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SEASON PROGRAMME Winter - Spring 2014



I am delighted to present our new Spring programme, packed with fantastic West End shows, drama, opera, ballet, musicals and A A family entertainment.

The Colleen Bawn Tuesday 28 January - Saturday 1 February Tuesday - Thursday 7.30pm and Wednesday 2.30pm: £9.50 - £18.50 Friday and Saturday 7.30pm and Saturday 2.30pm: £13.50 - £22.50


We'll be kicking off our Spring Season with Dion Boucicault's The Colleen Bawn, brought to us by Tony award-winning Druid.



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’n’ roll to Frankie Valli, and from glam rock to The Beatles, not forgetting some Dirty Dancing.

Will the course of true love run smooth when those around you will stop at nothing to make sure you marry the right woman?

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We’ll be host to Derren Brown’s amazing new show Infamous, and 250 young people will have the chance to strut their stuff in this year’s production of Guys and Dolls as part of the Summer Youth Project.

Stephen Prenter Chair of the Grand Opera House

Fresh from their national and international success with DruidMurphy, Tony award-winning Druid presents a new production of Dion Boucicault's thrilling drama, The Colleen Bawn.

Director Garry Hynes has assembled a cast of some of Ireland’s leading actors together with live musicians to ensure that this Colleen Bawn will be a source of mirth and edge-ofthe-seat drama.

NI Opera brings us Verdi’s gloriously gripping Macbeth and Scottish Opera returns with the classic, timeless and stylish Madama Butterfly.

With so much on offer, there’s something for everyone in 2014. You’ll have the time of your life!

A suspense-filled tale of tangled love, misplaced honour and downright skullduggery.

In Conversation with Garry Hynes, Druid Artistic Director Wednesday 29th January after the 2.30pm performance Duration 30 minutes; free to ticket holders. NB: writer and director line should always appear with the title

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Music and Lyrics in association with the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton present

Fiddler on the Roof


Hansel & Gretel

“heartfelt and passionate”

Wednesday 5 - Saturday 8 February Wednesday 7.30pm: £11.50 - £24.50 Thursday - Saturday 7.30pm: £22.50 - £35.50 Thursday and Saturday 2.00pm: £18.50 - £32.50

Sunday Express



Audio Described Saturday 8 February 2.00pm

Tuesday 11 - Saturday 15 February Tuesday - Thursday 7.30pm: £21.50 - £29.50 Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm: £21.50 - £29.50 Friday and Saturday 7.30pm: £25.50 - £32.50 Signed Performance Captioned Performance Wednesday 12 February 7.30pm Thursday 13 February 7.30pm Audio-Described Saturday 15 February 2.30pm

Unwrap a tasty new winter treat with the world premiere of Christopher Hampson's fantastical Hansel & Gretel. A 1950s town, all the children have disappeared. Plucky Hansel and Gretel embark on an exciting adventure deep into the enchanted forest to find their friends. A carousel of delicious treats from start to finish, Hansel & Gretel is full to the brim with magic and wit; with toys that come to life and a beautiful bewitching ballerina who is not at all as she seems. CHOREOGRAPHY Christopher Hampson MUSIC Engelbert Humperdinck

From the award-winning producers of The King and I and High Society comes a new production of one of the world’s favourite musicals, Fiddler On The Roof, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, the nation’s favourite Strictly Come Dancing judge and master of the musical stage. The celebrated and acclaimed actor, director and writer, Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky in the iconic '70s TV series Starsky & Hutch) leads the cast as Tevye.

Humperdinck's evocative score is performed live by the Scottish Ballet orchestra.

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Friday 7 February, 6.30pm - 7.00pm

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Hear about the making of Hansel & Gretel direct from members of Scottish Ballet’s Artistic Team. This fascinating free talk is the perfect way to learn more about the show before you take your seat.

Directed and Choreographed by


Filled to the brim with classic songs like If I Were A Rich Man, Matchmaker Matchmaker, Sunrise Sunset and To Life, Fiddler On The Roof was the longest running production on Broadway for over 13 years and when you join Tevye, his family and friends, you will understand why.

Family Insight - Tickets £5.50/£3.50 concession

Saturday 8 February, 11.00am - 12.30pm Take a little time out to discover the inspirations behind Hansel & Gretel's choreography, characters, music and designs.


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Tevye, the local milkman in his village of Anatevka, has always stuck by his traditions but suddenly his headstrong daughters decide that they want to marry for love rather than accept whatever Yente the Matchmaker comes up with. Tevye loves his daughters but has to convince his wife, and the villagers, that their decisions are actually falling in with tradition – not an easy thing to do but if anyone can do it, the wily Tevye can!

