What’s on at the Lyric this Jan/Feb

Apparently Christmas Eve can kill you! Catch the extended run of the Marie Jones comedy at the Lyric before it ends on the 16th Jan.

Following on quickly from the 30th Jan, is the Norn Iron remake of Educating Rita. Rehearsals have just begun for this and with Kerri Quinn playing a Belfast Rita, this is pretty much guaranteed to be brilliant. No pressure Kerri and team!

Check out our interview with Kerri as she prepared for Carabet at the Mac last year.

Returning again this year is Eddi Reader. You may recall we went to see Eddi last year at the Lyric and it was one of our highlights of the year. 

Here’s the lineup for January and February:

Christmas Eve Can Kill You
Extended run until Saturday 16th January 2016

Times: Tuesday – Sunday 7.45pm
​Saturday & Sunday Matinees 2:30pm (9th January & 10th January only)

Danske Bank Stage, Lyric Theatre Belfast

“Y’see Christmas Eve, it’s like instead of watching a soap where people are acting out real life, this is real life acting out a soap, y’know what I mean?”

Belfast 1992 – no Agreement, no Assembly, and no Accommodation at the Inn or anywhere else… Meet Mackers – a Belfast cabbie who’d rather work Christmas Eve than suffer the celebrations. Half the city needs to be somewhere else – trouble is, not everyone’s in the mood for a merry Christmas, and those who are full of the festive spirit are, well, full of the festive spirit.

They’re all out tonight, from a superstitious Santa with a sackful of Poitín, to Mr Dunne who’s struggling to make it out of the pub to get the turkey home to his wife. Throw in a cheating husband, an abandoned Granny, some serious shoppers, an upper class English actor who may be the world’s most unlikely choice to play a paramilitary leader, and a squaddie who just wants to go home to his girlfriend, and you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable Belfast Christmas Eve.

Written by Marie Jones and directed by Dan Gordon – the creators of last year’s smash hit Mistletoe and Crime.

Christmas Eve Can Kill You is the hilarious must-see show this Christmas.
Prices: Regular tickets £22.50
Concessions (Students, Unemployed, Under 20s & Over 65s) Any performance (except Friday and Saturday evening) £10

  
Educating Rita
Saturday 30th January – Sunday 28th February 2016
Times: Tues – Sat: 7:45pm
​Sat & Sun matinee: 2:30pm

Danske Bank Stage, Lyric Theatre Belfast

It’s 1980, and Susan ‘Rita’ White has decided it’s time for a change.

A wise-cracking, no-nonsense hairdresser from the working-class streets of Belfast, Rita is tired of her job, her prospects, her husband, her life. She wants to be the sort of woman who knows the difference between Shaw’s Bridge and George Bernard Shaw, and so enrolls in an Open University course in English Literature where she meets her tutor Frank – a lecturer from North Down who teaches at Queen’s – and begins her journey of self-discovery.

Frank has his problems too. Divorced, an alcoholic, and sick to the back teeth of the pretensions of academic life, Frank finds Rita’s enthusiasm for learning and down-to-earth attitude refreshing. Frank and Rita make an unlikely pair, but could they really show each other a way to a better future?

Willy Russell’s award-winning comedy, Educating Rita comes to the Lyric in this reimagined new production starring the superb Kerri Quinn (Cabaret, Shibboleth) as Rita and Stephen Kennedy (The Archers) as Frank and directed by critically-acclaimed Emma Jordan (God of Carnage, Scorch).

Prices: Previews (Jan 30, 31, Feb 2) £13
​Off-peak (Tues – Thurs and other matinees) £15
​Peak (Fri & Sat Nights) £24.50
Concessions (Students, Unemployed, Under 20s) Any performance except Friday and Saturday evening £10
Over 65s (any matinee) £10

  
Jake O’Kane – Gaggin’ On It
Sunday 31st January & Sunday 7th February 2016
Times: 7:45pm
Danske Bank Stage, Lyric Theatre Belfast

David Hull Promotions presents: Jake O’Kane’s Gaggin’ On It

Jake O’Kane’s Gaggin’ on it – The 2015 news reviewed, the big stories, small stories and everything in between!

Hot on the heels of last year’s sell-out tour, ‘Mouthful’, Northern Ireland’s finest comic, Jake O’Kane, is back! In his inimitable style, Jake takes no prisoners as he deals with the good, the bad and the ugly of 2015. Best known for the infamous ‘flegs’ piece on BBC’s The Blame Game, Jake weaves stories and news photos to give his take on the people, places and politics that made up the year. Those of a sensitive disposition, and politicians of all shades, should be afraid – very afraid.

