Druid combines representations of raw sorrow, naked nationalism, and raucous humour to honour Gregory’s legacy.

★★★★☆ At Coole, the collision of past and present is delivered through a collection of Augusta Gregory’s neglected works. Druid combines representati(...)

The Cherry Orchard: Derbhle Crotty in Druid’s production of Tom Murphy’s adaptation. Photograph: Robbie Jack

THE CHERRY ORCHARD Black Box Theatre, Galway ★★★☆☆ Tom Murphy’s adaption of The Cherry Orchard has everything that a decent Irish play should have: d(...)

Jo Mangan, curator for the Irish Society for Stage and Screen Designers. Photograph: Martin Maguire

Theatre is a transient art. It exists entirely in the present moment. As the stage curtain falls, its boundaries are closed; the next time it rises, i(...)

None of the eight guests quite know what they’re doing here

Epiphany Town Hall Theatre, Galway ★★★ None of the eight guests quite know what they’re doing here. They all know their host, Morkan – a warm, moith(...)

BEST PRODUCTION Richard III –A Druid Theatre production of Shakespeare’s play, in association with the Abbey Theatre BEST OPERA PRODUCTION Il Bravo –(...)

Aaron Monaghan, Garrett Lombard, John Olohan and Jane Brennan in Druid Theatre’s  Richard III. Photograph:  Robbie Jack

Now is the winter of our discontent made... if not quite glorious summer, perhaps a more agreeably temperate spring. After a cold snap of criticism an(...)

The Country Girls. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

THE COUNTRY GIRLS Abbey Theatre, Dublin ★★☆☆☆ “Oh, my God, where did you get it?” a shocked young nun asks when her poetic and curious charge, Kate, (...)

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(...)

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