The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide
Need some suggestions for GRAND gifts this Christmas? Look no further than this ultimate guide packed full of fantastic shows to suit all ages and tastes!
For the Trend Setter in your life why not book tickets for The Rocky Horror Show0 (18-23 March)
With a worldwide cult following, The Rocky Horror Show is a must-see! Hot from a sell-out worldwide tour and now having been seen by over 30 million theatregoers across the globe, the world’s favourite Rock ’n’ Roll musical is coming to the Grand Opera House this March! Featuring timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp, Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky-clean college kids – Brad (boyband heartthrob Ben Adams) and his fiancée Janet (Strictly Champion Joanne Clifton). Sure to put a smile on everyone’s face, a trip to The Rocky Horror Show is certainly an Instagram-able event for the trendsetter!
For the Love of Your life why not book tickets for The Bodyguard (6-16 February)
The ultimate love story made famous by Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner in the 1992 movie, this breath-taking, romantic thriller is coming to the Grand Opera House with tickets available for Valentine’s night! This iconic musical features a whole host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, Greatest Love Of All, Million Dollar Bill, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You. Guaranteed to earn you lots of Christmas brownie points!
For the Kids in your life why not book tickets for Madagascar (23-27 April)
I like to move it, move it… I like to move it! You sang that…right? Bring your little ones (3+) to the all-singing, all-dancing animal extravaganza of the year! Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Imagine how much their little faces will light up when they see this one! Family tickets available from £90.
For the Culture Vulture why not book tickets for The Magic Flute (27-29 June)
Unwrapping a treat for opera aficionados and newbies alike, Scottish Opera brings a spectacular world, inspired by the Victorian futurism of HG Wells and Jules Verne to life in the enthralling Magic Flute. A handsome prince, a damsel in distress, sorcerers, priests and a bumbling bird-catcher – all are given life through Mozart’s sublime blend of lyrical love duets, folk-like ditties and the explosive coloratura of the Queen of the Night arias. The acclaimed international cast includes tenor Peter Gijsbertsen, baritone James Cleverton, name-to-watch Julia Sitkovetsky and Gemma Summerfield, First Prize winner at the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Scottish Opera favourite Tobias Ringborg conducts. A beguiling mix of comedy, fantasy and pantomime with a profound story of the search for wisdom, love and truth.
For the Shakespeare fan why not book The National Theatre’s Macbeth (5-9 March)
When shall we three meet again… join the coven of witches as The National Theatre brings their sell-out production of Macbeth to Belfast. Directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris (Cabaret, London Road) and designed by Rae Smith (War Horse, This House) this new production propels Shakespeare’s classic title into a post-apocalyptic world of anarchy and uncertainty.
For the rock star in your life why not book tickets for Rock of Ages (18-22 June)
With over 25 classic rock anthems this hilarious musical comedy will have every closet rock star singing and laughing along with its EPIC songs. Top tracks include Don’t Stop Believin’, We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Wanted Dead or Alive, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight this Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is, played loud and proud by an AWESOME live band. Grab your leathers and air guitar and prepare to ROCK!
For the drama lover in your life why not book tickets for Marie Jones’ Fly me to the Moon (21-26 January)
Marie Jones comes home to the Grand Opera House with comedy gold Fly me to the Moon. Marie is one of the most prolific and successful playwrights ever to emerge from Northern Ireland, earning an OBE for her services to drama and having her work staged all over the world. This hilarious comedy investigates whether we are valued more in life or in death.
For the aspiring ballerina in your life why not book tickets for Northern Ballet’s Victoria (29 May-1 June)
Inspire the young or not so young ballerina in your life with this beautiful new biopic, which brings the sensational story of Queen Victoria to life in dance. Passion, tragedy, fierce devotion: Queen Victoria’s diaries revealed a life so fascinating that her daughter Beatrice tried to rewrite history.
For the whole family why not book tickets and bring everyone to see Annie (29 October – 2 November)
Set in 1930’s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she’s chosen to spend a fairy-tale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family. With its Tony® award-winning book and score, including the unforgettable songs, It’s the Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You and Tomorrow, you can bet your bottom dollar that the whole family will love this one!