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(...)

The Mai: Derbhle Crotty is both tough and tender in what was Marina Carr’s first full-length play

THE MAI Civic Theatre, Tallaght ★ ★ ★ Marina Carr’s first full-length play is perhaps her most conventional. Carr’s work frequently blurs the boundar(...)

Back row, Máire Hastings, Stella McCusker and Máire Ní Ghráinne; front row, Helen Roche, Andrew Bennett and Fiona Bell in rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Most Lamentable Comedy and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisbe was in full swing on a recent evening in the Abbey Theatre rehearsal room. It(...)

Gina Moxley (Helena) and Barry McGovern (Demetrius) in  A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Abbey Theatre, Dublin *** Shakespeare isn’t getting any younger. Just last year Romeo and Juliet returned to (...)

Peter Coonan and Susan Davey
Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Philadelphia, Here I Come! Lyric Theatre, Belfast *** Emigration has returned to Ireland with a vengeance, and so it was in 1964, the ye(...)

Girls on tour
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  • May 9, 2013, 07:00

The Factory Girl City Factory, Derry ***More than 30(...)