The Cripple of Inishmaan: Jamie Lee O’Donnell as Slippy Helen and Ian O’Reilly as Bartley. Photograph: Pat Redmond

THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN Gaiety Theatre, Dublin ★★★☆☆ Stories are a volatile currency in Martin McDonagh’s jagged comedy from 1996. On the impossibly(...)

“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(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his friend Tom Murphy about whom Mr Higgins spoke affectionately. Photograph: The Irish Times

Playwright Tom Murphy was a “great vulnerable courageous being” and a “genius that we have lost”, President Michael D Higgins has said. Addressing a (...)

 Eleanor Methven, who won  the special tribute award for 2017, and Emma Jordan, winner of best director, at The Irish Times  theatre awards on  February 25th at the National Concert Hall. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

John Logan’s 2009 play Red starts with a simple question to which there is no obvious answer: “What do you see?” The speaker is Mark Rothko, the famo(...)

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Award were announced at a Gala Ceremony  in the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Sunday.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The big winner at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, presented in association with TileStyle and held on Sunday night at the National Concert (...)

Top of the world: Paul Mescal’s nosebleed trajectory in Irish theatre has certainly singled him out as one to keep an eye on. Photograph: Ste Murray

When Selina Cartmell launched her inaugural season as director of the Gate Theatre last May, the photocall was predictably starry. Flanking Cartmell w(...)

Monica Frawley’s sketches for ‘The Red Shoes’

Perched in the back stalls of the Gate theatre, I am watching a late-morning rehearsal of The Red Shoes, Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale of dance (...)

The Red Shoes entertains the fairytale and still dances away from it. Photograph: Ste Murray  

The Gate Theatre, Dublin ★★★★ In the Gate’s darkly spectacular Christmas show The Red Shoes, a boldly new production tries on an old fairytale for s(...)

Stephanie Dufresne stars in ‘The Red Shoes’. Photograph: Nick-Dastoor

The Red Shoes Gate Theatre, Dublin. 7.30pm (Mat Wed & Sat 2.30pm, Ends Jan 27) €25-€40 gatetheatre.ie What is so entrancing about Hans Christian(...)

Genevieve Hulme-Beaman and Louis Lovett in They Called Her Vivaldi, which is on at Dublin’s Peacock Theatre.

They Called Her Vivaldi Peacock Theatre. 7pm, €14-€18. Ends Dec 23, abbeytheatre.ie Theatre Lovett concludes its recent national tour of this popula(...)

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