New season at Market Place Theatre

Moscow Ballet's Sleeping Beauty.
Moscow Ballet's Sleeping Beauty.
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The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre in Armagh has announced its autumn programme of events and with 85 performances, 37 workshops and classes for adults and kids, the annual pantomime, 10 visual art exhibitions and much, much more, there is, as always, something to suit everyone’s taste and pocket.

Drama audiences can expect some real treats in the autumn season with a variety of plays both serious and comic. ’50 Shades Of Red, White and Blue’ is the hilarious take on the famous novel of a similar name and comes for two nights only on Wed 28 and Thursday, August 29.

The Marie Jones comedy ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ comes to Armagh on Saturday, September 7 followed by Martin Lynch’s eagerly-anticipated new drama ‘Meeting At Menin Gate’. William Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ is performed by Icarus Theatre Collective on Wednesday, October 2 and the award-winning one-woman-comedy drama ‘Are There More Of You’ takes to the stage on Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 9.

Comedy fans are in for a real treat in the Autumn programme at The Market Place, kicking off with everyone’s favourite Australian comedian – Adam Hills – on Wednesday, September 25.

‘Father Ted’ star Ardal O’Hanlon comes to Armagh on Thursday, October 3 and the star of BBC’s ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ Phill Jupitus comes to The Market Place on Friday, October 4.

Music audiences have a huge variety of choice in the Autumn programme starting with ‘Talon The Best Of Eagles’ on Thursday, September 19, then leading Abba tribute ‘The Bjorn Identity’ on Friday, September 27.

‘The Extraordinary Ella Fitzgerald’ tells the story of one of music’s greatest legends on Friday, September 27 and ‘Phantom & The Musicals’ takes audiences on a whistle-stop tour of The West End and Broadway on Thursday, October 10

Fans of traditional music can enjoy a concert by Iarla O’Lionaird and Steve Cooney on Saturday, October 26 and the 20th William Kennedy Piping Festival celebrates in The Market Place from Friday to Sunday November 15 to 17.

Toddlers, kids and young people are well served in the autumn programme. ‘Hairy McClary’ is a wonderful family show based on the famous books and comes to The Market Place on Sunday, October 6. ‘Duck, Death & The Tulip’ is presented by Cahoots Ni on Saturday, October 12 and ‘Faerie Stories’ on Saturday, November 2 is a wonderful puppet and storytelling show for all kids aged 5+. This year’s annual Pantomime at The Market Place is the spellbinding ‘Aladdin’ which runs from Friday December 6 to Sunday, December 22.

There are a host of workshops for adults to choose from across the autumn programme in everything from patchwork, photography, recycling furniture, flower arranging, guitar, salsa, felt making, wood carving, crocheting, creative writing, make-up, wood turning, lace-making, pate de verre, photoshop, card making and print making.

Workshops for young people include jewellery making, animation, clay gargoyles, zombie make-up, straw crafts and drama.

Tickets for all performances and workshops are now on sale and can be purchased from The Market Place Theatre Box Office on 3752 1821 or online at www.marketplacearmagh.com