Theatre shows are set to return to Northern Ireland at the end of the month, with a relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions.
It comes after the Northern Ireland Executive gave an indicative date of July 26th for the easing of the rules around live theatre shows. The proposals are due to be ratified on July 22nd.
Ahead of this, theatres throughout Belfast have been preparing for the return of shows.
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Many theatre owners have spoken about the challenges faced by in the industry in the past 18 months, and there is still uncertainty about how they will able to operate with the reduced capacity due to social distancing.
Despite this, venues across Belfast are planning for the show to go on, meaning that many will be putting on productions as soon as they get the green light
Here’s a look at some of the shows being put on at Belfast theatres in the coming weeks:
Dracula, July 27-August 1
Dracula will be performed at the Lyric Theatre.
Rehearsals are already taking place for the first performance of Dracula at the Lyric Theatre. Produced by the Lyric Drama Studio, this will mark one of the first theatre shows in Northern Ireland for over a year.
Dracula follows the story of solicitor Jonathan Harker, who visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, only to make horrifying discoveries in his client’s castle.
Find out more about the show here.
Rough Girls at the Lyric Theatre.
September 4 – 25
Created by Derry Girls actress Tara Lynn O’Neill, Rough Girls tells the story of the making of Belfast’s first all-female football team.
This is the story of the women who stepped onto a pitch in society-shocking shorts and footie boots, a ball at their feet and a point to prove.
They were the suffragettes of soccer. Rebels with a ball, who kept kicking their way through the outraged defence of a male-dominated game to raise thousands for those returning from the First World War.
Find out more about Rough Girls here.
Grand Opera House
Tours of the Newly Restored Theatre
The Grand Circle bar in the newly-renovated Grand Opera House
July 6 – August 14
While they get set to bring back the return of live shows, the Grand Opera House are currently hosting tours of the newly restored theatre. This will give the public a first chance to see inside the £12.2 million renovation.
Six will be performed in Belfast.
Multi award-winning, with a spectacularly successful soundtrack which stormed charts across the globe, SIX is a new take on the Tudor period which mixes it up with pop princesses.
In this musical, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power.
Find out more about the show here.
Through The Window
Through the Window at The MAC is one of the performances that will go ahead in Belfast this year.
The MAC is trying something a little bit different to ease people back into returning to theatres. We have all felt a little distanced lately, so let Three’s Theatre Company bring you to the most intimate of places – inside the mind of others.
Three’s Theatre Company have devised a clever production, titled Through the Window, for one night only.
The production will see them using the windows of the MAC and a set of headphones to put the audience at a voyeuristic – and COVID-friendly – distance from the action.
According to the makers, “Through the Window will let you enter a world where the idiosyncratic thoughts of these everyday characters are dispersed with memories, regrets, hopeful dreams and the deepest of secrets.”
Find out more here.