Time for dinner and a spot of opera

THE Dunamaise will once again be presenting Faulty Towers which proved to be one of the most popular shows to have visited the theatre. This time the performance will be taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Roundwood House at the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

THE Dunamaise will once again be presenting Faulty Towers which proved to be one of the most popular shows to have visited the theatre. This time the performance will be taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Roundwood House at the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

The show takes place this Friday April 13 and has already played over 200 shows in Ireland over the last three years. Faulty Towers - the dining experience is a unique event offering the public a chance to find out what it would be like to dine at Fawlty Towers. There is of course the snobbish manic Basil; his domineering wife, Sybil; and their hopeless language-challenged waiter, Manuel. During the evening, the audience can make Manuel understand what it is they want. Asking for an ice bucket ends up with you being presented with a ‘nice bucket’. A simple procedure like opening a bottle of wine can become a huge drama. And, maybe, just maybe, you might get some service, Faulty style, of course.

Everything that can go wrong will. In fact, this can best be described as organised chaos bundled into two hours of laughter, whilst enjoying a three course meal.

Acclaimed both nationally and internationally, the show is now an annual feature at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it plays to capacity audiences twice daily. This interactive comedy dining experience is a must-see for fans of all ages.

In the Dunamaise Theatre itself Saturday April 14 will see the centre host La Traviata – Verdi. One remarkable soprano follows another in another tragic love story, this time one of the great favourites by the master of Italian 19th century opera – Giuseppe Verdi. Natalie Dessay will put on the red dress in Willy Decker’s stunning production, in her first time to appear as Violetta at the Met. Tenor Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Germont, and Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium for what promises to be another great Met experience. It is sung in Italian with English subtitles and the duration is approximately three hours with one interval. Visit www.dunamaise.ie or contact 057 86 63355 for more information or to book tickets.