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BELFAST

The Fam­ily Hoff­mann’s Christ­mas Mys­tery Palace Paul Bosco McEneaney and Conor Mitchell from Ca­hoots NI con­coct a world of won­ders for The MAC’s Christ­mas show, fea­tur­ing a car­ni­val of il­lu­sions and cu­riosi­ties from The Es­capol­o­gist to the Mind Reader. The MAC. Ends Jan 4 Var­i­ous times £10-£22 themaclive.com

Mistle­toe & Crime Marie Jones new com­edy for the Lyric fol­lows two po­lice of­fi­cers, one a rookie and the other a con­sta­ble on her last beat, work­ing the Christ­mas Eve shift in Belfast. Lyric The­atre. Ends Jan 11 7.45pm (Sat/Sun mat 2.30pm) £10-£22.50 lyrictheatre.co.uk

DUBLIN

Down and Out in Paris and

London Phe­lim Drew adapts and per­forms George Or­well’s fa­mous mem­oir of drift­ing through life on the lower rungs of so­ci­ety and dis­cov­er­ing a new per­spec­tive on pol­i­tics and man. Vik­ing The­atre, Clon­tarf. Ends Dec 6 8pm 112 vikingth­e­atre­dublin.com

Dublin Old­school Em­met Kir­wan’s ex­cel­lent play, which de­buted at this year’s Dublin Fringe Fes­ti­val, re­turns with Kir­wan and Ian Lloyd An­der­son as two es­tranged brothers hus­tling and striv­ing through the par­ties, un­der­ground raves and home­less­ness of Dublin’s streets. Phillip McMa­hon di­rects a tale told in rhyme, rap and elec­tri­fy­ing per­for­mances. Project Arts Cen­tre. Dec 10-13

110-116 pro­jec­tarts­cen­tre.ie

Duet for One A new stag­ing of Tom Kepin­ski’s play about a fa­mous con­cert vi­o­lin­ist struck with mul­ti­ple sclero­sis. The­atre 36, Par­nell Sq West. Ends Dec 6 7.30pm 086-8807064

Follow Will­fredd The­atre re­vives Shane O’Reilly’s ex­cel­lent play from 2011, an en­gag­ing se­ries of sto­ries about deaf chil­dren, deaf par­ents and liv­ing with hear­ing dis­abil­i­ties which com­bines story telling, sign lan­guage, live mu­sic, phys­i­cal per­for­mance and ad­ven­tur­ous de­sign in Sophie Mot­ley’s award-win­ning pro­duc­tion. Pea­cock The­atre. Ends Dec 6 8pm abbeythe­atre.ie

Fused Dan Ber­gin’s point-and­click-video-game in­spired pro­duc­tion re­turns for more live in­ter­ac­tion as the au­di­ence share the con­trols and guide the hero through a se­ries of sce­nar­ios and mind-bend­ing puz­zles. Project Arts Cen­tre. Ends Dec 13 8.15pm 110-115 pro­jec­tarts­cen­tre.ie The Gruf­falo Mouse goes on an ad­ven­ture through the deep dark wood evad­ing each preda­tor’s threat against him with re­ports of a much more fear­some creature, the Gruf­falo, who is only make be­lieve any­way, isn’t he? An adap­ta­tion of Ju­lia Don­al­son and Axel Sch­ef­fler’s much loved pic­ture book. Pow­er­scourt The­atre. Dec 6, 13, 14, 20 & 21 2pm 18 (Fam­ily ticket

125) pow­er­scourtt­hearte.com

Harry’s Christ­mas Mal­colm Adams per­forms Steven Berkoff’s scabrous and bleakly comic lay about a guy called Harry wait­ing for some­one - any­one - to get in touch as the big day comes, threat­en­ing turkey for one. Bew­ley’s Café The­atre. Ends Dec 20 1pm

18-112 (light lunch 14) be­w­leyscafethe­atre.com High Heels in Low Places Ire­land’s fore­most gen­der dis­com­bob­u­list and ac­ci­den­tal ac­tivist, Panti, re­turns with her first stand up show for thi­sis­pop­baby, re­count­ing her stiletto-en­hanced steps from ru­ral Mayo to the Tokyo drag scene, from Dublin to New York and be­com­ing a YouTube sen­sa­tion via her im­pas­sioned ad­dress at the Abbey. Also Sligo. Project Arts Cen­tre. Ends Dec 6 8pm 116-122 pro­jec­tarts­cen­tre.ie

Joe Prop Based on the truth, Gemma Doorly’s play is the story of a 12-year-old boy who puts on weight after med­i­ca­tion and is bul­lied for it, but holds on to his am­bi­tion to be the great­est front row for­ward who ever played rugby for Ire­land. axis: Bal­ly­mun. Dec 10-12 8pm 115/112 axis-bal­ly­mun.ie

