Cork Arts Theatre
Featuring a vivacious miscellany of songs from 20th century musicals, Showtime Memories will see a quartet of classically trained singers perform tracks like Showboat’s ‘Ol’ Man River’, My Fair Lady’s ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ and West Side Story’s ‘Tonight’. The programme comprises a mixture of solos, duets and quartets which move seamlessly from one to the other, interrupted only by highly informative narration introducing the songs.
Dates: Dec 6 – 8
Tel: 021 450 5624 or visit www.corkartstheatre.com
Also at Cork Arts Theatre this month: Funsize Dec 11, Aladdin – the panto Dec 12 – 13
Grand Opera House, Belfast
Xmas for Dummies
Following the success of last year’s sell-out hit On the Shelf, Tara Lynne O’Neill (Derry Girls) and Chris Robinson (Counsel) are back with another darkly comic antidote to all the usual Christmas schmaltz. It is Christmas eve. Tracey is working late to get the shop window ready for the Boxing Day sales. Suddenly, finding herself locked in, Tracey, is all alone … or is she? Organisers describe Xmas for Dummies as ‘the 80s movie Mannequin set in Castle Street…with cheaper actors.’
Dates: Dec 10 – 22
Tel: 028 9024 1919 or visit www.goh.co.uk
Also at the Grand Opera House this month: Beauty and the Beast Nov 30 – Jan 12
Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick
Joxer Daly Esq
Phelim Drew returns to the stage reviving Sean O’Casey’s playful scrounger from the classic Juno and The Paycock for this intriguing new play from the pen of Eddie Naughton (Inishfallen Fare Thee Well). Here we see Joxer Daly’s journey from respectable member of The Foresters Association to a vagabond scraping by with only his wit to use as collateral.
Dates: Dec 13
Tel: 061 953 400 or visit www.limetreetheatre.ie
Also at Lime Tree this month: For the Love and Honour Dec 6 – 7, Swan Lake Dec 6 – 7, Baby’s First Xmas Dec 11, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Dec 13 – 14 Beauty and the Beast Panto Dec 27 – Jan 5
Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow
Heart of Winter / Swan Lake
There are two great shows coming to the Mermaid this December. The first is Heart of Winter, a new musical. Christmas is coming and Sally can’t sleep – it’s far too hot! No-one can remember the last time it snowed, or even rained. To help her sleep, Sally’s dad reads a story about the last snowflake. That night the young girl has a dream that changes everything. A mysterious silver spark transforms her bedroom into a glistening white field.
Following Heart of Winter’s run, Ballet Ireland’s production of classic Swan Lake will pirouette into the Mermaid, telling the story of Odette, a beautiful princess, who is turned into a swan by day by evil magician Von Rothbart, only to regain her human form at night. Out hunting by the lakeside, Prince Siegfried encounters her and falls madly in love with her. But will he be able to break Von Rothbart’s spell?
Dates: Dec 17 – 18 / Dec 20 – 22
Tel: 01 272 4030 or visit www.mermaidartscentre.ie
Also at the Mermaid Arts Centre this month: Baby’s First Xmas Dec 9
The Everyman, Cork
Jack and the Beanstalk
Cork’s favourite panto is back – and it’s full of beans – oh, yes it is, giving English fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk the pantomime treatment. Organisers say the show will climb to brand-new heights while still appealing to all generations of panto lovers – old and new.
Dates: Nov 30 – Jan 12
Tel: 021 450 1673 or visit www.everymancork.com
Town Hall Theatre, Galway
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
The town is preparing for Christmas. Houses are being decorated, cards are being written, presents are being wrapped and stockings are being hung. Inspired by the classic poem by Clement Clarke Moore, this joyful journey through the most magical night of the year combines storytelling, original live music and puppetry to create a fun festive show for audiences 5+ and upwards.
Dates: Dec 19 – 21
Tel: 091 569 777 or visit www.tht.ie
Also at the Town Hall this month: Aladdin Dec 29 – Jan 12
Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
Come in from the cold and enter into the Christmas spirit as a dark and spectral woman tells haunting tales of the festive season, lighting a candle to the frailties of human nature and illuminating the chilling depths of the bleak, wintry dark. Following the international touring success that was Female Gothic, Dyad Productions resurrects a Victorian tradition by presenting three seasonal tales of terror to scintillate the gooseflesh for dark Christmas nights.
Dates: Dec 7
Tel: 056 7761674 or visit www.watergatetheatre.ie
Also at the Watergate this month: Heart of Winter Dec 5, The Bockety World of Henry and Bucket Dec 9 – 10, The Man in the Woman’s Shoes Dec 12, Santa’s Fairytale Christmas Dec 22