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Fred & Alice
Tuesday Saturday 8:30pm
Tickets* €15 €12
It’s not easy to get by in this crazy old world. Fred and Alice have discovered that all you really need are 2 tennis rackets, a freezer full of ready meals and an immature coping strategy. Fred and Alice first met in the home. It wasn’t really a home but Fred always called it a home because that was where he lived, and if you are not living at home then where are you? It was love at first sight for Alice. Eventually Fred got used to her and it was love at first sight for him too. Come see this joyous celebration of individuality, where Fred and Alice negotiate the perils and pitfalls of life and love. Starring Ciaran Bermingham & Cora Fenton. Written and directed by John Sheehy.
“...clever and absorbing stuff”...“Imaginative and escapist theatricality.” The Irish Times
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This April, Cork Opera House is delighted to present our Box Office smash hit GREASE! from acclaimed director Bryan Flynn and his creative team. With stunning scenery and costumes, a rocking live band and a first class cast; audiences are transported back to 1950’s Rydell High where the familiar summer romance between Danny and Sandy unfolds in a music and dance extravaganza, including unforgettable songs such as ‘You’re The One That I Want’, ‘Grease Is The Word’, ‘Summer Nights’, ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’, ‘Sandy’, ‘Greased Lightnin’ and many more. So come hand jive the night away with the T-Birds and Pink Ladies this April. Be there or be square! GREASE Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey “Grease” is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 570 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10018. (866) 378-9758. www.theatricalrights.com
Tuesday Sunday 8pm Saturday & Sunday 2:30pm Tickets* €20 - €30 Family Rate* €70 €100
15 - 19 Tuesday - Saturday 11am & 2pm
Lyngo Theatre Company presents
Jack and the Beanstalk
HALF MOON THEATRE
A show by Marcello Chiarenza, adapted and performed by Patrick Lynch, with music by Carlo ‘Cialdo’ Capelli, design assistant Elena Marini. Fee Fi Fo Fum! It’s a giant of a show, we’d love you to come! This classic fairytale now gets the Lyngo treatment so expect lots of surprises, a gripping story and beautiful images as Jack sells his cow for 5 magic beans and finds himself in the land above the clouds. It’s a show for the over 3’s (and their giants) with something for everyone – enormous shoes, tiny houses, showers of silver and gold and a big, leafy explosion!
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
Only One Direction formed in early 2012 as the first One Direction tribute band in the world. The band immediately attracted a lot of interest and were soon performing up to 7 shows a week. In just under 2 years, they performed to over 200,000 people and established themselves as the best One Direction tribute available. They have featured in National media throughout the UK and International media as far as America & Canada. Cork Opera House are looking forward to seeing the boys in action right here.
With their fifth and latest studio album ‘Into Your Heart’, Hothouse Flowers are planning to steal their way into hearts everywhere. ‘Your Love Goes On’, the first new single from the record, debuted as the highest-ranking new single that week in the Irish charts. With the February 6th release of ‘Into Your Heart’ in Ireland and a scheduled mid-March release in the UK, the band plans to tour extensively. Known for their unique brand of rock that’s influenced by soul, gospel and traditional Irish music, the band’s lead singer Liam Ó Maonlaí says: “As musicians we have a duty to imagine and to manifest something of the possibilities that live in our collective imagination. Hothouse Flowers is a rock and roll band but that band also is a collective of voices from a time and place.” Support by The Henry Girls.
One of Ireland’s foremost songwriters, Jimmy MacCarthy returns to performing with his Greatest Hits Irish tour following his sell out gig here last Autumn. Having had his songs recorded by major Irish artists including Christy Moore, Mary Black, Mary Coughlan, Maura O’Connell and Westlife, he has also released four solo albums. His Greatest Hits tour pays homage to old favourites such as ‘Neidin’ while introducing more recent work such as ‘Andalucian Gray’ and ‘Children of Mile’. A native of Macroom Co. Cork, MacCarthy’s first single ‘Miles of Eyes’ was released in 1981 and from there he went on to write some of the most famous songs in the Irish folk and contemporary repertoire such as ‘Ride On’, ’No Frontiers’, ’Katie’, ‘The Bright Blue Rose’, ‘The Contender’, ’Mystic Lipstick,’ ‘Missing you’ and many more.
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Fresh off the Cork Opera House stage, ‘The Son Of Love’ Velvin Lamont is releasing his debut EP ‘Love Is On The Way’ on iTunes this April. To celebrate, Velvin will perform some of his new songs as well as his favourite soul, pop and R&B songs by artists such as Nat King Cole, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Pharrell Williams. The evening will be hosted by one of Cork’s number one DJ’s Stevie G. A newcomer to Ireland, Velvin first became known as a top 12 finalist on The Voice of Ireland in 2012. He has also played Teen Angel in the 2013 and 2014 productions of Grease! as well as Genie in our Panto, ‘Aladdin’ in 2013.
CHOICE music award nominee
The Wexford ‘Wunderkind’ winds her way back to her homeland for a short Irish tour this April to coincide with the release of her 4th album. ‘Wallis Bird’ was released in 2012 to unanimous critical acclaim and secured a Choice Music Award nomination. Being the road warrior that she is, Wallis spent the last year out on tour promoting it, playing well over 100 shows around the world.
