Iron Gustav is the story of one man, but it is also a vivid, atmospheric portrait of Berlin, showing how the war affected its citizens. Photograph: Roger Viollet/Getty Images

Gustav Hackendahl, former soldier and now employer, is a domestic tyrant. He runs his home in much the same way as he directs the daily routine in (...)

The orchestra under David Brophy sprawls through the stalls. The cast roam through stalls, circles, boxes and pit as well as stage

The Rise and Fall of the City of MahagonnyOlympia Theatre, Dublin***Mahagonny, the city of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s imagination, is a city in t(...)

‘We wouldn’t normally have just 12 hours to build something of this size.’ The construction of Mahagonny in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, had to be undertaken at double speed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 2:27

In Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s satirical opera, first performed in 1930, the city of Mahagonny appears instantaneously, as if by black magic. “(...)

Lotte Lenya: nothing else can quite hit the same spot of her voice, and, although you know this, you keep on wanting other performers to generate the same frisson. Photograph: Erich Auerbach/Getty Images

The music of Kurt Weill was something I knew before I knew that I knew it. Who hasn’t heard Mack the Knife? The song may be from an opera, but it has (...)

From left: actor Kevin Shackleton, Sky Arts manager Freya Murray, Maverick TV’s Claire McArdle and actor Liam Carney

How do you market an opera on social media? For Sky Arts, which has funded Rough Magic and the Opera Theatre Company’s production of The Rise and F(...)

Soprano Michelle O’Rourke: has cultivated a back-to-nature vocal loveliness. It’s mesmerising in small doses, but less impressive over longer spans

It has to be a world-record attempt. I’m talking about a new series of concerts, The Irish Canon, promoted by the Association of Irish Composers. The (...)

Rough Magic performers Cormac Lawlor and Sarah Shine at the announcement of the Sky Arts award of €230,000. Photograph: Alan Betson

An old truck, coughing and spluttering its way across America, finally breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Its three occupants – a widow called Leoc(...)

Lynne Parker says the new production is ‘an ideal show to draw in a new audience from every cultural corner’.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Irish theatre company Rough Magic has been awarded funding of €230,000 by digital broadcasting company Sky Ireland to enable a large-scale prod(...)

David Ganly (Mack The knife) and whores in ‘The Threepenny Opera’ at the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Matthew Thompson

In 1928 the world was on the brink of disaster, and so, it seemed, was Bertolt Brecht. For its part, the world seemed oblivious to any approaching cri(...)

‘Taramandal’ by Delhi’s Tadpole Repertory

TODAY The show What better entertainment could you ask for of a Friday evening than athletic Australians throwing each other around a room in a death-(...)