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Members of the Theatrical Cavaliers Cricket Club form guard of honour as the remains of actor Pat Laffan are carried out of St Michael’s church following his funeral Mass in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The actor and director Pat Laffan was remembered as a lovable, gruff curmudgeon during his funeral Mass in Dublin on Tuesday. Laffan was a man who co(...)

Nicholas Pound as the Proprietor in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins. Photograph: Agata Stoinska

ASSASSINS  ★★★★ Gate Theatre, Dublin  In the United States of America, anyone can grow up to be president. Everyone else, though, can (...)

Cast member Dan Gordon in Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins”, running at the Gate Theatre from April 12th to June 7th. Photograph: Agata Stoinska

“When I leave the stage I’ll be the most famous man in America,” John Wilkes Booth, one of the lesser lights in a 19th-century acting family, is alleg(...)

“The production suggests everyone is the product of stifling or corrupting forces”

The Chastitute Gaiety Theatre, Dublin ★★ “What I am, is a disaster,” says John Bosco McLaine, by way of introduction. In Stephen Brennan’s warm perfo(...)

Family and members of the Cavaliers Cricket Club at the funeral of Fergus Linehan in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Fergus Linehan’s funeral was an occasion to mourn “but also to give thanks for our gentle, kind, brilliant, generous, erudite husband, Dad, Papa, who (...)

A Month in the Country Gate Theatre, Dublin *** Love is a game with uncertain rules and ruinous consequences in Brian Friel’s delicately amusing and(...)

Michael Harding as The Bull McCabe. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

** Fifty years later, we’re still digging. The question is: should we hope to discover something new beneath the well-tilled surface of John B (...)

Rory Fleck Byrne: a commanding performance. Photograph: Patrick Redmond
Review: The Vortex

The Vortex Gate Theatre, Dublin (...)

Lorna Quinn and Sam O’Mahony in Pride and Prejudice. Photograph: Pat Redmond
Pride and Prejudice

Pride and PrejudiceThe Gate Theatre, Dublin***Jane Austen’s bicentenary is as good a pretext as any for a revival of Pride and Prejudice. Alan Stanfor(...)

The Threepenny Opera Gate Theatre, Dublin ****Nobody gives a better criticism of performance and the law of diminishing returns than Mr Peachum, the p(...)

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