Conor McPherson, director and playwright  in New York in 2013. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/New York Times

Conor McPherson, Brian Friel and Enda Walsh are just some of the Irish authors to feature in this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival. The programme has(...)

Declan Conlon (Judge Brack) and Catherine Walker in the title role in Hedda Gabler

***   Early on in Ibsen’s drama, and now in Mark O’Rowe’s fluid new version for the Abbey, Hedda Gabler is put on the spot – not a pos(...)

The one-act play offers a double role to Kate Stanley Brennan as both Shannon and her delinquent son
Theatre review: Witness

Witness Everyman Theatre, Cork ***   The four people who know Shannon’s mobile telephone number are her son, her employer, h(...)

Tamed: Rebecca O’Mara as Isabella and Tom Canton as Heathcliff in the Gate’s adaptation of Wuthering Heights
Review: Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights  Gate Theatre  *** It is a classic dilemma. Can you indulge the passion of those unbridled years, when a rough (...)

Kate Stanley Brennan and Tom Canton as Catherine and Heathcliff in rehearsal for Wuthering Heights. Photograph: Daragh McDonagh

They sweep in from the Yorkshire moors together, Catherine and Heathcliff, both a little exhausted and a little exhilarated, but seeming more at ea(...)

Top, from left, director Annabelle Comyn, and playwrights Tom Murphy, Deirdre Kinahan and Michael West.  Bottom, from left, Bush Moukarzel, playwrights Sonya Kelly, Enda Walsh and Genevieve Hulme-Beaman

Late in September, not long before the Dublin Theatre Festival began, the festival approached The Irish Times to discuss a collaboration. The idea (...)

The cast of La Reine Claude, the Irish Times theatre project with the Dublin theatre festival (from left)  Kate Stanley Brennan, Declan Conlon and Niamh McCann, who were directed by  Annabelle Comyn. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish Times, in association with Dublin Theatre Festival, devised the Arc, a project that saw 10 playwrights contribute to one play, with each add(...)

Gary Keegan and Feidlim Canon of Broken Talkers. Photograph: Drragh Kane

In the latest instalment to The Arc, our collaborative theatrical project with Dublin Theatre Festival, Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon of Brokentalker(...)

Pianist Conor Linehan, director Jimmy Fay and choreographer Colin Dunne take a fresh look at the 1913 Lockout in a new production at the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s easy to be sentimental – or cynical – about such concepts as solidarity and brotherhood. It’s not so easy to bring them to life. The Abbey Theatr(...)

The Risen People: a huge degree of talent put to the service of a bad idea. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh
The Risen People

The Risen PeopleAbbey Theatre, Dublin**Memorials, to paraphrase Allen Ginsberg, are for old bums to sit on. The idea of commemorating the 1913 Lockout(...)

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