Bush Moukarzel in Dead Centre’s Chekhov’s First Play

Chekhov’s First Play Samuel Beckett Theatre **** The name of this theatre company, Dead Centre, also seems spot-on for their latest production, in whi(...)

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(...)

‘She’s preposterously generous,’ says Paul Howard of Lisa Lambe.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Lisa Lambe is an actor and singer whose career has included playing Nora in ‘A Doll’s House’, touring with Celtic Woman, and playing Sorcha in thre(...)

Jon Kenny as Mr Hardcastle and Caroline Morahan as Miss Hardcastle

Abbey Theatre, Dublin ***   Like any classic worth its salt, Oliver Goldsmith’s 1773 comedy of deception and misunderstanding sti(...)

Rory Nolan as rugby jock Ross O’Carroll-Kelly
Review: Breaking Dad

Gaiety Theatre, Dublin****Whether you’re a fan of the Ross O’Carroll-Kelly books, columns and plays, or the name means nothing to you at all, Paul How(...)

‘It’s the uncertainty of what might happen on any given night that makes writing a comedy for the stage so exhilarating.’ Paul Howard at the stage door of the Gaiety Theatre. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The absurdity of what I do for a living is not lost on me. Mostly, my job involves sitting at a desk for between eight and 10 hours a day, thin(...)

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 (...)

Rathnew’s Nicky Mernagh gets to grips with Baltinglass’s Jason Kennedy during the Wicklow senior football  final at Aughrim. Photograph: Garry O’Neill/Inpho

Rathnew 3-9 Baltinglass1-14A late surge by Rathnew that brought crucial goals by Leighton Glynn and James Stafford saw the men from the village snatch(...)