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A scene from Pan Pan Theatre’s production of  Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall at the Abbey Theatre in 2016. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons

As part of its “Global Ireland” programme, the Government last week announced its intention to promote Irish arts and culture to “new audiences across(...)

Graham McLaren and Neil Murray may have tipped the balance too suddenly and too far. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A little over a week ago, I was invited to sign the “Letter of Concern” about the Abbey Theatre. I declined to do so. While some of the statistics in (...)

Abbey Theatre: Graham McLaren and Neil Murray took over in January 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Abbey Theatre has said it will ensure the actors employed by its co-producers are paid at the appropriate Abbey rate of pay. It also says it wil(...)

 Robert Ballagh:  his assertion that “practically every national cultural institution is being managed by an outsider” is “incorrect”, said a spokesperson for Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for the Irish Times

The Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan, has said she “very much regrets” the nationality of the directors of the Abbey Theatre being highlighted in(...)

The Abbey Theatre Photograph:  Ros Kavanagh

The Abbey Theatre has rowed back on its claim this week that there was an accumulated deficit of €1.4 million at the national theatre when the current(...)

Graham McLaren and Neil Murray, the directors of the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Throughout its long history the Abbey Theatre has seldom been without controversy of some kind. Yet to have more than 300 Irish theatre practitioners (...)

Abbey controversy: Graham McLaren and Neil Murray, its joint directors, at the theatre just before they took over, in January 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What’s all the drama at the Abbey Theatre? The proverbial manure hit the fan on Monday when a hefty letter landed on the desk of Minister for Culture (...)

“Deep concern and dissatisfaction”: the Abbey Theatre’s directors, Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 300 actors, directors, designers, agents and playwrights have complained to the Minister for Culture about the Abbey Theatre’s recently adop(...)

 Poet Thomas Kinsella  was honoured with the UCD Ulysses Medal in 2008 and was recently given an honorary doctorate by Trinity College Dublin   for his contribution to Irish literature

Poet Thomas Kinsella described the royalties he received for his work as “comic” and sent then taoiseach Charles Haughey a royalty statement for the p(...)

Members of the Madrigallery Chamber Choir rehearsing ahead of the premiere of a commissioned choral works, Hospital Voices, in the chapel at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) on Thursday, December 6th.  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Ireland’s longest running arts and health organisation, the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) celebrates 25 years with the premiere of a commissione(...)

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