“Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls.” Ulysses, James Joyce. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill
Eat your words
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  • May 15, 2014, 15:22

“I will marry you if you promise not to make me eat eggplant.” Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez “And once I had recognis(...)

Machiavelli: saved from the rack and allowed to retire to a farm near Florence, where he wrote his great book
Do as I say, not as I do

Lorenzo the Magnificent could easily have been the role model for Shakespeare’s Polonius, on the basis of the letter his son, Giovanni, found (...)

A painting believed to be the only authentic image of Shakespeare made during his life. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

They come crawling out again, the Shakespeare conspiracy theorists. The 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth fell sometime this week. (His (...)

Members of the Mary McHugh School of Dancing in Coventry wait in anticipation of meeting President Higgins during the final part of his state visit to Britain. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins, sitting in a horse-drawn carriage alongside Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday as it rolled through the streets of Windsor, th(...)

The skeleton of Richard III in a trench at the Grey Friars excavation site in Leicester. Photograph: Reuters

More than five centuries after he went down fighting, England’s medieval monarch Richard III is in the middle of another battle – this time ove(...)

Best Actress: Lia Williams as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, written by Tennessee Williams, directed by Ethan McSweeny for the Gate Theatre.
Irish Times Theatre Awards

Judges’ Special Award:Anu Productions: To mark their work commemorating the Dublin Lockout, using the city of Dublin as their set, and their reconf(...)

The Lego Movie 3:00
The Lego Movie

Do you remember what you were doing when you first heard about The Lego Movie ? Harrumphing?(...)

Jessie Buckley: ‘I want to be provoked and to be changed, and I also want to change and I want to provoke.’ Photograph: Marc Brenner

Jessie Buckley, who was born in Killarney, sits at a long table in a rehearsal studio south of the Thames, sharing lunch with Jude Law. The atmosphere(...)

Pornography is a bad thing, but it is no simple matter to control or outlaw it. Photograph: AP

David Cameron has just executed a very skilful gambit. Desperate to appease the Daily Mail, keen to improve his dismal standing with female voters, th(...)

If you only read one story about clichés in theatre criticism this year, make it this one! Shortly after seeing Disney’s mega-musical (...)