Travel Ireland Magazine’s August Theatre Guide

Mermaid Arts Centre

London Astrobeat Orchestra

Comprised of the finest West African session musicians alive, London Astrobeat Orchestra will perform songs from the iconic Talking Heads movie Stop Making Sense. Considering the afrobeat vibes that run through all the best of David Byrne and co’s albums, it’s appropriate that this collective of musicians should offer their completely unique, razor sharp, liquid funk and jaw-droppingly tight take on Talking Heads’ timeless compositions.

Dates: Aug 3

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

Also at the Mermaid Arts Centre this month: Solar Bones Aug 1

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

The Bodyguard

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge – what they don’t expect is to fall in love. Based on the 1992 blockbuster romantic thriller, this international award-winning smash hit musical stars X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke (at evening performances only) performing irresistible classics like ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ and the legendary ‘I Will Always Love You.’

Dates: Aug 7 – 17

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

Also at the Bord Gais this month: Club Tropicana Jul 30 – Aug 3, Kinky Boots Aug 19 – 31

The Abbey Theatre

Two Pints / The Unmanageable Sisters

Two smash-hit shows return to The Abbey this summer. In Roddy Doyle’s Two Pints, two men meet for drinks.  They talk about their Da’s, death, Nigella, North Korea and the afterlife. Meanwhile, Deirdre Kinahan’s The Unmanageable Sisters is set in Ballymun 1974 when 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 the winnings, all bets are off. In a special summer offer, theatre goers can see both shows for just €40 when tickets are booked at the same time.

Dates: Jun 24 – Aug 10 / Jun 14 – Aug 3

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

Also at the Abbey this month: Young Curators Festival Jul 29 – Aug 10, We Can’t Have Monkeys in the House Aug 1 – 3, Superstructure Aug 7 – 8, Summertime Aug 7 – 8, Where Are You From? Aug 9 – 10, Ask Too Much of Me Aug 19 – 24, The Hunger Aug 19 – 24,

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 www.gatetheatre.ie 

Also at the Gate this month: Muldoon’s Picnic Aug 4

The Olympia Theatre

Little Miss Sunshine

Based on the Academy Award-winning film, Little Miss Sunshine centres on the Hoover family – including overworked mother Sheryl (Irish actress Lucy O’Byrne, The Voice). Together, they have had more than a few troubles. Yet young Olive has her heart set on winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest. When an invitation to compete comes out of the blue, the Hoovers must pile into their rickety, yellow VW camper van. Can it survive the 800-mile trip from New Mexico to California? More importantly, can they?

Dates: Aug 13 – 17

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

Also at the Olympia this month: Copper Face Jacks: The Musical Jul 10 – Aug 10, Tinder – A Musical Comedy Aug 20 – 24, A Murder is Announced Aug 26 – 31. More information here.

The Gaiety Theatre

Riverdance

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 www.gaietytheatre.ie

Smock Alley Theatre

The Roaring Banshees (pictured)

Set in 1923, after a failed assassination attempt on Eamon de Valera, a rogue Cumann na mBán unit flee across the Atlantic to escape the law. With Prohibition in full swing, they earn their keep by making bootleg poitín and selling it on to the Chicago mob. But it’s not long before a gang war breaks out with them caught in the middle, and the lethal skills they honed back home hunting Black and Tans are taken to the bullet-strewn streets of the Windy City.

Dates: Aug 12 – 31

Tel 01 677 0014 or visit www.smockalley.com

Also at Smock Alley this month: Bright Eyes Aug 19 – 31

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