On the deck of a deluxe mobile home a group of friends gather for a week-long party full of cocktail-infused debauchery, bad dancing and questionable gender politics. As the celebrations continue, two couples emerge. Claudio and Hero fall deeply and madly in love, while Benedick and Beatrice resume their altogether more quarrelsome romance. Much Ado About Nothing charts the course of these two star-crossed courtships as malicious rumour and pointed lies threaten to tear them both apart.
After last year’s award-winning production of AMidsummer Night’s Dream, Rough Magic returns to the Kilkenny Arts Festival with this vivid, contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s celebrated screwball comedy. This festive production of deception and excess, sparkling wit and linguistic exuberance asks – can we ever truly know the people we love?
Note: this is an outdoor performance. Please dress for the weather. No umbrellas allowed.
Professor James Shapiro, widely acknowledged as one of world’s leading and most entertaining Shakespeare scholars (author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare) will discuss the uses and misuses of Shakespeare to divide America, the subject of his next book. He will be interviewed by Professor Patrick Lonergan, Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies, NUI Galway.
This July, the Pilgrim Players return to the Bishop’s Palace in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, with a new production of Twelfth Night.
The company aims to make accessible and vibrant theatre not just for ardent fans, but for all comers. Built in 1864, the Bishop’s Palace (aka Edmondstown House) is a historic home situated in beautiful grounds – the grounds will be open to the local community, and the audience are welcome to pack a picnic and enjoy this outdoor performance of one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies.
The Bishop’s Palace, Edmondstown, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, F45 NX04
Friday 19 July 2019, 7pm (grounds open from 6pm)
Saturday 20 July 2019, 3pm (grounds open from 2pm)
Saturday 20 July 2019, 7pm (grounds open from 6pm)
Sunday 21 July 2019, 3pm (grounds open from 2pm)
Children are very welcome to attend. They will be admitted for free to the Saturday matinee performance. For more key info, see the the Pilgrim Players website.
The Bishop’s Palace, Edmondstown, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon
Celebrating their 95th Year, the Cork Shakespearean Company will perform the uplifting bawdy comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor. In the play, Shakespeare’s infamous knight-errant, Sir John Falstaff, has come to the township of Windsor in financial difficulties, and comes up with a plan to get himself some money – he will woo the wives of two local merchants, Page and Ford, seduce them both, and get the money he requires, in the hope that neither wives nor husbands find out the truth.
Unfortunately for Falstaff, the wives are much smarter than he suspects – they figure out that the letters sent to them telling of Falstaff’s affection are identically worded, and they decide to teach him a lesson, concocting a devious and hilarious plan to show Falstaff the error of his ways. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s daughter, Anne, is the object of affection of several would be suitors, who all wish her hand, in spite of the fact that she is in love with a young courtier, Fenton, who seems to have the disapproval of all around him.
It will all lead to a fairy-lit crescendo as Falstaff learns a very valuable lesson – don’t mess with the Merry Wives of Windsor!
A staged reading of James Shirley’s The Politician (1639), which tells a tale of court intrigue and ruthless deception, will be held at Smock Alley Dublin on Thursday 4th April 2019. The production will be directed by Kellie Hughes and performed by University College Dublin drama students.
The staged is organised by Prof Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex) who is also currently editing the play.
All Is True follows Shakespeare in the final days of his life in 1613. With his beloved Globe theatre burned to the ground – an accident that took place during a performance of his play Henry VIII: All Is True – Shakespeare returns to Stratford. After long periods away from his family, Shakespeare attempts to reconcile and reconnect with his wife and children.
Written by Ben Elton and directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film stars Branagh as William Shakespeare, Judi Dench as his wife Anne Hathaway, and Ian McKellen as Sir Henry Wriothesley (the dedicatee of Shakespeare’s narrative poem “The Rape of Lucrece”.)
All Is True opens in Irish cinemas on 8th February 2019.
This new contemporary adaptation of Pericles at The Lir Academy turns William Shakespeare’s classical tale into a modern-day take on the refugee crisis, in a story of resilience and hope.
When Antiochus, the malign ruler of Syria becomes a threat, Pericles must escape conflict and flee his country, risking his life at sea. In this modern-day adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s Romances, Pericles becomes a refugee, a modern hero. His strength and resilience will be tested by the Gods as he seeks asylum in different lands, meets love, faces loss, and is ultimately restored to his rightful place.
Director Conall Morrison brings a unique spin to a classic text , a remarkable play that fuses struggle and strife with love, magic and redemption.
Note: This production contains strobe lighting, smoke effects and loud noises.
Friday 8th Feb 7.30pm to Thursday 14th Feb 7.30pm — Studio One
Matinee: Tuesday 12th Feb 1.00pm — Studio One