New season at Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall promises over 100 great nights out
Whether its stand-up comedy, theatre, live music or seasonal blockbusters, the months ahead are chock-full of choices for your evening's entertainment
What's your idea of the perfect night out? An iconic rock or pop legend, laugh until you cry stand-up comedy, a captivating theatre production or the latest greatest 'must-see' show? Whatever it may be you're likely to find it and much more in the Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall's bumper new season, packed with over 100 great nights out this autumn.
There’s a rich slice of iconic pop culture on offer courtesy of All Or Nothing: The Mod Musical (October 17 - 19) which celebrates the unique sound of The Small Faces who encapsulated all that is Mod. Music fans will recapture the spirit and emotion of genre-shaping songs like 'Itchycoo Park' and the anthemic 'All Or Nothing'.
For those game for a laugh, Cool FM Comedy Club brings the latest, greatest stand-up stars to Belfast with another stellar line-up. Igniting the new Comedy Club season in style is Daniel Sloss (September 23), Scotland’s internationally acclaimed stand-up and star of TV’s Conan. Also look out for unmissable comedy nights out with Stewart Lee (September 28), Henning Wehn (October 4), Joel Dommett (October 6), Tim McGarry (October 8), Jon Richardson (October 27), Shane Todd (November 2 and 4), Jason Byrne (November 5) and Colin Geddis (December 16).
Looking ahead to next year, Jake O’Kane (January 10 - 13), Foil, Arms & Hogg (January 11), Neil Delamere (January 27 and March 2), Colin Murphy (March 9 & 23) and Jimeoin (October 19) are already waiting in the Cool FM Comedy Club wings.
Away from Comedy Club, stand-up fans can also look forward to 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown star David O’Doherty (October 20) and Reginald D Hunter (October 22). Meanwhile The Dolls Abroad (September 29) take their audience on the theatrical gutter-budget trip of a lifetime, with the comedy banter and sing-alongs ‘Scotland’s favourite Scrubbers’ are renowned for.
Amongst a trio of captivating theatre gems on the horizon is Three's a Shroud (October 4 - 21), the hilarious new comedy directed by Martin Lynch, in which an undertaking war breaks out when a new player usurps Catholic and Protestant rivals with her cut-price new age funerals.
Robin Williams - The Laughter and the Tears (September 30) is an emotional rollercoaster ride through the life of one of the world’s most loved stars. Marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Centre Stage Theatre Company’s Luther (October 24 - 28) is the epic dramatisation of John Osborne’s award-winning and vivid portrayal of the sixteenth century monk.
Joining them over the coming weeks and months are Train (October 25), Boyce Avenue (November 3), Alter Bridge (October 8), rap superstar Nelly (November 22), award-winning alt-rock four piece, Wolf Alice (November 27), Belfast-born iconic dance / techno duo, BICEP (September 30), Chris Rea and The Divine Comedy (both December 7), Imelda May (December 20), Gavin James (September 30) and Shane Filan (October 22). Tickets have already sold out for Alison Moyet (October 29) and London Grammar (November 2).
Two of the finest male voices of our time will delight Belfast audiences as Russell Watson (December 6), the UK’s all-time best-selling classical crossover artist, performs a stunning collection of Songs for the Heart along with tracks from his new album, Aled Jones (November 30) sings A Night of Spiritual Hits.
From spine-tingling classical crossover to unmistakable music that truly captures the spirit ad magic of their respective eras. The Glenn Miller Orchestra (October 14) invite audiences to step back in time for a nostalgic concert of fabulous Forties music and classic wartime chart toppers. Classical music lovers will jump at a rare opportunity to witness the Mariinsky Orchestra (October 11), one of the world’s great symphony orchestras.
‘Diversity’ reigns supreme this season at the Waterfront and Ulster Hall. So while aspiring cooks and chefs can look forward to the BBC Good Food Show (November 10 - 12), sports fans can contemplate witnessing 128 of the world’s finest snooker players in action at the Home Nations Series World Snooker Northern Ireland Open (November 20 - 26).
Classic films go hand in hand with seasonal holidays which is why the Waterfront is breaking out not one but two family blockbusters for its big, big screen this year. It’s all treats and no tricks as The Nightmare Before Christmas (October 28) brings spellbinding movie magic to Hallowe’en. And as far as festive treats go they don't come bigger than Home Alone (December 23) for being part of Belfast's biggest festive season movie audience.
'Must see' Christmas highlights include the Sleeping Beauty pantomime (December 6 - January 7), the best loved fairy tale of them all brought to life on stage. Families will also love Belfast’s biggest Christmas show, The Music Box (December 14 - 16) produced and presented by Peter Corry, with special guests, Pamela Ballantine, American musical theatre star, David Michael Johnson, classical crossover pianist, Ruth McGinley and an amazing local cast.
These are just some of the many highlights of the new season at Belfast Waterfront and the Ulster Hall. For full details browse the events guide Front Row above or pick up a copy at the usual outlets. Tickets are on sale via the Ulster Hall box office online or by phoning 028 9033 4455.