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The November Listings For the Lyric Theatre
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The Three Tenors.

The Three Tenors

Sunday 5 November

 Start  – 5 Nov 2017: 7.45pm

Short description – RTE award-winners Dominic, Shane, and Derek promise a magical night to remember as they perform an exciting Celtic flavoured programme, with uplifting songs made famous by world superstars including Sinatra (My Way), The Dubliners (Wild Rover) and Pavarotti (O Sole Mio/Nessun Dorma). You’ll also love their new arrangements of hits such as ‘Over the Rainbow’.

Full description – Creating a storm around the country, Ireland’s favourite trio, Dominic, Shane, and Derek– collectively The Three Tenors Ireland – have been the only Irish trio act to perform annually for the past five years in such prestigious venues as the National Concert Hall Dublin (with important fan President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins in attendance), Cork Opera House, Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle, and recent sell-outs in Belfast. They perform up to 100 concerts annually in major venues throughout Ireland & UK. The Irish trio has regularly appeared on both BBC and RTE.

RTE award-winners Dominic, Shane, and Derek promise a magical night to remember as they perform an exciting Celtic flavoured programme, with uplifting songs made famous by world superstars including Sinatra (My Way), The Dubliners (Wild Rover) and Pavarotti (O Sole Mio/Nessun Dorma). You’ll also love their new arrangements of hits such as ‘Over the Rainbow’.

Naughton Studio

 Ticket cost/admission –
Tickets £25.

Booking link

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Bite Me.

Bite Me

Dates – Tuesday 7 November 

 Start and end times – Tues 07 Nov 1.30pm and 8pm

 Short description – This is the story of Joanne’s amaaaaaaazing diet. She didn’t just lose weight though; she lost jobs, friends and fellas, but she didn’t care because she could wear bangles as belts and that’s all that mattered.

Full description – This is the story of Joanne’s amaaaaaaazing diet. She didn’t just lose weight though; she lost jobs, friends and fellas, but she didn’t care because she could wear bangles as belts and that’s all that mattered.
Then one day, over her morning carrot, Joanne realized she’d lost her mind. Turns out it was pinned to a lost property board up in space, enjoying the view and its new found freedom. Trying to entice it back became the hardest, funniest, greatest and weirdest time of her life.

Written by Joanne McNally and directed by Una McKevitt Bite Me has been nominated for Best Production, Best Performer and the First Fortnight Award in the Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016 and is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.  Developed at FRINGE LAB with the support of Tiger Dublin Fringe.

Naughton Studio

www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

 Ticket cost/admission – Tickets: £13
Concessions: £8

 Booking link

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Romeo and Juliet.

Romeo and Juliet

Dates – 11 November 

Start and end times –  2pm – 5pm

Short description – an introduction to the craft of musical theatre book, music, and lyrics facilitated by writer/composer/director and BML administrator Paul Boyd.

Full description – An introduction to the craft of musical theatre book, music, and lyrics facilitated by writer/composer/director and BML administrator Paul Boyd.

“The Rules of Musical Theatre Writing” is an introduction to the BOOK Music & Lyrics (BML) workshop programme, and is aimed at writers of new musicals with projects in the early stages of development.  Starting with the basic “10 Golden Rules” of musical theatre construction, the workshop will examine the requirements for a strong writing team, ways to identify like-minded collaborators, how to structure the basic components of a new musical, and how to package the final written product for presentation.

Workshop places are strictly limited, and writing teams are encouraged to book places together.  Each participant or team is asked to bring along a piece of work – a show in development, a project idea, a selection of songs, a script outline, scenes, or even a title – for feedback and constructive criticism.

This is a unique opportunity to experience the BML workshop programme outside of London.

Venue – Ridgeway Room, Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

 Ticket cost/admission – £25 per person

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Ten Plagues.

Ten Plagues

Dates – 12 November 

 Starts  – 8pm

Short description – Mark Ravenhill & Conor Mitchell’s award winning AIDS polemic comes to the Lyric stage for one night only, performed by the composer and Matthew Cavan (aka Cherrie on Top).

Full description – Mark Ravenhill & Conor Mitchell’s award winning AIDS polemic comes to the Lyric stage for one night only, performed by the composer and Matthew Cavan (aka Cherrie on Top).

Tracing one man’s journey through a city in crisis, Ten Plagues charts the great plague of 1665. Part torch song, part Schubert, this groundbreaking piece of music-theatre was originally written for iconic singer Marc Almond and is presented here for the first time in Northern Ireland.

