Get the family together, put on your glad rags and head into town for some family theatre! It’s a bumper season with fantastic new productions at The Gate and Smock Alley Theatre amongst others. And if it’s panto you’re after, there’s plenty both in Dublin and nationwide. Here’s the Getoutfindout.ie pick of the performances . . .
We’re pretty excited about the brand new production of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Red Shoes at The Gate Theatre, Dublin, which runs from next week to the 27 January. This is a brand new commission, set in Dublin, which incorporates the twin Christmas theatre must-haves of dance and theatre. This production is recommended for 8+ years (parental discretion recommended for under 12's). There is also fantastic new writing from Katie McCann at Smock Alley Theatre from 5 to 23 December with their Grimm Tale of Cinderella, (NOT the panto or Disney version, but an adventurous and heart-warming tale of a fierce young woman's triumph over hardship). Finally, our top pick for innovative family theatre is Theatre Lovett’s They Called Her Vivaldi, which has already been on an Irish tour but settles onto the Abbey’s Peacock stage from 30 November to 23 December. Theatre Lovett are well known for their fabulous and thought-provoking theatre specifically aimed at children, and this production (described as ‘’an upbeat comedy-adventure about a sensitive musical prodigy making a quiet name for herself in a cacophonous world”) sounds like another gem for families looking for something a bit different.
As far as panto goes, you can’t really go wrong with the many classic offerings nationwide. Snow White is having a moment with productions in both Cork and Waterford, while Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty are also in the spotlight at the Gaiety Theatre and Tivoli respectively. And there’s lots more to choose from in our list below!
- The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Andersen in a new version by Nancy Harris. 30th November, 2017- 27th January, 2018
- They Called Her Vivaldi, a Theatre Lovett production at the Abbey Theatre. 30 November - 23 December 2017
- The Grimm Tale of Cinderella, Smock Alley Theatre. 5 to 23 December 2017
- Sleeping Beauty, Lambert Puppet Theatre, 2 December to 28 January 2018
- Sound of Music, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, 19 Dec to 6 January 2018
- What the Ladybird Heard, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, 21 December to 7 January 2018
- Rapunzel at the Gaiety Theatre
- Polly and the Beanstalk, Olympia
- Sleeping Beauty, Tivoli
- Beauty and the Beast, Helix
- Aladdin, Mill Theatre, Dundrum
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cork Opera House, 30 Nov to 21 January
- Beauty and the Beast, Cork Everyman, 9 December to 14 January
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Theatre Royal, Waterford, 2 to 30 December
Think you’re local production deserves a mention? Let us know what’s on in your area.