Ian Lloyd Anderson (Jack Clitheroe) and Kate Stanley Brennan (Nora Clitheroe) in The Plough and the Stars. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

The Plough and the Stars Abbey Theatre, Dublin *** Asked for his assessment of the French Revolution, 200 years after the event, the Chinese lead(...)

Rosie Redman and the Covey (Joseph Linnane) in a scene from an Abbey Theatre production of Sean O’Casey’s The Plough And The Stars in 1942. Photograph: Haywood Magee/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

They don’t make them like this any more. Sitting at the back of the Abbey’s rehearsal space is what I take to be one of the theatre’s most famed props(...)

 Actor Ian Lloyd Anderson on stage at the Abbey Theatre with Tánaiste Joan Burton and director of the Abbey, Fiach Mac Conghail  at the announcement of the Abbey Theatre’s ‘Waking the Nation’ 2016 Programme. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Abbey will “interrogate rather than celebrate” the legacy of the Easter Rising, its director Senator Fiach Mac Conghail said while announcing a pr(...)

Joshua Jenkins (Christopher) and Stuart Laing (Ed) in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Photograph: Brinkhoffm+Égenberg

There’s a delicate moment in the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a momentary pause during the c(...)

Denis Conway in The Gigli Concert. Photograph: Pat Redmond

JPW King is a mess. Alcoholic, dishevelled, adulterous, fraudulent and far from home, he cuts a pathetic figure as the only practising “dynamatolog(...)

Left to right, Ronan Leahy, Ciaran O'Brien and Phelim Drew in Drum Bell. Photograph:  Julien Behal/PA Wire

Drum Belly Abbey Theatre, Dublin *** Who is the central character of Richard Dormer’s new play for(...)