Druid director: ‘New writing doesn’t just appear out of nowhere,’ Garry Hynes says. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Druid, the theatre company with an international reputation for its innovative stagings of classics, from Shakespeare to Beckett to Tom Murphy, is ded(...)

The Lyric Theatre in Belfast: ‘We were keen to imbue the new building with the spirit of the old,’ says Mark Carruthers

Belfast’s Lyric Theatre is 50 years old. What began as a personal crusade and grew into an important cultural movement is now one of Ireland’s leading(...)

To Have To Shoot Irishmen by  Lizzie Nunnery runs at the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham from October 2nd to 20th.

As the artistic director of an Off-West End theatre in South London, it’s been in my mind to programme an Irish season for the last five years. I’ve w(...)

 Graham McLaren and Neil Murray,  directors of the Abbey Theatre, hope to fire up the Peacock again, with a new programme of plays. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Abbey Theatre has announced a programme of 20 productions for the Peacock, the National Theatre’s problematic studio space. The venue is describe(...)

Declan Conlon: the actor excels at portraying characters who are less than entirely upstanding

The shabby office of JPW King, the only practising “dynamatologist” in Dublin (and perhaps the world) is once again open for business. It is unlikely (...)

Shaun Dingwall (centre) and Katie McGuinness are competing influences on comic Brian Doherty

Death of a Comedian Lyric Theatre, Belfast *** Early in Owen McCafferty’s new play, co-produced by the Abbey, the Lyric and London’s (...)

Funny ha ha: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Photograph: Art Streiber/NBC/Getty

Funnily enough, no one knows what makes us laugh. Oh, sure, you know what makes you laugh: a chicken crossing the road. Somebody slipping on a banana (...)

Poet Paul Muldoon: “Even at his most vituperative there was a vitality”

There was a strong, though mixed, reaction yesterday to the news of Ian Paisley’s death from the arts community.“Even at his most vituperative there w(...)

Olwen Fouéré in Riverrun. Photograph: Jeremy Abrahams

‘Edinburgh is the worst city in the world if your show is doing badly and it’s the best city in the world if your show is doing well.” These were t(...)

Patrick O’Kane: ‘I find that my perspective on many things is through the prism of being a Belfast man, even though I don’t live there any more.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

As the photographer frames a shot of Patrick O’Kane, sitting still and unsmiling in the Abbey auditorium, he makes a comment that the actor has pro(...)

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