Terrific ensemble piece: Susan McFadden, Oliver Savile, Alicia Beck and Paul Monaghan in  Cats. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

CatsBord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin****Cats is a curious beast; a musical almost entirely devoid of plot. Based on TS Eliot’s verses for children, it(...)

Clare Dunne and Paul McGann in the Abbey Theatre’s Major Barbara. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

‘Don’t fancy that I am disposed to defend my country,” says Isabella Woodward, a key character in George Bernard Shaw’s first novel, Immaturity. “I ha(...)

There is a general consensus in the publishing industry that the future of digital publishing rests on the interactive e-book, which evolved with tabl(...)

Noises Off Noises Off is a play about the theatre, a farce about farce. Photographer: Johan Persson

Noises Off is a play about the theatre, a farce about farce. It follows a company of actors as they mount an ill-fated production of Nothing On, a com(...)

Pride of place: Carol Stennett as Nala (left) and Nicholas Nkuna as Simba in ‘The Lion King’ at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Lion King Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin **** Directed by Julie Taymor, the stage version of the 1994 film ‘The Lion King’ is a stun(...)

The letters pages of this newspaper recently carried a cri de coeur from a bookseller after the publication of Sara Keating’s first ebook colum(...)

Ebooks and book stores

Sir, – Sara Keating suggests that ebooks “might actually be the saviours of the industry” (Weekend Review, March 9th). Maybe for the publ(...)