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Tuesday 21 October 2014

A little something for everyone this spring

OPERA HOUSE UNVEILS NEW SEASON

Published 31/01/2013 | 14:39

Isabelle Twomey, Sinead McGee and Naomi Luttell join fello wCork Dancers to perform Greece Lightning at the Launch of the new Season at Cork Opera House. Credit: Photo: Clare Keogh

CORK Opera House has released details of its exciting spring season line up, containing a wonderful mix of events that will appeal to a whole range of ages and tastes.

Unveiling the new programme, Opera House CEO Mary Hickson said it contained "a little something for everyone".

"Our new programme of events is packed to the rafters again this spring, with a variety of work, from opera to comedy, ballet to musicals," she said.

"We look forward to the reaction to the line-up and hope that people enjoy what we have on offer."

One element of the line-up that immediately jumps out is the depth of comedic talent that will be gracing the stage of the venue over the coming weeks.

Having already hosted a recent show by Jason Byrne, the Opera House will welcome back Tommy Tiernan for four nights from February 21-24 as part of his World Tour of Cork.

Offaly's Neil Delamere will return to Leeside with his new Delamere Mortal show on March 8-9, with Cork adoptee Pat Shortt bring his solo tour to the venue on March 29-30.

The Opera House will also play host to some formidable international comedians including Jack Dee (March 25-26) who is returning to the comedy circuit in order to "spend some time away from his family", and American's Reginald D Hunter and Rich Hall.

Fans of musicals will be glad to hear that the Sound of Music will be returning for a 10-night stint next month, with Grease set to play the venue in July.

Musical treats included gigs by Martha Wainwright, Maria Minerva, John Prine, Tommy Emmaunel, Ben Waters, Smokie, Eleanor McAvoy and Angel Olson.

A musical treat not to be missed will be the 'Across the Stars' concert on May 1, featuring the RTE Concert Orchestra performing scores by John Williams including those from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Superman and Indiana Jones.

The Ellen Kent Opera Company will perform Tosca on April 4 and Carmen the following two nights, with The Three Tenors lined up for St Patrick's Day.

Play's set to grace the stage of the venue during the season include Brian Friel's Translations (March 20-23), Tuesday's With Morrie (April 11-13) and JM Synge's The Playboy of the Western World (April 29-30).

There will also be plenty to choose from for the kiddies with The Gruffalo's Child (March 34), Cork Rocks All Ages at the Half Moon Theatre on March 30 and Milkshake! Live on May 11 starring Noddy and Bananas in Pyjamas among others.

Full details of the line with tickets prices are available at www.corkoperahouse.ie.

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