Lime Tree Theatre – one year on
Well, that was fast. It’s hard to believe that just over a year ago we were running around Limerick in search of utensils for the green room and ensuring our box office printer worked. From the beginning the city embraced our new 510 seat venue. We set the standard on our first night by opening with the Abbey’s production of The Plough and the Stars and in doing so people were dazzled by Sean O’Casey’s best work performed by Ireland’s national theatre company in a wonderful architectural setting. Since then the scope and diversity of our events and performances has resulted in over 40,000 people crossing our threshold.
Now the Lime Tree Theatre is delighted to present the first programme for the Limerick City of Culture 2014. We feel especially privileged to be the venue selected by Limerick City of Culture to bring the fantastic combined talents of Sadler’s Wells, Russell Maliphant and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg co-production of Still Current in May; a dance performance that will be a major highlight of the year.
On top of that we have some very exciting plans funded by Limerick City of Culture in the autumn, and we look forward to sharing those details with you very soon, stay tuned. In the meantime the spring season will most notably herald the return of Druid with the great Irish classic play, The Colleen Bawn. We are also delighted to be hosting the Irish Chamber Orchestra for the first time, which will show off the venue’s wonderful acoustics.
As the Lime Tree is an integral part of the Mary Immaculate College campus, we are particularly pleased to be in a position to bring a comprehensive programme of performances and workshops for young audiences, curated by Branar – the new Artist in Residence at MIC. This exciting and award-winning theatre company specializes in work for children and young people. Jointly funded by the Arts Council and MIC, the Residency allows us to present performances and workshops every second Saturday afternoon from January to May. Make sure the little ones in your lives know about this!
Other highlights in the spring include the lethal and hilarious comedian Ruby Wax, a very special conversation between Edna O’Brien and Mike Murphy as part of the Kate O’Brien Weekend and the hugely popular singer, Rebecca Storm.
So thanks for your support and we hope our packed programme will capture your imagination and entice you to visit us over the coming season.