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Macbeth Friday 21 - Sunday 23 February Friday and Saturday 7.15pm: £18.00 - £40.00 Sunday 2.00pm: £18.00 - £40.00, Students £10.00 Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy, retold by one of the world’s greatest opera composers, comes to Belfast in February 2014. Following a critically acclaimed production of The Flying Dutchman in early 2013, NI Opera returns to the Grand Opera House with another masterpiece of the 19th century, Verdi's Macbeth.

Hello, Dolly!

Shakespeare’s tale of murder, madness and allconsuming lust for power inspired Verdi to write some of his finest, most gloriously gripping music, and Macbeth is as popular today as it was when it premiered in 1847.

Wednesday 26 February - Saturday 1 March Wednesday 7.30pm: £10.00 - £20.00 Thursday 7.30pm: £12.00 - £22.00 Friday and Saturday 7.30pm: £15.00 - £25.00 Saturday 2.30pm: £12.00 - £22.00

In this spectacular new co-production with Welsh National Opera, Director Oliver Mears and Designer Annemarie Woods take a fresh approach to this famous story. With the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Chalmers, a superb cast featuring Bruno Caproni, Rachel Nicholls, Paul Carey Jones, Andrew Rees, John Molloy and Aaron Cawley, and a chorus drawn from across Ireland, this will be an unmissable event for fans of Shakespeare and Verdi alike.

H Following its critically acclaimed production of The Sound of Music, the award-winning St. Agnes’ Choral Society presents the much-loved classic Hello, Dolly! With memorable numbers such as Hello, Dolly!, Put On Your Sunday Clothes, It Takes A Woman and Before The Parade Passes By, this show promises to be a theatrical highlight for 2014 in the Grand Opera House.

Sung in English.

Book early to avoid disappointment! This is a non-professional production.


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Monday 10 - Saturday 15 March Monday - Wednesday 7.30pm: £22.50 - £29.50 Thursday 2.30pm: £22.50 - £29.50 Thursday - Saturday 7.30pm: £26.50 - £32.50 Saturday 2.30pm: £26.50 - £32.50 Signed Performance Captioned Performance

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Evening Standard

Dreamboats and Petticoats


Daily Telegraph


Wednesday 12 March 7.30pm

Thursday 13 March 7.30pm

Audio-Described Saturday 15 March 2.30pm

Inspired by the smash hit multi-million selling albums of the same name, the West End sell out sensation Dreamboats and Petticoats features some of the greatest hit songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era.

Daily Express

The dazzling success of the first seven albums in the Dreamboats and Petticoats series sent the message loud and clear. With over three and a half million copies sold and several weeks at the Number One spot in the compilation charts, the Great British public were saying that they didn’t just want to listen to pure nostalgia: they’d love to see it as well. In 1961 emotions run high as young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win a national song-writing competition – and, more importantly, the attention of the gorgeous Sue! But when Bobby discovers that shy Laura is no slouch on the piano, love and rock ‘n’ roll fame beckons. Featuring classic tracks from Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury, and many more, including Let’s Dance, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Shaking All Over, Bobby’s Girl, Little Town Flirt, Only Sixteen, Runaround Sue, Happy Birthday Sweet 16, Let It Be Me, Great Pretender, C’mon Everybody, Let’s Twist Again and many more hits from music’s golden era. Dreamboats and Petticoats – the songs will live forever! New CD on sale now!


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Direct from the USA, the international smash hit show New Jersey Nights comes to the UK as part of its world tour.

New Jersey Nights Monday 3 - Saturday 8 March Monday and Tuesday 7.30pm, Friday 5.15pm: £17.50 - £27.50 Wednesday and Thursday 7.30pm, Friday 8.30pm and Saturday 2.30pm and 7.30pm: £20.50 - £30.50 08

Signed Performance Saturday 8 March 2.30pm

The show is a spectacular celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and takes the audience on a nostalgic musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all times.

Derren Brown: Infamous

Monday 17 - Saturday 22 March Monday - Saturday 8.00pm: £35.50 - £39.50 Premium and Premium Plus seats available.

Sunday 23 March 7.30pm: Economy £18.00, Business Class £21.00, First Class £24.00 Contains adult content. Age Guidance: 18+

This production is not suitable for children under 12

International comedy sensation Pam Ann speeds into Belfast after her run in the West End, with her most explosive show yet, the all-new FLY! This hostess with the most-est strips bare everything ridiculous about air travel and the culture surrounding it! No news story is safe from this comedian. This brand new show will feature special appearances from her global alliance. She has toured with Cher, crewed private jets for Elton John and even Madonna is a huge fan.

