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(...)

Patrick Lonergan: ‘The collapse of the Celtic Tiger has been met with a blurring of distinctions in our theatre: between devised and scripted work, between adaptations and originals, between the personal and the global, between Ireland and the rest of the world - between the actor, the director, the author and the audience - and between male and female, gay and straight, rich and poor.’ Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

In 2005, Irish theatre had one of its worst ever years. Symbolising a growing crisis in the production of new Irish writing, the Dublin Theatre Festiv(...)

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 (...)

Shaun Dingwall (centre) and Katie McGuinness are competing influences on comic Brian Doherty

Death of a Comedian Lyric Theatre, Belfast *** Early in Owen McCafferty’s new play, co-produced by the Abbey, the Lyric and London’s (...)

Daphne Carroll  during rehearsals for the  play “The Unexpected Death of Jimmy Blizzard”

Daphne Carroll, who has died aged 91, was one half of a famous Irish acting marriage which in its present generation has produced no fewer than five t(...)

 Actor Stephen Brennan and relatives carry the coffin of his mother Daphne Brennan  at her  funeral  at Terenure College Chapel, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former actor Daphne Brennan was described at her funeral as an “extraordinary Dubliner” who was also a great role model. Ms Brennan, née Carroll, died(...)

Actor and comedian Niall Tóibín is to be honoured with the Freedom of Cork this year. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Veteran actor and comedian Niall Tóibín is to be honoured with the Freedom of Cork later this year, after city councillors voted overwhelmingly to bes(...)

Pat McGrath: his Always Going Home is hugely enjoyable but seems unsuited to the programme

1 If you open your heart, do you get a bloody mess? The Theatre Machine Turns You On 4, a mini-festival of short works in progress, is an (...)

A commemorative parade on April 16th, 2006, on O’Connell Street, Dublin, marking the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.   Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Easter Rising was a “world historical event”and not just an Irish affair, a conference has been told. Prof Luke Gibbons of NUI Maynooth said the p(...)