Irish actors on the crisis the West End theatre industry faces

Irish actors on the crisis the West End theatre industry faces

Denise O’Donoghue checks in with several expats affected by the cancellation of shows in Britain

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Hamilton the musical: All you need to know before it hits Disney+

Hamilton the musical: All you need to know before it hits Disney+

In advance of its arrival on the Disney+ service, Marjorie Brennan provides a dummy’s guide to the hugely successful musical Hamilton

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Musicals from Les Mis to Hamilton will not reopen until 2021

Musicals from Les Mis to Hamilton will not reopen until 2021

Sir Cameron Mackintosh blamed ‘continued uncertainty’ over when the Government will completely withdraw social distancing measures.

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How to enjoy the opera from the comfort of your home

How to enjoy the opera from the comfort of your home

From the MET to Cork Opera House, Cathy Desmond selects some of the best streaming options for fans

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Special programme celebrating Olivier Awards to replace cancelled ceremony

Special programme celebrating Olivier Awards to replace cancelled ceremony

The awards show was axed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cork actor breathing life into Shakespeare

Cork actor breathing life into Shakespeare

CORK-BASED actor and theatre company manager Marcus Bale has a favourite Shakespearean lead role to play: Macbeth.

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How, Watt and why of Beckett: Barry McGovern wants people to enjoy the works of the great writer

How, Watt and why of Beckett: Barry McGovern wants people to enjoy the works of the great writer

Barry McGovern tells Marjorie Brennan that people should forget the fuss around weighty interpretations of the great writer's work and just enjoy it instead

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Theatre Review: The Fall of the Second Republic at Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Theatre Review: The Fall of the Second Republic at Abbey Theatre, Dublin

The starting point for Michael West’s new play, in this joint production by Corn Exchange and the Abbey, is an alternative, though highly familiar, 1970s Ireland. You know, elections every few weeks, bad suits, wide ties, and a seedy nexus of politics and property development.

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Cork to welcome classic operatic take on Hansel and Gretel

Cork to welcome classic operatic take on Hansel and Gretel

Louis Lovett returns to his native Cork with the classic operatic take on the story of Hansel and Gretel, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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What I (Don’t) Know About Autism: An uplifting, powerful piece of theatre

What I (Don’t) Know About Autism: An uplifting, powerful piece of theatre

Cork writer and actor Jody O’Neill’s autism story certainly has an interesting twist: she only discovered she was autistic at the age of 39, when her young son was diagnosed.

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Medea: Tragedy from a new perspective

Medea: Tragedy from a new perspective

In Euripedes’ tragedy, Medea’s doomed children are beloved, but nameless, and voiceless.

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Vision of a thriving arts scene

Vision of a thriving arts scene

Cork writer and academic Daniel Corkery described the aisling poem, in his 1924 study The Hidden Ireland, as an “intimate expression of the hidden life of the people among whom it flourished”.

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WATCH: 'He can show you the world': Aladdin proposes to his real life Jasmine onstage

WATCH: 'He can show you the world': Aladdin proposes to his real life Jasmine onstage

Disney is renowned for its romantic storylines- in particular its fairytale proposals.

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Jake Gyllenhaal reveals what prompted West End return after 18 years

Jake Gyllenhaal reveals what prompted West End return after 18 years

The Hollywood star will take to the boards at London’s Savoy Theatre next summer.

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Pantomime: Cracking ensemble put on superb show

Pantomime: Cracking ensemble put on superb show

This once shadowy figure that hovered on the edge of the Darlings’ dreams is keen to bring them to Neverland to meet the Lost Boys (and girls) who are in need of a mother’s love.

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The Lieutenant of Inishmore run at the Gaiety extended due to demand

The Lieutenant of Inishmore run at the Gaiety extended due to demand

Following on from the success of Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan earlier this year, the Gaitey Theatre will present McDonagh's The Lieuenant of Inishmore from January onwards.

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Review: Blood in the Dirt, New Theatre, Dublin

Review: Blood in the Dirt, New Theatre, Dublin

A dark episode from Ireland's emigrant history makes for fine drama in the hands of Rory Gleeson, writes Alan O'Riordan.

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Review: A Christmas Carol, Gate Theatre, Dublin

Review: A Christmas Carol, Gate Theatre, Dublin

REVIEW: This superb adaptation of A Christmas Carol puts a contemporary twist on Dickens' classic tale, writes Alan O'Riordan.

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Playwright depicts bittersweet Waterford hurling team homecoming after All-Ireland final defeat

Playwright depicts bittersweet Waterford hurling team homecoming after All-Ireland final defeat

One Monday evening in September 2017, playwright Jim Nolan stood with 15,000 people on the Quay in Waterford.