From the back street studio in New Jersey where it all began, this vibrant production includes all of The Four Seasons' greatest hits: Sherry, Rag Dolls, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man and so much more.

Direct from the West End, the acknowledged master of psychological illusion returns to the stage with his latest show, Derren Brown: Infamous, demonstrating once again why Derren is one of the world’s most renowned live performers; a dark manipulator of magic and mind control.

The production features an award-winning cast of singers, dancers, unique stage sets and a rockin’ on-stage band.

For Infamous, a more ‘personal’ show, Derren is reunited with his close collaborator and friend, actor/writer Andy Nyman.

New Jersey Nights has smashed box office records right across the USA and UK and is proving to be one of the most successful touring shows of all time.

Infamous is Derren’s sixth show since 2003. He has toured every year since then and been watched by an estimated audience of over two million people.

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Pam Ann - Fly

Not for the easily offended and definitely not suitable for children. Contains adult content.


Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre The Rite of Spring & Petrushka

Peter Corry

Kate Rusby

Give My Head Peace Live Tuesday 25 - Saturday 29 March Tuesday - Thursday 8.00pm: £11.75 - £20.50 Friday 6.00pm and 9.00pm: £14.00 - £22.00 Saturday 5.00pm and 8.00pm: £16.00 - £24.75 After another sell-out show in 2013, Give My Head Peace Live returns to the Grand Opera House Belfast in 2014 with a brand new show featuring Ulster's most dysfunctional family plus the Province's favourite cleric Pastor Begbie (Paddy Jenkins). There will be topical satire, top class stand-up comedy from Tim McGarry and guaranteed laughs. 2014 will be a year of anniversaries: it's a year and a bit since they took down the fleg at City Hall, 100 years since the start of World War I, 20 years since the first IRA ceasefire and 18 years since Uncle Andy last bought a round in the Kneebreakers. Celebrate in style at Give My Head Peace Live at the Grand Opera House! Contains material of an adult nature.

Saturday 19 April 7.30pm: £14.50 - £28.50 The two halves of Michael Keegan-Dolan’s thrilling double bill are a contrast in light and dark that mirrors Stravinsky’s epic score. Performed by an international cast of 14, the imagery in The Rite of Spring is dark, shocking, violent and sexual. The rhythmic elements of the music are played out in scenes of a pagan fertility rite, age is sacrificed and mother earth is worshipped. By contrast Petrushka is bright and light, with elements of folk dances and warmer days conjured, as the company dances for approval from their ancestors. Presented by Dance Touring Partnership Age suitability 16+. Contains nudity, sexual imagery and smoking.


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Sunday 16 March 8.00pm: £15.50 - £24.50

Thursday 1 May 7.30pm: £22.50 (Under 16s £14.50)

Peter Corry makes a long awaited return to the Grand Opera House with an evening of music dedicated to the great musicals of our time. A native of Belfast who now travels the world with his unique voice, Peter returns to his first love, the musicals.

A remarkable interpretive singer, Kate’s soulful vocals resonate with the wistful beauty of an earthbound angel. Inhabiting a lyric with unforced conviction – no matter how old or how modern – she has that rare ability to transport her audience, of touching them emotionally and making each tune live vividly within their experience and imagination.

Be taken by the hand through the streets of Fagin’s London to Saigon, from Oklahoma to the Barricades of Paris and on an Eagle's Wing from the Phantom's lair to New York’s West Side Story. This promises to be a night not to be missed by musical lovers.

The crossover appeal Kate enjoys is unprecedented for a folk singer and has been achieved without resort to compromise. Rusby’s wondrous singing and hugely engaging Yorkshire wit and the intuitive support of the band ensure that audiences will be treated to a truly remarkable and unforgettable concert experience. 11

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake Tuesday 1 - Saturday 5 April Tuesday and Wednesday 7.30pm: £19.50 - £35.50 Thursday and Friday 7.30pm: £19.50 - £39.50 Thursday 2.30pm: £19.50 - £35.50 Saturday 2.30pm and 7.30pm: £19.50 - £39.50 Audio Described 5 April 2.30pm Saturday



The Times

Daily Telegraph

"SEE IT! Or live to regret it!"

