Curtain Call at the Grand Opera House

Michael Ockwell introduces the highlights of the Grand Opera House's October to April programme

Welcome to Curtain Call, the first in a series of video previews featuring highlights from the Grand Opera House's October to April programme, and presented by Chief Executive, Michael Ockwell.

In the video below, Ockwell picks out a selection of stand out acts set to grace the Grand Opera House stage. As part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's, for instance, Cuban ballet dancer, Carlos Acosta will perform on October 27 with Premières Plus. It is the world-renowned Acosta’s first visit to Northern Ireland, and another example of the Grand Opera House's dedication to dance.

The stunning Cirque Éloize comes to the Grand Opera House on October 19, also part of the Ulster Bank Festival at Queen’s. Created by Jeannot Painchaud, Cirque Éloize is a daring blend of circus arts and urban dance, b-boying/b-girling, breakdance, hip-hop and more. Very different from Acosta’s performance, but just as compelling, no doubt.

Looking forward to next year, and on the musicals front, there are some big-name productions coming to town. Grease will return on Febuary 14 – 25, while a new production of Legally Blonde, the Musical will make its first stop in Belfast from April 24 to May 5. Blood Brothers, a perennial favourite with Opera House audiences, will also be making a welcome return from March 27 to April 7.

In addition to touring productions, Ockwell reasserts the Grand Opera House's determination to provide a platform for Northern Irish theatre. As such, the ever-popular Marie Jones play Stones in his Pockets will run from January 23 – 28, while Owen McCafferty's Shoot the Crow runs from March 6 – 10.

Watch the video above for more information, and visit the Grand Opera House website to book your tickets.