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.
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