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    Hansel and Gretel

    Featuring a role call of fictional favourites, the MAC's fairytale production places a feast of Northern Irish theatre talent firmly in the (sweet) shop window

  • Waves Review

    Waves

    Gentle movement and vivid storytelling make more than a few ripples in this poignant and understated play about one woman's remarkable resilience

  • The Train Review

    The Train

    While some elements lack steam, Rough Magic's musical has audiences on board for its retelling of a momentous, reproductive rights-fuelled journey

  • Faerie Thorn Review

    The Faerie Thorn

    After a promising preview, Big Telly bring Jane Talbot's North Coast fables to the stage in a fully realised adaptation fit for the company's 30th year

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    The Importance of Being Earnest

    Not everything works in this risky all-male revision, but ultimately the source material proves it to be still Wilde at heart

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    Famla

    John McCann's brooding drama borders on the bleak, but a sense of hope mirrored by the youth of today points to a better tomorrow

  • Dirty Dancing Review

    Dirty Dancing

    Staying true to the original, this steamy stage adaptation is guaranteed to satisfy fans of the classic, feel-good film

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    Powder Her Face

    Northern Ireland's first production of Thomas Adés's notorious, sex-fuelled opera holds a mirror to modern society and the perils of promiscuity

  • Hey You

    Hey You!

    Joe Nawaz and Accidental Theatre combine for an immersive self-improvement satire which with a little finessing could take the comedy world by storm

  • Green and Blue Review

    Green and Blue

    Premiering at a former British military base in Belfast, this challenging but tasteful dramatisation humanises the uniforms patrolling the border at the height of the Troubles

  • Departure Lounge

    Pintsized Productions tackle Dougal Irvine's raunchy musical

  • Sea Lavender

    A gay love triangle unravels against the backdrop of the Siege of Derry in Andy Hinds' deft play

  • Pits and Perverts

    Striking Welsh miners and the emergent gay community join forces under Thatcher

  • Man in the Moon

    Pearse Elliott's play set in west Belfast features a bravura performance from Ciaran Nolan as a man plagued by suicide

  • Pun Run

    Bec Hill's comedy concept evening arrives in the Black Box as the Belly Laughs Comedy Festival continues

  • Pride and Prejudice

    The Lyric Theatre's musical version of Jane Austen's novel is lengthy but beautifully delivered

  • I'm With the Band

    This play about a band featuring an Englishman, Scotsman, Welshman and Northern Irishman is predictably dysfunctional

  • The Conquest of Happiness

    The human spirit triumphs in Prime Cut's 'spine-tingling' co-production in Derry~Londonderry

  • Inheritance

    Amanda Doherty's innovative one-woman play explores generational baggage on Derry~Londonderry's walls

  • The Osmonds

    Maureen Boyle is enticed by childhood memories, but leaves wishing 'they didn't have to do this anymore'

  • Melmoth the Wanderer

    Big Telly Theatre Company invoke Hell with masks, Fairy Liquid and a whole lot of laughs

  • Meeting at Menin Gate

    Victim becomes aggressor in a Belgium hotel room in Martin Lynch's 'vivid and harrowing' new play

  • The Rocky Horror Show

    Richard O'Brien's gender-bending musical arrives in Derry~Londonderry

  • Henry VI

    The Grand Opera House hosts the Globe Theatre's touring production of Shakespeare's history plays

  • Endgame

    Australian company Wits' End arrive at Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

  • Field Day at Clandeboye

    A work in progress features original compositions and performances by Stephen Rea, Neil Martin and others

  • Patrick Kielty

    Though Paddy McDonnell and Micky Bartlett win over the Falls Park audience, it's not all plain sailing for the hard-hitting headliner

  • Priscilla

    Stephan Elliot's 1994 film transfers to the Grand Opera House stage chock full of pathos and pop songs

  • Tuesdays With Morrie

    Mitch Albom's retelling of time spent with his favourite tutor illicits a standing ovation at the Lyric Theatre

  • Tosca

    The Royal Opera House's current production is beamed live to the Big Screen at Belfast City Hall

  • Michael Legge

    With the Edinburgh Fringe on the horizon, Michael Legge hones his latest set, supported by Ruaidhrí Ward

  • Noises Off

    The 'vital beat' is missing from this Old Vic touring production of Michael Frayn's farcical comedy

  • After The Bell Jar

    Sylvia Plath's novel makes for a tricky play, but writer James Johnson's script is 'unblemished and blissful'

  • Giselle

    Principle dancers Jenna Roberts and Iain Mackay lead this faithful retelling of Theophile Gautier's Romantic ballet