“High-flying Bird keeps it real.” - Sunday World
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“The work of an artist who’s fully primed and ready to take on the world.” - Hot Press
28 & 29 Monday & Tuesday 8pm
KILMEeN DRAMA GROUP PRESENTS
The Walworth Farce
Photo by Marcin Lewandowskie
Presented by Kilmeen Drama Group, ‘The Walworth Farce’ by Enda Walsh is the story about Dinny and his two sons, Sean and Blake. Every day Dinny directs his sons in his own little house-play that tells the story of how this unconventional family left their beloved Cork almost twenty years ago and found themselves living in a council flat on the Walworth Road in London. On this day, an unexpected and unwelcome guest arrives on their doorstep. Her presence upsets the delicate fiction Dinny has been weaving all these years and threatens to break the vicious psychological control he has over his sons.
NEIL FINN (of crowded house)
New Zealander Neil Mullane Finn OBE is the founding member of Crowded House, a band that rose to international fame in the late 1980s after the release of their debut song written by Neil called ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’. The band produced four albums to critical acclaim but Neil left in 1996 to pursue a solo career. Since then, the multi-instrumentalist has released two solo albums, two ‘Fin Brothers’ albums with his brother Tim, reformed Crowded House and released 2 albums and undertaking world tours in 2009 / 2010. He has written music for both TV and film, including ‘Song of the Lonely Mountain’ featured in Peter Jackson’s latest movie: The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey. Neil comes to Ireland, the country of his mother’s birth, on the release of his 3rd solo album ‘Dizzy Heights’.
FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES
Friends in Low Places, better known as The Ultimate Garth Brooks Experience is back with a brand new show. Fronted by well-known country singer Trevor Smyth, Friends in Low Places is an eight-piece band made up of an array of top class musicians from around Ireland. You can expect to hear all the greatest hits of American country-music legend Garth Brooks who rose to worldwide fame in the 1990s with his own brand of country music which spawned such classic songs as ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’, ‘Friends In Low Places’, ‘The Dance’, ‘Baton Rouge’, ‘Shameless’, ‘Unanswered Prayers’ and many more. www.friendsinlowplaces.ie
Tickets* €22 €25
Newbury Productions (UK) Limited present
REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY® in THE BIBLE: THE COMPLETE WORD OF GOD (abridged)
After a brief Exodus, the play they tried to ban is reincarnated in Ireland. Following the sell-out success of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) at Newtownabbey earlier this year - The Reduced Shakespeare Company has been inundated with requests to return to the Emerald Isle. Yes, it’s an affectionate, irreverent roller coaster ride from fig leaves to Final Judgment as the ‘The Bad Boys of Abridgement’ tackle the great theological questions: Did Adam and Eve have navels? Did Moses really look like Charlton Heston? And why isn’t the word “phonetic” spelled the way it sounds? Written by Adam Long, Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor.
“This is a slick, fast, very funny show.” - Sunday Times
Grammy® AWARD NOMINEE
Tori AMOS Tori Amos, one of the most accomplished artists, songwriters and performers of the last 20 years, has announced the release of her 14th studio album, ‘Unrepentant Geraldines’ as well as an extensive world tour. She has sold over 12 million albums, played over a thousand shows and won numerous awards, including 8 Grammy award nominations, since the release of her debut album in 1992. Most recently, her single ‘Flavor’ from her 2012 album Gold Dust peaked at No.1 on the Billboard Hot Club Dance Chart in February 2013. She has also ventured into theatre joining forces with book writer Samuel Adamson on their musical ‘The Light Princess’, which was nominated for best musical in the UK Evening Standard Drama Awards. Support by Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou.
Wednesday 1pm & 4pm Thursday 10am, 1pm & 4pm ri Featu
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Tickets* €16 €19
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Peppa Pig © Astley Baker Davies Ltd / Entertainment One UK Ltd 2003
Fresh from the success of Peppa Pig’s Party and Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt comes Peppa’s brand new show Peppa Pig’s Big Splash. Come and join Peppa and her friends for another all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles! The nursery roof is leaking and Peppa and her friends need to fix it - quick! As they set up a fete to raise the money for the repairs, they’ll need your help to make sure everything goes smoothly. Peppa Pig returns live on stage with super cute puppets and brilliant sing-along songs in this brand new show that will brighten your day. So grab your wellies and brollies. Let’s get splashing! Peppa Pig © Astley Baker Davies Ltd / eOne Entertainment Ltd 2003.
Russell Kane Smallness
What is it with us and smallness? Being tiny but fierce, close but distant. This Jedward-haired award-winning twat is the same and he returns with a new blisteringly big-small show. Watch him spew thoughts about smallness; on keeping things small when life gets big. Support by Eric Lawlor.
“Russell Kane delivers magic in spades.” - The Scotsman
“A smart, probing brain lurks below the vertiginous quiff.” - The Evening Standard “A seriously good comedian.” - The Times
Man in the Mirror Anthony Walker
The Music of Michael Jackson Every generation throws up many iconic artists that live long in the memory and fabric of who we are and none more so than the music of Michael Jackson. Showcasing the sensational Jackson hit list is Ireland’s finest tribute artist Anthony Walker who returns to the stage with this new and exciting show. Anthony’s Man in the Mirror sold out venues across the country in 2013. His latest tribute, THE ANTHOLOGY TOUR 2014, includes a live band, dancers and backing singers. For music lovers, it’s a must - for Michael Jackson fans, this show is absolutely essential.
Grammy® AWARD WINNERS
Kronos QUartet 4oth ANNIVERSARY TOUR
PROGRAMME: Bryce Dessner / Aheym (Homeward) * Terry Riley / The Serquent Risadome * Irish premiere Donnacha Dennehy / One Hundred Goodbyes (Céad Slán) * I. Is Léan Liom (I grieve for you) II. Tomás Bán (White Thomas) III. Céad Slán Dhuit (A Hundred Goodbyes to You) Geeshie Wiley (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Last Kind Words + Laurie Anderson (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Flow + Philip Glass / String Quartet No. 6 * Irish premiere in three movements * Written for Kronos | + Arranged for Kronos Programme subject to change.
