Micheal J. Banks

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Moscow City Ballet

Moscow City Ballet

Part of Moscow City Ballet’s Tchaikovsky Trilogy. “an unsurpassed penchant for drama and storytelling” Irish Times “Bord Gáis Energy Theatre raises the bar with Moscow City Ballet.  Prepare to be mesmerised by the stunning dancing, magnificent sets and opulent costumes” Irish Mirror Moscow City Ballet celebrates the […]

Festival of Youth Orchestras

Festival of Youth Orchestras

3pm performanceDublin Youth Orchestras Junior StringsCarlow Youth OrchestraAthlone Youth OrchestraNational Youth Orchestra of Ireland8pm performanceIAYO Festival OrchestraYoung Dublin SymphoniaSymphonic Waves Youth OrchestraUCD Symphony OrchestraThe Festival of Youth Orchestras is the annual celebration of youth orchestras in Ireland and their members, with a diverse variety of […]

Screening: Cover Girl (1944)

Screening: Cover Girl (1944)

Rusty Parker, a red-headed leggy dancer at Danny McGuire’s Night Club in Brooklyn, wants to be a successful Broadway star. She enters a contest to be a ’Cover Girl’ as a stepping-stone in her career.

Duration: 107min
Rating: G
Screening: BFI Musicals: Sweet Charity (1969)

Screening: BFI Musicals: Sweet Charity (1969)

Bob Fosse’s 1969 musical comedy-drama Sweet Charity stars the great Shirley MacLaine alongside an all-star ensemble cast including Sammy Davis Jr (performing `Rhythm of Life’ in a brilliant musical scene) and Ricardo Montalbán and is based on the script of Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria.

Charity Hope Valentine (MacLaine) always tries to look on the bright side of life, despite working in a rundown dance hall and contending with a seemingly endless run of bad dates. Determined to find love, she falls for actor Vittorio Vidal (Montalban), but their romance is short-lived. However, when she finds herself stuck in an elevator with the reserved Oscar Lindquist (John McMartin), it seems she may have finally met her match.

Boasting amazing costumes (by Edith Head), fantastic songs (such as `Hey, Big Spender’) and dance sequences (including `Rich Man’s Frug’), the heart of the film nevertheless belongs to the Golden Globe-nominated MacLaine, who is splendidly charming, funny and forthright as the ever optimistic Charity Hope Valentine.

Duration: 148min
Rating: PG
The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music returns to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in a magnificent production to enchant and enthral the young and the young at heart.

Based on Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, this wonderfully lavish staging of The Sound Of Music tells the true story of the world-famous singing family,  from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII.

The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including ‘Edelweiss’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, and of course, the title song – ‘The Sound of Music’.


Irish star Clelia Murphy will join the cast of The Sound of Music to play the role of Baroness Elsa during the show’s run in Dublin. Clelia wowed television viewers last year with her show- stopping performances on RTÉ television series Dancing with the Stars. The former Fair City actress was a show favourite for twenty-two years and she is now set to entertain theatregoers as the formidable Baroness.

Clelia takes to the stage alongside Emilie Fleming who will play Maria. Emilie became a household name when she was a finalist in BBC One’s Over the Rainbow with Andrew Lloyd Webber. Her musical theatre credits include the West End’s 20th Anniversary production of Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, Oliver!, Fings Aint Wot They Used T’Be and Jesus Christ Superstar at Ivy Arts Theatre, Surrey and Jerry Springer The Opera at Electric Theatre, London.

Reprising his role as Captain Von Trapp is Andrew Lancel. Andrew is best known as super-villain Frank Foster in Coronation Street, a role that earned him a ‘Villain of the Year’ award at the British Soap Awards. He also played DI Neil Manson in the long-running ITV television series The Bill. His numerous stage credits include Bill Kenwright’s productions of The Small Hand and Twelve Angry Men. Andrew starred in Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles in Liverpool and London, and most recently appeared on stage in the UK tour of The Lady Vanishes.

Joining Clelia, Emilie and Andrew on stage will be Welsh-soprano Megan Llewelyn who will play the role of Mother Abbess, Howard Samuels (Max), Michael Anderson (Rolf), Nicole Farrar (Liesl), Alex Evans (Herr Zeller) Zoe Ann Brown (Sister Margaretta), Georgina Hagen (Sister Berthe), Katie Shearman (Sister Sophia), Sophie Christine (Ursula), Olivia Alexander (Baroness Elberfeld), Jon de Ville (Franz), Wendy-Lee Purdy (Frau Schmidt), Paul Lavers (Admiral von Schreiber) and Sam Tithecott (Baron Elberfeld).

All prices include a €1 facilities fee per ticket. Telephone & Internet bookings are subject to a maximum s/c of €7.15 per tcket/ Agents €3.40.

