Gate’s new season: Colm Tóibín is photographed by Conor Horgan on the Dublin theatre’s stage. Photograph: Ailbhe O’Donnell

Samuel Beckett and A Christmas Carol – both with strong associations with the Gate Theatre over past decades – will return this year, but in new guise(...)

Jim Lockhart. Photograph: Dave Keegan Photography

Current favourite book Stephen Hawking’s final book, Brief Answers to the Big Questions. He’s great to read; his stuff is so challenging, you have 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(...)

Lynne Parker: “Mischief is a really big part of theatre-making. Once you get pious and restricted you’re not going to have the fluidity that you need.”

Puck descends a staircase, strutting with fresh achievement, and everyone in the rehearsal room lights up. In the middle of the long playing space, w(...)

Flaming Lips at the Big Top  started by releasing massive balloons into the crowd while covering ‘Space Oddity’ in a zorb, which then surfed the crowd.

It’s a warm, damp night in the city, and they’re everywhere. Why are so many people in Galway wandering around wearing red fezzes? Have they taken ove(...)

Stanley Townsend in Incanttata. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Incantata ★★★★ Town Hall Theatre, Galway How does an artist deal with grief? In the case of Incantata, Paul Muldoon’s elegy to his fellow artist and (...)

The Museum of the Moon installation near Lynch’s Castle on Shop Street, Galway.

The run of otherworldy Irish summer weather broke just in time for the start of the Galway International Arts Festival opening, allowing for a soft-da(...)

The festival’s street art and spectacle includes Museum of the Moon, a giant moon featuring detailed Nasa imagery of the lunar surface by artist Luke Jerram, at NUI Galway’s Human Biology Building. Photograph: Carl Milner Photography

The Irish summer festivals are well under way, and one of the biggies, Galway International Arts Festival, kicks off two weeks of action on Monday. Th(...)

Irish-born Stanley Townsend will perform Incantata next month at the Galway Arts Festival. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

“Incantata” means enchanted, spellbound, bewitched, in thrall to, beguiled by. It’s the title of a long poem by Paul Muldoon, which he wrote in memory(...)

Galway International Arts Festival: Stanley Townsend stars in Paul Muldoon’s Incantata

World premieres of Paul Muldoon’s Incantata, two new plays, by Sonya Kelly and Cristin Kehoe, from Druid, and a new theatre installation from Enda Wal(...)

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