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Can’t For­get About You

Mer­rily con­tro­ver­sial play­wright David Ire­land turns his hand to a ro­man­tic com­edy with the story of a young Belfast man who falls for a much older woman. Con­leth Hill di­rects. Lyric Theatre Un­til Jun 16 8pm (Sun 7pm, Sat mat 3pm, no show Mon) £11-£16 lyricthe­

The Gruf­falo’s Child

Tall Sto­ries Theatre stages Ju­lia Don­ald­son and Axel Sch­ef­fler’s se­quel to the fam­ily-friendly mu­si­cal The Gruf­falo. Lyric Theatre Ends Jun 2 Var­i­ous times £11/£8.50 (fam­ily t£38) lyricthe­

Mojo Mick­ybo

Chat­ter­box Pro­duc­tions presents Owen McCaf­ferty’s fast-paced tale of two boys grow­ing up in 1970s Belfast, get­ting up to mis­chief and obliv­i­ous to the sec­tar­ian vi­o­lence brew­ing up around them. David Grant di­rects the tour­ing pro­duc­tion. Brian Friel Theatre Ends Jun 1 7.30pm £8/£6 we­gottick­­ter­box Pro­duc­tions Also Fer­managh

The Fac­tory Girls

Five women stage a lock-in protest in their shirt fac­tory when faced with re­dun­dancy in Frank McGuin­ness’s early play. Every­man Palace Ends Jun 1 8pm 120/115 ev­ery­man­palace. com

As part of Swedish artis­tic duo Goldin+Sen­neby’s first solo ex­hibit in the UK, in­spired by the stock mar­ket and18th- cen­tury alchemy, play­wright Jimmy McAleavy & ac­tor Eleanor Methven col­lab­o­rate on an ex­hi­bi­tion/ per­for­mance with open re­hearsals daily in the gallery. Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Art Un­til Jun 28 Tues-Sat noon-6pm cca-derry-lon­don­

VWAP DruidMur­phy: Con­ver­sa­tions on a Home­com­ing and A Whis­tle in the Dark

Druid re­vives two of last year’s award­win­ning Tom Mur­phy trio, partly re­cast, for a national tour. Staged on con­sec­u­tive nights, Con­ver­sa­tions on a Home­com­ing and A Whis­tle in the Dark trace the roots and psy­cho­log­i­cal con­se­quence of Ir­ish em­i­gra­tion in the 1960s and ’70s. An Gri­anán Theatre, Let­terkenny Con­ver­sa­tions: May 31 8pm, Jun 1 2pm; Whis­tle: May 29/30/Jun 1 8pm 125/120 an­gri­ Also Long­ford

Se­bas­tian Faulks’s wartime story of love and sac­ri­fice is the ba­sis of Rachel Wagstaff’s West End adap­ta­tion, in which a danger­ous love af­fair and the car­nage of the Bat­tle of the Somme shat­ter a young man’s for­mer idyll. Gai­ety Theatre Un­til Jun 1 7.30pm 122.50-140 gai­etythe­

Bird­song Con­ver­sa­tions With a Cup­board Man

Sickle Moon Pro­duc­tions stage Ian McE­wan’s ur­ban night­mare of a soli­tary man, raised by an un­hinged mother, re­count­ing his youth, his adult­hood and his trou­bled ex­pe­ri­ences in the “real world”. Theatre Up­stairs@Lani­gan’s Bar Jun 4-15 Tues-Sat 1pm (also Thurs- Sat 7pm the­atre­up­stairs

De Pro­fundis

Conor Maguire presents a ver­sion of Os­car Wilde’s Let­ter from Read­ing Gaol, writ­ten at his low­est ebb, de­scrib­ing prison, love and suf­fer­ing. Theatre Up­stairs@ Lani­gan’s Bar Ends Jun 1 Fri-Sat 1pm/7pm the­atre­up­stairs@

Dublin Shake­speare Fes­ti­val

The fifth and fi­nal Bar­dathon takes place in streets and schools this year un­der the aus­pices of Trin­ity Col­lege Dublin Shake­speare Fes­ti­val, stag­ing free per­for­mances daily with talks by schol­ars and prac­ti­tion­ers. See web­site for de­tails. Var­i­ous venues Jun 3-8 dublin­shake­

An En­emy of the Peo­ple

See panel. Gate Theatre Un­til Jul 13 7.30pm Mon 125, Tues/Wed 128, Thurs/Fri 130 Sat 132 (stu­dents Mon-Thurs 115 T&C ap­ply; Sat mat 2.30pm 125) gateth­e­

