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Bogside Spinster brings the house down in Derry

As playwright Brian Foster watched one of his cast members strip to their knickers on the opening night of his new play at the Millennium Forum, he must have wondered if he had gone too far this time.

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Director of James Bond movies, 'Skyfall' and 'Spectre', Sam Mendes.

James Bond director to stage play set in Derry during the Troubles

Oscar winning director, Sam Mendes, will direct a play set in Derry during the Troubles at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2017.

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Nicky Harley

Derry’s Nicky Harley stars in new Tinderbox production

A Derry actress has scooped a role in the Tinderbox Theatre Company production of ‘What we’re made of.’

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Joe McElderry.

Joe McElderry will be Joseph in Millennium Forum in 2017

Singing sensation and X-factor favourite, Joe McElderry, will star in Bill Kenwright’s production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ when it comes to the Millennium Forum in Derry next year.

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(L-R) John Paul Conaghan, actor Julie Addy, stage manager Fiona McLaughlin, director Kieran Griffiths (front), Writer Colin Bateman (front), Damian Quigley and Peter E Davidson

Playhouse premieres Bateman’s ‘A Bag for Life’

He’s one of Northern Ireland’s most acclaimed writers - and he’s not afraid to dig deep into the darker side of our collective psyche. Nor is he afraid to highlight our darkly rich sense of humour.

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Blinkered is the hard hitting new production from Sole Purpose

The suicide conversation is long overdue - Derry writer

It’s a sensitive issue - a minefield in which writers, actors and all of us must tread carefully - but, nonetheless, the issue of suicide is one which needs to be brought out into the open according to Pat Byrne, writer with the Sole Purpose Theatre Group.

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Maggie’s back - and on a ‘feg’ run!

Maggie’s back - and on a ‘feg’ run!

The loveable Maggie Muff is back in the highly anticipated sequel to 50 Shades of Red White and Blue and Dirty Dancin in le Shebeen.

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Karl McGuckin, who will play the part of Gordon MacRae, and Alex Sharpe, who will play the part of Doris Day.

An evening with Doris and Gordon

The Playhouse is transporting the Millennium Forum back to the romantic era of MGM Hollywood on Valentine’s weekend with ‘An Evening with Doris Day and Gordon MacRae’!

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Comedy is lined up for next month at the Forum.

You Must Be Joking! Comedy night

Fun and laughter are guaranteed as four of the North’s best known comedians take to the Millennium Forum stage for You Must Be Joking on Thursday, February 4.The ever endearing Jimmy Cricket with his funny hat and his wellies, the first lady of Irish comedy May McFettridge, Forum panto favourite, William Caulfield and king of the one liners, Gene Fitzpatrick. Compere for the evening is May McFettridge’s long suffering driver John Linehan.

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A scene from 'Walking to the Ark' a play based on the Siege of Derry, the Playhouse's major Legacy commission for 2015.

Playhouse pushed boundaries in 2015

2015 was a year when Derry’s Playhouse pushed boundaries, and took bigger risks to increase its cultural and creative offerings. The Artillery Street theatre continued its commitment to increase opportunities for people to engage with the arts- to deliver creative, innovative and accessible Arts, education and peace-building programmes in the face of continuing challenges facing the whole Arts sector in Northern Ireland.This meant new interactive theatre ventures, a new fundraising ball, the first every Playhouse Christmas show, a brand new corporate patrons scheme, and more unforgettable legacy productions.

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The cast of Stage Beyond pictured after their Christmas showcase this week.

A Stage Beyond Christmas

Stage Beyond, the in house theatre group at the Millennium Forum, staged their Christmas showcase this week - taking a very modern twist on the festive classic ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

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William in all his damely glory

Derry Panto: There is nothing like a dame

William Caulfield is to panto in Derry what turkey is to your Christmas dinner - the two just go hand in hand.

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Actress Doireann McKenna as Emily in the Mac's production of Rumpelstiltskin.

Derry actress to star at the Mac in Belfast

Doireann McKenna from Derry will take on the lead role of ‘Emily’ in the MAC theatres Christmas production of Rumpelstiltskinin Belfast.

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Peter E Davidson as Grimm.

Review: Nothing ‘Grimm’ about Playhouse Halloween hit

There’s no doubt Derry folk were spoiled for choice this year when it came to ways to keep our children entertained over the Halloween break.

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Playwright/author Roy Arbuckle pictured outside the Memorial Hall on Friday last. INLS3615MC011

Rehearsals well underway for The ‘Fountain: A Musical’

Rehearsals have begun in earnest for the upcoming premiere of ‘The Fountain: A Musical’ which opens in The Memorial Hall on November 25th.

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Karl McGuckin and Peter E Davidson who wowed in A Grand Adventure in the Playhouse.

Nostalgia that hit all the right notes

It was a bold move - taking a show which had been a sell out success at the intimate venue of Derry’s Playhouse to the bigger stage, and bigger venue of the Millennium Forum.

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Linda Nolan, Mary Byrne, Niamh Kavanagh and Sue Collins who star in Menopause: The Musical.

‘I’ll have a hot flush or two on stage - to be authentic’

As she struts her stuff on stage at the Millennium Forum next week as part of the hit show ‘Menopause: The Musical’ former X-Factor contestant Mary Byrne will be enjoying the final flushes of her own glorious change of life.

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Miche�l Kerrigan, Patricia Byrne, Ed Decker, Jeffrey Hoffman, Richard Giardina and cast on the set of For The Love of Comrades

Derry play a success in San Francisco

The critically acclaimed Derry theatre production, ‘For the Love of Comrades’ (performed here as ‘Pits and Perverts’) has completed a successful five week run in San Francisco, playing to sold out audiences.

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Louis Walsh pictured with Mary Byrne in 2015.

X-Factor: ‘Louis Walsh won’t tell me if the rumours are true’ - Mary Byrne

As rumours grow that sacked X-Factor judge Louis Walsh will be returning to the show to give its beleaguered ratings a boost, former contestant Mary Byrne has said her mentor is remaining tight-lipped.

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Micky Bartlett is Narcisilly

Micky Bartlett is Narcisilly

Micky Bartlett returns to The Playhouse this weekwith his highly acclaimed new stand up show ‘Micky Bartlett is Narcissilly’.

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