Show contains adult references, for 16+ only

Prices: £18

  
Lockdown
Saturday 6th February 2016
Times: 8pm
Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre Belfast

The New Theatre presents Lockdown, a new satirical comedy from writer Gerard Humphreys.

In the wake of the 1916 commemoration, Clodagh O’ Farrell, a senior captain from Army HQ recently returned from Lebanon, attempts to coordinate the military aspect of the celebration with leadership and clarity despite the objections and undermining forces of her greedy and corrupt government appointed colleagues.

Clodagh’s greatest opposition comes in the form of Stephanie, the Minister’s advisor, attempting to save face following the disastrous launch of the 1916 celebrations. Faced with this rival Clodagh must find a way to properly commemorate the military events of 1916 despite the protestations of political hacks that want to “take the harm out of 1916”. Caught up in this tug of war is Harry, a PR consultant, who finds his loyalties divided between Clodagh and her desire to appropriately and respectfully conduct this remembrance, and Stephanie who threatens to sabotage his career if he goes against her.

With little or no support from her “colleagues” how will Clodagh manage to oppose the self-serving the forces she finds herself faced with and find a fitting way to salute the events of 1916?

Directed by Anthony Fox, Written by Gerard Humphreys.
Cast Amy O’Dwyer, Barbara Dempsey & Killian Coyle.

Prices: Full price – £15
​Concessions – £12

  
Eddi Reader
Sunday 14th February 2016
Times: 7:45pm
Danske Bank Stage, Lyric Theatre Belfast

With a career spanning over 3 decades, Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.

Though first brought into the limelight as front woman for Fairground Attraction – who’s #1 single, Perfect and parent album, which both topped the British charts, it was Eddi’s subsequent solo albums that signaled her ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them very much her own. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi extinguishes the preordained boundaries of genre, bringing joyous life to all forms of song. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music.

Eddi’s 10th solo venture, Vagabond (Feb 2014) is a captivating, deeply personal, yet universal sounding album. Produced by Eddi herself, it was recorded in her hometown of Glasgow with a cast of well-chosen musicians and long-term musical collaborators. Vagabond is a passionate, reflective and whimsical journey through family and inspired musical and poetic heroes that reconfirms Eddi’s intuitive ability to transform any song or genre into her own.

Prices: £22

  
Ireland’s Greatest Voices – “The Three Tenors & Star Violinist”
Sunday 21st February 2016
Times: 7:45pm
Danske Bank Stage, Lyric Theatre Belfast

Direct from National Concert Hall & Belfast’s Waterfront Sell-Outs…
Ireland’s Greatest Voices, The Three Tenors

Classic Hits! Fabulous Uplifting Mix from Sinatra, Leonard Cohen, The Dubliners, and Pavarotti.

Ireland’s Hottest trio – Ray O’Hare, Dominic McGorian and Glenn Murphy with their amazing voices promise you a night to remember! Noted for their friendliest down-to-earth approach, the trio love to talk with their audience during and after each show. This thrilling fast-moving concert is packed with the world’s most beautiful, magical feel-good, uplifting songs. Hear the hits ‘I Believe’ ‘SHE’ and from Sinatra (My Way/New York, New York), Leonard Cohen (Hallelujah), Pavarotti (Nessun Dorma) and The Dubliners–A rousing selection of the greatest Irish Ballads to include (Song for Ireland/The Wild Rover).

Performing annually in Ireland’s leading venues: National Concert Hall Dublin, Cork Opera House, Belfast Waterfront/Ulster Halls, UCH Limerick, Drogheda TLT, Wexford Opera House and Armagh, Belfast and Christ-Church Dublin Cathedrals. Standing Ovations at every Concert! The guys were the only trio invited to perform a crucial part for the opening of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress both in the RDS and in Croke Park Stadium Dublin June 2012.
Prices: £22

  
The Nualas
Sunday 28th February 2016
Times: 7:45pm
Danske Bank Stage, Lyric Theatre Belfast

The Nualas: The Glitterbomb Tour

The Nualas are celebrating their 21st birthday! With scorchingly brilliant new songs, red hot new chat and blistering new shoes, The Nualas are jetting in for one night only to leave you helpless with laughter, delirious with pleasure, and a little disorientated if you can’t remember which door you came in.
Prices: £16.50

Contact Lyric Box Office on 028 9038 1081 or visit www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

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