‘Season of surprises’ at opera house

Cork Opera House has launched its autumn and winter season, an eclectic mix of musical and theatrical events as the theatre seeks to make good on the success of its summer musical, The Sound of Music.

“We have been bold in our efforts to bring the people of Cork the most diverse programme we can,” said Opera House CEO Mary Hickson.

“We want the people of Cork to take the plunge with us, to dive into an autumn/winter season with a difference, a season with surprises, drama and magic at every turn.”

Danish cult heroes Efterklang kick off the music strand tomorrow, appearing on the Opera House stage with the Major Lift Orchestra, featuring musicians from Cork and Dublin.

They will be followed later this month by the Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute, Friends in Low Places, and, for those less enamoured of country, Opera d’Arte on Sept23.

Other acts due in the coming months include a Maria Callas tribute show, John Cage’s Roaratorio, The Overtones, Damien Dempsey and the West Cork Ukulele Orchestra, Duke Special, and Mick Flannery.

Cork Opera House will also host a number of acts at the Guinness Jazz Festival, including Taraf de Haïdouks, Beach House, and De La Soul.

In 2011 Corcadorca enjoyed huge success with their first production on the Opera House stage, William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. They return in October with the classic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.

The Christmas panto this year will be Alice in Wonderland, directed by Bryan Flynn, and The Sound of Music will return for a run in February, to coincide with the spring mid-term break.

Also due at the Half Moon are acts such as Ham Sandwich, Dylan Tighe, Wallis Bird, Kishi Bashi, Nils Frahm, Jens Lekman, and Lower Dens. The Half Moon programme also includes the theatre production The Great Hunger, acrobatic comedy with The Lords of Strut, and, for Christmas, the Improvised Panto.

Some of the family events on the cards at Cork Opera House include workshops on beatboxing, space exploration, and Spying, and the theatre productions The Song from the Sea and Aesop’s Fabulous Foibles and Fables. There’ll also be a Halloween HullaBOO!, as well as a visit from Elmo and the cast of Sesame Street.

* www.corkoperahouse.ie

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