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Summer Season 2017

The summer season comes with a rich mix of theatre, music, comedy and family shows! With over 100,000 customers through the doors in 2016, we are looking forward to creating more magic for Cork audiences in the season ahead and continue our mission of maintaining tradition and breaking new ground.

It has been, and continues to be, my pleasure and my privilege to introduce our seasons to you, though the real fun is seeing you come out in numbers to support the various elements of the programme. My thanks to you for your continued support of the artists who make and present shows here, and indeed your support of the building, which as you know, celebrates its 120th birthday this year. This season continues our pledge to honour the rich and varied performance history of the building through a programme that brings you the very best of the performing arts.” Julie Kelleher, Artistic Director


Click HERE to see full programme or pop into our box office for a copy of the brochure.


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Shows to look out for in the coming months are the unmissable Irish premiere of Futureproof by remarkable Cork playwright, Lynda Radley, which is our Cork Midsummer Festival offering this June, and our new production of Brian Friel’s beautiful and classic play Dancing at Lughnasa. Both productions feature large ensembles of some of Ireland’s most accomplished actors.

Leading UK theatre company Paines Plough bring their smash-hit Edinburgh show, Every Brilliant Thing, to us in July.

The autumn sees a range of great nights out in the shape of live gigs, comedy and even movies: The Illegals, featuring Niamh Kavanagh; She Moved Through The Fair (featuring songs made famous by Cork singer Margaret Barry); two editions of The Everyman Sunday Songbook; John Spillane; Jack L; David O’Doherty; as well as a host of riches yet to be announced from Cork Comedy Festival (September); Cork Jazz Festival (October) and Cork Film Festival (November).

From great nights out to the great outdoors, we’re thrilled to announce the return of Tom Crean: Antarctic Explorer, as well as appearances from legendary mountaineer Simon Yates (of Touching the Void fame) and Ireland’s answer to David Attenborough: wildlife expert Colin Stafford-Johnson.

Families who fancy a bit of the weird and wonderful should check out the acclaimed production of Alice In Wonderland by Blue Roaincoat which opens on Halloween night and runs right through the mid-term break. Early birds can grab the best seats in the house by booking a family ticket to this year’s panto, Beauty and the Beast.

As ever, we’re bringing you the best of national and international touring in theatre, opera and dance. Keep an eye out for the Opera Collective Ireland production of Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave, and the return of Ballet Ireland with a pre-Christmas treat, Romeo & Juliet.

We also have some of the big hits from last year’s Dublin Fringe Festival: Joanne McNally’s honest and funny Bite Me; Brokentalkers’ stunning take on Europe’s refugee crisis, This Beach; the charming and hilarious To Hell In A Handbag and last, but by no means least, is a show we’ve been trying to programme for (literally) years: Moonfish Theatre’s gorgeous and unique adaptation of Joseph O’Connor’s bestselling novel, Star of the Sea. It is everything that modern Irish theatre can, and should, be doing.


Date and Time | Celebrating 120 years, 1897 - 2017

Price | €9 - €28