Il Bravo: nominated for best opera and best costumes. Photograph: Clive Barda/ArenaPal

A stunning, shape-shifting lament with a bravura star performance. A room-spinning take on an unstaged Samuel Beckett novel. A vivid mingling of forgo(...)

Centre stage: The Lost O’Casey, Asking for It, Ruth Negga in Hamlet, Tara Flynn, and Cillian Murphy in Grief is the Thing with Feathers

When the first major shows of the year were a handsomely realised revival of Sive, John B Keane’s rural tragedy of desire and materialism, which packe(...)

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(...)

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