Travel Ireland Magazine’s July Theatre Guide

Mermaid Arts Centre

Pop Up Mermaid

Take a leap of faith into the unknown with Mermaid Arts Centre this July. For one night only, Pop Up Mermaid will present a line-up of delectable bite-sized performances across theatre, dance and film. Curated by Nyree Yergainharsian and Shaun Dunne, the night will also feature a series of post-show conversations that bridge the gap between artist and audience. Pop up, chill out, have a drink and get familiar with some of the talents that inspire Mermaid Arts Centre.

Dates: Jul 13

Tel: 01 272 4030 or visit

Also at the Mermaid Arts Centre this month: Treasure Island at Powerscourt Gardens (off-site event) Jul 28, Solar Bones Aug 1

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre


Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she’s chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family. This smash-hit production of the classic musical comes to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre for two weeks only, direct from London’s West End.

Dates: Jul 9 – 20

Tel: 01 677 7999 or visit 

Also at the Bord Gais this month: The Rocky Horror Show Jul 1 – 6, Club Tropicana Jul 30 – Aug 3

The Abbey Theatre

The Unmanageable Sisters

In Ballymun 1974, mother Ger wins a million Green Shield stamps. With them she can get almost anything she wants. However, when 15 friends and family gather to help her claim her winnings, all bets are off. Deirdre Kinahan’s adaptation of Michel Tremblay’s Canadian comedy Les Belles-Soeurs returns to the Abbey following rave reviews and standing ovations last year.

Dates: Jun 14 – Aug 3

Tel: 01 887 2200 or visit

Also at the Abbey this month: Two Pints Jun 24 – Aug 10, Young Curators Festival Jul 29 – 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 24

Tel 01 874 4045 or visit

The Olympia Theatre

Tom Gates Live (pictured)

From the producers of Horrible Histories and based on the best-selling books by Liz Pichon, this brand-new story is pure fun for the whole family. Tom’s doing everything possible to stay out of trouble, but somehow, he’s got three sad faces on the school achievement chart. And getting another sad face means he can’t go on the school trip. Moany Marcus Meldrew is making things worse and now Tom has annoyed his grumpy sister Delia. Can his best friend Derek help? Will Rooster the dog stop eating his homework?

Dates: Jul 3 – 6

Tel: 01 679 3323 or visit

Also at the Olympia this month: Copper Face Jacks: The Musical Jul 10 – Aug 10 (For more info, see here)

The Gaiety Theatre


A theatrical show consisting mainly of traditional Irish music and dance, Riverdance originated as an interval act during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, earning a standing ovation and going down in history as one of event’s most famed moments. After witnessing the enthusiasm for the performance, $1 million was invested into producing a full-length touring theatrical show. Opening in Dublin in 1995, since then Riverdance has been performed over 11,500 times to a live audience of over 25 million people in 515 venues worldwide, throughout 47 countries across 6 continents.

Dates: Jun 11 – Sep 15

Tel: 0818 719 388 or visit

Smock Alley Theatre

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Vladimir and Estragon wait endlessly for the arrival of Godot, discussing religion, contemplating suicide and crotch rot in a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes and nonsense. A tragicomedy in two acts, Beckett’s play pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existential post World War II Europe and man’s inexhaustible search for meaning. This play remains one of the most beautiful and allegorical of our time.

Dates: Jul 23 – Aug 10

Tel 01 677 0014 or visit

Also at Smock Alley this month: The Last Corner Shop on Misery Hill Jul 1 – 6, Demelza Eating Apples Jul 8 – 13 Kate Crackernuts Jul 9 – 13, Unfit for Purpose Jul 17 – 20, The Kelly Company Jul 23 – 27.

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