This month there is a fantastic array of theatre performances throughout Belfast. From dark and twisted macabre to music, drama and comedy.
Here’s the low down on what the city has to offer until the end of the month:
1. Sweeney Todd
Running until April 4, Theatre At The Mill
From the same production team that brought you last year’s hugely successful Thoroughly Modern Millie, Fortwilliam Musical Society are presenting Sondheim’s musical masterpiece Sweeney Todd.
This is a dark, yet very funny, journey of love and betrayal on the streets of Victorian London. The murderous tale of Todd and his fiendish accomplice Mrs Lovett is sure to have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
Tickets range from £16 to £20 and available from www.theatreatthemill.com
2. The Pillowman
Running until April 19, Lyric Theatre
From internationally-acclaimed author Martin McDonagh, writer and director of feature films such as In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, comes the first ever Irish tour of The Pillowman.
When stories become gruesome reality, surely it can only be the author who is to blame? An interrogation room. Two police officers are determined to make a young writer pay the ultimate price for telling tales, when it transpires that the content of some of his short stories bear an uncanny similarity to horrific real-life crimes.
Tickets range from £15 to £24.50 and available from www.lyrictheatre.co.uk
3. The Big 3 0
April 6-8, Belvoir Players Theatre
An original play by Chris Darcy. Set in the early 80’s The Big 3 0 tells the story of Edgar Freeman, a man stuck in a mundane Library job, single and worst of all, almost 30.
The show features musical sections in the style of famous 70’s and 80’s hits.
Tickets range from £7 to £9 and are available from www.belvoirplayers.org
4. La Traviata
April 14, Waterfront Hall
A beautiful and fully staged production of a tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music, La Traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th century, La Dame aux Camelias.
This magnificent production boasts sumptuous sets and costumes. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Starring Elena Dee and Alyona Kistenyova
Tickets range from £17 to £32.50 and available from www.waterfront.co.uk
5. Sister Act
April 14-18, Grand Opera House
This feel-good musical comedy is based on the smash-hit movie of the same name.
The family friendly show is packed with songs inspired by Motown, funk, soul and disco. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is placed in protective custody – a convent. Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.
Sister Act is a non-professional production by Belfast Operatic Company www.belfastoperatic.org
Tickets range from £12 – £29.50 and available from www.goh.co.uk
6. Lally The Scut
April 14 to May 2, The Mac
Uproarious, occasionally macabre and always compelling, Lally the Scut draws a line in the mud for Northern Ireland.
Set in a borderland town the uproarious, occasionally macabre and always compelling, Lally the Scut draws a line in the mud for Northern Ireland.
This co-production with Tinderbox Theatre Company promises to be an “unflinching satire”.
Tickets range from £15 to £25 and available from www.themaclive.com
7. Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Complete History Of Comedy (abridged)
April 16, Theatre At The Mill
Tickets to The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) are far more affordable than tickets to an amusement park, but according to The Reduced Theatre Company you’ll come away with the same feeling of nausea and motion sickness. From the high-brow to the low and everything in-between, the bad boys of abridgment leave no joke untold as they deconstruct the entire history of comedy in 90 rollicking minutes.
Tickets range £13 to £15 and available from www.theatreatthemill.com
8. Man In The Moon
April 20-24, Lyric Theatre
From the producers of smash-hit show The Holy, Holy Bus, Brassneck Theatre Company present Pearse Elliott’s, Man in the Moon.
Sean Doran hasn’t had the best of luck. He’s been sacked from his job, his girlfriend and child have left him and he’s back living in his ma’s house… If this kid bought a duck, it would drown.
Over the course of one moonlit evening, he takes us on a soul-searching journey through life, love and death, via his past, present and future.
Directed by Tony Devlin.
Tickets range from £14 to £20 and available from www.lyrictheatre.co.uk
9. A View From The Bridge
April 23, Theatre At The Mill
The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.
The visionary Ivo van Hove directs this stunning production of Miller’s tragic masterpiece, broadcast from London’s West End by National Theatre.
Tickets range from £15 to £17 and available www.theatreatthemill.com
10. Auditions Zoe’s Auditions
April 25, Courtyard Theatre
Meet Zoe, a back stage worker who dreams of landing an acting job in this heartwarming comedy and winner of New York’s Favourite solo show, the Audience Award.
Zoe’s senile agent sends her on a spree of inappropriate auditions ranging from Riverdance to Spiderman, to being shot out of a cannon for a touring circus. As she gets farther from her dream, Zoe just might be getting closer to herself.
Tickets range from £10 to £12 and available from www.thecourtyardtheatre.com
11. Disney’s Alice In Wonderland Jnr
April 25, Belvoir Players
The pupils of the Belfast School of Performing Arts present Disney’s Alice In Wonderland JR, a delightful adaptation of the classic Disney film.
Join Alice as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game. With timeless classics such as I’m Late, The Un-birthday Song and Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah this show is perfect for all of the family.
Tickets range from £8 to £12 and available from www.belvoirplayers.org
12. After Dresden
April 30 – May 2, Belvoir Players
This powerful drama is partly based on the World War 2 diaries of Ray Davey (b. 1915 – d. 2008). Ray was a prisoner of war in Saxony Germany and witnessed the immediate aftermath of the bombing of Dresden.
Later he founded the Corrymeela Community and established its peace and reconciliation residential centre at Ballycastle. The play interweaves the Corrymeela story, Ray’s WW2 memories and events from the NI troubles.
Tickets range from £7 to £9 and available from www.belvoirplayers.org