This charmingly vintage world becomes swiftly populated with amusingly quirky characters through gleefully imaginative episodes

Peacock Theatre, Dublin ***** Welcome to the town of Triste, a happier place than it sounds. The streets are full of water, being an Italian canal c(...)

Stephanie Dufresne stars in ‘The Red Shoes’. Photograph: Nick-Dastoor

The Red Shoes Gate Theatre, Dublin. 7.30pm (Mat Wed & Sat 2.30pm, Ends Jan 27) €25-€40 gatetheatre.ie What is so entrancing about Hans Christian(...)

Genevieve Hulme-Beaman and Louis Lovett in They Called Her Vivaldi, which is on at Dublin’s Peacock Theatre.

They Called Her Vivaldi Peacock Theatre. 7pm, €14-€18. Ends Dec 23, abbeytheatre.ie Theatre Lovett concludes its recent national tour of this popula(...)

Clare Monnelly, as an aggressively direct friend Mary, Alison Spittle as Angela and  Genevieve Hulme-Beaman as the nicely awkward Brid in Nowhere Fast

To judge from the first episode of Nowhere Fast (RTÉ Two, Monday, 10pm), co-writers Alison Spittle and Simon Mulholland have created a winning comedy (...)

They Called Her Vivaldi

Josephine K and the Algorithms Abbey Theatre, Peacock Stage. Oct 21 8pm €16-€25 abbeytheatre.ie “Someone must have been spreading lies about Josephi(...)

Owen Roe and Charlie Maher in ‘Melt’

Melt Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin  ★★★ “So, what brings you to the end of the world?” asks Owen Rowe’s brusque ecologist, Prof Boylan, recently jo(...)

Derbhle Crotty in Juno and the Paycock at the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Many actors can tell you about the history of their characters, the backstories assembled from clues in the text, educated guesses or creative leaps (...)

 Caoimhe O’Malley Eleanor Methven James Murphy and Genevieve Hulme-Beaman in You Never Can Tell

Abbey Theatre, Dublin ** Where are we? Bernard Shaw’s 1896 comedy suggests an English seaside resort, where a mother and her three children have (...)

The cast of La Reine Claude, the Irish Times theatre project with the Dublin theatre festival (from left)  Kate Stanley Brennan, Declan Conlon and Niamh McCann, who were directed by  Annabelle Comyn. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish Times, in association with Dublin Theatre Festival, devised the Arc, a project that saw 10 playwrights contribute to one play, with each add(...)

Gary Keegan and Feidlim Canon of Broken Talkers. Photograph: Drragh Kane

In the latest instalment to The Arc, our collaborative theatrical project with Dublin Theatre Festival, Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon of Brokentalker(...)

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