Monday 18 December 2017

Dublin Theatre Festival set to thrill audiences with Love/Hate stars, magical mystery tour, and Dubs talking the Monto

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Hamlet
Kirsty Blake Knox

By Kirsty Blake Knox

Whether it's watching Love/ Hate stars on stage, cheesy superheroes taking you on a magical mystery tour, or inner city Dubs telling you all about the Monto, the 55th Dublin Theatre Festival has something for everyone.

The 18-day festival opened last night with the Irish premiere of Berlin Schaubuhne Theatre's production of Hamlet.

Over the course of the festival re-imagined classics, innovative productions and world premieres will be staged in theatres around the city centre.

"I always say the Dublin Theatre Festival is a bit like Electric Picnic," Festival Director Willie White told The Herald.

"There is something for everyone. You can dip in and out, you don't have to be a hard-core theatre goer or critic to enjoy a good show."

One of the hottest tickets in town will undoubtedly be Mark O'Rowe's new play Our Few and Evil Days at the Abbey Theatre.

The play has a knockout cast with Sinead Cusack, Ciaran Hinds and Love/Hate actors Charlie Murphy (inset) and Tom Vaughan Lawlor.

"I've worked with Mark before on Howie the Rookie and am delighted to be returning to the Abbey," Vaughan Lawlor said.

The Gate Theatre are staging Hugo Hamilton's latest work The Mariner starring Ingrid Craigie and The Fall actress Lisa Dwyer Hogg.

Eimear McBride's award-winning novel A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing has been adapted for the stage by The Corn Exchange and will be performed by Moone Boy actress Aoife Duffin.

The first Irish language play to be staged at the festival since 1997, Reiltin, is tipped to be a runaway hit.

Family friendly performances include The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy.

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