John Laurie (Private Frazer) and Arthur Lowe (Captain Mainwaring) during an episode of  ‘Dad’s Army’. Photograph: McCarthy/Getty Images

To explore the history of Dad’s Army, you have to enter a near-military environment. Speed bumps, vehicle checks and CCTV impede the route to the buil(...)

Footlights: Tyrone Guthrie in the early 1960s. Photograph: Hulton-Deutsch/Corbis via Getty

In 2012 the Guardian’s veteran theatre critic Michael Billington named TyroneIn 2012 the Guardian’s veteran theatre critic Michael Billington named Ty(...)

Sculptor Donnacha Cahill’s giant pop-up audio visual sculpture, The Gramophone,  at the market outside St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church  as part of Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

1. Name-checking Galway’s designation as Capital of Culture works every time. ]Elvis Costello is on stage at the Big Top tent on Friday, the night (...)

Where are the women?: Queen Maeve in the woodcut that WB Yeats commissioned from Elinor Monsell for what became the Abbey Theatre. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

In the foyer of the Abbey Theatre a small plaque commemorates the staff and company members who participated in the 1916 Rising. Of the seven names(...)

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