THE Lion King
Q What could we possibly tell you about the acclaimed West End production of The Lion King that you haven't heard before? Well, it's now running at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre – and missing it would be unfathomably silly. Even more so than venturing into an elephant's graveyard.
Q Oliver Callan's brand of topical humour is not what you'd call razor-sharp – or indeed particularly topical – but he's damn good at doing funny voices. If that's enough to satisfy your comedic needs, then head along to the Olympia to see him live tonight.
Friday, May 10
The Galway Early Music Festival is taking place this weekend right across the City of the Tribes, celebrating 17th century Roman music, early Irish poetry and the dark side of fairytales.
For something a bit more modern, the wonderful (yet divisive) Tieranniesaur are blasting out their power-disco-pop-rock-fusion-blend – or whatever you want to call it – in Whelan's tonight.
Saturday, May 11
Speaking of divisive . . . it's Bressie. The man who sealed himself a reputation as a merchant of clever pop as frontman with The Blizzards has now gone a bit too far down Prettyboy Avenue for some people's liking. The latest material doesn't hold a torch to the earlier, more energetic stuff – but if you're staying loyal, he's live at the Big Top, Limerick, tonight.
Sunday, May 12
The Cork French Food and Wine festival runs all this weekend in St Patrick's Woolen Mills, Cork, combining a bit of ooh-la-la with the obligatory je ne sais quoi. Mais oui.
JJ Abram's breathlessly paced sci-fi adventure Star Trek: Into Darkness (out now on general release) takes up where his brilliant 2009 Star Trek reboot left off. Kirk and Spock are still snapping at each other like an old married couple, but hostilities must be suspended when a mysterious villain begins attacking Star Fleet bases on Earth and seems to have a grudge against absolutely everybody. Benedict Cumberbatch is most entertaining as the villain, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are excellent again as Spock and Kirk, and the film's special effects really do the story justice. Great fun, and definitely worth a look.
Monday, May 13
When Pinochet called a plebiscite on his presidency, a young ad creative was picked to lead the 'No' campaign – an obviously daunting task in 1988 Chile. The story is told in the wonderful NO, which was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Oscar and will be shown in the Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire, tonight.
Emmylou Harris brings some of her country class to the Bórd Gáis Energy Theatre tonight, where she'll be joined by Rodney Crowell.
Tuesday, May 14
Currently celebrating its seven millionth run in the Olympia – or thereabouts – Tom Crean: Antarctic Explorer is a one-man off-Broadway show telling the story of the Kerryman who played a part in Scott's infamous Antarctic expedition. It's been running since 2001 for a good reason, so if you have yet to catch it, now's the time.
Staying with the Kerry theme, Oileán is a show by the National Folk Theatre that captures the essence of Peig and co, the island community that was evacuated in the early 20th century but continues to play a huge role in Irish folk culture. It runs on and off until August at Siamsa Tíre, Tralee.
Wednesday, May 15
It's the day following a teen party and someone is dead in the bathroom. BRB deals with the issues of sexuality, identity and friendship as it recounts the weeks and days leading up to this event. It runs until Saturday at the Joyce Theatre as part of the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.
Thursday, May 16
Alicja Nowicka suffers from Charge Syndrome, meaning she has no tibia – and faces the choice of either amputation or $150,000 surgery. And so, the ever-enjoyable Colm Kenefick and Jon Barry will take charge of the decks tonight at Cork's Pavilion, for a much-needed fundraiser.
5ive, B*Witched, Honeyz, 911 and Atomic Kitten, all together again, and all performing under one roof? Oh, man. Depending on your vintage, the Big Reunion is a show you'll want to either run towards, or hide from. It's tonight in The O2.
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