: 01 6793323 or visit

Also at the Olympia Theatre this month: Harlem Gospel Choir 18th Oct, You Win Again – The Story of the Bee Gees 19th Oct, The Magic of Motown 26th and 27th Oct

The Gaiety Theatre

The Full Monty By Simon Beaufoy

Based on his smash hit film and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, this play centres on six unemployed steelworkers who, inspired by the Chippendale’s dancers, form a male striptease act. It isn’t long before the women attending their shows cheer them on to go for “the full monty” – total nudity.

Dates: 1st – 6th October

Tel: 0818 719 388 or visit

Also at the Gaiety this month: Bluebeards Castle 12th – 14th Oct, Tom Crean: Antarctic Explorer 15th – 20th Oct, The Simon and Garfunkel Story 26th Oct – 3rd Nov

Smock Alley Theatre

Colm Tóibín

Acclaimed author Colm Tóibín (Brooklyn) will take to the stage to discuss his new book Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce. The biography sees Tóibín turn his incisive gaze to three of Ireland’s greatest ever artists. Presented as part of The Gutter Bookshop’s ‘Writers at Smock Alley’ series, the event is sure to be an illuminating and unique evening in the company of one of the country’s finest living writers.

Dates: 24th Oct

Tel 01 6770014 or visit

Also at Smock Alley this month: St Nicholas 9th – 14th Oct, Mothers Nature 11th – 13th Oct, The Streets Are Ours 17th – 18th Oct

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