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What's on in Northern Ireland for Easter 2017

By Jackie Bell

Take a look through the main events happening in Belfast and across Northern Ireland this Easter break.

The Wedding Singer at Grand Opera House, Belfast - running until Saturday April 15

Based on the film starring Adam Sandler, this musical adaptation of The Wedding Singer takes audiences back to 1985 when hair was huge and Robbie Hart was New Jersey's favourite wedding singer.

Branded 'the party of the year' The Wedding Singer has pledged to get audiences dancing faster than your Dad at a wedding.

Show times:

Wednesday April 13 & Thursday April 14 - 7.30pm

Thursday April 14 - 2.30pm

Friday April 15 & Saturday April 16 - 5pm & 8.30pm

Ticket Price(s): £17.25 - £40.25

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Grand Opera House, Belfast - Tuesday  April 18 - Saturday April 22

This Olivier and Tony Award winning stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel returns to the Grand Opera House following a successful run last year.

The play follows Christopher as he attempts to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington the dog.

Christopher has an extraordinary brain, but he is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Audiences will follow his detective work, forbidden by his father, which takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

Show times:

Tuesday - Saturday - 7.30pm

Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday - 2.30pm

Ticket prices: £17.25 - £38.25

Red at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast - running until Saturday April 22

Set in New York in 1958, Red introduces artist Mark Rothko, who, at the height of his career, is struggling to maintain his integrity and creativity with his latest lucrative commission.

Fresh from the success of Educating Rita, Emma Jordan returns to direct seasoned Lyric player Patrick O’Kane and Lyric Drama Studio alumnus Thomas Finnegan in this latest play from Prime Cut Productions.

Show times:

Tuesday - Saturday: 7.45pm

Saturday & Sunday matinée: 2.30pm

Ticket Prices: £15 - £24.50

The King is Back... at the SSE Arena, Belfast - Saturday April 15 & Millennium Forum, Londonderry - Sunday April 16

This tribute sees winner of the Elvis Presley Enterprise Memphis Ultimate Elvis Competition, Ben Portsmouth, take on the biggest and best tunes from The King.

The singer/songwriter had Elvis' DNA in his blood from an early age as his father was an avid fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs.

Show times:

SSE Arena - 8pm (Doors open 6.30pm)

Millennium Forum - 8pm

Ticket prices: £24.50 - £27.50

Tommy Tiernan Comedy Night at Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle - Saturday April 22

Comedian Tommy Tiernan has added extra shows to his Under The Influence tour.

So allow yourself be guided by the language loving and theatrical performer with a half thought out plan, no professional qualifications and a mouth with a mind of its own. Over 18s only.

Show time: 8.30pm

Tickets: £25.

Easter Extravagan-zoo at Belfast Zoo -  Friday 14 April - Tuesday 18 April

Visit all of your favourite animals as they get their Easter treats at feeding time and call by the keeper talks to find out more about the species that Belfast Zoo cares for, the threats they are facing and the efforts of zoos to ensure their future survival.

Visitors can also search high and low for the Easter egg signs hidden around the zoo, to be in with the chance of winning a special prize.

Times: 10am-7pm

Ticket prices: Adult - £13, Children (4-16) £6.50 (under 4) free

The Great MAC Easter Egg Hunt, at The MAC, Belfast - Saturday April 15 - Sunday April 16

Put your sleuthing skills to the test in The Mac's family egg hunt.

It's free to take part, those on the hunt simply have to drop in and pick up an activity sheet from the Box Office.

Time: 10am - 7pm

Meanwhile, the MAC Petting Zoo returns this Easter Monday and Tuesday.

It's free to visit, so drop in anytime between 10am and 2.30pm on both days. No ticket required.

Easter celebrations at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Holywood - Sunday April 16 - Tuesday April 18

There's plenty to do at the museum this Easter, including having a go at the Great Egg Trail in the Folk Museum and the Eggstreme Egg Hunt in the Transport Museum.

Visitors can also meet new born lambs and piglets in the farm as well as see the horses and donkeys.  Plus there will be traditional music, magicians, homemade food samples, children's crafts and a rabbit show.

Time: 10am - 5pm

Prices: Normal admission rates apply

 

Easter Eggspress Steam Train, Belfast to Whitehead - Monday April 17 - Tuesday 18.

The Easter Eggspress will be steaming along to Whitehead from Belfast Central Station and will include Easter eggs for the children.

There might even be an 'eggstra' special passenger on board with a surprise for the best behaved children.

Tickets: £13.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, Fermanagh - Saturday April 15 - Tuesday April 18

The Bunny Rabbit has been up to his old tricks, but he has left clues all over Fermanagh to reach a chocolate prize.

Cadbury Egg Hunts are running at Castle Coole, Florence Court and Crom - and everyone is invited to pick up a trail sheet, then head out around the grounds to find the answers and solve the clues.

Admission: £1

Half-term Multicultural Festival, Omagh - Monday April 17  

The Big Family Picnic at An Creagán marks the beginning of Spring and families are invited to enjoy a fun filled day out in the great outdoors.

Experienced picnickers can bring their own lunch or if you prefer the easy option there will be food and snack stalls for you to put together your own lunch without the hassle.

Time: 12pm - 4pm

Price: £3 (Children under 1 enter for free)

Titanic Memorial Service at Belfast City Hall - Saturday April 15

A special ceremony will take place to mark 105 years since the sinking of RMS Titanic.

Belfast City Council and Belfast Titanic Society will co-host a small service of remembrance at the Memorial Garden in City Hall to reflect on the lives that were lost.

Time: 12pm

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