• Gulliver's Travels - Youth Music Theatre UK - Duke Special - YMT - Youth Theatre
  • Gulliver's Travels - Youth Music Theatre UK - Duke Special - YMT - Youth Theatre

Gulliver's Travels

Thursday, 30 July 2015 - 7:45pm to Saturday, 1 August 2015 - 7:45pm

Creative team:

Composer: Duke Special
Writer: Andrew Doyle
Director: Des Kennedy
Choreographer: Jennifer Rooney 
Musical Director: Tarek Merchant
Design: Alyson Cummins


Gulliver’s Travels returns to Northern Ireland this summer - its place of inspiration - in a spectacular musical adaptation from the creative team behind the West End’s Once The Musical and platinum-selling singer songwriter Duke Special. Voyage through unknown lands with mythical creatures and witness Jonathan Swift’s classic satirical tale magically brought to life on stage. Swift conceived the idea of a 'giant's story' while overlooking Belfast from Cave Hill and subsequently wrote the majority of Gulliver's Travels in Cookstown, County Tyrone.

Follow Lemuel Gulliver on his whirlwind expedition when he finds himself washed ashore after a devastating shipwreck. Captured by the miniature beings of Lilliput and exploited by the giants of Brobdingnag, Gulliver journeys through wild lands encountering new civilisations, experiencing all things weird and wonderful.

Step aboard; the adventure awaits…

The show is written by stand up comedian Andrew Doyle with music from the critically-acclaimed Belfast-born musician Duke Special. Dynamic, musically ambitious & bracingly eccentric, Duke Special has an inimitable style with a sound that is self-confessed “hobo-chic”. He inhabits a world unlike any other - a world filled with vaudeville-esque sensibility, sing-a-longs and addictive melodies. Gulliver's Travels will be directed by Des Kennedy and choreographed by Jennifer Rooney, who both hail from Northern Ireland and who are the Associate Director and Choreographer on the West End smash hit Once The Musical.

**** 'Vocal performances are strong in depth with enough star turns to keep a large cast and wholly engaged audience happy. A robust sense of ensemble lends satisfying shape and sense throughout. In all, an ambitious undertaking realised with considerable success by all involved.' - Musical Theatre Review

Performance dates and times

Thursday, 30 July 2015 - 7:45pm
Friday, 31 July 2015 - 7:45pm
Saturday, 1 August 2015 - 2:30pm
Saturday, 1 August 2015 - 7:45pm


By car

Customers visiting the Lyric Theatre are advised that parking is available along the embankment and in the car park immediately facing Stranmillis College. DOE Roads have advised that parking restrictions in the area will be enforced. 

By bus

The nearest railway station is Botanic Avenue, just 0.9 miles away (17min walk). Heade South on Botanic Ave toward Ireton St. Continue onto College Park E. Turn left into College Green. Continue onto Fitzroy Ave. Turn right onto Carmel St. Turn right towards Stranmillis Embankment. Turn left towards Stranmillis Embankment. Turn right onto Stranmillis Embankment. Slight right onto Ridgeway St. Destination will be on the left. 

By train

The closest bus stop is at the junction of the Stranmillis Rod and Ridgeway Street, just 200m from the front door of the Theatre. The stop is served by the Translink Metro Bus Service 8a. The bus departs from Donegal Square East at the side of the City Hall, just outside the Ulster Bank headquarters. Buses leave every 15 minutes at peak times and the journey takes approximately 15 minutes. 

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