The remains of Karl Shiels are carried from church followed by his partner, Laura Honan.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Fair City actor Karl Shiels, who died suddenly last Monday aged just 47, “filled his life and lived it to the full”, his funeral Mass has been told. (...)

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(...)

“Deep concern and dissatisfaction”: the Abbey Theatre’s directors, Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 300 actors, directors, designers, agents and playwrights have complained to the Minister for Culture about the Abbey Theatre’s recently adop(...)

Crumbs from the table: Dinner in Mulberry Street is at Bewley’s Cafe Theatre

THIRST (AND OTHER BITS OF FLANN) Abbey Theatre, Peacock stage, Dublin. Previews Dec 18 Opens Dec 19-Jan 5 9pm (Sat mat 3pm) (New Year’s Eve 8pm) €16/€(...)

Mary Murray: magnetic focus

No Smoke Without Fire Linenhall Theatre, Castlebar, Co Mayo Tuesday June 5th 8pm €16/€14 thelinenhall.com If ever there was an actor y(...)

There are countless versions of Cinderella, stretching back to the earliest reaches of civilisation.

Mr Burns, A post-electric play Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Ends Dec 9 7.30pm €18/€14 projectartscentre.ie Not only has it become considerably easier (...)

Kerri Quinn’s Rita morphs from loud-mouthed innocence into studious intensity,  in sync with Michael James Ford’s understated, rumpled Frank. Photograph: Steffan Hill

Lyric Theatre, Belfast **** Belfast in the early 1980s was a perilous place and time. With random violence on the streets and political negotiation(...)

Epic achievement: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the 1921 film directed by Rex Ingram

On the evening of March 6th, 1921, the auditorium at the Lyric Theatre in New York was full. The newest film from Metro Studios, The Four Horsemen of (...)

Anthony Delaney (Alec) and Ryan McParland (Jerry) in  How Many Miles to Babylon?

How Many Miles to Babylon? Lyric Theatre, Belfast ***There are just two deaths described in Jennifer Johnston’s 1974 novella, set during the outbreak (...)

Michael James Ford and Gerard Lee in Mangan's Last Gasp

Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, Dublin *** Do poets get the biographies they deserve? Or is it bette(...)