THEATRE & THE ARTS

Grand Opera House Trust Announces New Chair

The Grand Opera House Trust has announced that Janette Jones has been appointed Chair of the organisation, assuming the role from Colin Loughran who had served for the last seven years. A former PwC tax partner in Belfast who also led the firm’s private business practice in the region, Janette has been a Board member […]

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Ulster Museum And EY To Connect More People To The Arts

The Ulster Museum has announced a new exhibition sponsorship with EY, which will bridge the worlds of business and the arts and connect more people across the region to our local museum infrastructure and the benefits rich cultural experiences can deliver. EY Northern Ireland is the exhibition sponsor for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition opening at the

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Johannes Radebe & Dan Partridge To Star In New Production & UK & Ireland Tour Of Kinky Boots The Musical Opening At Curve, Leicester From 17 January 2025

Producers ROYO and Curve are delighted to announce a brand-new Made at Curve production of the Olivier, Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical KINKY BOOTS The Musical, which will tour the UK and Ireland from 17 January 2025. KINKY BOOTS The Musical features a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein. It will

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The National Theatre’s Multi-Award-Winning Production Of War Horse Comes To The Grand Opera House In February 2025

The National Theatre’s global smash-hit production of War Horse, the unforgettable theatrical event based on Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, will embark on a major 18-month UK Tour and will take to the Grand Opera House stage for its Northern Ireland premiere in February 2025. War Horse will run at the Grand Opera House for two

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West End And Broadway Star Declan Bennett Performs Autobiographical Show At The Lyric This April

Theatre and TV star Declan Bennett (EastEnders’ Charlie Cotton) brings his one person show, Boy Out The City, to the Lyric Theatre this April after a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a successful week on London’s West End. Based on his own private journals, Declan reflects on his Irish Catholic upbringing

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Review: Give My Head Peace Live at Grand Opera House 2024

The enduring satire Give My Head Peace brings its 2024 stage show to Belfast’s iconic Grand Opera House. A fan since childhood, I was eager to see how the television show’s sharp wit would translate to the stage – and it doesn’t disappoint. While the humour is deeply rooted in Northern Irish politics and local

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Unleash Your Inner Artist at Arts Night at The Museum!

Arts Night at the Museum is happening at North Down Museum, Bangor on Friday 22nd March. The museum will throw open its doors to artists and art lovers at this popular event which gives everyone the opportunity to have a go at art! The unique event will give visitors the chance to experience a whole range

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Cinema-Lovers Enjoy a Guilt-Free Evening At The Avenue

More than 50 guests from all over Northern Ireland enjoyed a ‘guilt-free’ afternoon at The Avenue Cinema in Belfast, courtesy of zero alcohol wine brand Not Guilty. The cinema-goers were winners in a competition organised by Craigavon-based United Wines, the company that distributes Not Guilty in Northern Ireland, to win a trip to The Avenue in CastleCourt Shopping Centre for

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Review: An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical at the Grand Opera House Belfast

Prepare to be whisked away on a journey of love, courage, and redemption with An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical, captivating audiences at the Grand Opera House in Belfast until Saturday 16th March. This production, bursting with the classic rock and pop anthems of the ’80s, delivers an electrifying experience that promises to have

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Embrace The Splendour Of Armagh In Full Bloom This Spring

Discover Armagh’s charm this spring with its lush green landscapes and expansive apple orchards As warmer days banish the wintry chill, the city comes alive with a variety of attractions and activities, ideal for planning a day trip or staycation over mid-term or the Easter holiday. From history to art, to culture, and family fun,

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Gateway To Strengthening The Creative Sector

Pioneering businesswoman, Rebecca McEvoy is leading the way in how venues in the creative sector can maximise their potential.  The West Belfast native, now living in Lisburn created The Switchboard Network, an online booking platform that makes accessing and finding services more efficient. Its main objectives are to support venues in post-covid recovery with venues

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Belfast’s RENDR Festival Rolls Out Red Carpet For Oscar, BAFTA And Emmy-Winners

With awards season in full flow, RENDR festival will roll out the red carpet at Portview Trade Centre in East Belfast later this week for an all-star line-up of Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy-winners who will unite for the city’s second annual creativity and technology showcase. A unique nocturnal event, RENDR, which is supported by Northern Ireland Screen,

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Internationally Acclaimed ‘The Walk’ Confirmed For Belfast 2024 Programme

‘The Walk’, a world-renowned creative project featuring Little Amal, a giant puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee, will arrive in Belfast from 16-19 May – the latest event to be confirmed as part of Belfast City Council’s Belfast 2024 programme. The acclaimed production will be a signature event in the city’s biggest ever creative and

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Creative Events To Inspire Children At Young Aspects

Aspects Festival has unveiled its exciting Young Aspects programme, offering a range of creative children’s events suitable for all ages. Taking place from 1 – 3 March, at various locations around Bangor, the diverse programme of reading, writing and art events promises to inspire young imaginations. The festival is delighted to welcome Big Wave Surfer,

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Lady Susan Comes To Town With 5 Star Reviews!

