Mark your diary for these arts highlights of spring 2015

Des O’Driscoll reveals what he expects will be the arts and entertainment  highlights of spring 2015.

Mark your diary for these arts highlights of spring 2015

Turner: The Vaughan Bequest

National Gallery, Dublin, Jan 1-31

Last year’s film by Mike Leigh has revived interest in Mallord William Turner, and this annual exhibition by the Irish gallery shows off one of the best collections in the world of work by the British master.

The Nutcracker

Bord Gais Engergy Theatre, Jan 28-31

It’s a thoroughly Russian affair with the combination of Tchaikovsky’s magical score and the Moscow City Ballet’s top class dancing.

Perspectives Spring 2015

National Concert Hall, Dublin, January – May

Impressive programme of diverse music that’ll include visits from the likes of Lambchop, Tomasz Stanko and Philip Glass.

Pals – The Irish at Gallipoli

Collins Barracks, Dublin, Feb 3 – April 30

ANU Productions are the masters of site-specific theatre in Ireland, and here turn their attentions to the Great War, and the experiences of Irish soldiers on the front line, and people who were affected at home.

Dara O’Briain

Cork Opera House, Feb 4-7

The Irish funnyman (below right) is on the road with his Crowd Tickler show, and the only appearances in the Republic over the next few weeks are in Cork.

Festival of Youth Orchestra

National Concert Hall, February 7

The annual showcase of Irish youth orchestras offers some of the best young talent in the country a chance to play at this prestigious venue.

Breaking Dad

Cork Opera House, Feb 10-14

Leeside audiences get a chance to laugh at Dublin stereotypes in Paul Howard’s latest stage version of the adventures of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly and co.

Cork Spring Poetry Festival

February 11-14

A four-day celebration of the poetic form will feature readings and workshops with Irish and international poets.


Everyman, Cork, Feb 20-28

The Everyman and Cork Operatic Society have combined for dazzling productions of Pagliacci and Der Vampyr, and this year’s take on Goethe’s tragedy stars Cara O’Sullivan (below left).

Cork French Film Festival

March 1-8

A festival that punches above its weight in its mix of classic and contemporary French cinema, mostly screened at the Gate.

St Patrick’s Day

March 17

The falling down drunk in the street competitions have been balanced somewhat in recent years by other events that showcase other sides of Irish culture. The National Concert Hall and Cork Opera House are just two of the venues with decent offerings.

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

Various venues, March 19-29

Last year’s event had visits from the likes of Richard Dreyfuss and Stanley Tucci, and the 2015 festival will have similar celebrity sparkle, as well as loads of great films.

Disney On Ice

Citywest Hotel, Dublin, April 9-12

There are nods to various Disney characters in this show, but pride of place goes to Elsa, Anna and all things Frozen.

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