epa04400631 (FILE) A file pictrue dated 03 March 2006 shows Sir Donald Sinden attending a memorial service in honour of late comedian Ronnie Barker at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain. According to media reports on 14 September Sir Donald Sinden died aged 90 at his home.  EPA/Lindsey Parnaby *** Local Caption *** 00658659

“To hear him in full spate is not unlike being shot between the eyes by the world’s largest plum,” said the journalist John Preston of Donald Sinden, (...)

Donald Sinden: made his name on stage as a Shakespearean actor. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Theatre and film actor Donald Sinden has died at his home, aged 90.Sinden made his name on stage as a Shakespearean actor and also had more than 70 cr(...)

Camille O’Sullivan and Feargal Murray. Photograph: Alan Betson

Camille O’Sullivan is a singer and actor. She became an architect and, after a near-fatal car crash in 1999, a full-time performance artist. She now t(...)

Spiced girl: Helen Mirren at a photocall for her new film The Hundred-Foot Journey in Le Cordon Bleu restaurant in London. Photograph: Ian West/PA

‘I never read my own interviews,” Helen Mirren proclaims with a slight shudder. She pulls herself up. “Oh, I shouldn’t say that to you. Should I? S(...)

 Patsy Byrne playing the role of Nursie in Blackadder II. PhotographL BBC

Veteran actor Patsy Byrne – who achieved small screen fame playing the role of Nursie in Blackadder II – has died aged 80.Denville Hall, a care home (...)

In a word

All’s well? Yes and no. No, being the operative word.In his address to the Royal Shakespeare Company on his State visit to the UK last April, Presiden(...)

Shakespeare was viewed as a mascot for cultural imperialism in early twentieth-century Ireland, and the official celebrations and firework displays seen in other European countries are absent here, but the visit by President Michael D Higgins to Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, did coincide with the celebrations. Photograph: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography
The Irish take on Shakespeare
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  • May 23, 2014, 14:04

With 2014 marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, a series of lectures on the Bard by UCD and the Abbey has proved popular this year. Tw(...)

Members of the Mary McHugh School of Dancing in Coventry wait in anticipation of meeting President Higgins during the final part of his state visit to Britain. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins, sitting in a horse-drawn carriage alongside Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday as it rolled through the streets of Windsor, th(...)

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh bid farewell to President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the end of their official visit at Windsor Castle this morning. Photograph: Getty 1:47

The Queen bid farewell to President Michael D Higgins this morning, drawing to a close a historic four-day state visit to the UK. The p(...)

 The President Micheal D Higgins and his wife Sabina departing for their State visit to Britain at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel today. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has arrived in London for the first ever State visit to Britain by an Irish president. Mr Higgins and his wif(...)