Prepare for wit, charm, and devilish scheming as Dyad Productions, the award-winning company behind “Austen’s Women” and “I, Elizabeth,” unleashes their newest masterpiece: Lady Susan. Based entirely on letters from Jane Austen’s 1794 manuscript, the play delves into the Regency world with darkly comic brilliance, directed by Andrew Margerison and brought to life by the captivating

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Grand Opera House Presents This Sh*t Happens All The Time

A powerful love story written by Amanda Verlaque will grace the stage at the Grand Opera House Studio from 22 – 30 March 2024 The Grand Opera House has announced details of its production of This Sh*t Happens All the Time, a powerful take on a true love story set in 1990s Belfast, which will form part of

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Lord Mayor Ryan Murphy Launches Belfast XR Festival

Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Ryan Murphy has launched the 2024 Belfast XR Festival at the Black Box in Hill Street. Belfast XR, now in its third year, specialises in curating worldclass immersive technology content that takes the art of storytelling to a new level. Extended Reality or ‘XR’ is the collective name for virtual

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Broadway Production Life Of Pi Opens In Belfast This Week At The Grand Opera House

Lolita Chakrabarti’s dazzling Olivier Award-winning stage adaption of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel Life of Pi, starring an extraordinary life-size puppeteered Bengal Tiger is headed to Belfast this week. Based on one of the best-loved works of fiction – winner of the Man Booker Prize, selling over fifteen million copies worldwide – Life of Pi is a breath-taking

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Catch NI Opera’s Cupid’s Bow At The Grand Opera House Studio This Week

Upon entering the The Studio, you’ll meet the ever-positive Cupid: god of love, desire and attraction. Cupid runs a bar, ‘Cupid’s Bow’, where some of opera’s most recognisable, famous and infamous characters come to unwind, share their stories and to sing of falling in love, looking for love and falling out of love. Meet operatic legends, including

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Calling All Talented 10-22 Year Olds: BSPA To Audition For Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Belfast School of Performing Arts is thrilled to unwrap this year’s upcoming summer youth project, once again a NI premier, which promises a deliciously magical journey into the enchanting world of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Just as Willy Wonka creates the most amazing and delicious treats, Director Peter Corry, who brought us

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Full Cast Announced For Grand Opera House’s An Officer And A Gentleman The Musical

The producers of the Curve production of An Officer And A Gentleman The Musical have announced the full cast for the UK Tour, which will be coming to Belfast from March 12-16. Joining the previously announced Luke Baker as Zack Mayo, Georgia Lennon as Paula Porkrifiki, Jamal Crawford as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley, Paul French

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Grand Opera House To Raise A Smile As It Announces Children’s Cancer Unit Charity Partnership

Belfast’s Grand Opera House has announced The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity as its official charity partner for 2024. To help raise crucial funds and support for the local Northern Ireland charity, the landmark theatre will carry out audience collections, as well as other fundraising events and in-house initiatives throughout the year. The Children’s Cancer Unit

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Karim Zeroual Will Lead Cast As King Julien In Smash-Hit Family Favourite

Selladoor Worldwide and Theatre Royal Plymouth are delighted to announce that popular TV Presenter, theatre performer and Strictly Finalist Karim Zeroual will lead the cast of the brand-new tour of smash-hit family favourite Madagascar The Musical as the hilarious King Julien. Karim Zeroual is a television presenter and theatre performer best known for anchoring CBBC

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Grand Opera House Search For Sunset Boulevard Stars

Do you know a young person who loves to sing, dance and perform? The Grand Opera House is searching for talented young performers, aged 16-21 years, to take part in this year’s Summer Youth Production of Sunset Boulevard. The audition deadline is fast approaching, and all budding 16-21-year-old performers interested in the experience of a

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The Drifters Girl – Carly Mercedes Dyer Q&A

The Drifters Girl is coming to the Grand Opera House from Tue 06 – Sat 10 Feb 2024.  Nominated for Best New Musical at the 2022 Olivier Awards, this smash-hit show has audiences on their feet night after night with a phenomenal soundtrack packed full of iconic Drifters hits including Saturday Night At The Movies,

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Acclaimed New Musical The Drifters Girl Announces UK Tour Dates

Michael Harrison and David Ian are delighted to announce the 2024 tour dates for The Drifters Girl, the new musical which tells the remarkable story of one of the world’s greatest vocal groups and the woman who made them. Having thrilled audiences at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End since November 2021 (where it

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Peter Corry Returns With A Resounding Encore: ‘Thank You For The Musicals’ Tour Hits Northern Ireland With Two Exciting New Stops!