"A global phenomenon"

The Independent

The Times

Firmly crowned as a modern day classic, Matthew Bourne’s powerful, provocative and totally original interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm, dazzling audiences in the West End and Broadway, and across Europe, Asia and Australia. Boldly shattering the traditional concept of swans in tutus, and blending dance, humour and spectacle with extravagant award-winning designs by Lez Brotherston and lighting by Rick Fisher, Matthew Bourne has created a passionate and contemporary Swan Lake for our times. Now Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake comes to the Grand Opera House for the very first time. Book your tickets today to see this thrilling, audacious and original production, now unquestionably established as one of theatre’s great events. Post-Show Talk - Wednesday 2 April Free to ticket holders. A unique opportunity to find out from company members about being part of this thrilling production.


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Dirty Dancin’ in le Shebeen

Conal Gallen

Flash Harry

William Caulfield

Sunday 9 February 7.30pm: £13.50 - £23.50

Sunday 2 March 7.30pm: £17.25 - £19.25

Queen formed in 1971 and their music has rocked

Award-nominated comedian William Caulfield, well known from his BBC TV series Our William and his Radio Ulster comedy shows It’s William Caulfield, So it is, returns to the theatre with his all new show for 2014. As usual he will be regaling us with his latest hilarious observations of our everyday life. Coupled with his unique ability to tell us stories that capture the humour of Northern Ireland, this is a show not to be missed. As if that wasn’t enough, he will be parading the beloved comedy characters of Lily O’Condriac, wee Sammy the schoolboy, Billy Hulk, Orange Lil, Big Derek the Ballymena man and the ever drunk Willie Simpson in brand new sketches as well! With William in command, a night of laugh out loud comedy is guaranteed.

Monday 7 - Tuesday 22 April Monday - Thursday 7.30pm Friday 11 and Saturday 12 at 5.00pm and 8.30pm Sunday 20 and Monday 21 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm Tickets: £16.50 - £24.50 Captioned Performance

Thursday 17 April 7.30pm The lovable Maggie Muff is back with a bang in the sequel to 50 Shades of Red, White and Blue.

The dust has settled in the estate after the shenanigans of Maggie's last adventure and now she and her buckeejit sidekick, Big Sally-Ann are planning Big Sally-Ann's birthday party in le shebeen. Not satisfied with the one-man tent Maggie bought her for her antics up the Cavehill, Big Sally-Ann wants to recreate the last dance from Dirty Dancin' in le shebeen on her birthday night. Obviously in the world of 'The Muff' things don't run as smoothly as you'd think. Join Maggie and chums on an adventure that will have you in tears of laughter – you'll have 'The Time of Your Life!' (see what we did there!). Contains very strong language and adult content throughout. Suitable for 18+

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Sunday 2 February 8.00pm: £21.50, Ages 14+ Conal Gallen stars in his very own comedy play! Yes, Conal takes his hilarious humour to a whole new level in this side-splitting two-act comedy farce. Written by Conal and his son Rory, the action takes place in the household of Bridie and Willie Murphy, a couple who have fought the war of marriage for over 30 years.

the world across every continent since then. When it comes to a night of rock-defining entertainment, there is no better tribute than Flash Harry. The band has entertained audiences across Ireland, Britain and America for 20 years. They have played the largest venues in Britain and Ireland, including three memorable sell outs at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.

It is a love story unlike any other. Wandering eyes, wandering feet, wandering hands... it's all here. Join Bridie, Willie, Dick and Cynthia (yes, Cynthia!) as this tale of passion and intrigue unfolds.

For one night only Flash Harry recreates the magic of Queen at the Grand Opera House.

Early booking is very strongly advised.

Party to classic tracks including Bohemian Rhapsody, I Want To Break Free, A Kind Of Magic and Radio Ga Ga – a guaranteed good night out.



Images by Manuel Harlan and Hugo Glendinning of the UK touring production


Singin’ in the Rain


‘A NIGHT OF SHEER DELIGHT’ The Daily Telegraph

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Tuesday 6 - Saturday 17 May Monday - Wednesday at 7.30pm: £32.50 - £41.50 Thursday - Saturday at 7.30pm: £36.50 - £45.50 Thursday at 2.30pm: £29.50 - £38.50 Saturday at 2.30pm: £36.50 - £45.50 Signed Performance Captioned Performance Saturday 10 May 2.30pm Monday 12 May 7.30pm Audio-Described Tuesday 13 May 7.30pm

“Singin' in the Rain never puts a foot wrong” HHHHH

Direct from the West End, this critically acclaimed production of Singin’ in the Rain is a smash hit with critics and audiences alike. It tells the story of the first Hollywood musical, when the silver screen found its voice and left silent movies – and some of its stars – behind. This spectacular show is packed full of the charm, romance, comedy and tinseltown glamour of one the world’s best loved movies and features all the songs from the glorious MGM score including Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the classic Singin’ in the Rain. Screen star Maxwell Caulfield plays studio boss R F Simpson and Coronation Street favourite Vicky Binns is the ‘uniquely voiced’ starlet Lina Lamont in this classic musical, full of high energy choreography and sumptuous set design (including 12,000 litres of water!). Singin’ in the Rain showers you with everything you could wish for in a hit musical!

