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Francis Brennan: 'Liz Nugent’s Skin Deep is a terrific thriller'

Current favourite book I loved Liz Nugent’s Skin Deep. It’s a terrific thriller, and I won’t give the plot away. The way she portrays characters is a(...)

Footlights: Tyrone Guthrie in the early 1960s. Photograph: Hulton-Deutsch/Corbis via Getty

In 2012 the Guardian’s veteran theatre critic Michael Billington named TyroneIn 2012 the Guardian’s veteran theatre critic Michael Billington named Ty(...)

Ella Rose Gavin helping the magician from Martas Magic Show at Hope Fest. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

For a few hours on Wednesday, the island on Killarney Street in Dublin’s north inner city is transformed into the sort of place people who live there (...)

Michael Gambon in the earlier Gate production of Eh Joe. Photograph:  Anthony Woods

The outgoing director of the Gate Theatre, Michael Colgan, has released details of the last elements of his programme. The festivalfeatures work by th(...)

Actor Barry McGovern and his son Sam read the new audio version of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Today is the 100th anniversary of the publication of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. The book follows Stephen Dedalus and his(...)

Danny Erskine, son of Anita Reeves, and Julian Erskine, her husband, carry her coffin into the Mansion House in Dublin for her funeral on Saturday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

While the hundreds of people who gathered in Dublin’s Mansion House on Saturday morning to mourn the passing of celebrated actor Anita Reeves were uni(...)

Anita Reeves as Mrs O’Kelly and Jamine Russell as Moya in The Shaughraun in 2004. Photograph:  Kip Carroll

The Irish stage and screen actress Anita Reeves has died today in Dublin, peacefully, surrounded by her family, following months living with cancer. S(...)

Peter Macon as Othello, Rebecca O’Mara as Desdemona and Marty Rea as Iago in the Abbey’s Othello. Photograph: Pat Redmond

When veteran Abbey director Joe Dowling speaks about his latest production of Othello, you would be forgiven for thinking he was describing the lates(...)

Summerhill resident Peter Wall with fibreglass  lions he  rescued from a local skip and restored. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

On a pillar outside some houses on Summerhill sit two brightly painted fibreglass lions. “I found them thrown out on the roadside and they were in bit(...)

★★★ Where in the world are we? A huge Lion of Saint Mark seal tells us Venice, where Shakespeare’s play begins. Later we see a backdrop of sea when(...)

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