24 January 2017
By Bryan T. Smyth
“Following on from our record-breaking panto, we enter 2017 more optimistic than ever. Once again, The Everyman is presenting a high-quality, eclectic, programme which we think our audiences will love and which you simply won’t find anywhere else. There really is something for everyone and we can’t wait for the new season to get underway.” Séan Kelly, Executive Director at the Everyman.
Talking at the launch of the Spring/Summer 2017 Everyman Programme, Artisitic Director Julie Kelleher said, “The building that we know and love today as the Everyman has a very special anniversary this year: it has stood on MacCurtain Street for 120 years. Today, we refer to our beautiful and storied building simply as the Everyman – its palatial qualities speaks for itself the moment you walk in to the auditorium. By way of acknowledging the rich and varied performance history of the building, we have put together a programme for the year, that like the building’s previous incarnations, bring you the very best of the performing arts.”
Each of the twelve months of the coming year hosts a special Everyman120 show – an event that encapsulates the best of the building’s past, present, or future, as they continue our mission of maintaining tradition and breaking new ground.
The 120 shows to look out for in the coming months are Kevin Barry’s first stage play Autumn Royal later this month, a stunning operatic reinvention of James Joyce’s The Dead by The Performance Corporation in February, a witty re-imagining of Willy Russell’s classic comedy Educating Rita from Lyric Belfast in March, a special anniversary production of Many Young Men of Twenty by John B.Keane from the Everyman Theatre Company in April, a classic opera in the shape of Handel’s Radamisto brought to us by NI Opera in May, and in June, the unmissable Irish Premiere of Futureproof by remarkable Cork playwright, Lynda Radley.
Wrapped around these highlights is the usual bursting-at-the-seams programme you’d expect. As ever, with ongoing support from the Cork community, the theatre continues to present the work of Cork’s leading theatre artists: Declan Hassett’s new play JACK chronicles the life and times of one of Cork’s finest, former Taoiseach Jack Lynch. Local heroes BrokenCrow premiere Levin & Levin, an exciting new play by Aideen Wylde and West End star Irene Warren returns to the stage in superb form, with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tell Me On A Sunday, directed by Trevor Ryan.
Great nights out are a favourite for all, and there’s no shortage in 2017 with a whopper season of comedy, music and spoken word including Des Bishop, Keith Barry, Johnny Mc Evoy, Jason Byrne, Isla Grant and Michael Harding. Returning to the stage are Faulty Towers: The Show, Foil, Arms & Hog, The Everyman Sunday Songbook, David McSavage and PJ Gallagher, first time visits from stand-up star Al Murray, The Cavern Beatles and the finest of Cork talent with comic Ross Browne, The White Horse Guitar Club and power ballad powerhouse Fist of Pure Emotion!
If it’s family favourites you’re looking for, this Spring sees the return of BrokenCrow’s brilliant adaptation of children’s classic, The Secret Garden, and Bosco is back with Hansel & Gretel. Ballet Ireland also return following the sell-out success of The Nutcracker, with their beautiful version of Giselle.
Some of the best loved writers of fiction transfer from the page to the stage in May, with adaptations of novels by Michael Morpurgo – Private Peaceful and Maeve Binchy with Minding Frankie, and a new play from Eoin Colfer. And because “dark nights” are everybody’s least favourite thing, the Everyman has packed the remainder of the calendar with top notch touring shows such as Before Monsters Were Made by 15th Oak, The Game by THEATREclub, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye by Jim Nolan and Have I No Mouth by Brokentalkers, that give a flavour of the best new writing and making for theatre that Ireland has to offer.
For more details on the Everyman Autumn/Winter 2016 programme or for details on booking visit www.everymancork.com