Travel Ireland Magazine’s March Theatre Guide

Mermaid Arts Centre

Joxer Daly Esq by Eddie Naughton

Straight off the back of his scene stealing turn in the Gaiety’s recent production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, Phelim Drew returns to the stage. He will revive 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: Mar 23

Tel: 01 272 4030 or visit

Also at the Mermaid Arts Centre this month: Return of Spring Mar 12

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Madama Butterfly

Irish soprano Celine Byrne joins a host of international and Irish singers to star as Madama Butterfly in Puccini’s most heart-wrenching opera. The classic takes us on the emotional journey of a devoted young Asian woman as she faces the truth about Pinkerton, the US navy lieutenant she marries.

Dates: Mar 24 – Mar 30

Tel: 01 677 7999 or visit 

Also at Bord Gáis this month: Tommy Fleming Mar 3, Jersey Boys Mar 6 – 16, John Grant Mar 31

The Abbey Theatre

The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien

Irish author Edna O’Brien revisits her era-defining, previously banned novel The Country Girls, adapting the story for the stage. It tells the tale of two young Irish country girls who have spent their childhood together. As they leave the safety of their convent school in search of life and love in the big city, they struggle to maintain their somewhat tumultuous relationship. One is dreamy and romantic, yearning for true love. The other just wants to experience the life of a single girl.

Dates: Mar – Apr 6

Tel: 01 887 2200 or visit

Also at the Abbey this month: Opera Briefs Mar 26 – 30

The Gate Theatre

Beginning by David Eldridge

Set in the aftermath of a housewarming party, Beginning takes place in real time as the lonely host and a divorced friend of a friend flirt while bonding over their isolation. Staring Eileen Walsh (Catastrophe, Women on the Verge) and Marty Rea (Citizen Lane), this two-hander has been described as the perfect anti-romance for 21st century life, focusing on single people dealing with the challenges of connecting and sharing.

Dates: Mar 28 – Apr 20

Tel 01 874 4045 or visit

Also at the Gate this month: The Children Mar – Mar 23

The Olympia Theatre

Rhod Gilbert – The Book of John

Following a six-year break from stand-up, the multi-award-winning Rhod Gilbert is back with a brand-new live show. The current host of BBC2’s The Apprentice: You’re Fired and the former host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Time Out called Gilbert’s The Book of John ‘a blistering tour-de-force’, while The Times said the comedian was ‘a joy to behold’.

Dates: Mar 24

Tel: 01 679 3323 or visit

The Gaiety Theatre

American Idiot

The special 10th anniversary tour of American Idiot – the ground-breaking Tony award-winning musical from rockers Green Day – is coming to Dublin. It tells the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world and features hit songs from the pop-punk band like “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends”, “Holiday” and the acclaimed titular track.

Dates: Mar 19 – 23

Also at the Gaiety this month: The Cripple of Inishmaan Mar – Mar 9, The Mirror Crack’d Mar 12 – Mar 16, Madagascar The Musical Mar 26 – 31.

Tel: 0818 719 388 or visit

Smock Alley Theatre

Port Authority by Conor McPherson

Painting a vivid picture of life in contemporary Dublin, award-winning playwright Conor McPherson (Seafarer, The Weir and Shining City) weaves together a moving and funny tale of loves lost and found, the consequences of big dreams and the significance of even our smallest choices. In Port Authority, a young boy leaves home for the first time, a man begins a job for which he is not qualified and a pensioner receives a mysterious package. As each person confronts the significance of these events, they are forced to take stock of themselves, their feelings, and of the decisions they have made.

Dates: Mar 4 – 9

Tel 01 677 0014 or visit

Also at Smock Alley this month: Call Mr. Robeson Mar 4 – 9, Just an Ordinary Lawyer Mar 11 – 16, Fallen Angels Mar 18 – 23, Electric Mar 18 – 23, In the Window Mar 29

Featured Image Credit – Shane Connaughton

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