DruidShakespeare: Richard III – Siobhán Cullen with Aaron Monaghan as the king. Photograph: Robbie Jack

DRUIDSHAKESPEARE: RICHARD III Town Hall Theatre, Galway ★ ★ ★ ★ Think of Richard III – a twisted king, in every sense of the word –&nb(...)

Galway International Arts Festival: Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon loomed over Shop Street. Photograph: Andrew Downes/xposure

The local, the national, stretching out. Galway International Arts Festival straddles a number of roles: exposure for some of the best local creative (...)

The Museum of the Moon installation near Lynch’s Castle on Shop Street, Galway.

The run of otherworldy Irish summer weather broke just in time for the start of the Galway International Arts Festival opening, allowing for a soft-da(...)

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(...)

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