Breathtaking: Marty Rea Richard is like nothing on earth, an ethereal creature who seems to float over the ground in his Japanese robes. This captures exactly the conception of kingship that will doom him in DruidShakespeare

The most obvious thing about Garry Hynes’s extraordinary production of Shakespeare’s Henry plays is that it is not as previously advertised. When the (...)

Derbhle Crotty as Henry IV. Photograph: Matthew Thompson

Mick Lally Theatre, Galway ****There’s nothing quite as beautiful, or as torturous, as the crown of England we see in Druid’s remarkable staging of Sh(...)

Michael Feast and Garrett Lombard in The Caretaker. Photograph: Pat Redmond

The Caretaker Gate Theatre, Dublin ***   If there is a drama in Harold Pinter’s play from 1960, the work that made his name, (...)

Bailegangaire: ‘Nothing could be more entrancing, nor as devastating, as Marie Mullen’s transcendental performance’
Review: Bailegangaire

Bailegangaire Town Hall Theatre, Galway ***** Our first sight of Mommo, the senile matriarch at the absolute centre of Tom Murphy’s ext(...)

Brigit ‘is a sparing and episodic piece, fleshing out a complex family history, but serving far more as a personal statement’
Review: Brigit

Brigit Town Hall Theatre, Galway ****It’s tempting to think that Brigit, a deeply personal new play from Tom Murphy, represents unfinished business fo(...)

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 (...)

Keith McErlean and Rebecca O’Mara

Abbey Theatre, Dublin **** In 1979, when Aristocrats was first produced at the Abbey, Charlie Haughey became taoiseach and Margaret Thatcher was elec(...)

Elizabeth Moynihan, Maeve Fitzgerald and Marty Rea. Photograph: Daragh McDonagh

Gate Theatre, Dublin *** Appearances are deceptive in Osca(...)

Kelly McAuley and Marie Mullen in The Colleen Bawn
The Colleen Bawn

The Colleen BawnBlack Box, Galway****Dion Boucicault’s mastery of stagecraft is easy to admire, but striking the right melodramatic note for his work (...)

Rebecca O'Mara and David Yelland in Mrs Warren's Profession

Mrs Warren’s Profession Gate Theatre, Dublin (...)