Magistorium, Dublin’s newest and most exciting entertainment venue, is set to lift the lid on Dublin’s historical -and racy- roots, with Midnight in Nightown.
This Friday 11th of November, the spotlight will be shone on Monto, Dublin’s legendary red light district, on the stage of South Anne Street’s Magistorium, with the aid of the best of Irish theatrical talent.
Monto reached the peak of its decadent glory between the late 19th and early 20th century, and was a favoured haunt of libertines, philanderers and playboys from all walks of life. Literary figures such as James Joyce, who immortalised Monto in Ulysses, and W.B Yeats were not an unfamiliar sight in the area, nor were the hordes of British soldiers stationed at the time in Dublin. The future British monarch, Edward VII, was also known to have paid the area a visit during his youth.
Monto expert Terry Fagan, who was born and bred in the locale, will take the audience on a journey along the now renamed streets, through a combination of comedy, dance, and live music. Stars of the Irish stage, such as Lisa Byrne ,(Alice in Funderland, Abbey Theatre) Lisa Fox (Once, Olympia Theatre) Nichola Mac Evilly ( The Wake, Abbey Theatre), Rex Ryan (The Bug, Viking Theatre) and Tom Moran (The Heart of Europe) will bring history to life, while guests sit down to a sumptuous three course meal from the a la carte menu.
Performances run every Friday until the 23rd of December, with tickets available for €25 for general admission or for €55, which includes a full three course dinner.