Financial Times


Aliens Love Underpants

Dinosaur Zoo

Direct from West End

Thursday 27 - Sunday 30 March Thursday 1.30pm, Friday - Sunday 11.00am and 1.30pm: £12.50, Danger Zone Seats: £15.00 A tyrannosauric treat for all aged 3+ Dare to get up close and personal! Direct from the West End, Dinosaur Zoo brings these awesome prehistoric creatures to the stage as you’ve never seen them before. From cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants, observe and interact with these extraordinary life-like dinosaurs in this imaginative and hilarious live show. But watch out – not all of these ravenous reptiles are as tame as they seem! 18

Friday 11 - Sunday 13 April Friday 1.30pm and 3.30pm: £9.50 & £13.50 Saturday and Sunday 11.00am and 2.00pm: £9.50 & £13.50 This zany and hilarious tale based on the best-selling children’s book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort has been adapted and is directed by Adam Bampton-Smith. Aliens Love Underpants is wonderfully brought to life on stage for the first time. With stunning effects, madcap action, original music (and lots of aliens of course!), this fantastically fresh and funny production will delight the whole family. For a sneak preview go to

“A close encounter of the most entertaining kind!”


Peppa Pig

Family ticket £49.00

Family ticket £54.00

Friday 2 - Sunday 4 May Friday 4.00pm, Saturday 10.00am, 1.00pm and 4.00pm, Sunday 11.00am: £13.50 - £16.50

Thursday 3 - Sunday 6 July Thursday - Saturday 2.00pm and 6.00pm, Sunday 2.00pm: £15.50 - £21.50 Family Ticket: £62.00

Come and join Peppa and her friends for a brand new all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles!

Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne arrive in Egypt where they must solve the mystery of Pharaoh Hatchepsout’s Pyramid. Easy, you say? Not if the gang has to deal with mysterious mummies plus the wrath of the Pharaoh who will transform anyone who dares to approach the pyramid... into stone!

The nursery roof is leaking and Peppa and her friends need to fix it – quick! As they set up a fête 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 singalong songs in a show that will brighten your day. So grab your wellies and brollies and get splashing!

With hilarious physical comedy, popular tunes and special effects, the whole family will enjoy this new episode live on stage.

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'Had the audience on its feet and dancing in the aisles. Glorious' Evening Star


'One of the best things I have seen on stage.' What’s on Stage

20th Century Boy

Monday 2 - Saturday 7 June Monday 7.30pm and Thursday 2.30pm: £18.50 - £27.50 Tuesday - Saturday 7.30pm and Saturday 2.30pm: £20.50 - £29.50 The smash hit Marc Bolan Musical – Prior to West End Inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, 20th Century Boy explodes onto the stage nearly four decades after the iconic star’s tragic death. Featuring some of the greatest pop songs ever written, 20th Century Boy tells the story of Marc Bolan and his band T.Rex, exposing some of the myths and taking the audience on a tearful, yet joyful journey through Marc’s fascinating life.

Cinderella Tuesday 20 - Saturday 24 May Tuesday - Thursday at 7.30pm: £11.75 - £29.00 Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm: £12.75 - £32.75 Saturday 2.30pm: £10.75 - £28.00


The award-winning Belfast Operatic Company brings you an enchanting new musical from the writers of South Pacific and The Sound of Music. Featuring an incredible orchestra and all those ‘Cinderella’ moments – the pumpkin, the glass slipper and more – the timeless enchantment of this magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Be transported to a fairytale land as you rediscover some of their most beloved songs in this hilarious and romantic musical experience for anyone who’s ever had a dream. Based on the award-winning tele-film starring Julie Andrews, newly adapted for the stage and recently nominated for nine Tony Awards, Cinderella offers warmth, hilarity and plenty of magic throughout. This touching edition of an old classic will enchant and delight the whole family, while the hearts of children and adults alike will soar when the slipper fits. This is a non-professional production. 20

