Jamie Vartan

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The First Child, by Landmark Productions with the Irish National Opera, is at the Dublin Theatre Festival from October 2nd-9th. Image: Jack Phelan/Landmark Productions

Enda Walsh is trying to describe his latest work without giving away the plot. “The First Child? It’s dark,” he says, which will come as no surprise t(...)

Medicine: Domhnall Gleeson in Enda Walsh’s new play. Photograph: Jess Shurte/Edinburgh International Festival

MEDICINE Black Box Theatre, Galway  ★★★★★ This is a play about enclosure. As with most of Enda Walsh’s work, the audience are confronted with a (...)

Hansel and Gretel: Amelie Metcalfe, Ronan Millar and Raymond Keane in the INO, Theatre Lovett and Abbey Theatre production. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

HANSEL AND GRETEL Abbey Theatre, Dublin ★★★☆☆ The Forest Edge Hotel replaces the Grimm fairy tale’s little house, and the children get lost in the Ha(...)

Irish National Opera is teaming up with Theatre Lovett and the Abbey Theatre for an English-language production of Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Saturday, February 8th Hansel and Gretel Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and on tour irishnationalopera.ie Irish National Opera (INO) is teaming up with Theat(...)

Surprisingly grating listen:  Lisa Dwan in Pale Sister. Photo: Bríd O’Donovan.

Pale Sister ★★☆☆☆ Gate Theatre, Dublin In Sophocles’s version of Antigone, the clash between state power and individual conscience begins over a bod(...)

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(...)

Bluebeard’s Castle: Joshua Bloom as Bluebeard and Paula Murrihy as Judith in Irish National Opera’s production

BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE Gaiety Theatre ★ ★ ★ ★ There is a special amazement with art that hides art. Think of a Bach keyboard piece with two beautifu(...)

Paula Murrihy will play Judith in the upcoming production of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle for the Dublin Theatre Festival

Mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy’s journey from Kerry to the stages of the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Salzburg Festival, not to mention her reg(...)

Cillian Murphy in ‘Grief Is the Thing with Feathers’

Shortly after Grief Is the Thing With Feathers premiered, a crow moved in across the way from Jamie Vartan’s London house. “We could see him drinking (...)

 Cillian Murphy in Enda Walsh’s adaptation of  ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’. Photograph: Colm Hogan

GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS Black Box Theatre, Galway ★★★★☆ At first glance, Max Porter’s debut novel, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, seems a(...)

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