San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet featuring David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola) and Sunny Yang (cello) combine a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 50 recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most eclectic composers and performers, commissioning more than 800 works and arrangements for string quartet. A Grammy winner, Kronos are also the only recipients of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize.
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Saturday 12 noon
Tickets* €50 €60
John EDWARD Psychic Medium John Edward has captivated audiences world-wide on his TV shows ‘Crossing Over’ and ‘Cross Country’. He is one of America’s foremost psychic mediums and the author of numerous critically acclaimed New York Times best sellers. John’s broad appeal has led to numerous international tours of Australia and the UK with guest appearances on everything from CNN’s Larry King Live to The Today Show, as well as Oprah, Ellen, Entertainment Tonight and many more! See him connect with the other side as he returns to visit Cork Opera House. There will be question and answer sessions and messages from loved ones on the other side! Seeing is believing!
MULTI GRAMMY® award winners
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Tickets* €26 - €31
The Blind Boys of Alabama are living legends of gospel music, winning five Grammy Awards and four Gospel Music Awards since the year 2000 alone. Their career spans over 70 years and shows no signs of diminishing. Longevity and major awards aside, The Blind Boys have earned praise for their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favourites to contemporary spiritual material by acclaimed songwriters such as Curtis Mayfield, Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. Their live shows are roof-raising musical events that appeal to audiences of all cultures.
“Inspired and relevant… borders on the miraculous.” - Washington Post
21 - 26 Wednesday Sunday 8pm
Gift Grub LIVE 3 Mario Rosenstock
Following the phenomenal sold-out nationwide tours of 2010 and 2012, Mario Rosenstock is delighted to announce a brand new stage show for 2014 – Gift Grub LIVE 3. The show will feature a host of brand new characters. Expect to see Francis Brennan, Marty Morrissey, Davy Fitz, Donal Skehan and Miriam ‘Genuinely’ O’Callaghan “live on stage” as you’ve never seen them before! There’s the return of Keith ‘Howya Buddies’ Duffy, Joan Burton, José Mourinho, Michael Noonan, and of course Mario’s inimitable take on Vincent Browne. But most of all, Mario is delighted to bring back probably his most celebrated character - Roy Keane. In Mario’s own words: “Roy’s back, José’s back - it’s a perfect storm”.
Tickets* €16 - €26
Russell Maliphant Company Still Current
Photograph: Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones
A Sadler’s Wells / Russell Maliphant Production Co-produced by Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg Co-commissioned by DanceEast | Supported by artsdepot and Arts Council England Internationally acclaimed choreographer Russell Maliphant’s Still Current features newly created duets, trios and solos danced by a remarkable company including Maliphant himself, Thomasin Gülgeç, Dickson Mbi and Carys Staton. The award winning solos ‘Afterlight (Part One)’ and ‘Two’ will also be included. A diverse physical language links the pieces, integrating vocabulary from contemporary, ballet and martial arts. The evening includes outstanding lighting by long-term collaborator Michael Hulls, musical compositions from Erik Satie, Andy Cowton and new music by Armand Amar and Mukul.
Thursday – Saturday 8pm
Rape OF LUCRECE PERFORMED BY
CAMILLE O’SULLIVAN Tickets* €20 - €30
3 PERFORMANCES ONLY!
Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece is a politically-charged, sexually provocative and violent thriller. In the hypnotic hands of internationally-acclaimed performer Camille O’Sullivan, this rarely performed tragedy is thrillingly brought to life through storytelling and song. Directed by Elizabeth Freestone, with original music played live by Feargal Murray on piano, O’Sullivan inhabits the souls of both Tarquin and Lucrece in this Royal Shakespeare Company production. While narrating their fates, she delivers an astonishing range of human experience contained in this dark tale that is as beautiful as it is monstrous.
“O’Sullivan is a superb performer and great singer…the star is her singing voice.” - The Guardian
‘IN THE MERRY MONTH OF JUNE’ June Rodgers Summer Show
With Full Supporting Cast
Tickets* €20 - €30 Family ticket* €100
After 20 years, the hilarious June Rodgers is finally taking her show on the road. Join June and her full company of singers and dancers as they bring you to Las Vegas via Cork to meet with The Rat Pack, Elvis and Shirley Bassey - all served up with lashings of June’s usual comic flair. The show includes June’s twist on some great music from the 80’s, including Wham!, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner and Cher as you have never seen them before! She’ll also be revealing some new side-splitting take offs as well as the return of some of her funniest characters including the brilliant Oliver Bond.
Grammy® AWARD WINNERS
Toumani & Sadiki
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In a rare father-and-son collaboration, Toumani Diabaté, genius of African music and widely recognised as the greatest living kora player, has recorded an album of duets with his son Sidiki, the instrument’s emerging star. Described as “the finest Toumani collaboration since his classic work with Ali Farka Touré” (The Guardian), ‘Toumani & Sidiki’ is a dialogue conducted through the kora, the 21-string West African harp, where the playing is an extraordinary display of musicianship. Toumani has brought the instrument to the world with albums, tours, Grammy awards and collaborations with the likes of Taj Mahal and Bjork, acquiring an impressive fan base that includes US President Barack Obama.
