Michael Harding as The Bull McCabe. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

** Fifty years later, we’re still digging. The question is: should we hope to discover something new beneath the well-tilled surface of John B (...)

Doing a lot with a little: John Doran plays the ukulele in Romeo and Juliet; he also joins the cast in several other roles. Photographs: Pat Redmond

Stage roles don’t come much smaller than the part of the doctor in A Streetcar Named Desire. For the actor playing him the job is mainly confined t(...)

In 2008 the Abbey received €10 million; next year it will receive just €5.8 million. But the Abbey, delivered from debt in 2005 by a government bailout, has remained financially stable

Earlier this week, when the board of the Abbey Theatre officially began to recruit for a new director, it was hard not to think back to the last chan(...)

Declan Conlon (Judge Brack) and Catherine Walker in the title role in Hedda Gabler

***   Early on in Ibsen’s drama, and now in Mark O’Rowe’s fluid new version for the Abbey, Hedda Gabler is put on the spot – not a pos(...)

Abbey calling: the theatre is “also open to hearing from all interested parties and to receiving joint applications from more than one candidate”

Let the speculation begin. The Abbey Theatre board has officially begun recruiting a new director today to succeed Fiach MacConghail at the end of (...)

Slyly updated: Thomas Ostermeier’s version of Hedda Gabler for the Schaubühne in 2006. Photograph: Arno Declair/Dublin Theatre Festival

Hedda Gabler doesn’t pass the Bechdel test. Yes, it has more than two significant female roles. Yes, two of those female characters talk to each other(...)

The Man in Two Pieces TheatreUpstairs, Dublin ***It is hard enough to say what makes a man, so what hope is there to ever define a showman? That teasi(...)

The Girl Who Believed in Magic Project Arts Centre, Dublin **For her first miracle, in a new performance reportedly inspired by magic, the musician Ju(...)

Artificial intelligence: Alicia Vikander as Ava in Ex_Machina, also starring Domhnall Gleeson

Let’s play a game, a brief intelligence test. Task 1: I have K at my K1, and no other pieces. You have only K at K6 and R at R1. It is your move. Tell(...)

Gary Lydon, Peter Campion, Rosa Mikela and David Mc Savage in Decadent’s production of The Pillowman by Martin Mc Donagh. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A few years ago, the director Andrew Flynn got into his car and hit the road. His Galway-based company had been staging productions at the Town Hal(...)