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The Royal National Theatre in London: “A national theatre isn’t just an organisation that puts on plays. It is also a symbol.” Photograph: Scott E Barbour/Getty

They had Richard Eyre on the radio last week. BBC Radio 4’s PM programme brought in the former artistic director of the National Theatre in London to (...)

“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(...)

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan, RIAM director Deborah Kelleher, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and (front row) Cormac Mac Canna (10), Yikai Zhao (7), Sarah Brazil (10) and Charlotte Croke (11) during Thursday’s announcement. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Royal Irish Academy of Music will almost double student numbers after a €20 million transformation of its Dublin campus on Westland Row, to make I(...)

Garech Browne and Anthony Palliser at Luggala, Co Wicklow.

The first time I visited Anthony Palliser’s Paris home, back in 2007, I found the poets Derek Mahon and John Montague in the Anglo-Belgian painter’s s(...)

Jeremy Irons: “Actors were classed as rogues and vagabonds . . . I liked acting not because I liked acting, but because I liked the life.” Photograph: Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Jeremy Irons leans roguishly out the window of one of London’s swishest hotels and drags on his cigarillo. Aged 69, he’s the best-preserved 51-year-ol(...)

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker speaks in the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, France. Photograph: EBS via AP

Jean-Claude Juncker blew a gasket in the European Parliament on Tuesday when hardly any MEPs turned up for a session reviewing Malta’s EU presidency. (...)

Dublin Theatre Festival director Willie White and Oberon, played by Harry Jardin from the cast of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, at the launch of the festival, which runs from September 29th to October 16th. Photograph: Eric Luke

The 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival opens this evening with productions including an irreverent take on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (...)

The Gore-Booth sisters Constance and Eva posing for a Drumcliffe Creamery advertisement c.1895. Photograph: Sligo County Library.

So is Romantic Ireland dead and gone? As the last embers of Yeats 150th birthday die, it seems as good a time as any to interrogate a poetic cliche. (...)

Sell-out crowds who wanted to see  Tom Vaughan-Lawlor of ‘Love/Hate’ contributed to rise in profits

Sell-out crowds who wanted to see Love/Hate’s Tom Vaughan-Lawlor put on a stellar performance last year at the Dublin Theatre Festival contributed to (...)

Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, starring Michael Fassbender as an eccentric musician who wears a huge false head at all times. The movie has picked up nine Ifta nominations

Two very different films concerning troubled men have topped the nominations for this year’s Irish Film and Television Awards (Ifta). Lenny Abr(...)

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