  • Celine Byrne

    A 'delightfully informal' performance from the soprano is the highlight of the latest Newry Chamber Music concert

  • The Meal

    Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre and dramaturg Emma Jordon explore issues of ideology and masculinity at The MAC

  • Love For Sale

    A Charles Bukowski short story is relocated to Belfast, where blow-up dolls remains taboo

  • All-Ireland Performing Arts Conference

    A plethora of informed speakers consider the theme of change

  • Can't Forget About You

    David Ireland's 'raucous sexual comedy' has the Lyric audience in stitches, but there's more to it than simple innuendo

  • Dancing at Lughnasa

    Newtownstewart Theatre Company do justice to Brian Friel's beloved play at the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh

  • Bravo Figaro!

    Firebrand comic Mark Thomas turns inward in this moving one-man show about strained family relationships and opera

  • Love, Billy

    Graham Reid's latest Billy play is uncomfortable viewing for Malachi O'Doherty, who sympathises with the returning hero's familial struggles

  • Soul Sister

    The Ike and Tina Turner story comes to Belfast, replete with hilarious wigs and a crowd-pleasing set of classic songs

  • The Factory Girls

    Caitríona McLaughlin's adaptation of Frank McGuinness's play is a City of Culture highlight

  • Tillies

    Patsy Durnin's authentic recollection of factory life in Derry~Londonderry is, nevertheless, light on darkness

  • Mick Foley

    The former professional wrestler embraces his past and makes choreographed violence seem all warm and fuzzy

  • Brian Friel Lecture

    At Queen's University, Professor Shaun Richards reveals how Irish playwrights have moved on from the cottage kitchen

  • The 25 Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

    Jazz hands at the ready, Bruiser Theatre Company is back

  • For Love

    Former champion boxer John Duddy stars in Laoisa Sexton's unflinchingly honest portrayal of life in secular Ireland

  • The Great Gatsby

    Northern Ballet's timely adaption of F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel ultimately lacks emotional punch

  • The Man Jesus

    Simon Callow tears his way through an 'astonishing' cast of historical figures in Matthew Hurt's take on the Gospel of Mark

  • Kaleidoscope

    Prime Cut Production's latest interactive, sit-specific work only lacks a little darkness

  • Shakespeare's Sisters

    Fickle Favours' inaugural production gives new voice to the Bard's heroines

  • The Sweety Bottle

    A Falls Road confectionary doubles up as a drinking den in Joe and Gerard Brennan's tale of love, life and lager

  • Translations

    'To remember everything is a form of madness.' Ireland is transformed in Brian Friel's play about the infinite evolution of language

  • Belfast Children's Festival

    Dance Focus conference showcases eclectic artists from across Europe

  • Political Mother

    Hofesh Shechter's inclusive production gives Derry~Londonderry something to be truly proud of

  • The Seafarer

    The Devil arrives in a Dublin drinking hole in Conor McPherson's play about men, alcohol and the redemptive power of friendship

  • Romeo and Juliet

    c21 Theatre Company condense Shakespeare's classic tragedy to create 'a serious, articulate' version for young audiences

  • Planet Belfast

    Rosemary Jenkinson takes a satirical swipe at big business and avaricious community leaders in 21st century Northern Ireland

  • The Trocks

    New York's finest all male comedy ballet company show their class with various treatments of the Russian classics

  • 'Allo 'Allo

    David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd's wartime farce 'verges on the anarchic', but provides Showcase Productions NI the opportunity to blood new talent

  • On the Subject of Love

    Ken McCormack's 'limited profile' of Frederick Hervey revels in the former Bishop of Derry's lascivious nature

  • Comedy of Errors

    A 1920s era musical version of Shakespeare's farce is expertly updated and directed by Michael Poynor

  • Performances

    Brian Friel's 2003 play about Czech composer Leos Janacek and his final work is 'a thoughtful study of art and the artist'

  • Starlight Express

    There's dancing in the aisles at the Millennium Forum as Andrew Lloyd Webber's monster musical rolls into town

  • Mixed Marriage

    Contemporary adjustments detract from an otherwise superbly acted and directed revival at the Lyric Theatre

  • La Bayadère

    A shining illustration of three great dance styles – romantic, classical and vernacular – streamed from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow

  • An Imaginary Circus

    Ben Maier invites the audience to play forests, flowers and fanciful girls as the Literary Lunchtimes series continues

  • The Pharaoh's Daughter

    Recorded live in 2012, this screening of the Bolshoi Ballet's latest production features an interview with artistic director Sergei Filin

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