The Everyman raises the curtain for summer

The Everyman raises the curtain for summer

The Everyman Cork staff launching their sparkling Summer Season, which includes the premiere of an adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s Asking for It and Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West. Picture: Darragh Kane

THE stage adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s Asking For It is among the standout performances in the Everyman’s summer programme.

The beloved theatre launched a varied programme of theatre, comedy, opera and live music, with the Cork Midsummer Festival taking centre stage over the coming months.

The theatre’s 2018 in-house programme is already off to a tremendous start with the success of Gate St Lazare’s How It Is: Part One by Samuel Beckett and the national tour of Kevin Barry’s critically-acclaimed stage play Autumn Royal, which is now underway.

The big summer offering is Asking For It, which sees the Everyman team up with Landmark Productions and the Abbey to bring Louise O’Neill’s award-winning novel to the stage.

Directed by Annabelle Comyn, rehearsals are already underway for the show which will see its world premiere at the Everyman during the Midsummer Festival before moving on other theatres nationwide.

Julie Kelleher, the Everyman’s Artistic Director, returns to the rehearsal room in July to bring a brand new production of Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West to the stage. The play has all the hallmarks of the Oscar-winning director’s work, including his famed dark humour and one-liners. Autumn highlights include the world premiere staging of John O’Brien’s new opera The Nightingale and the Rose, based on Oscar Wilde’s timeless story, and the return of Cinderella for the 2018/19 Christmas panto.

And that is just the in-house programme!

Also dotted throughout the season are a host of stand-up comedy and music shows, including Deirdre O’Kane, Colin Murphy, A Spoonful of Sherman, Frankie’s Guys and Camilla Grieshel’s Mamasongue, as well as a wide range of locally-made theatre, including The Children of Lir, Sonia and more.

Speaking at the programme launch, Executive Director Seán Kelly said: “We may well be about to enter the most exciting period in the Everyman’s long history.

“The quality of work presented on our stage has never been better, our attendances have never been higher and we are producing and co-producing more shows than ever before. Summer 2018 is just the beginning.”

Visit http://www.everymancork.com for full programme details.

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