Twenty years ago, the Disney corporation decided to clean up Broadway. Invited to revitalise Times Square, a notorious haven for peep shows and street crime, Disney’s gentrifica-
Oliver Reed – Wild Thing Rob Crouch performs a solo show as Oliver Reed, the alcoholic movie star who was as celebrated – if that’s the right word – for his hell raising as his talents. Balor Arts Centre. May 22 8pm 115 balor artscentre.com Also Dublin, Limerick, Meath, Westmeath Thou Shalt Not Kill See Derry. Follows a symposium on Theatre of Conflict. Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny May 18 7.30pm Adm free regionalculturalcentre.com Break a Leg Peter Sheridan’s absorbing new one-man show is about his life in the theatre and the theatre’s role in our lives. Bewley’s Café Theatre Until May 25 1.10pm 18-112 (light lunch 14) bewleyscafetheatre.com themes of trauma. Millennium Forum May 17 7.30pm Adm free millenniumforum.co.uk Also Donegal
Carmen Gavin Quinn dramatically reimagines Bizet’s opera for Opera Theatre Company, shifting it to a contemporary urban landscape designed by Aedín Cosgrove, with Imelda Drumm as Carmen and Andrew Synnot conducting. Samuel Beckett Theatre, TCD May 18 7.30pm 130/126 tcd.ie/Drama An Enemy of the People Wayne Jordan directs Arthur Miller’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s tion began, appropriately enough, with a stage version of Beauty and the Beast. The biggest departure for The Mouse House was that the show didn’t involve a parade or an ice rink. Still, nobody could have anticipated what came next.
For The Lion King, the story of a young prince who must avenge his father’s murder at the hands of his uncle, Disney turned to Julie Taymor, a play, in which a local whistleblower is attacked when he discovers the town’s spring waters are poisoned. Heaping talent on talent, the large cast includes Declan Conlon, Fiona Bell, Denis Conway and Barry McGovern. Gate Theatre Previews May 23-27 7.30pm 120 Opens May 28-Jul 13 7.30pm 125-135 (students Mon-Thurs 115) Sat mat 2.30pm 125 gatetheatre.ie Eternal Rising of the Sun Amy Conroy performs in her second play for Hot-for-Theatre, in which a downtrodden dreamer discovers herself through dance. Touring nationally. Draíocht, Blanchardstown May 23-24 8.15pm 118/114 draiocht.ie The Factory Girls Five women stage a lock-in protest in a shirt factory in Donegal when faced with redundancy in Frank McGuinness’s early play. Civic Theatre, Tallaght Ends May 18 8pm 120/116 civictheatre.ie Fifty One Shades of Maggie Adapted from Belfast-based Leesa Harker’s Facebook satire of the Fifty Shades spankbuster phenomenon, here’s the story of a working-class Dublin girl looking for love in all the wrong sex dungeons. Tivoli Theatre Until Jun 1 tivoli.ie The Forest of Grimm Spanish company La Maquine create a fairytale forest of music, puppetry and projections inspired by the Brothers Grimm for the Sprea-