Elsewhere: Michael Gallen’s new opera was sparked by the seizure of Monaghan asylum in 1919. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

ELSEWHERE Abbey Theatre, Dublin ★★★★☆ Michael Gallen’s new opera, Elsewhere, which opened at the Abbey Theatre on Monday, was sparked by an event tha(...)

Ballet national de Marseille

Last year’s Dublin Dance Festival was a quickly assembled online programme created within a few weeks of lockdown, but this year’s performance program(...)

Setting up a shot from Benedict Schlepper-Connolly’s Dust. Photograph:  Kip Carroll

“If I wanted to do this I wouldn’t have started from here.” It’s such an obvious point that nobody has actually yet bothered to make it to me about an(...)

Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

THE FALL OF THE SECOND REPUBLIC Abbey Theatre ★★★☆☆ Michael West’s new play for Corn Exchange and the Abbey Theatre is set in an Ireland paralysed by(...)

Goderdzi Janelidze as Don Quichotte and Olafur Sigurdarson as Sancho in Don Quichotte by Massenet. Photograph: Clive Barda

Orpha Phelan’s Irish National Opera production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola left me with an odd question when I saw it last Saturday. What is a traditi(...)

Griselda: Russell Harcourt as Roberto and Emma Morwood as Costanza in Irish National Opera’s production

GRISELDA Town Hall Theatre, Galway ★★★☆☆ The harrowing story of Griselda was alarmingly popular in 18th-century Italy, spawning more than 30 operas b(...)

English mezzo-soprano Katie Bray plays the title role in Griselda

SATURDAY 12  Griselda Town Hall Theatre, Galway, and on tour It never rains but it pours. Vivaldi has had a centuries-long wait for a performan(...)

Katie Bray is Griselda

FRIDAY 11 RTÉ NSO/Jaime Martín National Concert Hall, Dublin The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s new chief conductor, Jaime Martín, may not have (...)

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(...)

The Magic Flute: Nick Pritchard as Tamino and Anna Devin as Pamina in Irish National Opera’s new production. Photograph: Pat Redmond

The Magic Flute National Opera House, Wexford ★★★★☆ With the lights dimmed but the curtain yet to rise on the opening night of Irish National Opera’s(...)

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