Much Ado Abour Nothing
Of Mice And Men
Original Imitations
Charley's Aunt
The Glass Menagerie
The King
Present Laughter
Guests of the Nation
The Crucible
When the Wine is Cold
The Proposal
Move Over Mrs Markham
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
Pride and Prejudice
The Merchant of Venice
Great Expectations

Summer Shakespeare

The Taming of the Shrew – late June / early July 2023

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

This year's Shakespeare in the Park is The Taming of the Shrew and will be presented in St Enda's Park, Rathfarnhamn and the Sylvan Theatre in the grounds of Killruddery House, Co. Wicklow.

The action hovers around the story of Katherine and Petruchio and reflects a topic openly and regularly talked about in Shakespeare's day – the nature and role of women. Four hundred years later, the topic lives on and continues to entertain audiences in this much-loved play.

The first shows will be presented in St Enda's Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin, on Sunday 25, Tuesday 27, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 June at 7:30pm. Tickets for the shows in St Enda's Park can be booked in advance through the Box Office at dlr Mill Theatre on 01-296 9340 and also on the dlr Mill Theatre website. Tickets may also be purchased at St Enda's Park on each of the performance nights.

The performances in Kilruddery House, Sylvan Theatre, County Wicklow start at 8pm on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 July at 8 pm.

See the What's On page for more information.

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40th Anniversary Production

dlr Mill Theatre – 7 to 11 February 2023

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

During February, in its 40th year, Balally Players opened its 2023 programme with a special Anniversary production of 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' by Martin McDonagh.

Prior to his success with 'In Bruges' and the 'Banshees of Inisherin', this was McDonagh's debut play, the work that launched his career and electrified audiences. It introduced the world to McDonagh's darkly comic style, at times hilarious, at times vicious.

First produced by the Druid Theatre Company in 1996 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' tells the story of spinster Maureen Folan, trapped in a dysfunctional relationship with her scheming and manipulative mother Mags, in a rundown cottage in the wilds of Connemara. Will Maureen's last chance at love have a happy ending? Not if Mags can help it.

With 'Banshees of Inisherin' hotly tipped for Oscar glory, Mill audiences had the opportunity to experience McDonagh's black humour in the flesh.

See the What's On page for more information.

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Dundrum One Act Festival 2022

The Dundrum One Act Drama Festival returned to the dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin from Thursday to Saturday, 3 to 5 November 2022.

Three nights of superb live entertainment hosted by Balally Players.

Festival Director, Sean Murphy was assisted by Jean Monahan, Karen Carleton and Oran O'Rua.

Drama groups from across the country competed over the three nights of the festival. Each night the Festival Adjudicator Geoff O'Keeffe reviewed the plays and on the final night selected the winners.

The Dundrum One Act Drama Festival is part of the All Ireland One Act Drama circuit. The winners from local festivals, including Dundrum, aimed to qualify for the 2023 All Ireland Final.

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Summer Shakespeare 2022

Killruddery Sylvan Theatre & St Enda's Park – 30 June to 9 July

As You Like It

The Balally Players outdoor productions of some of the most popular Shakespeare plays returned this year with performances of 'As You Like It'. The Forest of Arden was recreated in the gardens of Killruddery House and the Walled Gardens of St Enda's Park at the end of June and early July.

The play, directed by Karen Carleton, was performed first in Killruddery Sylvan Theatre, in the grounds of Kilruddery House, Southern Cross, Bray, Co Wicklow. The Kilruddery performances were on 30 June and 1 July 2022.

From Wed 6 to Sat 9 July 2022, the performances were in the Walled Gardens of St. Enda's Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.

For more, including performance photographs, see the page for the play in the Productions section.

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GATE: The New Electric Ballroom by Enda Walsh 23 Feb to 1 Apr 2023

GATE: The Price by Arthur Miller 18 Apr to 3 Jun 2023

GATE: Fun Home 1 Jul to 26 Aug 2023

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ABBEY: Tartuffe by Frank McGuinness 3 Mar to 8 Apr 2023

ABBEY: Ghosts by Ibsen / Mark O'Rowe 15 Apr to 13 May 2023

PEACOCK: The Table by Christian O'Reilly 1 to 18 Mar 2023

PEACOCK: An Old Song, Half Forgotten by Deirdre Kinahan 14 Apr to 6 May 2023

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