The Ballyturk Group at The Irish Times Theatre Awards: Clive Welsh, Teho Teardo, John Crumlish, Eamonn Fox, Sophie Flynn, Anne Clarke, Paul Fahy, Stephen Rea, Tom Rohan, Helen Atkinson, Jamie Vartan and Val Sherlock. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times. 3:30

“I’ve known him longer than I’ve known my husband,” said Irish stage, television and film actor Sinéad Cusack of her friend Stephen Rea backstage a(...)

Funny ha ha: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Photograph: Art Streiber/NBC/Getty

Funnily enough, no one knows what makes us laugh. Oh, sure, you know what makes you laugh: a chicken crossing the road. Somebody slipping on a banana (...)

Stephen Fry (57) and the man he recently married, Elliott Spencer (27). Photographs: Niki Nikolova/Filmmagic

Age-gap relationships are and always have been controversial, but if you are limiting the pool you choose a mate from by age, you could be losing o(...)

 Michael Colgan and Doug Hughes: “He’s sort of like a brother.”

Michael Colgan is artistic director of the Gate Theatre, Dublin, and a film and TV producer. He has brought Gate Theatre productions to the the US and(...)

Review: The Price

The PriceGate Theatre, Dublin ****The last play Doug Hughes directed at Dublin’s Gate Theatre was another American work concerned with money, success (...)

Brendan Behan with Jackie Gleason in Gleason’s dressing room in 1960. Photograph: Walter Albertin / Library of Congress

In 1960, shortly after the announcement that his play The Hostage was transferring to Broadway, Brendan Behan was having a drink in a Dublin pub with (...)

American artist Harry Smith in a room at the hotel in 1969. Photograph: Getty Images

‘I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel” goes Leonard Cohen’s song, marking his fondness for the hotel that served as a byword for the altern(...)

A medical examiner’s report found that Philip Seymour Hoffman died of ‘acute mixed drug intoxication’. Photograph: Reutes

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found in his New York apartment on February 2nd with a needle in his arm, died of an accidental overdose (...)

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who has died aged 46, was perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation. Hoffman was found in(...)

The New York City Medical Examiners van backs up to the Pickwick House where the body of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was discovered in his West Village ApartmentPhotograph: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Hollywood stars have paid tribute to Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his apartment with what officials said was a ne(...)