And the gar­gan­tuan di­men­sions of the Bord Gáis En­ergy Theatre. “Hakuna matata”, your kids will con­sole, and when El­ton John and Tim Rice’s cho­ruses swell over a jerry-rigged African sun­rise, it’s hard to con­tra­dict them.

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THE LION KING Bord Gáis En­ergy Theatre, Dublin Un­til Jun 9 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm €25-€65) €20-€85bor­dgaisen­ergy theatre.ie vi­sion­ary di­rec­tor of Shake­speare with a keen un­der­stand­ing of world pup­petry. This is why, 16 years later, you may find your­self in a sold-out 2,000-seat venue in Dublin mar­vel­ling at the imag­i­na­tion, tal­ent and cos­tumes of a stilt-walker gi­raffe, a life-sized ele­phant, or the re­gal pos­ture of a per­former op­er­at­ing a chee­tah.

If some stretches feel un­der­pow­ered, blame un­even cast­ing cha fes­ti­val. Draíocht, Blan­chard­stown May 17 10am/noon May 18 1pm/3pm 15 draiocht.ie Good­night Alice Out of the Blue Theatre stages Suzanne Lakes’s com­edy about two in­ner-city Dublin sis­ters tor­ment­ing young­sters and fac­ing chal­lenges to­gether. Civic Theatre May 20-25 8.15pm 115/112 civicthe­atre.ie The In­ter­na­tional Dublin Gay Theatre Fes­ti­val 10th an­niver­sary fes­ti­val pro­gramme in­cludes in­ter­na­tional and Ir­ish com­edy (songs and sto­ries from Menno’s The Un­dutch­able), drama (a teenager’s fa­tal party in BRB, a sol­dier in Iraq turned strip­per in Strip Search, and a new pro­duc­tion of Neil LaBute’s Bash), and as­sorted read­ings, sem­i­nars and dis­cus­sions. Var­i­ous venues Ends May 19 gaythe­atre.ie The Les­son Zoe Ní Riordáin, a founder mem­ber of Talk­ing Shop En­sem­ble, stages Eu­gene Ionesco’s ab­sur­dist one-act play in which a pro­fes­sor and his pupil en­gage in a de­struc­tive bat­tle. Pro­ject Arts Cen­tre Ends May 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. See panel. Bord Gáis En­ergy Theatre Un­til Jun 9 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm 125- Mak­ing Lemon­ade The New Theatre, Dublin 165) 120-185 bor­dgaisen­ergy theatre.ie Odd Cou­ple Taney Drama So­ci­ety stage Neil Si­mon’s clas­sic com­edy. Mill Theatre, Dun­drum May 22-25 8pm 110-115 millthe­atre.ie Over­time Jane McCarthy’s play finds an am­bi­tious young busi­ness­man un­der pres­sure from his tor­men­tor. Caro­line Fitzger­ald di­rects. The New Theatre Pre­views May 20 May 21-Jun 1 7.30pm 110-115 the­newthe­atre.com 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 Ends May 18 7.30pm 115/112 the­newthe­atre.com Oliver Reed – Wild Thing See Done­gal. He­lix Theatre, DCU May 17 8pm 118/116 he­lix.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 dur­ing WWII-era Eng­land and Amer­ica. Vik­ing Theatre Un­til May 25 8pm 110 vikingth­e­atre­dublin.com Mrs War­ren’s Pro­fes­sion It’s the old­est pro­fes­sion there is, next to theatre. Pa­trick Ma­son di­rects a blue-chip cas in Bernard Shaw’s ever-shift­ing polemic about moral­ity and com­merce. Gate

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