A grand year for Dock­lands theatre

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Inside -

Dublin’s new­est venue, the Grand Canal Theatre, cel­e­brated one year in busi­ness this week, and an­nounced its plans for the rest of 2011.

Hav­ing sold more than half a mil­lion tick­ets for events in its first year, the theatre’s gen­eral man­ager Stephen Fal­loon said that he is “con­fi­dent that our sec­ond year will be even more suc­cess­ful”.

The Grand Canal Theatre was de­signed by ar­chi­tect Daniel Libe­skind, and opened on March 18th 2010 with a per­for­mance of Swan Lake by the Rus­sian State Bal­let, who re­turned to the theatre this week for an­other sold-out run.

Gigs al­ready on the sched­ule for 2011 in­clude Jed­ward (April 17th), Chris de Burgh (May 27th), Michael Ball (May 24th), Em­my­lou Har­ris (May 28th), En­gle­bert Humperdinck (Nov 11th) and The Bri­tish Pink Floyd Show (July 3rd). There will also be nu­mer­ous mu­si­cals, in­clud­ing Grease, Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­colour Dream­coat, Spa­malot, Thriller Live, Mamma Mia!, White Christ­mas and Sis­ter Act. A West End pro­duc­tion of Dirty Dancing is pen­cilled in for Jan­uary 2012. There will also be a run of the Verdi opera La Travi­ata in Novem­ber. grand­canalthe­atre.ie

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