Tuesday 11 December 2018

Culture vulture - what not to miss this week (weather permitting)


Grumpy detective Tom Burke
Grumpy detective Tom Burke

Ed Power

The musical: Legally Blonde

Adapted from the Reese Witherspoon rom-com, this Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin musical has scored big on Broadway. The new touring production stars former EastEnder Rita Simon and X Factor finalist Lucie Jones. The part of pooch Rufus has meanwhile been filled following a casting call for local talent.

From Monday, BGE Theatre, Dublin

The gig: Choice Music Prize

James Vincent McMorrow, Marlene Enright and David Kitt's New Jackson electro project are among the contenders for the annual Irish Album of the Year Award. All the nominees will perform, with the winner announced circa 10.30pm.

Thursday, Vicar Street, Dublin

James Vincent McMorrow
James Vincent McMorrow

The ballet: Romeo & Juliet

The Royal Moscow Ballet returns to the Midwest with a staging of Prokofiev's ballet, based on the Shakespeare romantic tragedy. The company's previous Limerick performance was a sell-out and this is sure to do well too.

Tuesday, 8pm, University Concert Hall, Limerick

The podcast: Rabbits

The divide between the real and the fantastical is bridged by this true-crime podcast. It starts as a straightforward first person narrative by reporter Carly Parker, whose friend, Yumiko, recently vanished. As she seeks to unravel the mystery, she is drawn into a Fight Club-type underworld revolving around an "ancient, mysterious" game known as Rabbits, which may or may not serve as a CIA recruiting tool.

The TV show: Strike - Career of Evil

Even if you consider Harry Potter a load of Hogwarts you'll have warmed to this adaptation of JK Rowling's Cormoran Strike novels. The closing half of a two-part adaptation of Career of Evil finds grumpy detective Tom Burke hunting a man who preys on children while his relationship with Hermione-esque side-kick (Holiday Grainger) grows frayed.

Sunday, 9pm, BBC One

The box set: Seven Seconds

Gritty thriller exploring the racial chasm in America via the prism of the hit-and-run death of a black teenager by a white cop.

Now on Netflix

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