Revisiting Juno and the Paycock: Joe Dowling  rehearsing Seán O’Casey’s play with cast members at the Guthrie Theater. Photograph: Joan Marcus

Joe Dowling is standing in front of one of the Guthrie Theater’s three stages, in Minneapolis, giving notes to Mark Benninghofen, the American actor w(...)

Mark O’Halloran (left) and David Ganly in The Shadow of a Gunman

****“It is becoming painfully obvious that there is no peace to be found here,” says Donal Davoren, a poet searching for a quiet place to write.Well, (...)

Doing a lot with a little: John Doran plays the ukulele in Romeo and Juliet; he also joins the cast in several other roles. Photographs: Pat Redmond

Stage roles don’t come much smaller than the part of the doctor in A Streetcar Named Desire. For the actor playing him the job is mainly confined t(...)

Lauren Coe and Fra Fee: ‘Youthful innocence’

***   Whether it is Baz Luhrmann’s 1990s version that sticks in the mind, or Zeffirelli’s from 1968, Romeo and Juliet has been capture(...)

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(...)

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
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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(...)

Muiris Crowley, Conor Madden and Elaine Fox (Valentine). Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

There you are, washed up on a foreign shore, a stranger in a strange land. You have survived a shipwreck and lost close family; you are grief-stricken(...)

Mark O’Halloran with Natalie Radmall- Quirke and Ger Kelly. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Abbey Theatre, Dublin****Five large speakers roll on stage, blaring a barely compatible beat and waves of distortion. Although director Wayne Jordan’s(...)

Mary-Lou McCarthy as Mollser at St Laurence O’Toole Junior Boys’ School, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The sensory details make the biggest impact when Anthony Goulding, a friendly presence in a flat cap, introduces each school audience to (...)

Gavin Quinn. Photograph: Eric Luke

The nominees for best director at this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards don’t mean to sound ungrateful. But none of them are entirely sure (...)