10 - 14
Fine Chisel presents
Tuesday Saturday 8:30pm
Tickets* €15 €18
WINNER – FRINGE FIRST AWARD 2013 WINNER – MTN AWARD FOR INNOVATION 2013
Fiona is losing her voice. Mal is losing his faith. Ted is losing his marbles. Somewhere in the North Pacific, a lonely whale sings. Armed with a stage full of instruments and a box of chalk, Fine Chisel’s award-winning actor-musicians conjure the rush of waves, the buzz of a 1960s pirate radio station and the farfrom-dry world of marine mammal bioacoustics. Fine Chisel is based in Bristol and their playful theatre and live music has taken them around the UK and now for the first time, to Ireland.
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‘Let Fine Chisel plunge you underwater and whisk you back in time and make you tingle with excitement.’ - Broadway Baby
13 & 14 Friday & Saturday 11pm
Fine Chisel presents
MIDNIGHT AT THE BOAR’S HEAD
Tickets* €15 Midnight at the Boar’s Head was originally commissioned and produced by Theatre Royal Bath, Shakespeare Unplugged.
Multi-award winning theatre company and band Fine Chisel present their Shakespearean knees-up. Outside, the land is burning. But in the bar, music is playing, drink is flowing and there are stories to be told. The Boar’s Head in London’s Cheapside was Shakespeare’s favourite pub. Fine Chisel bring it to life and fill it with an array of colourful characters. Some of them you’d expect to find there, propping up the bar. Others we’ve relocated from across the Complete Works. Grab yourself a glass and come join them… Foot-stomping live music, party-popper warfare and folk-fuelled storytelling.
‘Shakespearean cabaret… Bawdy, raucous, immersive and at times interactive, it’s the fun of Shakespeare as it should be’ - Three Weeks.
Panti’s High Heels in Low Places Written and performed by Panti Directed by Phillip McMahon Produced by Jennifer Jennings
Tickets* €20 €25
National Treasure, Performance Legend, Accidental Activist – join Panti in her first ever stand-up show ‘High Heels in Low Places’ - a warm and wicked evening of outrageously fun tales. Charting brushes with infamy, near misses with fame, and adventures in the seedy underbelly, the ‘High Queen of Ireland’ invites you in to her ultra-padded, hyper-real, stilettoshaped world as she swaps stories from the gutter and trades secrets of the stars. Come join Auntie Panti as she embraces you in her over-inflated bosom and promises that you can ask her anything…
Lords of Strut PRESENT THEIR BRAND NEW SHOW...
CHAOS Tickets* €12 €14
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Usually clad in an obscene amount of spandex, Lords of Strut’s Cian Kinsella and Cormac Mohally combine kick-ass dance routines and acrobatics with absurd comedy, leaving you in fits of laughter while sweaty-palmed. The Cork duo has a background in circus, clown and physical comedy which bring an uniqueness to their performance! Don’t let their cocky ‘tongue-and-cheek’ delivery mislead you though! These are seriously talented lads with unbelievable acrobatic and choreographic skills….this show is a must for dance fans and divas alike.
26 & 27
Off the Kerb Productions presents
Thursday & Friday 8pm
“If comedy is the new rock ‘n’ roll, then behold the new Elvis Presley” - The Sun Join record-breaking Lee Evans for these very special shows where he will be trying out brand new material for his forthcoming MONSTERS Arena Tour. *Please note that as this is an opportunity for Lee to try out new material, so he will be referring to notes.*
Grammy® AWARD WINNERS
Tickets* €25 - €35
Tinariwen (meaning desert) have been together since 1979, when they were young Touaregs playing music together in the Sahara region of Northern Mali. They gained international popularity with the release of the critically acclaimed ‘Aman Iman’ in 2007 and won the ‘Best World Music Album’ award at the 54th Grammy Awards for their 5th album, ‘Tassili’. Combining Tishoumaren with rock and blues, the Irish Times described their music as “the most rock’n’roll of them all”. Supporter Carlos Santana says Tinariwen are ‘originators’ while U2’s Bono describes listening to their music “like a breath I can feel”. They come to Ireland as part of their worldwide tour with the launch of their 6th album ‘EMMAAR’.
“One of the more moving music experiences you can find these days” - Time Out, New York
The bootleg beatles
Tickets* €30 €35
Six appearances at Glastonbury Festival, several world tours, numerous radio & TV appearances and many sell-out shows at the Royal Albert Hall are testament to the band’s incredible recreation of the greatest songbook of all time. They have won over the most-hardened sceptics and drawn critical acclaim across the globe. They manage to reproduce live on stage songs The Fab Four never actually performed themselves. Every tiny detail is meticulously covered from costumes to authentic period instruments; from their witty ‘Scouse’ banter to their ‘inflection perfect’ vocal mimicry.
“Off-the-scale fabulous” - Chris Evans
Sunday 2pm & 8pm
RHYTHM OF THE DANCE
Tickets* â‚Ź20 - â‚Ź29
Since the creation of Rhythm of the Dance 15 years ago, it has toured consistently across 51 countries to over 5 million fans across 4 continents and is achieving great critical acclaim. With a gifted, young cast and dancers, musicians and three Irish tenors, this two hour, richly costumed extravaganza marries the contemporary and the ancient with a wealth of Irish talent. Using modern art forms of dance and music, the show has heralded a new era in Irish entertainment, internationally rated as one of the most popular and busiest Irish step dance shows in the world.
