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4 events for... anyone who loves musical theatre

Hit the right note with these November shows.

THERE’S NOTHING AS magical as a night at the theatre or an all-out singalong musical.

Ireland’s musical scene doesn’t hit the heights of Broadway or the West End, but thanks to our history of music and culture, we still have plenty to offer those who love waiting for the lights to go down and the curtain to go up.

Below are four unmissable productions taking place across the country this month…

1. See Shrek at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Shrek Source: Facebook/Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

When: Performances until Sunday 4 November
Where: Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2

Seventeen years after it hit cinema screens, Shrek continues to be adored. Shrek The Musical returns to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, with Donkey, Shrek and Princess Fiona all taking to the stage. Extremely entertaining, this ogre-tastic musical tale will put everyone in a good mood. Tickets available here

2. Watch a European premiere at the Wexford Opera Festival 

Dinner at Eight Source: Facebook/Wexford Opera Festival

When: Performances of Dinner at Eight until Sunday November 4
Where: The National Opera House, High Street, Wexford

Based in Manhattan during the Depression era, Dinner at Eight depicts a social event up in arms following a series of unfortunate happenings in the protagonist’s personal life. Written by revered literary duo George S Kaufmann and Edna Ferber, this production has been adapted by Grammy award-winning composer William Bolcom and librettist Mark Campbell, whose previous work includes Silent Night and The Shining. Tickets available here

3. Hear the story of Michael Collins (but with singing…)

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When: Michael Collins – A Musical Drama runs from Tuesday 13 November to Friday 16 November.
Where: Draiocht Blanchardstown

Yes, he fought for Ireland’s independence, Michael Collins had a storied personal life too, with a famous love triangle between himself, his fiancée Kitty Kiernan and politician Harry Boland. Bryan Flynn’s script and music first opened onstage in 2009, and this latest production comes from the Coolmine Musical Society. Get tickets here.

4. See Jaws accompanied by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

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When: Thursday November 1, 8pm
Where: The National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2

Aptly scheduled for Halloween week, Jaws, Steven Spielberg’s tale of a rogue shark will be screened in Dublin’s National Concert Hall, with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra providing the music. If John Williams’ eerie score still gives you chills, then you’ll love this enhanced musical version of the film. All together now: “duh-duh… duh-duh”… Get your tickets here.

More: Pop art fan? These signed Warhol prints will be on show in Dublin later this month>

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