End of an era: Jimmy O’Dea points to the audience as the final curtain falls at the Theatre Royal in Dublin, in 1962. Photograph: Gordon Standing

Video may have killed the radio star, and streaming may or may not be making cinemas change their tune – see the gorgeous-looking new Stella Theatre i(...)

Peter Hall: the late director at the National Theatre  in London in March 1976, just before its first public performance. Photograph: Dennis Oulds/Central/Getty

Peter Reginald Frederick Hall Born: November 22nd, 1930 Died: September 11th, 2017 Peter Hall, who created the Royal Shakespeare Company at the age o(...)

Rooney Mara at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills in February. Photograph: by JB Lacroix.Wireimage

By her own admission, Rooney Mara has always been a rather serious young woman. As a youngster, between devouring the works of the Brontë sisters, she(...)

Carson McCullers inherited an ancestral connection with Ireland that she would grow up to romanticise

Born in the US state of Georgia, 100 years ago tomorrow, the writer Carson McCullers inherited an ancestral connection with Ireland that she would gro(...)

Millenials: Pensions is a boring topic - at least to anyone under 40. At 50 the topic becomes mildly interesting and at 60 it is riveting.

As the great American playwright Tennessee Williams once said “You can be young without money but you can’t be old without it.” Pensions is a boring (...)

Ivo van Hove. Photograph: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

When the Belgian director Ivo van Hove occasionally hosts an acting workshop, he asks every performer to tell him the same words: “I love you.” By an(...)

Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin *** The Confederate Daughters Society has come to a critical juncture in its history: fresh committee elections at a (...)

Former deputy editor of The Irish Times James “Jim” Downey  at his home in Monkstown, Co Dublin, in October 2009. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

James Downey had journalism and politics in his blood, but last Wednesday he decided he could wait no longer for a government to be formed, mourners a(...)

Rosie Redman and the Covey (Joseph Linnane) in a scene from an Abbey Theatre production of Sean O’Casey’s The Plough And The Stars in 1942. Photograph: Haywood Magee/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

They don’t make them like this any more. Sitting at the back of the Abbey’s rehearsal space is what I take to be one of the theatre’s most famed props(...)

Brian Friel at his front door. Photograph: Bobbie Hanvey

My introduction to Brian Friel’s work came in 1991, at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, when I was taken for my 14th birthday to see Dancing at Lughnasa. (...)

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