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BELFAST

For­get Turkey! (We’re Go­ing to Phuket This Christ­mas) A new Christ­mas com­edy for grownups set in an A&E with an el­derly man on a trol­ley. For­get Turkey! takes an er­ratic and arch look back on a tu­mul­tuous 2012. Lyric The­atre Un­til Jan 13 Var­i­ous times £10-£18 lyricthe­atre.co.uk

DUBLIN

The Big House Set in the 1920s, where you, the lo­cals, are in­vited to Up­ton Abbey to wit­ness things get­ting to­tally out of hand, this alternative panto trades in in­nu­endo. Na­tional Lep­rechaun Mu­seum Fri/Sat un­til Jan 26 8pm 115 lep­rechaun mu­seum.ie The Dead The Abbey ends the year with Frank McGuin­ness’s drama­ti­sa­tion of the con­clud­ing story of James Joyce’s Dublin­ers. At an an­nual fam­ily din­ner on the last day of a snowy Dublin Christ­mas, Gabriel Con­roy reaches a per­sonal epiphany. Joe Dowl­ing di­rects a 22-strong cast . Abbey The­atre Un­til Jan 19 7.30pm (Sat mat 2pm) 113-140 abbeythe­atre.ie The Ir­ish Writ­ers En­ter­tain First staged 15 years ago and re­vived last sum­mer, Neil O’Shea’s one-man re­vue of works by writ­ers such as Swift, Wilde, Shaw, Yeats and Joyce re­turns to ring in the new year. Dublin Writ­ers Mu­seum Dec 28-Jan 2 1.10pm 110 01-8722077 My Cousin Rachel Joseph O’Connor’s adap­ta­tion of Daphne du Mau­rier’s mys­tery-ro­mance novel re­turns as the Gate’s Christ­mas of­fer­ing. New cast mem­ber Marty Rea plays the young Philip, who falls in love with his mys­te­ri­ous cousin (Han­nah Yel­land), and tries to smother sus­pi­cions that she does not have his best in­ter­ests at heart. Gate The­atre Ends Jan 1 7.30pm 125-135 (stu­dents Mon-Thurs 115) gateth­e­atre.ie A Real Christ­mas Cracker June Rodgers re­turns for more sea­sonal com­edy and mu­sic, with singing re­lief from The Voice of Ire­land con­tender Kevin Kee­ley. Red Cow Mo­ran Ho­tel Ends Jan 1 169.50/149.50 (incl din­ner) red­cow­moran­ho­tel.com Sol­padeine Is My Boyfriend Re­vived from this year’s Fringe, Ste­fanie Preiss­ner’s comic solo per­for­mance for With an ’F’ Pro­duc­tions, told mainly in rhyme, is about ir­re­versible changes of grow­ing up, em­i­grat­ing, or be­com­ing some­one you never thought you’d be. New The­atre Jan 2-5 7.30pm 112 the­newthe­atre.com

SLIGO

It’s the Real McCoy Tommy Mar­ren di­rects his own comic play, set in 1964 ru­ral Ire­land, where a woman has spent 40 years won­der­ing why her hus­band van­ished af­ter five months of mar­riage. Hawk’s Well The­atre. Dec 28-30 8pm 118 hawk­swell.com

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