Theatre Hamlet

To say that Benedict Cumberbatch’s highly anticipated portrayal of Hamlet is set to be one of this year’s theatrical highlights seems like stating the obvious. Having seized the world’s attention with his mesmeric take on Sherlock in the acclaimed BBC update of Conan Doyle’s famous detective adventures, Cumberbatch has barely been out of the limelight in recent years, claiming numerous awards for his stage and screen work and effortlessly assuming a position among the country’s leading thespians. Now, at the height of his powers, Cumerbatch is set to take on Shakespeare’s most challenging – and iconic – role in Lyndsey Turner’s new production of Hamlet at the Barbican. Unsurprisingly the entire run is sold out but 30 £10 day seats will be made available per day from 10.30 AM so there’s still a chance to grab one of the year’s hottest tickets if you can make it to the Barbican early enough.

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Theatre Spring Awakening

The latest production from Dublin’s exciting Ill-Advised Theatre Company promises to build on the outfit’s reputation for fun, fresh and accessible musical theatre with a spirited take on the much-loved rock musical Spring Awakening at the Smock Alley Theatre. A thrilling, funny and occasionally dark coming-of-age tale set to a brilliant rock score, Spring Awakening’s heady mix of indie rock and teenage rebellion in late-nineteenth century Germany is as inspired as it is unlikely. The original Broadway production of Spring Awakening opened in 2006 and went on to win widespread acclaim and a slew of prizes, including 8 Tony Awards and a Grammy for the original cast album. Nearly a decade later, after numerous productions across the globe including an award-winning West End run in 2009, Spring Awakening still feels ground-breaking. Director: James O’Connor Choreographer: Lesley Moore Lighting Designer: Caoimhe Ní Fhaoláin Set & Costume Design: Fiona Patten Music Director: Sinéad Diskin

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Theatre Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde’s satirical masterpiece is considered by many to be his finest work and there’s no denying that his sparkling wit and observational acuity were rarely sharper than in this, his final play. And where better to revisit Wilde’s crowning achievement than his hometown? Fittingly the recently renovated Smock Alley Theatre is both steeped in history – it’s the city’s oldest theatre – and an exciting emblem of Dublin’s progressive and vibrant cultural landscape, in many ways it is the perfect venue for an evening of sharp Wildean comedy. The Importance of Being Earnst may be 120-years-old but it feels as fresh and relevant today as it did in 1895. An undoubted highlight of Dublin’s theatrical calendar this summer, The Importance of Being Earnest promises an irresistible night of wit, farce and romance in one of the city’s best-loved venues. Written by Oscar Wilde Directed by Kate Canning Lighting and Set Design: Marcus Costello Costume Design: Olga Criado Monleon Cast: Charlie Hughes, Katie McCann, Clodagh Mooney Duggan, James Murphy, Aislinn O’Byrne, Valerie O’Leary, Kevin Shackleton

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Theatre Dubliners – A Full Day’s Epic

Few cities can match Dublin’s remarkable literary history. Yet one book stands apart as the most treasured literary portrait of the city – James Joyce’s wonderfully evocative masterpiece Dubliners. A collection of fifteen short stories, first published in 1914, Dubliners presents a tender portrait of Ireland’s capital via a series of brilliantly naturalistic character studies. Of course, in the hundred years since Dubliners was first published the city has changed enormously, and yet and echo of Joyce’s Dublin can still be heard today. Wonderland’s inspired Dubliners audio tour is a wonderful way to amplify that faint whisper and animate the city with brilliantly performed passages from the book. The Dubliners – A Full Day’s Epic tour is the longest and most immersive tour available, promising an illuminating 9-10 hour ramble through Joyce’s Dublin, mostly on foot and taking in three pub-based story stops. “It’s a joyous celebration not just of Joyce but of parts of Dublin that many natives, never mind tourists, rarely see…Joyce would love it.” Arminta Wallace, Irish Times.

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Theatre Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde’s satirical masterpiece is considered by many to be his finest work and there’s no denying that his sparkling wit and observational acuity were rarely sharper than in this, his final play. And where better to revisit Wilde’s crowning achievement than his hometown? Fittingly the recently renovated Smock Alley Theatre is both steeped in history – it’s the city’s oldest theatre – and an exciting emblem of Dublin’s progressive and vibrant cultural landscape, in many ways it is the perfect venue for an evening of sharp Wildean comedy. The Importance of Being Earnest may be 120-years-old but it feels as fresh and relevant today as it did in 1895. An undoubted highlight of Dublin’s theatrical calendar this summer, The Importance of Being Earnest promises an irresistible night of wit, farce and romance in one of the city’s best-loved venues. You can book tickets here Written by Oscar Wilde Directed by Kate Canning Lighting and Set Design: Marcus Costello Costume Design: Olga Criado Monleon Cast: Charlie Hughes, Katie McCann, Clodagh Mooney Duggan, James Murphy, Aislinn O’Byrne, Valerie O’Leary, Kevin Shackleton

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Theatre Spring Awakening

The latest production from Dublin’s exciting Ill-Advised Theatre Company promises to build on the outfit’s reputation for fun, fresh and accessible musical theatre with a spirited take on the much-loved rock musical Spring Awakening at the Smock Alley Theatre. A thrilling, funny and occasionally dark coming-of-age tale set to a brilliant rock score, Spring Awakening’s heady mix of indie rock and teenage rebellion in late-nineteenth century Germany is as inspired as it is unlikely. The original Broadway production of Spring Awakening opened in 2006 and went on to win widespread acclaim and a slew of prizes, including 8 Tony Awards and a Grammy for the original cast album. Nearly a decade later, after numerous productions across the globe including an award-winning West End run in 2009, Spring Awakening still feels ground-breaking. Director: James O’Connor Choreographer: Lesley Moore Lighting Designer: Caoimhe Ní Fhaoláin Set & Costume Design: Fiona Patten Music Director: Sinéad Diskin You can book tickets here

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