La Travi­ata World renowned company Glyn­de­bourne tours its re­cent sum­mer pro­duc­tion of Verdi’s tragic opera. Bord Gais En­ergy The­atre. Ends Dec 6 7.30pm 135-1125 bor­dgaisen­er­gythe­atre.ie

The Last Ride Set on the Dublin to Cork train on St Stephen’s Day, this play fol­lows a re­tired doc­tor mak­ing a visit to see his daugh­ter who en­coun­ters a strange bar­rage of fig­ures from this world and another. The Teacher’s Club. Dec 10-13 8pm 112 ac­tup­classes@gmail.com

Lit­tle Light Mon­keyshine The­atre stage an in­ter­ac­tive prom­e­nade per­for­mance in­spired by tra­di­tional Nordic win­ter tales. A lit­tle girl en­deav­ours to bring back the gift of light for her fam­ily and friends. As part of Gift Cow’s Lane, Tem­ple Bar. Dec 6 2pm Ad­mis­sion free tem­ple­bar.ie

The Moth­er­fucker with the

Hat Aoife Spil­lane-Hinks di­rects Stephen Adly Guir­gis’s foul-mouthed com­edy about feud­ing child­hood sweet­hearts, a man out of prison strug­gling with so­bri­ety and his co­caine-snort­ing lover, with a spon­sor who has his own is­sues of his own. The New The­atre. Ends Dec 20 7.30pm

115/112 the­newthe­atre.com

The Sea­farer Beaten Track Pro­duc­tions stages Conor McPher­son’s su­per­nat­u­ral moral­ity tale. Mag­gie Byrne di­rects. Sean O’Casey The­atre. Ends Dec 6 8pm 110 eventbrite.ie She Stoops to Con­quer Con­all Mor­ri­son di­rects Oliver Gold­smith’s 18th Cen­tury com­edy of mar­riage mar­kets, class di­vi­sions and chi­canery. Abbey The­atre. Ends Jan 31 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm)

113-145 abbeythe­atre.ie Wuther­ing Heights Anne-Marie Casey adapts Em­i­lie Bronte’s clas­sic of pas­sion, jeal­ousy and ret­ri­bu­tion for the Gate. Gate The­atre. Ends Jan 24 7.30pm

125-130 gateth­e­atre.ie

GAL­WAY

The Elixir of Love Opera The­atre Company and NI Opera stage a co-pro­duc­tion of Donizetti’s clas­sic, comic opera. Also Wex­ford. Town Hall The­atre. Dec 9 8pm tht.ie

Sive The Abbey’s pro­duc­tion of John B Keane’s 1959 tragedy of land, prop­erty and the mar­riage mar­ket in ru­ral Ire­land goes on tour. . Also Wex­ford. See Cork. Town Hall The­atre. Ends Dec 6 8pm

122/120 tht.ie

KILKENNY

The Elixir of Love See Gal­way. Water­gate The­atre. Dec 7 8pm wa­ter­gateth­e­atre.com

LIM­ER­ICK

Beau­ti­ful Dream­ers A new site-spe­cific show from Anu Pro­duc­tions and Per­for­mance Cor­po­ra­tion stages a con­ver­sa­tion with the city about life and jour­neys. Writ­ten by Tom Swift, in­spired by in­ter­views with Lim­er­ick’s cit­i­zens, and di­rected by Louise Lowe, the per­for­mance takes place as both a lo­ca­tion-based show with an ac­com­pa­ny­ing broad­cast on 96.8FM. Meet at 69 O’Con­nell Street. Ends Dec 7. Three shows per day at 6pm, 7.30pm & 10pm 115/112 beau­ti­ful-dream­ers.com

Un­der­neath Pat Kinevane’s third solo show for Fisham­ble, di­rected by Jim Cul­leton, is a blackly comic tale of a life lived in se­cret. Lime Tree The­atre. Opens Dec 5-6 8pm 118/116 lime­treethe­atre.ie

LOUTH

The Elixir of Love See Gal­way. An Tain, Dun­dalk. Dec 11 8pm

WEX­FORD

Sive See Gal­way. Wex­ford Opera House Dec 11-13 8pm

122/120 wex­for­d­op­er­a­house.ie

WICK­LOW

Wit­ness Ce­cilia Park­ert’s play, a one-woman piece set dur­ing the Yu­goslav war, is the de­but show for Wick­low’s Ór Pro­duc­tions. Court­house Arts Cen­tre, Ti­na­hely. Dec 5 8.30pm

114/112 court­house­arts.ie

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