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'The Risen People'
The Abbey Theatre marks the centenary of the 1913 Lockout with a new version of James Plunkett's The Risen People (pictured). A defining moment in Irish history is brought vividly to life through music, movement and song directed by Jimmy Fay. Running until February 1, 2014. See www.abbeytheatre.ie
'Jack and the Beanstalk'
Fee Fi Fo Fum, the time for Panto has finally come! Join Jack on the adventure of a lifetime as he climbs his way into a very strange land. Cork's traditional Christmas panto opens today and runs until January 12. Bookings at 021 4501673/ www.everymancork.com
'A Christmas Carol'
One of Britain's leading stage actors, Clive Francis, returns to Galway to reprise his acclaimed Royal Shakespeare performance as Ebenezer Scrooge in a unique one-man adaptation of the Dickens classic. Town Hall Theatre, Galway, December 9 and 10. See www.tht.ie