Conor McPherson, director and playwright  in New York in 2013. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/New York Times

Conor McPherson, Brian Friel and Enda Walsh are just some of the Irish authors to feature in this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival. The programme has(...)

Revisiting Juno and the Paycock: Joe Dowling  rehearsing Seán O’Casey’s play with cast members at the Guthrie Theater. Photograph: Joan Marcus

Joe Dowling is standing in front of one of the Guthrie Theater’s three stages, in Minneapolis, giving notes to Mark Benninghofen, the American actor w(...)

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 (...)