Mercier is a Tony-nominated composer (for The Testament of Mary) who wears his creative endeavours lightly. Photograph: Maurice Gunnin

Capturing the ephemeral and melding disparate musical pieces to create one coherent whole: that was the task which Mel Mercier set himself two years a(...)

Front Row on TV: Nikki Bedi, Giles Coren and Amol Rajan. Photograph: BBC

Do you find the theatre stressful? Do you resent having to wait for the interval? Does the 7.30pm curtain interfere with your children’s bathtime? Is (...)

Glenda Jackson as King Lear and Rhys Ifans as the Fool in  King Lear  at the Old Vic Theatre. Photograph: Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty Images

English reserve is not what it used to be, except perhaps in the London theatre, where the applause tends to be scanter and more short-lived than in (...)

Fluid theatre: the cast of Sacrifice at Easter on site at Elizabeth Fort (from left): Brendan Conroy, Joan Sheehy, Rhys Dunlop, Esosa Ighodaro, Lucianne McEvoy, Dominic MacHale and Jamie Beamish. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

“To strengthen this town of Cork I have been of late casting up certain earthworks, but that your Lordship may know that I have a care of her Majies (...)

Meditating on mortality: Klaus Maria Brandauer in Krapp’s Last Tape. Photographs: Das Letzte Band

There are three events that Sean Doran recalls, over the course of a varied international career as an artistic director, when he thought he had fi(...)

Nominated: Fiona Shaw, Colm Tóibín and Deborah Warner, with Pinhead, a vulture that appears in The Testament of Mary, which is up for the best-play Tony. Photograph: Joshua Bright/The New York Times

Some day, anthropologists from New Guinea will arrive to study what must be the world’s most peculiar cultural institution: the Broadway theatr(...)

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Endgame The Factory Performance Space, Sligo *** Hamm’s great nightmare, shared with his servant, Clov, has become true: they’re begin(...)