Preview July 25 until 23 aug
Tuesday Sunday 8pm Saturday & Sunday 2:30pm Tickets* €20 - €30 Family Rate* €70 €100
Book by Mark O’Donnell Thomas Meehan Music by Marc Shaima Lyrics by Scott Whittman Marc Shaiman Presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of New York
Cork Opera House presents the smash hit Broadway Musical HAIRSPRAY. Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, HAIRSPRAY is a big, bouncy bouffant of a musical, piled high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 and teenager Tracy Turnblad wants to land a part as a dancer on the Corny Collins TV show… but can she achieve her dream of stardom, fight off evil Amber for the crown of Miss Hairspray and win the heart of local heartthrob, Link Larkin while taking a stand against racial segregation? For the big girl with the big heart, anything is possible. Featuring the ever popular ‘Good morning Baltimore’, ‘I can hear the Bells’ and many more, catch this brand new production here this summer.
26 - 30 Tuesday Saturday 8pm Thursday & Saturday 2:30pm Tickets* €25 - €45
A new play by Enda Walsh Starring Cillian Murphy, Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea
Landmark Productions and Galway Arts Festival are proud to present a major new play by one of Ireland’s leading playwrights, Enda Walsh. Ballyturk takes us on a journey where we witness two men’s lives unravelling over the course of 90 minutes. Where are they? Who are they? What room is this and what might be beyond the walls? Gut-wrenchingly funny and achingly sad, with jaw-dropping moments of physical comedy, Ballyturk is a profound and tender work brought to life on stage by the same creative team that brought us the sensational Misterman. Written & directed by: Enda Walsh Sets & costumes by: Jamie Vartan Lighting by: Adam Silverman Sound by: Helen Atkinson Music composed by: Teho Teardo www.ballyturk.com
Thursday – Saturday 8pm Saturday 2:30pm Tickets* €25 - €45
Winner of the Tony Awards ‘Triple Crown’ for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. Following five years in the West End and sell-out runs worldwide, this hugely entertaining show is hitting the road on a brand new tour! Created by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (Co-creator of BOOK OF MORMON and writer of the songs for Disney’s FROZEN), AVENUE Q is an irresistibly charming musical which tells the story of the loveable characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues. Hilarious, cheeky and uproariously entertaining, AVENUE Q is the musical like no other.
www.avenuequk.com Based on an Original Concept by
Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
@avenuequktour Book by
Music & Lyrics by
Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
This production is given by permission of JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of New York Avenue Q has not been authorised or approved by the Jim Henson Company or Sesame Workshop, which have no responsibility for its content
Tickets* €23 - €28
Join one of Ireland’s best loved voices, Cara O’Sullivan, who will take a nostalgic trip back through her unique career in music. An artist with impeccable operatic pedigree, Cara has risen to prominence as one of the country’s leading sopranos. She is an instinctive performer with a remarkably full voice, exciting and dramatic, but she performs with great sensitivity and has been referred to as ‘the Irish superstar of her generation’. Accompanied by pianist Ciara Moroney.
Red Hurley The Classic Hits Concert
Tickets* €25 - €32
With Special Guests Melanie McCabe (X-Factor) Mairead Conlon (The Voice UK) With a career spanning five decades, Red Hurley is one of the most successful solo male singers in Irish show-business history and remains one of Ireland’s best loved entertainers. Principally known as a solo artist, he has also performed with various bands including, in his early career, some of Ireland’s top show bands. In this Classic Hits Concert, Red will perform all of the songs that earned him the name of Ireland’s Greatest Voice: ‘When’, ‘Love is All’, ‘Sometimes’, ‘I Never Said Goodbye’, ‘Keeper of The Stars’ and many more. Red and his musicians will also be joined by special guest stars Melanie McCabe (from X-Factor) & Mairead Conlon (from The Voice UK) to perform such classics as ‘Endless Love’, ‘Separate Lives’, ‘I Knew You Were Waiting’ & ‘The Time of My Life’. From Red Hurley’s Classic Hits to stunning solo songs and duets, this show has it all!
THE Girls Club presents
The ever popular Dickie Rock takes to the Cork Opera House stage with various artists in aid of Cork’s Voluntary Cancer Support Centre. Organised by the centre’s ‘Girls Club’, you’re invited to attend a special evening’s entertainment in support of those affected by cancer. Dickie Rock rose to fame in the 1960s as one of the frontmen of the Miami Showband, achieving 13 top ten hits, including 7 number ones. In 1966, he finished 4th in the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Come Back to Stay’ which went to No.1 in Ireland. In 1973, Dickie went solo and in October 2009, he received a lifetime achievement award. He continues to tour after a career spanning more than 40 years.
50th Anniversary Tour
The ‘Queen of Irish Country & Irish’, Margo O’Donnell is celebrating 50 years in the Irish music business with her first All Ireland Tour in 15 years. What’s more, she’s released a new single ‘Learning To Say Goodbye’ on 28th February, followed by a new CD ‘50 Songs 50 Years’, released on 7th March. The second eldest of five children, including crooner Daniel O’Donnell, she joined a local showband called ‘Keynotes’ as a teenager. After a number of hits, she was signed by a Dublin record company with new band ‘Margo and the Country Folk’. She has sold over 1 million albums and performed with such legends as Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. In 2010, she was awarded the All Ireland Country Music Hall of Fame award. This show will be filmed live.
Tickets* €25 - €31
The Ronan Collins Showband Hits Live!
featuring Joe Dolan’s Classic Hits
With sales of over 50,000 copies ‘The Ronan Collins Showband Hits’ album has been the biggest selling Irish compilation album of the last few years and he’s become one of Ireland’s most popular live Showband hit performers, bringing his fresh and unique style to a wide range of classic hits by Joe Dolan, Dickie Rock and Brendan Bowyer. Ronan, backed by The Sugarcubes Showband with Karen Black, take a magical look back to the golden era of the Irish Showband phenomenon.