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Rocker, poet, electric warrior, king of glam and godfather of punk, Bolan was arguably the biggest rock star the UK had ever seen – ‘Bigger than the Beatles’ the media said. Before his tragic death in 1977, just days short of his 30th birthday, Bolan lived life at breakneck speed, creating a series of iconic images, a string of number one hits and an army of obsessive fans. Packed with all T.Rex’s '70s hits, staged by Gary Lloyd (Thriller Live) and with a West End cast, 20th Century Boy is a glorious story and celebration of glam rock at its colourful best! Featuring the smash hits: Get It On, Ride A White Swan, Metal Guru, I Love To Boogie, Hot Love, 20th Century Boy and many more. 21

Let It Be

Madama Butterfly

Come Together and experience the iconic music of The Beatles with LET IT BE, the spectacular concert jam-packed with over 40 of The Beatles’ greatest hits! Direct from the West End, this international hit show celebrates the legacy of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band. Relive The Beatles’ meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces with live performances of early tracks including Twist and Shout, She Loves You and Drive My Car, as well as global mega-hits Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and, of course, Let It Be. Travel back to the magical sixties when all you needed was love and a little help from your friends.

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Thursday 19 and Saturday 21 June 7.15pm: £15.00 - £42.00


Monday 9 - Saturday 14 June Monday 7.30pm and Wednesday 2.30pm: £18.50 - £25.50 Tuesday and Wednesday 7.30pm: £20.50 - £30.50 Thursday - Saturday 7.30pm and Saturday 2.30pm: £22.50 - £32.50

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

One of the world’s favourite operas, Madama Butterfly is a hugely atmospheric, poignant story that still has the power to affect over a century after it was first performed. Classic, timeless and stylish, Sir David McVicar’s production centres on the rich cast of characters and has been a firm favourite since it was first staged in 2000. Cio-Cio-San, a young girl living in Nagasaki, has fallen for Pinkerton, a reckless American naval officer stationed near her home. When he returns three years later she is still patiently waiting, willing to do whatever is needed in the name of love. But ahead lie only betrayal and heartbreak. Puccini’s sense of theatre is second to none and Butterfly sees him doing what he does best – painting beautifully exotic pictures in sound that are dramatic, often hauntingly lyrical, and full of emotion. Revival of the 2000 production Supported by Lord and Lady Laidlaw Want to know more? Try Madama Butterfly Unwrapped – a free sneak peek behind-the-scenes. Friday 20 June 6pm. Booking required.

“A million subtleties permeate this riveting production…Unmissable.” The Herald


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The Original Theatre Company and Birdsong Productions Ltd present

Birdsong Monday 23 - Saturday 28 June Monday - Wednesday 7.30pm: £19.50 - £25.50 Thursday 2.30pm and 7.30pm: £19.50 - £25.50 Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 2.30pm and 7.30pm: £21.50 - £27.50 Audio-Described Saturday 28 June 2.30pm

David Hull Promotions Presents Beth Nielsen Chapman

English Youth Ballet - The Sleeping Beauty

Captioned Performance Thursday 26 June 7.30pm

Marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, Birdsong is the hit, critically acclaimed stage show based on the world famous novel by Sebastian Faulks. In pre-war France, a young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their world upside down. As the war breaks out over the idyll of his former life, Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and through the sprawling tunnels that lie deep underground. Faced with the unprecedented horror of the war, Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle as his world explodes around him. A mesmerising story of love and courage. Set both before and during the Great War.

“A moving and stunning performance.” HHHHH WhatsOnStage

“It left me choked up and blinking back the tears at the end.” HHHH

Following on from last year’s national tour, seen by over 75,000 people, now it is your chance to experience this stunning piece of theatre live on stage.

Sunday 27 April 8.00pm: £24.50 Considered by many to be one of the finest singer/ songwriters of her generation, Chapman has penned hits for artists including Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Roberta Flack, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Willie Nelson. In concert her songs are interwoven with wonderful story telling, all rooted in folk and Americana traditions, adding to the emotion and magic of the experience. On her new album, Uncovered, Chapman’s prowess at writing in a wide range of styles shines through. From infectious pop sensibilities to strains of bluegrass and country, the true thread that runs through it all is her great passion for the well written song. It is also clear that she has a blast performing these songs.