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Miracle on 34th Street is a 1994 American Christmas fantasy film written and produced by John Hughes, and directed by Les Mayfield (the two would reunite for 1997’s Flubber). It stars Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Elizabeth Perkins, and Dylan McDermott, and is the fourth remake (and the second theatrical version) of the original 1947 film. Like the original, this film was released by 20th Century Fox. The New York City based Macy’s department store declined any involvement with this remake, so the fictitious “Cole’s” became its replacement. Gimbels had gone out of business in 1987; hence it was replaced by the fictional “Shopper’s Express”.

Screening: Love Actually (2003)

Screening: Love Actually (2003)

Love Actually @ Stella Theatre

Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. (more…)

Screening: An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

Screening: An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 American romantic drama film[3] starring Richard GereDebra Winger, and Louis Gossett Jr., who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film, making him the first African American male to do so. It tells the story of Zack Mayo (Gere), a United States Navy Aviation Officer Candidate who is beginning his training at Aviation Officer Candidate School. While Zack meets his first true girlfriend during his training, a young “townie” named Paula (Winger), he also comes into conflict with the hard-driving Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley (Gossett Jr.) training his class.

Theatre: Asking For It

Theatre: Asking For It

Landmark Productions and The Everyman in association with the Abbey Theatre present

Asking for It
by Louise O’Neill



Audience reaction to the acclaimed stage adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s devastating novel has been overwhelming. The initial Cork dates quickly sold and the following run at the Abbey Theatre also sold out well in advance of the production even opening there and drew an overwhelming reaction on social media (link to a sample of tweets here)

Recently the play won the Audience Choice Award at The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for 2018.  Commenting on the Award, Louise O’Neill said:“It has been a great honour to see Asking for It brought to life with such energy, imagination, and innovation. I would like to thank Anne Clarke, Julie Kelleher, Annabelle Comyn, and Meadhbh McHugh for their tireless work in creating this extraordinary piece of theatre. I am also grateful to the cast – in particular the astounding Lauren Coe. Watching you inhabit these characters with such artistry has brought me immeasurable joy.  To win the Audience Choice award is gratifying as this is a play that asks so much of the viewer – it demands that we bear witness to survivors’ stories, that we refuse to turn away and ignore the reality of the world in which we live. I hope Asking for It will continue to win the hearts of audiences all over Ireland, and start many more vital conversations about sexual violence in this country.”   

The play attracted a whole new audience – 60% of bookers were coming to the Everyman for the first time. This timely play really resonates with audiences and the producers are delighted to announce today dates at the Gaiety theatre from 9th October for a strictly limited run.

Produced by Landmark Productions and The Everyman, Asking for It was adapted for the stage by Meadhbh McHugh, in collaboration with Annabelle Comyn, who also directs. Asking for It shines an unflinching light on the experience of a young woman whose life is changed forever by a horrific act of violence. One night in a small town in Co. Cork, where everyone knows everyone, things spiral terrifyingly out of control. What will happen now? – to Emma?  To her family?  To the others?

Louise O’Neill, who wrote the best-selling novel on which the play is based, was stunned by the production: ‘nothing could have prepared me for what I saw on that stage. The first act was a whirl of youthful energy and raw sexuality, cut through with an undercurrent of crackling tension. During the party scene, the music felt as if it was pulsating in my veins, my heart racing, and my throat closing up with dread. As the huge screen splintered into broken images, with Emma’s voice narrating the scene, I desperately wished for a way to save her from her inevitable fate. I could hear someone quietly sobbing, and jolted when I realised it was me.’ (Irish Examiner)

Asking for It was co-commissioned by the Abbey Theatre and could not have taken place without the support of the Arts Council, who funded the production through an Open Call funding round.


Performance Information:

Age guidance: 16+

Running Times:

Act 1: 1hr 15mins

Interval: 20mins

Act 2: 1hr 30mins

Please note no latecomers will be permitted until the interval.

Booking Information

Performance times:   Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm

Matinees:  Saturdays 12th, 19th, 26th  & Wednesdays 16th, 23rd at 2.30pm

Gaiety Theatre Box Office South King Street, Dublin 2.
0818 719388 10 am – 7 pm / Mon – Sat (subject to performance schedule)
24hr Gaiety Theatre Booking Tel: 08 18 719 388
Group Sales +353 (1) 646 8687 groups@gaietytheatre.com 
Wheelchair & Box Bookings +353 (1) 679 5622

All Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. No service charge for transactions in person at the Gaiety Box Office. Service charges apply to online and telephone bookings.

For full range of ticket prices, charges and terms and conditions, visit Ticketmaster.ie

Screening: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Screening: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)


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