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UNTIL 4 OCT
Tuesday - Saturday 8pm Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday 2pm Friday & Saturday 5pm Tickets* €20 - €50
Andrew Lloyd Webber
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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Having enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s “Amazing”, “Superb”, “Wonderful” and “Brilliant” production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical continues to enjoy huge success across the country with standing ovations at every performance. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including ‘Those Canaan Days’, ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘Close Every Door To Me’.
“A superb piece of entertainment.” Daily Mirror
Elio Pace performs
the Billy Joel Songbook
Following on from his highly-acclaimed Billy Joel ‘Original Touring Band’ concerts in New York and Philadelphia, Elio Pace delivers this sensational tour celebrating the phenomenal music of Billy Joel. Featuring the massive hits ‘Uptown Girl’, ‘Just The Way You Are’ and ‘My Life’ as well as fan favourites such as ‘Scenes From An Italian Restaurant’, ‘Goodnight Saigon’ and ‘Piano Man’, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to experience The Billy Joel Songbook in this electrifying concert performed by the dynamic singer/songwriter and piano-player, Elio Pace and his magnificent band.
“Elio Pace is fierce! An accomplished musician and performer, his talent can be equalled only by his infectious enthusiasm” - Lulu
JIM REEVES Tickets* €25 - €31
“Welcome to My World”
As 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of the death of the great Jim Reeves, Al Grant will present a unique insight into the ‘Life and Music of Jim Reeves’ in his ‘Welcome to my World’ Concert. With narration and video screen footage, it will be an evening of song and story. Renowned for his classic interpretation of Jim Reeves songs, expect to hear classic hit songs including: ‘I Love You Because’, ‘He’ll Have To Go’, ‘Adios Amigo’, ‘Distant Drums’, ‘Danny Boy’, ‘You are The Only Good Thing’, ‘I Won’t Forget You’, ‘It Hurts So Much’, ‘Moonlight & Roses’ and, of course, ‘Welcome To My World’. With special guest Isla Grant.
Tickets* €20 €25
Julie Feeney’s sell-out shows have received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Winner of the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year for her self-produced debut album ‘13 songs’, Julie’s second album ‘pages’ was shortlisted for the Choice Music Prize and featured in 101 Irish Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Her third album ‘Clocks’ went straight to No.1 in the Independent Irish Album Charts; was voted Best Album in The Irish Times Album of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Meteor Choice Music Prize. Julie composes, arranges and orchestrates all her music. She’ll be accompanied by her own ensemble plus the CYO Chamber Orchestra for which she has especially orchestrated the music.
Tickets* €29 - €33
The Fureys Legends of Irish music and song The FUREYS have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 36 years. With hits like ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were Sweet 16’, ‘The Green Fields of France’ and ‘The Old Man’, The FUREYS are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk based music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world and their audiences have included people like former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul. Their moving songs stir many emotions... tears and laughter, sadness and joy. A FUREYS concert is always a night to remember.
Tickets* €26 - €41 Starring Vladimir Dragos as Rigoletto.
PLEASE NOTE SOME SCENES CONTAIN NUDITY
A stunning traditional production recapturing the decadence of Renaissance Italy with lavish sets and opulent costumes. The opera was almost banned because it exposed the licentious behaviour of the powers-that-be at court. Featuring two of the most celebrated tenor arias ‘La Donna è Mobile’ and ‘Questa o Quella’ justly turned into classics by Caruso, Rigoletto is based on a play by Victor Hugo, who wrote Les Miserables.
“Brilliantly sung by Vladimir Dragos” - The Times (Royal Albert Hall) Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Tickets* €26 - €41 Starring the Korean soprano Elena Dee. Back by overwhelming public demand, this award winning Opera returns with exquisite sets and includes a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan. Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria ‘One Fine Day’ and the unforgettable ‘Love Duet’.
“This is a Butterfly to cherish” - Manchester Evening News Sung in Italian with English surtitles
The Drifters The Drifters are performing a one-night-only date at Cork Opera House! Fans can expect a setlist loaded with sixty years of massive hits such as ‘Up On The Roof’, ‘Stand By Me’, ‘Be My Baby’, ‘Under The Boardwalk’, ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’ and many more. The Drifters have seen massive chart success across the world with over 114 million album sales and 214 million single sales. The current line-up: Michael Williams, Ryan King, Damion Charles and Daniel Bowen-Smith are currently completing their Optimum World Tour 2014 and are excited to be bringing The Drifters’ four-part-harmony signature sound to Ireland.
RTé Concert Orchestra PRESENTS
Tickets* €30 - €40
White out Linear format
For the very first time in Cork – following sell-out concerts in Dublin – the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Cork Opera House present a very special Halloween screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho with live score. This cinematic masterpiece comes alive in a big-screen presentation accompanied by White a live performance of Bernard Herrmann’s spine-tingling out Stacked format music. Imagine the impact of the iconic shower scene on the big screen with the screeching violin music live underneath! The evocative black-and-white photography and all-strings score all add to the tension, thrills and terror. Check into the Bates Motel this Halloween for the ultimate way to experience one of the greatest thrillers of all time!
