From feel good musicals to funny plays about death and the stunning dramatisation of a very famous US Pulitzer prize-winning play, Dublin’s theatre land is itself becoming a bit of a star in this fine city. Many of the shows advertised this August and September are already selling so well that we would advise you to get booking if there’s any you particularly fancy this summer and autumn.
Light and Frothy
Here at the hotel we’ve already booked up for four shows (well, it was a long hard winter – we deserve a treat we reckon). First up is Hairspray which is showing at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre from now until August 3.
We’d already fancied popping along for a look but after reading the Sunday Express newspaper describing it as “the most happy, funny, sunny show in town,” well, we thought – let’s have a bit of that then. We’ve even been exercising our vocal chords in the en-suite (better acoustics) in recent weeks to limber them up for the sing-a-longs.
Funny and Poignant
It doesn’t exactly sound like a barrel of laughs but that indeed is what playwright Derek Masterson’s new play A Nice Bed To Die In has been described as or, to put it more accurately “a heart warming and light Irish drama.”
Playing at The New Theatre it’s a tale of two similarly aged women from different ends of the class divide who meet in hospital at the end of their lives. We’re guessing there’s going to be plenty of anecdotes to giggle at.
Another play we just have to get a ticket for this summer is Major Barbara, written by G B Shaw and produced by Annabelle Comyn (who did that brilliant production of Pygmalion two years ago). Playing at the Abbey Theatre from July 31 to September 21, the Barbara of the title is a strong-willed Salvation Army major whose father has made a fortune through making and distributing arms. We’re expecting plenty of messy morality issues here and for the topic of salvation to raise its head more than once. We do enjoy a comedy that makes us ponder at the same time.
We’re planning to end our soiree into Dublin’s always entertaining theatreland with an evening at the Gate Theatre and Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire (showing until September 21).
Even if you’ve never read the Pulitzer prize-winning book or seen the film (we haven’t) most of us are already familiar with the sad character of fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois thanks to those brilliant movie adaptations in the past whose stars have included Marlon Brando, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.
Anyway, if you fancy a weekend away at one of Dublin’s wonderful theatres then why not take a look at special rates we run at particular times of the year at the Sandymount Hotel. and see if it fits in with your planned schedule?