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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(...)

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(...)

Karen McCartney and Donal Gallery in The Heiress. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Gate Theatre, Dublin ★★★★ It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. (Or(...)

Lisa Dwyer Hogg and Marty Rea. Photograph: Pat Redmond

The Importance of Being Earnest Gate Theatre, Dublin *** Double lives abound in Oscar Wilde’s peerless comedy. At its centre is a man who is (...)

Jane Brennan in By the Bog of Cats

By the Bog of Cats Abbey Theatre, Dublin ***   Hester Swane is having a bad day. Her lover, Carthage Kilbride, is due to mar(...)

Jon Kenny as Mr Hardcastle and Caroline Morahan as Miss Hardcastle

Abbey Theatre, Dublin ***   Like any classic worth its salt, Oliver Goldsmith’s 1773 comedy of deception and misunderstanding sti(...)

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