Tickets* €45 - €65
The 50th Anniversary & Farewell Tour Elaine Paige, as an actress and recording artist, has made a major contribution to the modern musical that ensures and justifies the title “The First Lady of Musical Theatre”. She swept to fame with her award winning performance as Eva Peron in Evita in both the West End and on Broadway and followed that up with the role of Grizabella in Cats. She then appeared in a string of smash hit shows: Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, Chess (with her global smash hit ‘I Know Him So Well’), Sunset Boulevard, The King & I and many more.
& Cork Opera House
Saturday 8pm Prizes for
Tickets* €15 €20
Best Fancy Dress
The night will be crawling with
live performances, cocktails & fancy dress!
Jägermeister & Cork Opera House invite you to join us ‘Over at the Frankenstein Place’ for a night of Rocky Horror magic. We’ll be screening the 1975 cult classic ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ which, after four decades, is still the longest-running theatrical release in film history. Based on the musical stage play by Richard O’Brien, the production is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late ‘40s to ‘70s. And in keeping with the spirit of Halloween, we invite you to step into a ‘Time Warp’ and dress up as a Transylvanian for a night. ‘Dr. Frank N. Furter’ will be at the ready to give away some fantastic prizes, so book your tickets now!
A CELEBRATION OF THE JERSEY BOYS
The Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Sunday 8pm
Tickets* €25 - €31
Featuring THE RAGDOLLS The Ragdolls will take you on a musical journey through the well-known career of one of the most successful bands of all time Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, recreating the iconic sound of the Jersey Boys. They take you back to where it all began, with some amazing versions of 50’s songs including hits such as ‘Still Of The Night’, ‘Oh! Carol’, ‘Teenager In Love’, ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’, ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’, ‘Ragdoll’, ‘Walk Like a Man’ and many more. The Ragdolls electrify the stage with good old 50’s flare that will have you dancing and singing in the aisles in no time!
Omid Djalili Iranalamadingdong
He’s back on tour with a new show, following a sell-out four week West-End residency and a sold-out season at the Edinburgh Festival. A firm favourite with his legendary performances, Omid’s stand-up awards include the Time Out Award and EMMA Award for Best Stand Up and his nomination for the South Bank Award. His acting also secured him the Best Actor Award for his lead performance in The Infidel at the Turin Film Festival (won the previous year by Bill Murray). The Infidel also picked up a Loaded LAFTA award for Funniest Film and Omid was short listed for Peter Sellers Award at the London Evening Standard British Film Awards.
“To carve yourself out a career as the thinking person’s Iranian comedian in this political climate takes a fine brain and a masterful way with the audience. There is no question that Omid Djalili possesses both” - The Sunday Times
Paul stole the hearts of the nation during the Britain’s Got Talent final in 2007, with a performance of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma. The tenor, who used to manage a phone store in Bridgend, South Wales, released his album ‘One Chance’ after the show and it soared to number one in thirteen countries. In the UK, the record outsold the entire top 10 collectively in its first week and has sold over 3.5 million copies to date. He has since released an additional three albums and his meteoric ‘rags to riches’ story inspired the making of a movie about his life titled ‘One Chance’ and starring comedian James Corden.
“Ravishing...superb performer” - Guardian “Exceptional voice” - TimeOut “Hypnotic” - Independent
Tickets* €20 - €30
Camille O’Sullivan enjoys a formidable international reputation for her intensely dramatic interpretations of the songs of Brel, Cave, Waits, Bowie and more. The multi-award-winning singer has stunned audiences around the world with her 5-star sell-out performances, including Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, La Clique, Royal Albert Hall, Later with Jools Holland (BBC) and recent RSC solo performance ‘The Rape of Lucrece’. Dark, sexy, fierce, amusing and mesmerizing, Camille transforms each song she performs into an intense, emotional and theatrical experience, inextricably drawing her audience into a world illuminated by the dark and the light. Expect joy and pure passion.
7 - 16
Friday â€“ Sunday
The Cork Film Festival is back for the 59th edition. Expect the best new narrative and documentary features and shorts from home and around the world, alongside a curated programme of short films, special music, film and discursive events, parties and surprises. Full programme details from Oct 1st.
Cork Opera House The Gate Cinema Triskel Christchurch
Season passes now available. www.corkfilmfest.org
Tickets* €27 €30
The Lady Boys of Bangkok are back in another sizzling and seductive production in Red Hot Kisses – a brand new show. Setting the stage on fire with a fabulous mix of fun and frolics, this production includes 16 of Thailand’s most beautiful lady boys, performing a show like no other! Dripping with diamante and flamboyant costumes, performing sizzling new songs with show stopping choreography and sprinkled with just the right amount of side splitting comedy, this is one glamorous show not to be missed! “Simply the best cabaret floor-show you will see at the Fringe or anywhere else, they are simply fantastic!” - Edinburgh Guide
20 - 22 Thursday Saturday 8pm Saturday 2:30pm Tickets* €25 - €43
the NUTCRACKER Cork City Ballet, in association with Cork Opera House, proudly presents a full length production of ‘The Nutcracker’ this festive season. Audiences will be taken on an enchanted journey through the Land of Snow to the magical Kingdom of the Sweets. Directed by Alan Foley and choreographed by Yuri Demakov from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow and featuring principals, soloists and a full corps de ballet, this is a seasonal classic for all the family. With magnificent costumes made at the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg, Cork City Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ promises to be a thrilling spectacle of sumptuous dance delights.
Tickets* €45 €55
The Stylistics, a Philadelphia based quartet and one of the best-selling soul groups ever, bring their charisma, style and harmony to Cork Opera House once again this November. Under the production of Bell, The Stylistics has produced 12 consecutive top-ten hits from 1971 to 1974, culminating with their Grammynominated hit, ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’. Altogether, The Stylistics appeared on over 40 albums, including compilations and what has started as the innocent union of two ex-high school bands has developed into one of the longest standing, most accomplished soul bands to grace the R&B scene.
