Everyman launch their spring programme

Everyman launch their spring programme
Performers and artistic director Julie Kelleher launch the Everyman Theatre Spring Programme. Pic Darragh Kane

One of the biggest Irish theatre hits of recent years returns to the Everyman for a limited run as part of the Cork theatre’s Spring/Summer 2019 programme.

The stage adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s Asking for It made its world debut in Cork last year, wowing audiences before it moved to the Abbey Theatre, and should draw considerable interest on its return.

It is just one of a number of high-profile productions announced at the launch, where Artistic Director Julie Kelleher invited audiences to the beautiful Victorian-era theatre in the heart of Cork City with the words “Let us entertain you in 2019.” She said she is particularly proud that The Everyman is partnering with Cork Midsummer Festival and Rosa Productions in June to bring the world premiere of Evening Train, a new musical based on the songs and story of Mick Flannery’s much-loved album of the same name, adapted by Flannery and acclaimed writer, Ursula Rani Sarma.

Actress Clare Monnelly's new play Charlie’s a Clepto forms part of the programme.
Actress Clare Monnelly's new play Charlie’s a Clepto forms part of the programme.

The Season starts off in style with the critically acclaimed double bill from Belfast’s Prime Cut Productions, East Belfast Boy, a thrilling show with a soundtrack by internationally acclaimed DJ, Phil Kieran, and Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful, a heartbreakingly funny and powerful story of a man facing a mid-life crisis.

Olivier Award-winning Marie Jones’ comedy, Fly me to the Moon, has been delighting audiences and is in the Everyman for just three performances from February 11.

There’s lots more theatre to feast on over the coming months, including This is the Funeral of Your Life - a poignant and uplifting show about death and the challenges of living.

Also coming up is Clare Monnelly’s Charlie’s a Clepto, which was nominated for Best New Play and Best Actress at the Irish Times Theatre Awards.

The Everyman is also looking forward to hosting Druid’s production of Sonya Kelly’s Furniture, a comedy which was the hit of Galway International Arts Festival.

Executive Director of the Theatre, Seán Kelly, said that he is delighted that audience numbers continue to grow at The Everyman which is a testament to the innovative and exciting programme.

“There is a vast array of offerings, appealing to people of all ages and interests,” he said.

Cork comedian Des Bishop returns to the Everyman this spring.
Cork comedian Des Bishop returns to the Everyman this spring.

The Everyman’s Summer Production this year will transport audiences to the sticky heat of a New York Summer with The Odd Couple, while fans of historical drama will want to check out new plays inspired by some of Cork’s most famous figures.

In The Big Fellow, writer Declan Gorman takes us on an imaginative journey based on Frank O’Connor’s biography of Michael Collins; and Callback Theatre’s New Play, Sonia, chronicles the career of Sonia O’Sullivan.

For comedy fans, there are plenty of top draw acts to choose from including Des Bishop, Chris Kent, The 2 Johnnies and Bernard Casey.

The Irish National Opera will visit the Everyman with their production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, accompanied by the Irish Baroque Orchestra.

The music programme hops from swing classics to West End Mega Hits with The Story of Swing and Leading Ladies.

Karen Underwood takes on the Aretha Franklin Songbook and the ever-popular Sunday Songbook will celebrate both Judy Garland and Vera Lynn.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now from everymancork.com or at the Box Office on 021 4501 672.

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