Friday 25 & Saturday 26 April Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 2.30pm and 7.30pm: £15.50 - £21.50 English Youth Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty is sumptuous and scintillating, promising tradition alongside innovation, including 280 sparkling new costumes designed by Keith Bish and impressionist sets by Sebastian Petit, with Amy Drew dancing the role of Aurora and Oliver Speers dancing the Prince. The policy of the English Youth Ballet is to perform full length productions of classical ballet in the regional theatres of the UK, and to give young dancers an opportunity to perform in a classical ballet within a professional setting. With professional dancers formerly from Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Northern Ballet Theatre, English Youth Ballet adds this beautiful and spellbinding production of The Sleeping Beauty to the repertoire for the company’s first visit to Belfast.

“A definite triumph for EYB – danced beautifully throughout”

Birmingham Evening Mail

Daily Telegraph


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Sign up for the summer experience of your life! Now in its fourth year, the Grand Opera House Summer Youth Project will present Guys and Dolls in July. We are looking for 250 young people aged between 10 and 19 to take part in this year’s project which will culminate in five public performances on the magnificent Grand Opera House stage. Registration forms for auditions are available now and can be downloaded at Completed registration forms should be returned no later than Friday 24 January. Auditions will be held on 9 February and to take part you must be available from 13 - 26 July inclusive. Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of the largest musical theatre Summer Youth Project in Northern Ireland!


Father Ted - The Dinner Show

Fawlty Towers - The Dinner Show

Summer Youth Project - Guys and Dolls Thursday 24 - Saturday 26 July Thursday 7.30pm, Friday and Saturday 2.30pm: £10.50 - £16.50 Friday and Saturday 7.30pm: £11.50 - £17.50 A musical fable of Broadway based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows Guys and Dolls introduces us to colourful characters who have become legends in the musical theatre canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight mission doll; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she’s been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancé, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD. on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of NEW YORK.

Junior Drama Club Weekly every Thursday from 3 April to 5 June Workshops for 6 to 8 year olds: 4.30pm to 5.30pm Workshops for 9 to 12 year olds: 6.00pm to 7.30pm Cost: £60.00 for full term Aimed at 6 to 12 year olds, the Drama Club is an excellent introduction to drama in the inspirational setting of Northern Ireland’s premier theatre, giving young people the chance to express themselves, increase their confidence and learn new skills.

The Grand Opera House Youth Theatre Every Saturday for 13 to 18 year olds: 10.00am to 1.00pm. Cost: £70.00 for full term Aimed at young people aged 13 to 18, these weekly workshops allow participants to develop their skills and explore other aspects of performance through various drama techniques. Box Office: 028 9024 1919 Book Online:


Tuesday 4 - Saturday 8 March 7.30pm: £42.50 per person (dinner and show included)

Wednesday 30 April, Friday 2 and Saturday 3 May 7.30pm: £42.50 per person (dinner and show included)

A tribute to the cult TV classic Father Ted, it’s highly interactive and a delicious three-course meal is included. This two-hour show promises a hilarious and fun evening, with the audience as the diners and Ted, Dougal, Jack and Mrs Doyle as the hosts. Not to be missed! (Ahh, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on!) The most enjoyable dining experience you will ever have!

Fans of the iconic sitcom Fawlty Towers will love this unique and interactive comedy dining experience. Enjoy a delicious three-course meal in the company of short-fused Basil, his long-suffering wife Sybil and their confused but loyal waiter Manuel. The dining audience is part of the show and everything that can go wrong will! 27

Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage Tuesday 29 July - Saturday 16 August Monday 7.30pm: £24.50 - £39.50 Tuesday - Thursday 7.30pm: £29.50 - £44.50 Wednesday 30 July 2.30pm: £24.50 - £39.50 Friday 5.00pm: £24.50 - £39.50 Friday 8.30pm: £29.50 - £44.50 Saturday 2.30pm and 7.30pm: £29.50 - £44.50 Premium Seats also available: £43.50 - £48.50 Signed Performance Captioned Performance Tuesday 5 August 7.30pm Wednesday 13 August 7.30pm Audio-Described

Thursday 7 August 7.30pm

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heartpounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smashhit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring hit songs, including Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart stopping (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life. Don’t miss your chance to see this truly spectacular musical theatre event. You’ll have the time of your life!

Shrek The Musical Wednesday 8 - Sunday 19 October Tuesday - Thursday 7.00pm: £24.50 - £39.50 Thursday 2.30pm: £24.50 - £38.50 Friday 7.00pm, Saturday 2.30pm and 7.00pm, Sunday 1.30pm and 5.30pm: £29.50 - £44.50 Premium Seats also available: £42.50 - £48.50 Audio-Described Captioned Performance Tuesday 14 October 7.00pm

Thursday 16 October 7.00pm

Direct from the West End and larger than life! Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, Shrek The Musical is this year’s must-see show for all the family. Join our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around! Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, Shrek The Musical brings all the much-loved DreamWorks characters to life, live on stage, in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. Join the adventure.