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 Ends Jun 1

Si­mon Levy’s adap­ta­tion of F Scott Fitzger­ald’s novel puts the fa­ble of de­sire, self-in­ven­tion and dan­ger of Jazz Age Amer­ica on the stage. Mill Theatre, Dun­drum Jun 6-7 8pm 117/115 millthe­

Kiss Me And You’ll See How Im­por­tant I Am

Sun­day’s Child presents a new work in which four peo­ple search for them­selves in the mad­ness of the world around them. Pro­ject Arts Cen­tre Jun 4-8 8.15pm 110/ 17.50 pro­jec­tarts­cen­

The Lion King

It’s the cir­cle of fran­chise. Julie Tay­mor’s pup­pet-aug­mented the­atri­cal ver­sion of the 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 bor­dgaisen­er­gythe­

Man of Val­our

An of­fice drone es­capes from his worka­day tedium into a fan­tasy ex­is­tence un­til his re­al­ity takes a turn for the thrilling through Paul Reid’s vir­tu­oso phys­i­cal per­for­mance for Corn Ex­change. Pro­ject Arts Cen­tre Un­til Jun 8 8pm (Sat mat 3pm) 116-122 pro­jec­tarts cen­

Jane McCarthy’s play finds an am­bi­tious young busi­ness­man un­der pres­sure from his tor­men­tor. Caro­line


Fitzger­ald di­rects. New Theatre Ends Jun 1 7.30pm 110-115 the­newthe­

Pav­il­ion Play­wrights

Eight new 10-minute plays, each in­spired by a paint­ing from the National Gallery, re­ceive re­hearsed read­ings in the gallery. Writ­ers in­clude Ivy Ban­nis­ter, Celia De Freine, Kevin Gildea and Rose Hen­der­son. Pav­il­ion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire Jun 1 12.30pm 15/13 pavil­ionthe­

Marion O’Dwyer and Maria McDer­mot­troe con­struct a comic mid­dle-aged women’s re­venge fan­tasy in a pro­duc­tion di­rected by Iseult Golden. Mill Theatre, Dun­drum Jun 5-Jun 15 12.50pm 110 millthe­


Per­formed near the ex­e­cu­tion site of the failed rebel, Neville Car­lyle Style’s drama draws from Dion Bouci­cault’s in­ac­cu­rate bi­og­ra­phy. Arthur’s Pub. Weds 8pm, Thurs- Sun 3pm Un­til Oc­to­ber 118 (incl din­ner), 115 (incl a pint) 112 (incl a tea) arthur­

Elaine Mur­phy, writer of the phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful mono­logue play Lit­tle Gem, makes her Abbey stage de­but with a new comic drama about one women los­ing ev­ery­thing sta­ble in her life and the four friends help­ing to abate chaos while brav­ing their own demons. Abbey Theatre Pre­views Jun 6-11 Opens Jun 12-Jul 20 7.30pm (Sat mat 2pm) 113-143 abbeythe­


The Robert Em­met Ex­pe­ri­ence

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. Vik­ing Theatre, Clon­tarf Jun 5-15 8pm 110 vikingth­e­atre


Re­vived from its cel­e­brated de­but at last year’s Fringe, Conor Mad­den, Ja­son Byrne and Gavin Ko­stick’s mul­ti­me­dia pro­duc­tion looks at the hu­man­ity in Shake­speare’s tragic hero and how it might shape us all. Pro­ject Arts Cen­tre Ends Jun 1 8.15pm (Jun 1 mat 1.30pm) 19-115 pro­jec­tarts cen­

Un­der Pres­sure

Rachel Fe­hily’s new le­gal drama puts an ar­ro­gant sur­geon on trial for the mur­der of his wife dur­ing a sex game gone awry. Fair City’s Ge­off Minogue plays the ac­cused, Helen Collins the se­nior coun­sel and Deb­o­rah Pearce the de­ceased. Bew­ley’s Café Theatre Un­til Jun 8 1pm 18-112 bew­leys cafethe­

Mojo Mick­ybo

See Belfast. Ard­howen Theatre, En­niskillen Jun 6 £10/£8 ard­howenthe­atre. com

Anam Theatre stages Pa­trick Mar­ber’s 1990s play of dis­as­trous re­la­tion­ships, love and be­trayal among the Lon­don pro­fes­sional classes. Town Hall


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