Look, the summer is all well and good, but if we get serious for a minute, the sun has all but left us and if you don’t have tickets for one of the festivals coming up, it’s basically over. Thankfully, the National Opera house have looked into the crystal ball and come up with a fantastic line-up of events to keep you busy over the winter.
Ryan Sheridan is set to make his debut at the National Opera House 29th August. Expect some foot-stomping catchy tunes and an acoustic guitar hammered hard to close out the autumn before Tommy Fleming kicks first major acting role in Paddy on the 7th. A gripping tale over a 25-year period follows man who moves to England to start a new life on the building sites. The show will even feature 13 original songs from Fleming.
Then there’s the star-studded production of Menopause The Musical on 8th Nov with X Factor sensation Mary Byrne, Sue Collins (The Nualas), Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh and Linda Nolan (The Nolans).
November doesn’t end there, with The Johnny Cash Roadshow on the 11th, Bagatelle set for the 14th, Goitse on the 28th, and the magical Keith Barry returning on 15th Nov with his brand new tour Out of Control.
Finally, there’s some top comedy with the master of quips Jimmy Carr (13th Dec) with his Funny Business tour, and comediennes The Nualas with their Edinburgh Fringe smash-hit Lock up your Husbands on 21st Nov.
There’s plenty for the lovers of the classics too, as the godfather of classical crossover, tenor Russell Watson (28th Nov), is to be followed by Connor McKeon’s, Swing into Christmas (17 Dec), as he provides a fun-filled and glitzy night crammed full of amazing hits from the legends of The Rat Pack and Swing era.
Booking is now also open for the 2015 Wexford Festival Opera which takes place from 21st October to 2nd November! The 64th Festival includes main stage opera productions Koanga by Frederick Delius, Guglielmo Ratcliff by Pietro Mascagni, and Le Pré aux clercs by Ferdinand Hérold. And if you like the sound of those, check out the full festival listing, or have a look at the festival trailer. Find out more at wexfordopera.com.