On view in 2022: theater performances across Ireland this spring and summer

This summer is the first in a long time that we will be able to make the most of live entertainment.

Promoters and venues are also keen to meet that need, with plenty of fantastic live shows over the next few months, from musicals to opera and nerd drama.

Here are some of the major theatrical events coming to Ireland this summer. It’s time to book…

Maeve Binchy’s Circle of Friends, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin (April 20 to May 14)

Finally released after a two-year wait, this brand new adaptation of Maeve Binchy’s bestselling novel is coming to Gaiety Theater this month.

Reworked for the stage by Elaine Murphy, it’s a story of love, friendship and loyalty in 1960s Ireland with all the pathos and humor of Binchy.

Tickets from ticketmaster.co.uk

Frankenstein: how to create a monster, Gate Theatre, Dublin (April 20-30) & The Everyman, Cork (June 17/18)

It’s not often you find a theater performance in a traditional space that allows its audience to get up and dance, take videos, and come and go as they please.

A critically acclaimed “gig theater” experience, Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster Features London Talent BAC Beatbox Academy, as six young performers bring classic Mary Shelley horror to life for the modern age.

Tickets from Gate Theater & The Everyman cap

Constellations, Gate Theatre, Dublin (May 11-June 2)

A play about the decisions we make and the seemingly randomness of the universe, Constellations could be described as a much deeper sliding door (remember that?!)

This new Gate Theater production of the award-winning British play stars Irish actors Sarah Morris and Brian Gleeson in this gripping double about time, memory, purpose and loss.

Tickets from Gate Theater

Magic Goes Wrong, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin (May 10 to May 14)

The magic goes wrong

Magic Goes Wrong wields his magic wand and poofs on the stage at the Bord Gáis Energy Theater This can.

Expect shows galore, jaw-dropping acrobatics and thrills with this new show, designed by the creators of The Play That Goes Wrong in collaboration with Hollywood magicians Penn & Teller.

Suitable for ages 11 and up.

Tickets from ticketmaster.co.uk

Sing in the rain, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin (May 31 to June 4)

The stage adaptation of the MGM classic Singin’ in the Rain is coming to Bord Gáis this summer for one week only.

One of the most popular musicals of all time, you’ll be transported back to the 1920s in this spectacularly choreographed story of Hollywood’s transition from silent films to “talkies”.

Tickets from ticketmaster.co.uk

Translations, Abbey Theatre, Dublin & on tour Limerick, Galway and Donegal (June 13 to September 3)

Playing at the Lyric Theater in Belfast before moving to Dublin Abbey for the summer, Brian Friel’s play about cross-border tensions in 1833 is more relevant today than it ever was.

Director and Donegal native Caitríona McLaughlin surely knows this better than anyone, so it will be exciting to watch her revisit the 1980s classic.

Tickets from Abbey Theater (Dublin), Linden Theater (Limerick), Town hall theater (Galway), A Grianan (Dongal)

Girl from the North Country, 3Olympia Theatre, Dublin (June 25 to July 30)

North Country Girl
North Country Girl

Irish playwright Conor McPherson boldly reimagines the songs of Bob Dylan in this acclaimed musical, coming to Dublin for a full month this summer.

A story of love and family set in the Midwest during the Great Depression, Girl From the North Country has already performed to packed crowds on Broadway and in the West End in recent years.

Tickets from 3Olympia

Tosca, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin (from July 11 to July 17)

A chance to see one of the most beloved Italian operas in the world, Tosca arrives at the BGE Theater in Dublin next July.

This new staging of the melodramatic tale of passion, lust and violence is courtesy of Irish National Opera and features Irish soprano Sinéad Campbell Wallace in the title role.

Do not worry; there will be subtitles.

Tickets from ticketmaster.co.uk