Waiting for Godot again – but this time it’s refreshingly different

Waiting For Godot Town Hall Theatre, Galway, Ends Friday March 3rd, 8pm, €22 druid.ie; then Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick (Mar 7-10); An Grian(...)

Tressa (Seana Kerslake) with  Matt (Ryan Donaldson) and Scober MacAdam (Sean McGinley) in King of the Castle. Photograph: Robbie Jack

King of the Castle Gaiety Theatre, Dublin ★★★★ Druid’s revival of Eugene McCabe’s 1964 drama has a deceptively inviting quality, which masks its blea(...)

Set designer Francis O’Connor with his model box in Galway’s Town Hall Theatre as the set is constructed for Druid’s production of King of the Castle. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Francis O’Connor reaches into a black model box, about the size of a domestic oven, and carefully begins to reposition the tiny furniture. The baniste(...)

Eoin Cannon as Frank, Jacinta Whyte as Angela, Marty Maguire as Malachy and Bryan Burroughs in Angela’s Ashes. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Angela’s Ashes: The Musical Bord Gáis Energy Theatre **** The first thing to say about Angela’s Ashes: The Musical is that it sounds so much better t(...)

 Derbhle Crotty: capturing her character’s rich history. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Afterplay Gate Theatre ★★★★ Brian Friel was often described as the Irish Chekhov. In his plays from the 1970s, in particular Living Quarters and Ar(...)

 Smooth-talking and dapper: Declan Conlon. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Yalta Game ★★★★ Gate Theatre, Dublin In a short play commissioned by the Gate, Brian Friel’s The Yalta Game from 2001, inner lives and outward ap(...)

Fiona Bell and Owen Roe in The Father at the Gate Theatre

The Father  ★★★★ The Gate Theatre, Dublin As Florian Zeller’s play begins, in a crisp translation from Christopher Hampton, we find an aging f(...)

Waiting for Godot: directed with vigour and heart by Garry Hynes

Waiting for Godot Mick Lally Theatre, Galway              ★★★★★ “Off we go again,” s(...)

The HMS ‘Queen Mary’ explodes during the Battle of Jutland. Arthur Kidney from Barryroe died when the ship went down. Image: Ohne Angabe/Wikimedia Commons

One hundred years on, two west Cork communities has marked one of its darkest days when six men from the area perished in the Battle of Jutland. Six (...)

Winners (back row): Laurence Kinlan (best supporting actor), Fergus Shiel (best opera), Sarah Bacon (best set design), Francis O’Connor (best costume design), Sarah Lynch (best production), Marty Rea (best actor), Sarah Jane Shiels (best lighting), Derbhle Crotty (best actress), Lian Bell (judges’ special award). Front row: Doreen McKenna (best costume design), Anne Clarke (special tribute award and best opera), Stacey Gregg (best new play), Louise Lowe (audience award) and Owen Boss (audience award). Not in photograph: Jimmy Eadie (best sound), Garry Hynes (best director) and Abigail McGibbon (best supporting actress). Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The best gear and fancy frocks at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards had personality and style – you wouldn’t expect less from a theatre crowd – an(...)

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