Wednesday 24 January 2018

Dublin Theatre Festival: 28 shows, from Roddy Doyle to Beckett to PJ Gallagher

Sinead Cusack
Sinead Cusack
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Acclaimed actress Sinead Cusack is to be honoured at the 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival.

Now in it's 59th year, this year's colourful and contemporary programme is filled with 28 shows - from music acts, and Roddy Doyle-isms to sultry singalongs, Shakespearean show downs and world premieres.

Red Rock star Cathy Belton will appear in Meadhbh McHugh’s Helen and I while comedian PJ Gallagher will take on the lead role in Alien Documentary - a three hander being staged at the Project Arts Centre.

“I’ll be sick with nerves on opening night,” PJ said. "I haven't acted in years."

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the festival will open with a modern staging of the bard’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

With lycra class superheroes and musical interludes, it promises to be a memorable show.

Roddy Doyle’s highly anticipated translation of Mozart’s Don Giovanni will hit the Gaiety stage.

“There has been a lot of excitement about that show,” Director of the Festival Willie White said.

Sinead Cusack will be honoured for her outstanding contribution to the acting world on the Theatre Festival’s Gala Night.

“It’s nice that an actor is being acknowledged,” White said. “Because without them there would be no show.”

Known for their visually arresting Commedia Del’Arte inspired shows, The Corn Exchange will stage a version of Chekov’s comedy The Seagull while outgoing director of the Gate Theatre Michael Colgan will direct Samuel Beckett’s First Love at O’Reilly Theatre starring Barry McGovern.

“Whether you go to the theatre every other weekend or once a year there is bound to be one show you’ll love,” White said. 

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