After a sold-out tour last year, Peter Corry Productions is thrilled to announce the return of the acclaimed show, “Thank You for the Musicals”. This year, the musical extravaganza promises even more enchanting performances, hitting new venues across the province and celebrating the very best of musical theatre with an extra special singing workshop thrown

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Belfast’s RENDR Festival Returns With Mega Line-Up Of Film, TV And Gaming Talent

Following the success of its debut last year, Belfast’s RENDR festival returns to the city next month with an extraordinary line-up of creative talent from the global film, television and gaming industries. The two-day creativity and technology festival, supported by Northern Ireland Screen, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Studio Ulster, Ulster University, Ulster Screen

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Comedy Hit Give My Head Peace Announces New Northern Ireland Tour

Northern Ireland’s beloved comedy troupe, the Give My Head Peace gang, is set to return with a brand-new show, promising a riot of laughter and sharp satire. The ensemble, comprising iconic characters like Da, Cal, Ma, Billy the Peeler, Dympna, Pastor Begbie, and Sandy the Kneebreaker’s Barman, is renowned for their unique comedic take on

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Dale Farm And Grand Opera House Bring Fairest Panto Of Them All To The Stage

Dale Farm is reprising its role as sponsor of the Grand Opera House pantomime for another three years, a partnership which will see the local dairy company support Northern Ireland’s largest and most successful panto for more than 10 years. This year’s show tells the magical story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and will be spectacularly

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Terry Bradley Shines Spotlight On Young Talent With Bradley Art Prize Competition

Renowned artist Terry Bradley has launched the 2024 Bradley Art Prize giving hundreds of budding young artists a new chance to showcase their work in Belfast and Brussels and win a share in a total prize pot worth £4,000 for themselves and their school or college. Following unprecedented success last year and specifically designed to

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14th Belfast Media Festival Unveils Impressive Line-Up For Next Week’s Two-Day Festival

More than 1500 people are expected to descend on The Mac Belfast next week for the opening of the 14th Belfast Media Festival (BMF) entitled A City in Motion which starts on Wednesday 15 November at 10am with host William Crawley and runs until Thursday 16 November. A jam-packed schedule of 36 sessions covering all

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Ards Arts Centre Opens New Exhibitions For November

Ards Arts Centre in Newtownards is delighted to welcome two new art exhibitions this November: In Search for the Past, a joint exhibition by Maria and Anna Horvathova and Curious Carnival, a solo exhibition by Anna Donovan. Having graduated with an MFA from Belfast School of Art in 2023, Maria and Anna Horvathova have been developing their practices

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Portico Ards Announces New Feel Good Festival

The Portico of Ards has a brand new festival coming up in 2024. From 1-10 March, the Feel Good Festival comes complete with candlelit concerts, laser lit gigs and feel good activities. The Feel Good Festival starts by swathing the grade A listed architecture of Portico in soft candlelight for two concerts on its first

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Foyle Film Festival Launches 2023 Programme Showcasing Irish & International Film Events

Searchlight Pictures Next Goal Wins, directed by Oscar® winner Taika Waititi, will open this year’s festival which takes place from Friday 17 – Sunday 26 November 2023. Q&A with Oscar®-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker will follow the screening of Raging Bull as part of Powell and Pressburger season, and Irish International talent is showcased with an

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West End Star Lights Up The Cathedral This Christmas

Peter Corry has once again exceeded all expectations in unveiling an exciting line-up for this year’s eagerly awaited “Christmas at the Cathedral”.  Returning to the magnificent St Anne’s Cathedral, the show features an exceptional star of both Broadway and the West End, Rachel Tucker, as a special guest. Returning to her hometown of Belfast, Rachel will

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Belfast Film Festival Starts Today With Writers, Workers & World-Class Features

Belfast Film Festival has launched its 2023 programme with a prodigious line-up including the biggest films of both the Cannes and Venice film festivals and seven Best International Feature Oscar selections. The festival will run from the 2-11 November at a variety of locations across the city. Opening and Closing Belfast Film Festival’s Opening and

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Big Telly At Belfast International Arts Festival 23’

Critically acclaimed Big Telly Theatre Company, known for their pioneering and groundbreaking approach to playmaking, is making a triumphant return to this year’s BELFAST INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL [BIAF] with not one but THREE exciting new audience offerings. Building on the resounding success of their previous BIAF collaboration, “FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER…” (New York Times, Wall Street Journal),

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