Daily (exc. Sundays) 8:30pm
Tickets* €12 €15
Group Rates Available
half moon THEATRE
For the fourth year running, the hugely successful ‘The Improvised Panto’ is back to present a different panto each night, based on the audience’s requests. Providing a grown up alternative to a certain fairy tale on the main stage, it’s all improvised, so nothing is prepared or scripted. Expect the unexpected, the hilarious and the outrageous; it’s a whole new world of Panto where anything is possible. It’s Panto as you’ve never seen it before. Ideal for Christmas and Office Parties. Post-show packages available on request.
“If you want a night out that will have you laughing til you cry, this is it.” - Cork Independent
Ross Noble TANGENTLEMAN
Following 14 sell-out tours, the king of improvisational comedy is back with another mind-blowing tour. Ross Noble will be showcasing his talent in a brand new show, Tangentleman. With an on-stage presence like no other, his exuberance, spontaneity and cerebral style have established him as one of Britain’s best-loved comedians. The master surrealist uses an infinite imagination and plenty of tomfoolery, which is sure to have audiences in fits of laughter.
“The wizard-haired Geordie remains in full possession of his nimble-witted, slacker minded improv skills. One of comedy’s greatest marvels.” - Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph
Preview Dec 10 UNTIL 17 JAN
Tuesday - Sunday 7:30pm Matinees 2:30pm
Tickets* €25 €30 Family tickets* €80 €100
Tickets* €25 - €36.50
Phil Coulter AND HIS MUSICIANS echoes of home Up in that Pantheon inhabited by the biggest selling recording artistes of all time in Ireland, rubbing shoulders with Bono and the Boys, you might be surprised to bump into Phil Coulter. He has performed with everyone from James Galway and the London Symphony Orchestra to Nanci Griffith and The Blue Moon Orchestra, not to mention Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein and Quincy Jones. Come and join Phil at Cork Opera House this Christmas where he will perform new arrangements of all his favourite classic songs from ‘The Town I Loved So Well’ to ‘Steal Away’ along with a seasonal selection with his very special guest Geraldine Branagan.
24 & 25 Saturday & Sunday 8pm
Tickets* €28.50 €33.50
Reeling in the Showband Years Reeling in the Showband Years is back with another star studded line-up and Ronan Collins as host and compare. The show features the great Roly Daniels, Eileen Reed, Joe Mac and more. Roly had a No.1 hit with ‘Hello Darling and has been one of our best entertainers for the past 30 years. Eileen Reed is the most iconic female vocalist of the Showband era with songs like ‘Are You Teasing Me’ and ‘I Gave My Wedding Dress Away’. Cork’s own JOE MAC from The Dixies Showband joins the show for the first time: he’s a great drummer and sidesplittingly funny! Plus Lorraine McDonald, The Conquerors, Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg and more.
30 & 31 Friday & Saturday 8pm
TOMMY FLEMING Tommy Fleming, one of Ireland’s finest singers, returns to the stage with the release of a new album BEGIN and the release of his autobiography Let me Begin inspired by his parents’ influence on his music and career choice.
CELEBRATING Luke KellY featuring Chris Kavanagh
Luke Kelly’s 30th Anniversary Concert featuring Chris Kavanagh celebrates the memory and music of one of Ireland’s cultural treasures and greatest folk artists of the 20th Century. Dubliner Chris Kavanagh’s passion for Luke Kelly’s music led him to learn to play the 5-string long neck banjo and over the past twelve years, he has toured this show across Ireland, England, Switzerland, Germany and Australia, with regular attendance by Luke Kelly’s family. Chris not only bears a remarkable resemblance to Luke, his singing talents capture the depth and passion of the great man.
Wednesday Saturday 8pm
Tickets* €26 - €29
DARA O’BRIAIN Crowd tickler
He’s one of the most recognisable faces on TV! He’s been the host of the hugely successful Mock The Week, The Apprentice - You’re Fired! and Star Gazing Live for BBC and entertained millions with his shows Dara O’Briain: School of Hard Sums on Dave and Dara O’Briain’s Science Club for BBC2. Catch Dara O’Briain’s brand new show Crowd Tickler right here at Cork Opera House next February.
“His set is a masterclass in intelligent, no-frills stand-up.” - The Guardian
“If you want a comic who can hold an audience in the palm of his hand for two hours, here’s your man.” - The Times
Thursday Saturday 8pm
BRENDAN GRACE 42 Years of Laughing
Amazing Grace IS a catch phrase often applied to Brendan Grace and is indeed very true in many respects. The genial and much loved family comedian is celebrating 42 years in the comedy business and is now more popular than at any time in his career to date and what an illustrious career that has been. Brendan’s latest show features some brand new material and some ‘Old Favourites’ from his vast repertoire. Brendan has a very special bond with Irish audiences and is much loved by young and old not least because he gives very generously of his time after each concert. The ‘Meet and Greet’ is now very much part and parcel of the evening.
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Contemporary Cohorts is a Cork Opera House initiative to present a series of acclaimed contemporary works including new creations and re-imagined works from some of the most outstanding artists, performers and companies, on the national and international stage. This seasons series includes: Still Current, a Sadlers Wells/Russell Maliphant Production; Rape of Lucrece presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company; GRAMMY® Award Winners Kronos Quartet. Contemporary Cohorts is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.
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Published on Apr 8, 2014