Since its inception in 1957, the Dublin Theatre Festival has proven to be one of the most highly regarded festivals of its type in the world. It is one of the oldest dedicated theatre festivals in Europe and one of the last surviving English language theatre festivals in the world. This year's festival comprises of 27 shows in 16 venues, with productions from 12 different countries promising a unique selection of theatre in Dublin. Highlights from the upcoming festival include Black Watch from the National Theatre of Scotland, a highly physical performance based on interviews with former soldiers who toured in Iraq. Also showing will be a theatrically explosive version of Kafka's terrifying, but bizarrely comic, surreal short-story Metamorphosis by Icelandic Vesturport Theatre and the Lyric Hammersmith. Relocating Mozart's The Magic Flute to contemporary South Africa, this show features a joyous and spectacular production and is sure to be one of the biggest highlights of the festival. As well as those, Vanessa Redgrave stars in the acclaimed production of The Year of Magical Thinking which comes to Dublin after hugely successful runs on Broadway and The West End. For full listings, please see our Festivals page.