Ollie West in Dead Centre’s Hamnet.  Photograph:  Gianmarco Bresadola

Hamnet Peacock Theatre, Dublin ★★★★★ Who haunted Shakespeare when he wrote Hamlet? A play so steeped in death, full of demanding fathers, hapless son(...)

Danny Erskine, son of Anita Reeves, and Julian Erskine, her husband, carry her coffin into the Mansion House in Dublin for her funeral on Saturday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

While the hundreds of people who gathered in Dublin’s Mansion House on Saturday morning to mourn the passing of celebrated actor Anita Reeves were uni(...)

Edna O’Brien with director John McColgan, who presented her with a framed portrait before the tribute performance for her at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin last night. Photographs: Dave Meehan

A happy gathering of the great and the good of contemporary Irish culture assembled at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin last night to pay tribute to the (...)

 Caoimhe O’Malley Eleanor Methven James Murphy and Genevieve Hulme-Beaman in You Never Can Tell

Abbey Theatre, Dublin ** Where are we? Bernard Shaw’s 1896 comedy suggests an English seaside resort, where a mother and her three children have (...)

In 1985, Paul Simon broke the cultural boycott of Apartheid-era South Africa to make Gracelands, much to the anger of many, including Steve Van Zandt.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

It’s the sort of question that might come up at a particularly rarefied pub quiz (which, in its own way, sounds like something Hieronymus Bosch mig(...)

John Mahoney and Penny Slusher in Chapatti

Dance of the Lobsters. Chapatti. Hallali . . . Why does so much of the programme for this year’s Galway International Festival sound so delicious? (...)

Pop Art pioneer: one of the images from Eduardo Paolozzi’s ‘General Dynamic FUN’ collection

Patrick O’Reilly is never one to shirk a challenge. In his exhibition Prelude, the sculptor takes on Tristan and Isolde, Wagner’s groundbreaking opera(...)

Bleak vision: Frank McGuinness. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Some time ago, as Frank McGuinness toiled to bring a long-gestating play to fruition, he decided that some research might help. As his story concerned(...)