Kevin Neville, Monica Marin, Luciano Botelho (the Duke), Sarah Ryan and Doreen Curran in Opera Theatre Company’s Rigoletto

National Opera House, WexfordCommercials run on a TV screen at the front of the stage before the opera starts. The setting is a contemporary sports cl(...)

Back row, Máire Hastings, Stella McCusker and Máire Ní Ghráinne; front row, Helen Roche, Andrew Bennett and Fiona Bell in rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Most Lamentable Comedy and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisbe was in full swing on a recent evening in the Abbey Theatre rehearsal room. It(...)

The Ballyturk Group at The Irish Times Theatre Awards: Clive Welsh, Teho Teardo, John Crumlish, Eamonn Fox, Sophie Flynn, Anne Clarke, Paul Fahy, Stephen Rea, Tom Rohan, Helen Atkinson, Jamie Vartan and Val Sherlock. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times. 3:30

“I’ve known him longer than I’ve known my husband,” said Irish stage, television and film actor Sinéad Cusack of her friend Stephen Rea backstage a(...)

Backstage at 24 Hour Plays: stage managers work out lighting and musical cues during tech rehearsals. Photograph: Peter Crawley

Leaving home at 6am on a freezing Sunday earlier this month, after less than an hour of sleep and dressed in a makeshift uniform of black clothing (...)

Gina Moxley (Helena) and Barry McGovern (Demetrius) in  A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Abbey Theatre, Dublin *** Shakespeare isn’t getting any younger. Just last year Romeo and Juliet returned to (...)

Selina Cartmell will have  an opera directorial debut with Rigoletto. Photograph: Anthony Woods

Director Selina Cartmell and playwright Marina Carr are collaborating on a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, which will tour nationwide in April. T(...)

Rachel O’Byrne as Mary Queen of Scots. Photograph: Keith Dixon

A typical day for an acting student at The Lir, the National Academy of Dramatic Art, begins not with a class, but a “call” for a class, usually at(...)

Punk Rock: Rhys Dunlop, Jonah Hauer-King, Ian Toner and Rory Corcoran in Simon Stephens’s play. Photograph: Neil Harrison
Teenage kicks, teenage angst
  • Stage
  • August 2, 2014, 01:00

In the run-up to the release of Good Vibrations, the biopic about Terri Hooley, the record-shop owner who helped shape Belfast’s punk era, the novelis(...)

Shakespeare was viewed as a mascot for cultural imperialism in early twentieth-century Ireland, and the official celebrations and firework displays seen in other European countries are absent here, but the visit by President Michael D Higgins to Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, did coincide with the celebrations. Photograph: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography
The Irish take on Shakespeare
  • Books
  • May 23, 2014, 14:04

With 2014 marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, a series of lectures on the Bard by UCD and the Abbey has proved popular this year. Tw(...)

Owen Roe as Romeo and Olwen Fouéré as Juliet in Siren Productions’ A Tender Thing  by Ben Power at Project Arts Centre. Among the highlights of the lecture programme is a conversation with Selina Cartmell, who directed  Roe in the Abbey’s production of King Lear last year and A Tender Thing at the Project, where  Power reimagined Romeo and Juliet as a couple in their 70s.

A series of free public lectures on Shakespeare will take place next month in conjunction with UCD and the Abbey Theatre. Now in its third year, the 2(...)