Drawing its title from the perspective of the biblical Israelites who survived the plagues wrought upon the Egyptians and projecting that take on survival forward in time to 1665 when the Black Death (The Great Plague) devastated London, it draws parallels with the 20th century emergence of AIDS – The Gay “Plague” as it was homophobically labelled in sections of the media – and the impact of living through the onslaught of that modern disease.

Ten Plagues is followed by a cabaret of Ravenhill/Mitchell’s QUEER CABARET SONGS, performed by Nigel Richards (Phantom of the Opera) and directed by Kate Guelke.

 Venue –  Danske Bank Stage, Lyric Theatre. Belfast.

www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

 Ticket cost/admission – Tickets: £24.50, Concessions: £15.

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Dubliners Women.

Dubliners Women

Dates – 14-15 November 

 Start and end times – 14 – 15 Nov, 8pm

Short description – Immerse yourself in the hidden worlds of Eveline, Clay and The Boarding House, three short stories by one of the 20th Century’s greatest writers, James Joyce. Dubliners’ Women shines a light on the female narratives in Joyce’s iconic collection of stories, and their resonances with Ireland today.

Full description – Immerse yourself in the hidden worlds of Eveline, Clay and The Boarding House, three short stories by one of the 20th Century’s greatest writers, James Joyce. Dubliners’ Women shines a light on the female narratives in Joyce’s iconic collection of stories, and their resonances with Ireland today.

Starring Madi O’Carroll, Katie O’Kelly & Gordon Quigley.

Venue –  Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

Ticket cost/admission – Tickets – £15 Concessions – £13

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The Dumb Waiter

The Dumb Waiter

Dates – 16-18 November 

 Start and end times – 16 – 18 Nov, 8pm

Short description – Ben and Gus await instruction from their mysterious boss in a decrepit basement room. The word from the top is that things have tightened up. As increasingly bizarre demands are made from above, they are forced to wrestle with their doubts about themselves, their positions and who indeed it is upstairs.

Full description –  “If they moved out, who moved in?”

Ben and Gus await instruction from their mysterious boss in a decrepit basement room. The word from the top is that things have tightened up. As increasingly bizarre demands are made from above, they are forced to wrestle with their doubts about themselves, their positions and who indeed it is upstairs.

Featuring Lyric Drama Studio alumni Thomas Finnegan (Red) and Chris McCurry (Observe the Sons of Ulster), Pinter’s perfectly formed one act play comes to the Naughton in the anniversary of it’s 60th year.

Moderate language and mild violence. Suitable for audiences 12+

Venue – Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre Belfast.

www.lyrictheatre.co.uk 

Ticket cost/admission – Tickets – £10

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What the Reindeer Saw.

What the Reindeer Saw

Dates – 19 November 2017 – 6 Janurary 2018

 Start and end times – 19 Nov – 6 Jan, 7.45pm

Accessible Performances

Captioned – Tuesday 2nd January

Audio Described – Thursday 4th January

Short description – A brand new Santa has taken over the family business from his father. He is an entitled, lazy, plump, 40-something, man-baby. With his formidable former model wife at his side, the new Santa has some out-of-the-box ideas for making the North Pole great again. He just needs to get the elves to implement his sweeping reforms and the job’s a good ’un.

Full description – A brand new Santa has taken over the family business from his father. He is an entitled, lazy, plump, 40-something, man-baby. With his formidable former model wife at his side, the new Santa has some out-of-the-box ideas for making the North Pole great again. He just needs to get the elves to implement his sweeping reforms and the job’s a good ’un.
The elves are hard-working, honest, magical little creatures. For centuries they have been delighting the world’s children with their hand built toys, and they don’t like change for change’s sake. They may have rosy cheeks and little pointy ears, but you wouldn’t want to mess with them.

Never mind the Big Guy’s hectic schedule of sleigh-driving lessons, list making and fittings for his radical new Santa suit, he is sure of one thing, he’s going to make plenty of time to hang with his oldest and bestest friends; the beer-drinking, pool-playing, football-watching, craic merchants – the Reindeers. If only Mrs. Claus will give him a pass out..

Cast: Jo Donnelly, Conor Grimes, Gerard McCabe, Rosie McClelland & Alan McKee

Venue – Danske Bank Stage, Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

Ticket cost/admission – Tickets: £22.5.  Previews: £15

Concessions: Students, unemployed people, and under 20’s: Any performance except Friday & Saturday night £15.

