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Michael D Higgins and actor Tom Hickey at Liberty Hall, Dublin, November 2005. File photograph: Frank Miller

President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Micheál Martin have paid tribute to actor Tom Hickey, who died at the weekend. From Kildare and born in 19(...)

Claudia Carroll: somehow, by some miracle, might my little play get to see the light of day?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that everyone is struggling through lockdown. But spare a thought for the theatres. Live performance has effect(...)

Drama at Inish: Marion O’Dwyer and Nick Dunning in Cal McCrystal’s production. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

DRAMA AT INISH Abbey Theatre, Dublin ★★★☆☆ Theatre is a subversive force in Lennox Robinson’s 1933 comedy Drama at Inish. It steals into an unremarka(...)

Fionn Foley as Brendan Galileo

The Unmanageable Sisters Abbey Theatre, Dublin. June 14th-August 3rd, 7.30pm abbeytheatre.ie Deirdre Kinahan’s new version of Michel Tremblay’s groun(...)

The Mai: Derbhle Crotty is both tough and tender in what was Marina Carr’s first full-length play

THE MAI Civic Theatre, Tallaght ★ ★ ★ Marina Carr’s first full-length play is perhaps her most conventional. Carr’s work frequently blurs the boundar(...)

The Abbey Theatre described Stephen Swift as a ‘phenomenal actor, beloved friend and respected colleague’

Tributes, affection and respect have flowed after the death this week of Stephen Swift. The actor, who died aged 44 after a long illness, was a regul(...)

The Unmanageable Sisters: Graham McLaren favours the pleasures of kitsch over the ache of nostalgia

★★★ The easiest way to describe Les Belles-soeurs, Michel Tremblay’s groundbreaking piece from 1968, is as a play for voices. In Quebec, where its 15(...)

Monica Frawley’s sketches for ‘The Red Shoes’

Perched in the back stalls of the Gate theatre, I am watching a late-morning rehearsal of The Red Shoes, Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale of dance (...)

The Red Shoes entertains the fairytale and still dances away from it. Photograph: Ste Murray  

The Gate Theatre, Dublin ★★★★ In the Gate’s darkly spectacular Christmas show The Red Shoes, a boldly new production tries on an old fairytale for s(...)

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(...)

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