Everyman Spring/Summer Programme Announced

Everyman Spring/Summer Programme AnnouncedAt the end of 2017, the Everyman refreshed their artistic policy to better reflect the work they had been doing, and the vision for where they were headed. The theatre's 2018 programme of events, announced today, encapsulates those ideas perfectly:

"We put the audience first and support artists in every way we can. We produce theatre of the best possible quality and work with partners to produce exciting and innovative theatre and opera. We host a diverse range of top quality productions, maintaining tradition, breaking new ground" says Artistic Director, Julie Kelleher.

The 2018 Spring/Summer Programme is studded with glittering highlights and includes premium theatre events such as Druid's Waiting For Godot and the Everyman's production of Martin McDonagh's The Lonesome West. The Everyman are backing extraordinary artists and superb new work too, with the world premiere stage adaptation of Louise O'Neill's award-winning novel Asking For It, which they're producing with top Irish producers, Landmark, and taking it to the stage of the national theatre, The Abbey, in late 2018, and the world premiere staging of John O'Brien's brand new opera The Nightingale and the Rose. The Everyman are bringing these, and other fantastic productions, like Kevin Barry's critically acclaimed Autumn Royal, to a wider national audience through touring, whilst continuing to provide audiences in Cork with the very best of theatre, opera, live music and stand-up comedy.

Seán Kelly, Executive Director of the theatre said:

"2018 is going to be one of the most important years in the Everyman's long history. Our programme will scale new heights. We are producing two world premieres, a four-week summer production and two national tours. Our audiences have more quality shows to choose from than ever before. The Everyman has never been in better shape and we have never been more ambitious, or confident, in our future."

The programme is the culmination of several years of ambition, vision and hard work. And it is only the beginning. It is a statement of intent. This level of top quality producing should be happening consistently in Cork. It can only happen with continued support from the Arts Council, from local authority partners, from partners in the business community, and more crucially than ever before, from the audience.

Julie Kelleher concluded: "We do it because the audience deserves to be rewarded with the best we can give them. We do it because we feel so strongly that Irish, and particularly Cork based talent, deserves an audience."

Upcoming highlights:

Gare St Lazare and the Everyman present HOW IT IS: PART ONE (World Premiere)

Gare St Lazare, Everyman Artists in Residence since 2015, present a radical and innovative re-imagining of the Everyman stage and auditorium as a performance space, using the complex and enigmatic text of Beckett's last full-length novel. In a production where nothing is quite what it seems, this world premiere is a chance to see Beckett and the Everyman like you've never seen them before.

The Everyman and Kevin Barry present AUTUMN ROYAL by Kevin Barry

A revival and national tour of the critically acclaimed stage play, following a sold out run in 2017. Set on the north side of Cork city, this play is about life and death, love and hate, hysterical dependency, jealousy, rage, horror, and homicidal notions - or, in other words, it's a play about a family.

Landmark Productions and The Everyman in association with The Abbey Theatre and Cork Midsummer Festival present the world premiere of ASKING FOR IT by Louise O'Neill, a stage adaptation by Meadhbh McHugh in a collaboration with Annabelle Comyn, co-commissioned by The Abbey Theatre

Asking For It is a new stage adaptation of Louise O'Neill's devastating novel, directed by Annabelle Comyn, which shines an unflinching light on the experience of a young woman whose life is changed forever by a horrific act of violence. The world premiere will take place at the Everyman, followed by The Abbey in late 2018.

The Everyman presents THE LONESOME WEST by Martin McDonagh

The Everyman presents a brand new production of this modern Irish classic. The third play in McDonagh's smash hit Leenane Trilogy, The Lonesome West, is that finest brand of black comedy that will make you laugh when you really shouldn't. The story of two feuding bachelor brothers and attempts to civilise them by the despairing local priest, and his devoted sidekick Girleen.

The Everyman and John O'Brien present THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE (World Premiere) from the short story by Oscar Wilde, Music by John O'Brien, Libretto by John O'Brien and Eadaoin O'Donoghue

See this stunning new opera based on Oscar Wilde's timeless short story, The Nightingale and the Rose. Since hosting the world premiere concert performance of John O'Brien's beautiful new work, the Everyman has dreamt of giving this much-loved story its world premiere stage production. John's collaborations with The Everyman have resulted in operatic treats such as Faust, Der Vampyr, (both nominated for Best Opera - Irish Times Theatre Awards) Orpheus, and Pagliacci (winner Best Opera - Irish Times Theatre Awards). Cork audiences will be in for a treat in October 2018, followed by the show touring to Dublin and Limerick.

Other notable productions include The Gardener presented by The Everyman and Graffiti Theatre Company, Lobby Promotions with The Songs of Joni Mitchell featuring Clare O'Mahony and her Band, Decadent Theatre Company's production of Frank McGuinness' Someone to Watch Over Me and Landmark's production of a new play from Mark O'Rowe, The Approach, featuring three of Ireland's leading actors, Cathy Belton, Derbhle Crotty and Aisling O'Sullivan. The much-loved Everyman Sunday Songbook will bring the songs of Doris Day to the Everyman audience and in April, London Classic Theatre bring Noel Coward's Private Lives to the stage. Fishamble, the new play company present Maz and Bricks by Eva O'Connor and Pan Pan, bring a comedy about a drama therapy class in an imaginary prison, The Importance of Nothing.

Patrick Talbot Productions brings a series of six very different offerings to the Everyman stage as part of this programme, including the first ever Cork concert by Frankie Gavin and his new band, with his special guest Jimmy Crowley. One of Ireland's best loved actors, Des Keogh appears in John B Keane's Love Hungry Farmer and Irene Kelleher will appear in her own critically acclaimed play, Mary and Me. Driving out the Vermin is the title of a very special evening on St Patrick's Night when author Conal Creedon will be joined by Kevin Barry, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, and singer Martina Stafford. The Stargazers will appear on March 18th and Eleanor Shanley on April 20th.

See www.everymancork.com for full details of the Everyman Spring/Summer Programme. Tickets are available from the website, or from the box office, telephone 021 4501 673.

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