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THE MAN IN WOMAN’S SHOES Various venues, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Tipperary See listings They say that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. So, as he covers a considerable distance during a 13-county tour of his new show for the Bealtaine Festival, let’s hope that actor/director Mikel Murfi is more sensibly shod than his character. The play, inspired by memories and stories collected from older people in Sligo last year, 15-18 8.15pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) 114/112 projectartscentre.ie The Lion King It’s the circle of franchise. Julie Taymor’s puppet-augmented theatrical version of the Elton Johnembossed animated Disney film finally reaches Dublin. And it moves us all. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Until Jun 9 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm 125-165) 120-185 bordgaisenergytheatre.ie Making Lemonade Sylvia Beatley’s new play follows Blade, a man whose efforts to cheat chaos lead to a life determined by carnage. The New Theatre May 13-18 7.30pm 115/112 thenewtheatre.com Mass Appeal Bill C Davis’s comedy-drama focuses on a conflict between a popular Catholic priest and an idealistic seminarian sent to his parish. Red Raven Theatre stages the two-hander, directed by the author. Mill Theatre, Dundrum May 10-11 8.15pm 112/110 milltheatre.ie Once in a While the Odd Thing Happens Company D stages Paul Godfrey’s biodrama about the composer Benjamin Britton and his struggle to come to terms with his sexuality in WWIIera England and America. Viking Theatre May 13-25 8pm 110 vikingtheatredublin.com follows the journey of aging Pat Farnon man who enthusiastically sets out one October day in 1978 on a 10-mile round-trip to town wearing a pair of women’s shoes. Encountering several marvels along the way, it becomes a quirky Odyssey.
That won’t sound unfamiliar to fans of Murfi’s work, which normally combines physically adept performance and a comically surreal sensibility since his days with Barabbas, and has animated his approach as a director for Macnas, Druid, the Abbey and others. But while this offers a rare chance Mrs Warren’s Profession It’s the oldest profession there is, next to theatre. Patrick Mason directs a blue-chip cast, including Sorcha Cusack, David Yelland and Rebecca O’Mara, in Bernard Shaw’s ever-shifting polemic about morality and commerce. Gate Theatre Until May 18 7.30pm 120-135 gatetheatre.ie The Picture of Dorian Gray Alice Coghlan’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s moral fable has Simon Courcy, Michael James Ford and Michael Winder share the telling of the Gothic narrative as Basil, Lord Henry and Dorian. Royal Dublin Society Member’s Club May 10 6.30pm rds.ie Also Sligo Rebecca Moira Walsh and Sandyford Little Theatre adapt the radio play version of Daphne du Maurier’s famous novel. Mill Theatre, Dundrum Ends May 11 8pm 115/ 112 milltheatre.ie The Robert Emmet Experience Performed near the execution site of the failed rebel, Neville Carlyle Style’s drama draws from Dion Boucicault’s wildly inaccurate biography together with contemporary documents. Arthur’s Pub Weds 8pm, ThursSun mat 3pm Until Oct 118 (incl dinner), 115 incl a pint), 112 (incl a tea) arthurspub.ie Shout! The Mod Musical The musical comedy revue, set in to see Murfi back on the stage, the show’s own return journey is more celebratory, bringing the creativity and stories of its collaborators back to them while enticing a broader audience.
Most people will travel shorter distances than Murfi to get to know these characters, but everyone gets to walk a mile in their shoes.
The Lesson Swinging Sixties London, with the hit songs of the female singers of the era. Powerscourt Theatre Ends May 11 7.30pm shoutmusicalireland.com Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer Tom Crean, a man of few words but some extraordinary actions, served with Scott and Shackleton on three legendary expeditions. Aidan Dooley’s popular, longrunning solo show returns to do the talking for him. Olympia Theatre May 13-18 8pm (Sat mat 3pm) 120-135 ticketmaster.ie Tuesdays With Morrie Terry Byrne and Andrew Murray perform in this adaptation of Mitch Albom’s bestselling memoir of life lessons learned from his former college professor battling with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gaiety Theatre May 13-18 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) 119.65-130.20 gaietytheatre.ie Spinal Krapp Zeb Moore performs his one-man show, telling comic stories of a northside Dublin childhood in a manic performance of song, dance and stand-up. Theatre Upstairs@ Lannigan’s Bar Ends May 11 1pm email@example.com
Fishy Tales A two-day series of talks and events built around two of Donal O’Kelly’s solo plays written 25 years apart: Bat the