March in the Cork Opera House

Cork Opera House Listings

Wed 02 Mar  9.45am & 11.30am 
Lambert Puppet Theatre Presents:
Generations of children have looked forward to the Lambert Puppet Theatre's annual visit to Cork Opera House, and they won't be disappointed by Cinderella and the ever popular Bosco! The Lamberts are widely recognised as Ireland's premiere puppet theatre company, and are internationally renowned for their many fine productions in theatres throughout America and Europe.

This is a beautifully produced show with large puppets, colourful sets and exquisite lighting. Suitable for children up to age eight.

Tickets: €13 Schools €11
booking fee may apply

Thu 3 Mar, 8:30pm, Half Moon Theatre
The Maid
Dir: Sebastián Silva, Chile, 2009, 96 mins., Cert: CLUB    
Language: Spanish
Silva questions, without bias, a dusty remnant of class division—the common, Latin American, aristocratic tradition of serfdom.
Winner - Best Actress at Biarritz International Festival of Latin American Cinema 2009
Winner - Best Actress, Best Script Miami Film Festival 2009
Winner - Grand Jury Prize & Special Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival 2009
Tickets: €10 or 5 films for €45
No booking fee 


Thurs 3, Fri 4, Sat 5 Mar, 8pm
Neil Delamere – Implement of Divilment
Let Neil explain why exercise classes are bad for you, how to reconstruct a corpse, and what to do when a man jumps on the bonnet of your car.
Tickets: €26, €27.50, €29 (Booking fee may apply)

Thu 10 Mar, 8:30pm, Half Moon Theatre

Dir: Catherine Corsini, France, 2009, 90 mins., Cert: 16
Language: French
Leaving (Partir) tells one of the oldest stories in the world as a married woman leaves her husband for the arms of another man. We seem to be witnessing the prime of Kristin Scott Thomas as French cinema offers her some of the most demanding roles of her career.

Tickets: €10 or 5 films for €45
No booking fee     

Thu 17 Mar  8pm
RTE Cork Proms - The RTE Concert Orchestra with Elizabeth Cooney & Cara O'Sullivan 
A celebration of Paddy’s Day with two of Cork’s finest joining the RTÉ Concert
Orchestra as special guests: virtuoso violinist Elizabeth Cooney will perform
Mendelssohn’s hugely popular Violin Concerto, and our star soprano Cara O’Sullivan (picture)
will sing a programme with an Irish flavour.
Irish films old and new are conjured up with music from The Quiet Man and Far and Away, and to set feet tapping there are selections from Leroy Anderson’s Irish Suite and Ronan Hardiman’s Lord of the Dance.
Presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in association with Cork Opera House
Tickets: €26
Limited Early Bird €15 Tickets Available
booking fee may apply

Fri 18 Mar  8pm
Kilfenora Céilí Band
The Kilfenora Céilí Band’s story is the story of Irish music itself. Founded in 1909, the band is still on the road 102 years later. It features fiddles, flutes, banjo, and squeezeboxes, and what Folk Roots magazine calls “one of the tightest rhythm sections in the world”. The Kilfenora have consolidated their position as one of the world’s greatest and longest-running Irish céilí bands.
Tickets: €21
Limited €15 Early Bird Tickets Available
booking fee may apply


 Sat 19 Mar  Half Moon Theatre 8.30pm
This is How We Fly
This contemporary folk band’s music sees Swedish folk rhythms meet the
texture of traditional Irish fiddle, percussive dance from America, and improvised jazz and electronics.

With Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh on fiddle & hardanger fiddle, Seán Óg on bass clarinet, saxophones & live electronics, Nic Gareiss on percussive dance, and Petter Berndalen on drums and percussion.
Tickets: €15
booking fee may apply   

Tue 22 – Sun 27 March
To date, STOMP has set feet stamping, fingers drumming, adrenalin rushing and feel-good sensations flooding through audiences. It has toured the globe almost continuously for 15 years and has been seen by over 15 million people in 48 countries across 5 continents.
From a single drum hanging around Luke Cresswell’s neck back in 1991; STOMP has taken on a life of its own. Since those early days, creators and co-directors Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas have developed a unique, universal language of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance.
With unstoppable energy and toe-tapping exuberance, STOMP takes the clutter and junk of everyday life – everything including the kitchen sink – and transforms it into a pulsating, witty, utterly irresistible theatrical event.
Tickets: €21, €26, €31; Family Tickets €80; Opening night all tickets €21
booking fee may apply

