Following the success of its opening production Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioners Inquiry, 1912), the MAC is gearing up for the must-see musical sensation of the year, Sweet Charity, which opens this week at Belfast’s newest arts venue, located in Saint Anne’s Square.

Sweet Charity, a funny, poignant and toe-tapping-tastic show based on the original screenplay by Federico Fellini.  The MAC has teamed up with Bruiser Theatre Company to create this brand new adaptation of the musical that previously had popular runs on Broadway and the West End in recent years.

The MAC co-production with Bruiser Theatre Company, opens on 29th May and is only showing at the MAC.  The story follows the misadventures of the unlucky in love Miss Charity Hope Valentine, who runs her heart like a hotel, ever hopeful that her Prince Charming is just around the corner.

This Tony-award winning musical is given a vivacious makeover by the MAC and Bruiser Theatre’s skilled team of Director, Lisa May, Musical Director, Matthew Reeve and Choreographer, Jennifer Rooney. The all-singing, all-dancing romantic comedy is sure to get viewers joining in with big hits including Hey, Big Spender, The Rhythm of Life and If My Friends Could See Me Now.

Gillian Mitchell, Director of Programmes at the MAC, said:

“The MAC offers something for all ages and interests and we are delighted to offer Sweet Charity as part of our diverse and jam-packed opening programme which is full of the best theatre, music, dance and art. Our 350-seat theatre, Downstairs at the MAC, is ideal for hosting such a fantastic musical spectacle while still keeping an intimate atmosphere for the audience. ‘Sweet Charity’ is a charming feel-good show that is sure to attract those looking for a fun night out with a difference.”

Stephen Beggs, Manager Bruiser Theatre Company said, “We’re all very excited about bringing ‘Sweet Charity’ to the MAC.  It’s an amazing show with a wonderfully talented cast of actor-musicians.  Everything you could want from a night out – the catchiest of tunes, a witty script, lots of laughs, a few tears; and all performed in the hottest new arts venue in Northern Ireland.”

Damian Smyth, Head of Drama & Literature, Arts Council of Northern Ireland said:

“Bruiser’s sensational Sweet Charity and the MAC’s own Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioners Inquiry, 1912) are very different productions and serve to highlight the variety of theatre accessible at this wonderful new venue.  From the serious to the upbeat, there really is something for everyone in the programme over the forthcoming months. Sweet Charity at the MAC will be the place to be over the next few weeks.”

Appealing to the ultimate girls night out, the MAC has teamed up with local style team the Glass Dolls to offer a VIP Pamper package on selected dates. The ‘Spend a Little Time on You’ package  includes premium tickets – the best seats in the house -  along with three treatments at the  Glass Dolls pop-up style station including hair styling, manicures and 60’s style make overs, with a delicious cocktail while you relax during the show.

For those wanting to make a night of it, the MAC has also teamed up with The Merchant Hotel to offer an  overnight stay in the hotel, a delicious cooked breakfast, and VIP tickets to see the  show.

Joanne from the Glass Dolls said: “We are really excited to be a part of this fantastic show. Retro Vintage is huge at the minute and our mission is to ensure everyone gets into the spirit of things by re-creating some fabulous looks. So should you fancy a Broadway beehive or retro revamp we have all the tricks and tools to ensure you are “polished to perfection.”

Tickets for Sweet Charity and details of all packages are available online from www.themaclive.com or by phoning 028 9023 5053.