“Glorious. Hysterically funny. This is the show that leaves rivals green with envy.” The Independent









Tuesday 28 January - Saturday 8 February £12.50 - £15.50 Ages 15+

Monday 10 - Saturday 15 February £12.50 - £15.50, Concessions: £10.00

Thursday 20 - Saturday 22 February £9.50 Suitable for 12+

Tuesday 25 February - Saturday 1 March £12.50 - £15.50, Concessions: £10.00

Saturday 8 - Friday 14 March Tickets from £4.00

Wednesday 7 - Saturday 24 May £13.50 - £19.50

Stand Up Man, a play by Derek Murphy, stars Tim McGarry and Nick Hardin and follows its protagonist over one week, as he journeys back and forth between his audience and his family.

Laura is happily-married. At least, she was, until a piece of grit in her eye, from the passing express, brought Alec into her life.

Six teenagers never meet and communicate only via the internet. Conversations range in subject from Britney Spears to Willy Wonka to - suicide. Jim is depressed and talks of ending his life and Eva and William decide to do their utmost to persuade him to carry out his threat. From this chilling premise is forged a funny, compelling and uplifting play that tackles the issues of teenage life head-on and with great understanding. Enda Walsh’s Chatroom was first seen as part of the National Theatre’s Shell Connections Festival, 2005.

Belfast-born journalist Dempsey arrives home from London to make a documentary on the changing face of Northern Ireland. He plans a short trip, but his father and oldest friend have their own revelations for him.

A treat for families on cold March days, the Baby Grand Studio will once again play host to some outstanding productions for young audiences in the annual international Belfast Children’s Festival. This year’s festival programme will be announced in January 2014 but join us for a packed programme of theatre and music for children from as young as two years, school groups and families of all ages.

Martin Lynch for Green Shoot Productions presents Flesh And Blood Women – three new plays by Dawn Purvis, Brenda Murphy and Jo Egan exploring the lives of Belfast women. Dawn Purvis writes about three Protestant women who were outcast. Brenda Murphy’s play explores the extraordinary story of her mother having 11 children to a married man who lived round the corner while Jo Egan’s compelling play tells of the sexual abuse of girls in Andersonstown in the 1980s.

C21 Theatre Company returns to the Baby Grand Studio with the world premiere of this hilarious new black comedy.


Be swept away by Noël Coward's romantic classic during Valentine's week, with lush music, audio holograms, beautiful stagecraft, and wartime steam trains rocketing through the theatre. If you cry, say it's just grit in your eye.

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Donal O’Hagan’s stage debut is a multimedia exploration of homecoming that rips into ideas about family and identity, and asks how much a person can control their own life.


One Man, Two Guvnors





The Mousetrap




Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey on-board the Theatre Express!

Translink N I Railways have partnered with the Grand Opera House and Hastings Europa Hotel in Belfast to offer a rail, room and theatre short break from only £80 per person per night.

Take the train to Belfast and stay in the world famous Europa Hotel right next door to the Grand Opera House and Great Victoria Street station – what could be more convenient?

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WHERE TO STAY Europa Hotel £50.00 per person sharing, per night bed and breakfast Offer is subject to availability and applies to Classic Rooms; upgraded room types are subject to supplements. Please quote ‘Grand Opera House’.


The world famous four-star Europa Hotel is superbly located right next door to the Grand Opera House and simply epitomises comfort with elegance and style.

“Deservedly a classic among murder thrillers.”

T: 028 9027 1066

The Observer

Monday 8 - Saturday 13 September


Belfast Theatre Express £80.00 per person sharing, per night

Monday 10 - Saturday 15 November

29 November 2014 - 18 January 2015


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At certain performances premium seats will be charged at up to an additional £4.00. To view our terms and conditions of booking, please see the back of your ticket or visit our website. DISCOUNTS Discounts are available for selected productions/performances (restrictions apply). Discounts must be requested at time of booking – some discounts are available online. ACCESS The Grand Opera House has introduced an Access for All membership scheme. Please help us to help you by joining this membership scheme if you have a disability, so that we can better serve your access requirements. For further details on this, or on any of our access services and provisions, please visit our website. CONTACT US For any further information please contact us by email on, call our Stage Door on 028 9024 0411, or write to us at Grand Opera House, Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7HR. Ticket price includes Restoration Levy.

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