Mon 28 March - Sat 2 April 
Landmark Productions presents the World Premiere of
Ross O’Carroll-Kelly
Between Foxrock and A Hard Place
 Following the success of his first smash-hit play - The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger, which was acclaimed as ‘a triumph’ and ‘a wickedly funny play’ - Ross O'Carroll Kelly returns to the Cork Opera House in April for one week only.
Written by Paul Howard and directed by multiple Irish Times Theatre award nominee Jimmy Fay, Between Foxrock and a Hard Place sees the return of Rory Nolan as Ross, Philip O'Sullivan as Charles and Susan Fitzgerald as Fionnuala.  Après Match's Gary Cooke joins the cast, with rising TV star (Love/Hate) Aoibhinn McGinnity as femme fatale Erika.
Ross O'Carroll Kelly was once every boyfriend's nightmare and every girl's wettest dream come true. Now in the midst of a divorce and having piled on the pounds, the closest Rosser can get to a Leinster pitch is taking part in a half-time penalty kick competition (for thirteen-year-olds). 
With his old pair splitting up and selling the family home in Foxrock,  the house's once €17 million value has been butchered not only by the good old R word but by local council re-zoning plans. 
Fresh out of prison, Charles devises a plan involving a lobbyist and a suitcase full of dosh.  Enter a masked Gunman, and audiences will be left wondering whether the O'Carroll-Kellys manage to save their beloved postcode or even make it out of Foxrock  - ahem, Sandyford East -  alive.

Thu 24 Mar, 8:30pm, Half Moon Theatre
Dir: Götz Spielmann, Germany, 2008, 122 mins., Cert: CLUB       
Language: German   
Revanche (“revenge”), which garnered Spielmann the Best European Film award in the Panorama sidebar at Berlin, is a perfect vehicle for his unique talents--a suspense-filled thriller, full of jarring angularities, perfectly composed scenes and dollops of steamy sex.
Winner - Europa Cinemas Label, Berlin Film Festival 2008
Tickets: €10 or 5 films for €45
No booking fee     

Wed 30 Mar  Half Moon Theatre 8pm
Mathilde 253 featuring
Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith
Mathilde 253 features the pioneering avant-rock drummer Charles Hayward,
London-based improviser Ian Smith and guitarist Han-earl Park.

Trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser, Ishmael Wadada
Leo Smith has been active in creative contemporary music for over forty years. He performs with three ensembles, Golden Quartet, Silver Orchestra, and Organic. Contemporary music ensembles, including Kronos Quartet and New York New Music Ensemble have also performed his compositions. Smith is a Guggenheim Fellow and a long-time member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.
Presented with funding from the Music Network Performance and Touring Award.

Tickets: €11 Concession €6
booking fee may apply

Thu 31 Mar, 8:30pm, Half Moon Theatre
Dir: Pascal Chaumeil, France, 2010, 104 mins., Cert: 15A
Language: French
Shot in the glamour and whimsy of Monte Carlo, this charming and unique romantic comedy will have audiences buckling with laughter. Chaumeil beautifully illustrates that love and laughter are the best universal languages.
Tickets: €10 or 5 films for €45
No booking fee


Sun 3 April  8pm 
National Dance Company Wales
Be swept away with a double bill that is taking audiences by storm when National Dance Company Wales return to Cork with new dances from two international choreographers at the top of their game performed by 11 breathtaking dancers.
Marking his choreographic debut with the Company, American choreographer Stephen Petronio’s gorgeous By Singing Light is inspired by the beautiful poetry of Dylan Thomas with an exquisite, original score from fellow New Yorker Son Lux, incorporating Welsh songs.
Gustavo Ramirez Sansano has created a character-filled new dance that is based on the glorious Minkus’ ballet score for Don Quixote. From the physicality of the dance to the beautiful set, the Spaniard delights with a visual feast.
Tickets: €21
booking fee may apply

Cork Opera House booking information
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