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Stewart Parker’s Novel ‘Hopdance’ and the making of the Playwright.

Dates – 22 November

 Start  – 7pm

Short description – Stewart Parker, a Belfast native and one of twentieth-century Ireland’s most accomplished dramatists, began his career as a poet and writer of experimental prose.

Full description – Stewart Parker, a Belfast native and one of twentieth-century Ireland’s most accomplished dramatists, began his career as a poet and writer of experimental prose.

His lyrical novel Hopdance, which centres on the amputation of his left leg when he was a 19-year-old student at Queen’s University, takes mortality as its theme but manages to find humour in ‘the astonishing terrible spectacle of us all living our lives’. Largely drafted in the early 1970s but unpublished in Parker’s lifetime, Hopdance is now at last available to a general readership in an edition prepared by his biographer, Marilynn Richtarik, and published by The Lilliput Press in Dublin.

At the Lyric, Richtarik will read from the novel and discuss connections between it and Parker’s stage plays with Lynne Parker, Stewart Parker’s niece and the artistic director of Dublin’s Rough Magic Theatre Company, and other special guests.

This is a free event but booking is required.

 Venue – Naughton Studio 

Ticket cost/admission – Free

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This Beach.

This Beach

Dates – 25 November

 Start – 8pm

Short description – This Beach is a blistering satire of white western privilege made in response to the global refugee crisis.

Full description – This Beach is a blistering satire of white western privilege made in response to the global refugee crisis.

A private beach inhabited by a family; a European family. They are the owners of the beach. The beach has been in their family for generations. The family celebrate a wedding, a union between two sides; each of whom can offer something to the other. Security, prosperity, progeny. During the wedding celebration a stranger arrives on the shore of their beach. The family must decide how to deal with this stranger.

This Beach is a blistering satire of white western privilege made in response to the global refugee crisis, from multi-award-winning theatre company Brokentalkers (The Blue Boy, Have I No Mouth, Circus Animals’ Desertion). This Beach is a response to the current refugee crisis gripping Europe, the notion of sovereignty of one people over a piece of land; and the lengths people will go to bar entry to their dominion.

Brokentalkers (The Blue Boy, Silver Stars, Have I No Mouth, Circus Animals’ Desertion) have been acclaimed internationally for their pioneering approach to theatre and continue to explore the world we live in with honesty, originality and courage.

This Beach was originally co-produced by Goethe Institut, Munich Kammerspiele before its sold out run at Dublin Fringe Festival 2016.

National Tour 2017 is produced by Project Arts Centre.

Venue – Naughton Studio

 

www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

Ticket cost/admission – Tickets: £16.0o,  Concessions: £14.00

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Beauty and the Beast

Dates – 30 Nov – 06 Jan

 Start and end times – 30 Nov – 06 Jan

Family Performances:
11.30AM
2.30PM

Schools Performances:
10.30AM
1.30PM

Relaxed Performance:
9th Dec 11.30AM

Short description – A modern twist on the timeless tale… With a fresh score of original songs and enchanting visuals, this exciting new family musical will have audiences of all ages enthralled.

Full description – A modern twist on the timeless tale… With a fresh score of original songs and enchanting visuals, this exciting new family musical will have audiences of all ages enthralled.

A sweet-natured singer-songwriter makes a deal with an all-powerful music producer, and now he’s got everything he ever wanted: fame, fortune, stardom… Except he’s turned into a monster. A Beast, actually. When intrepid Belle is forced to become his assistant by her well-meaning but fame-hungry Dad, she finds she’s the only person willing to stand up to the Beast and his ludicrous demands. As our two misfits tustle, Belle soon discovers the curse behind his Beastly behaviour… What will it take to break the spell?  Can Belle save the Beast from his wicked ways?

Following on the hugely successful Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf (2015) and The Gingerbread Mix-Up (2016) The Lyric is delighted to present another exhilarating and surprising twist on a well-known family classic this Christmas.

Family Performances: 02 Dec – 06 Jan

Schools Performances: 30 Nov – 21 Dec

Discounted rate available for school groups.  Contact Box Office on 028 9038 1081 for more info.

 Venue – Danske Bank Stage, Lyric Theatre Belfast

www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

 Ticket cost/admission – Children: £12.50, Adult: £17.50, Family: £55.00. Discounted rates available for school bookings. Please contact Box Office for more info.

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