This month there is a fantastic array of theatre performances throughout Belfast. From poignant comedy to music, drama and kids events.
Here’s the low down on what the city has to offer until the end of the month:
The Shadow of a Gunman
Running until June 6, Lyric Theatre
In Sean O’Casey’s vibrant and poignant classic comedy, Donal Davoren wrestles with his poetry as he struggles to find peace in a crowded Dublin tenement. Outside, Ireland descends into a vicious guerrilla war.
Tickets £15 – £24.50 lyrictheatre.co.uk
June 6, Courtyard Theatre
Now you can really Let It Go at this special screening of Disney’s Frozen, featuring the sing-along lyrics on the big screen!
Join Anna, Olaf and friends on their epic adventure to find Anna’s sister Elsa, Queen of Arendelle.
Tickets £4 thecourtyardtheatre.com
Running until June 6, Grand Opera House
Groovy Greeks from savage Sparta to angry Athens, discover the truth about growing up in Greece. Take on the Trojans. Pummel the Persians. Compete in the first ever Olympic Games.
Hold on tight as you gatecrash the gruesome and Groovy Greeks! Incredible Invaders The Celts are crunched when the Ruthless Romans invade Britain.
Tickets £15 – £16 goh.co.uk
June 8-10, The Brian Friel Theatre
Three interwoven stories unlock the frustrations and passions of characters struggling with their bank balances, their addictions, their histories and their own sense of self. A coup in a country half a century ago, a disability leaves a person isolated, and a sex addiction that’s destroying a relationship link three characters in a carefully crafted story about lives and loves and the social systems they have come to depend upon.
Tickets £5 – £7 Booking Line: 02890971382
Running until June 14, The Mac
Belfast woman, Ruth is Crazy obsessed with Patsy Cline and Always looking for Mr Right. When she joins internet dating sites and goes through a succession of weirdos, sex maniacs and the odd Cheatin’ Heart, she starts to Fall To Pieces and wonders if she’s ever going to find the man of her Sweet Dreams.
Tickets £12 firstname.lastname@example.org themaclive.com
My Fair Ladies
June 15-20, Lyric Theatre
Des Keogh, gets to fulfil a life-long ambition to play legendary Irish man of letters George Bernard Shaw. Author of Pygmalion, which became the smash-hit film My Fair Lady, Shaw shares anecdotes about the loves of his life, who included leading actresses of his day like Mrs Pat Campbell and Ellen Terry and elaborates on his forthright views on marriage and celibacy.
Tickets £16 – £22 lyrictheatre.co.uk
The Business of Murder
June 16-20, Grand Opera House
Stone, a humourless and dour man, invites Dee, a television playwright, over to his flat on the premise of discussing a script. Once there, she is surprised when superintendent Hallett, the man with whom she is having an affair, also arrives for an entirely different reason.
But nothing is as it seems, and as the plot twists and turns the motive of their host Stone gradually becomes clear. They are all, it would seem, in the same business…the Business of Murder.
Tickets £17.50 – 34.50 goh.co.uk
June 16-21, Odyssey Arena
Through the storytelling magic of the songs of Abba, we meet Donna, a feisty forty something single mum who recalls distant memories of carefree days and careless nights whilst her daughter Sophie dreams of tradition, romance and a big white wedding.
The story telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone is having the time of their lives.
Tickets £15 – 39.50 odysseyarena.com
Don’t Look Back
June 21, Courtyard Theatre
Featuring a special group performance from the Victoria Academy of Dance Students, Professional Guest Performances and fantastic Award Ceremonies. With innovative dance styles and creative choreography this night will take you on a memorable journey highlighting the successes from 2015
Tickets £14 – £16 thecourtyardtheatre.com
June 23-27, Lyric Theatre
Yer Granny is a riotous new comedy about a diabolical 100-year-old granny who’s literally eating her family out of house and home. She’s already eaten their fish and chip shop into bankruptcy and now she’s working her way through their kitchen cupboards, pushing the Russo family to desperate measures just to survive beyond 1977.
Tickets £20 -£24 lyrictheatre.co.uk
The Last Five Years
June 24-July 4, Lyric Theatre
Starring Fra Fee and Amy Lennox this is a beautiful, emotionally powerful musical about Jamie, a talented up and coming novelist who falls in love with Cathy, a struggling actress and takes place over a five year period. Their story is told entirely through songs but with a clever device; all of Cathy’s songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time while Jamie’s songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They physically meet on stage only once, at their wedding.
Tickets £18-20 lyrictheatre.co.uk
Running until October 26, Waterfront Hall
Attracta and Nora were the best of friends when they were teenagers. They shared everything from their Bay City Roller trousers to boyfriends.
They drift apart as people do until fate reunites them in their middle age. Their kids have now flown the nest, and just when they were looking forward to ‘me time’, their mothers take sick. It’s back to sleepless nights and endless washing.
Tickets £10.50 email@example.com
Running until August 19, Grand Opera House
Dancing Shoes – The George Best Story, tells of the turbulent and colourful life of one of the greatest footballers the world has ever seen.
From his childhood days kicking a tennis ball against a gable wall on the Cregagh estate to a life of fame, fortune & controversy, this story has it all.
Tickets £15 goh.co.uk
The Addams Family
June 23-27, Belvoir Players
Wednesday Addams is in love with Lucas Beineke and eager to make a good impression with his mother and father. Which is not easy when your family are psychotic, morbid, pyromaniacs and…possibly deceased.
Join the Addams Family in their house for a night you will never forget.
Tickets £7 – £9 belvoirplayers.org