Marty Rea

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 Rex Ryan in  The Ridleys, at the Peacock Theatre. Photograph:  Ste Murray

It was a dramatic year for theatre, bookended by two moments of crisis. The first played out in the full glare of public attention. The other, which i(...)

The Beacon: Jane Brennan plays a fascinatingly severe visual artist, Beiv. Photograph: Robbie Jack

THE BEACON Town Hall Theatre, Galway ★★★★☆ In Nancy Harris’s archly absorbing new play, co-produced by Druid and the Gate Theatre, an enigmatic and l(...)

Playwright Nancy Harris: Her new play The Beacon opens at the Gate Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

In a home that doubles as an artist’s studio, on an island off the coast of west Cork, a newcomer inspects a recently revealed abstract painting and o(...)

Brian Watkins: The staircase was his own eureka, ‘the predominant image which guided the whole creation of the thing’

Marie Mullen, the acclaimed actor, appears to be literally run off her feet. Calling out instructions, she quickly ascends a three-storey wooden stair(...)

Gate’s new season: Colm Tóibín is photographed by Conor Horgan on the Dublin theatre’s stage. Photograph: Ailbhe O’Donnell

Samuel Beckett and A Christmas Carol – both with strong associations with the Gate Theatre over past decades – will return this year, but in new guise(...)

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie Gate Theatre, Dublin. Until Jun 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) gate-theatre.ie Memory is like quicksand in Tennessee Williams’s The Glas(...)

The Glass Menagerie, directed at the Gate Theatre in Dublin by Tom Cairns

THE GLASS MENAGERIE Gate Theatre, Dublin ★★★☆☆ Memory is like quicksand in The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams’s first success as a playwright, f(...)

Marty Rea and Eileen Walsh in Beginning. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

DUBLIN WILL SHOW YOU HOW The Complex, Dublin. Ends Sat 13 abbeytheatre.ie How does a young woman end up living on the streets? How does a young man d(...)

Beginning, at the Gate Theatre in Dublin: Marty Rea and Eileen Walsh. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

BEGINNING Gate Theatre, Dublin ★★★★★ Among the more poignant micronarratives to emerge in our age are the personal ads known as Missed Connection. Ta(...)

David Eldridge: “I’m trying to define what romance might mean." Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s not a question I tend to ask men I have only just met, especially not at 11 in the morning, but I want to know if David Eldridge is romantic. He (...)

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