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(...)

Actor Dominic Cooper says he was not expecting to get the part in Mamma Mia! and wasn’t sure if he wanted it anyway. Photograph: Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

Dominic Cooper nearly didn’t try for the first Mamma Mia! film. He was in the middle of shooting something else and reluctantly went along to the audi(...)

Gabriel Byrne and Ralph Fiennes in ‘My Astonishing Self’

My Astonishing Self (RTÉ1, Wednesday, 9.35pm) is a documentary about the many transformations of George Bernard Shaw, began with the long and slender (...)

File image of actor Daniel Day-Lewis posing with his Oscar for best actor for his role in ‘Lincoln’, in Hollywood, California, the US. File photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Sir Daniel Day-Lewis is to retire from acting, it has been announced. The surprising news came in a statement to Variety magazine from his representat(...)

Gavin Spokes in One Man, Two Guvnors

One Man, Two Guvnors Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin ****  It has kept him occupied for close to three centuries, but the hilariously(...)

‘When I go to someone’s house and the toilet seat is left up I get very offended,” says Zoe Saldana. “It means it’s a house where men live. I get i(...)

The Abbey Theatre circa 1930. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Last Saturday, this newspaper published one of the more extraordinary articles about the Abbey Theatre, or indeed any theatre, that I have ever read. (...)