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What's on in Northern Ireland this week



The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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

The Train at The Mac, Belfast - Wednesday April 19 - Sunday April 23

Fresh from a hugely successful run at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, The Train tells the story of the remarkable media coup orchestrated by the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement in 1971 that changed the social landscape of Ireland.

Determined to challenge the laws of the Irish State, a group of 47 trailblazing women take a train to Belfast and return to Dublin with forbidden contraceptives.

Show times: Wednesday - Sunday - 3pm & 7.45pm

Ticket prices: £12.50 - £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, 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.


Red runs at the Lyric Theatre until Saturday 22 April

Red runs at the Lyric Theatre until Saturday 22 April

Lyric Theatre

Red runs at the Lyric Theatre until Saturday 22 April

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


TANK at The Mac, Belfast - Thursday April 20 - Friday April 21

In 1965, an American scientist lived with a dolphin for ten weeks to try and teach him to speak English as part of a NASA-funded research project into human-animal communication.

Condemned as an elaborate circus trick, these lessons remain a controversial episode in the space race between the two Cold War superpowers.

The Fringe First award-winning TANK rips this history apart to explore the difficulties of bridging cultural divides, the politics behind the stories we tell and what happens when you inject a dolphin with LSD.

Show times: 8pm

Ticket prices: £12.50-£18



2017 Betway Premier League Darts at the SSE Arena, Belfast - Thursday April 20.

The world's top darts stars will return to Belfast with the likes of Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson competing for the prestigious title.


2017 Betway Premier League Darts at the SSE Arena, Belfast.

2017 Betway Premier League Darts at the SSE Arena, Belfast.

2017 Betway Premier League Darts at the SSE Arena, Belfast.

The Betway Premier League sees ten stars competing across four months at arenas in the UK, Ireland and Netherlands in a bid to win the coveted trophy, which was claimed for a second time by van Gerwen in 2016.

Time: 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)

Ticket prices:

Tiered seating - £24.50

Table - £44 & £38 (8 per table)

Access screening: Their Finest at QFT, Belfast - Friday April 21 - Thursday May 4

Their Finest follows a young woman finding her way through the changing order of the nation, this time enjoying the new freedoms afforded to women during the Second World War, as well as battling new opposition.

Gemma Arterton stars as Catrin, a talented young copy-writer enticed to London from Wales by her self-absorbed artist husband (Jack Huston). She gets a job as a script editor with the Ministry of Information, where she’s hired to write convincing women’s dialogue (or 'slop' as it was then known) for morale-boosting propaganda films.

Quickly noticed for her natural ability, she's drafted by dashing movie producer Buckley (Sam Claflin) to work alongside a colourful crew to produce the cinematic stories the nation needs during the dark times of the Blitz.

Ticket prices: £4-£6.70

Check www.queensfilmtheatre.com for start times.

Clifton House and Clifton Street Cemetery Tour, Belfast - Wednesday April 19 - Friday April 21

Mary Ann McCracken is remembered by many as the sister of United Irishman Henry Joy McCracken. However, there was much more to Mary Ann. She worked tirelessly for the people in the Poor House during her 96 years and championed many other social causes including the anti-slavery movement.

A tour of Clifton House and the Cemetery will take visitors on a journey through the life of this formidable Belfast woman.

Price: Adult - £8, under 16s - £5

Check www.cliftonbelfast.com for starting times.

The Big Walking Trail at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, Belfast - Thursday April 20

Enjoy a walk through meadows, woodland and gardens Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Parkwhich come alive in the spring time.

Activities for children throughout the morning include arts and crafts, balloon modelling, face painting and a meet and greet with the Gruffalo.

Time: 10m - 1pm

Walking trails start times are at 10am, 11am and 12noon.

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

Ticket price: £25.

Philomena Begley & Ray Lynam at the Millennium Forum, Londonderry - Saturday April 22

Known as the Queen of Irish Country music, Philomena Begley has made a firm imprint on the Irish, British and European markets.

Begley has regularly toured with Ray Lynam since 1975 and they have recorded many duets together, their most popular songs being ‘My Elusive Dreams’, ‘You’re The One I Can’t Live Without’ and ‘She Sang The Melody’.

After the ‘Two of Us’ tour proving to be a roaring success, the pair are back again with the unmissable ‘Country Royalty’ tour where they will be supported by upcoming country sensation, Cliona Hagan

Time: 8pm

Ticket price: £20

Belfast Telegraph