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This much I know with writer and performer Joanne Ryan

This much I know with writer and performer Joanne Ryan

From age 6, I was on stage. I started with school plays but it never occurred to me that it would become my job.

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Irene Kelleher’s jilted bride as a social media sensation

Irene Kelleher’s jilted bride as a social media sensation

Irene Kelleher’s play puts a modern twist on Dickens character Miss Havisham, writes Colette Sheridan

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Imaginative staging of the Cinderella story does justice to Rossini's vision

Imaginative staging of the Cinderella story does justice to Rossini's vision

Irish National Opera’s imaginative staging of the Cinderella story does justice to Rossini's vision, writes Cathy Desmond.

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A Question of Taste: Timmy Creed

A Question of Taste: Timmy Creed

Timmy Creed is an actor and writer from Bishopstown in Cork.

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Review: Irish dubbing of Salo not an enjoyable experience. But that's precisely the point

Review: Irish dubbing of Salo not an enjoyable experience. But that's precisely the point

An Irish dubbing of the infamous film Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom, is not an enjoyable experience for the audience. But that's precisely the point, writes Alan O'Riordan.

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Marina Carr's take on Hecuba turns Greek account of the Trojan War on its head

Marina Carr's take on Hecuba turns Greek account of the Trojan War on its head

Marina Carr's take on Hecuba is irreverent and unsettling, writes Alan O'Riordan.

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Choreographer impresses once again at Dublin Theatre Festival following success of Loch na hEala

Choreographer impresses once again at Dublin Theatre Festival following success of Loch na hEala

After thrilling with Loch na hEala, choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan again impresses with MÁM at Dublin Theatre Festival, writes Alan O'Riordan.

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Theatre review: The Playboy of the Western World, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Theatre review: The Playboy of the Western World, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Synge’s play was first staged in an Ireland under British rule. Oonagh Murphy’s intriguing new production reminds us of that fact, by moving the action into Ulster.

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A Question of Taste: Dawn Bradfield

A Question of Taste: Dawn Bradfield

Dawn Bradfield is from Kilmurry, near Macroom, Co Cork, and stars in the stage adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s novel, Asking For It, which returns to the Everyman in Cork tonight and continues until Saturday, October 5. The play then moves to the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin from Oct 9-26.

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Louise O’Neill’s Asking For It set for Birmingham run

Louise O’Neill’s Asking For It set for Birmingham run

It has been confirmed that the powerful drama will see its UK premiere at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

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Review: Beckett’s Room at The Gate, for Dublin Theatre Festival

Review: Beckett’s Room at The Gate, for Dublin Theatre Festival

The theatre of Dead Centre has always been haunted: by the ghosts of Chekhov, Proust, Shakespeare, even, in Hamnet, Shakespeare’s son. So perhaps it’s a logical step that they have now given us a play performed by ghosts, or at least invisible actors.

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Perfect blend of belly laughs and emotion at Angela's Ashes: The Musical

Perfect blend of belly laughs and emotion at Angela's Ashes: The Musical

Angela’s Ashes: The Musical at Cork Opera House brings some belly-laughs to Frank McCourt's tale, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Magic moments from and top tips for Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival

Magic moments from and top tips for Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival

As the Sounds From A Safe Harbour festival hits Cork, Cillian Murphy and the other curators pick their top tips for the weekend ahead, and tell Des O’Driscoll about their magic moments from previous events.

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Music fans drop anchor at Cork’s Safe Harbour

Music fans drop anchor at Cork’s Safe Harbour

The third incarnation of the Sounds From A Safe Harbour festival kicked off in Cork last night, with the city set for six days of music and performances organised by a star-studded panel of curators.

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Opera inspired by Youghal witch casts a spell

Opera inspired by Youghal witch casts a spell

The case of a woman who was accused of witchcraft in Co Cork and prosecuted at a sensational trial in 1661 forms the plot of a new opera by the acclaimed avant-garde composer, Raymond Deane.

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Question of taste: Actor Stephen Dillane on his cultural reference points through the decades

Question of taste: Actor Stephen Dillane on his cultural reference points through the decades

Currently in Cork for a Beckett play, actor Stephen Dillane tells Des O’Driscoll about some of his cultural reference points through the decades.

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Merry in our misery: Audiences love lighthearted moments of Angela's Ashes musical

Merry in our misery: Audiences love lighthearted moments of Angela's Ashes musical

Jacinta Whyte tells Marjorie Brennan how audiences appreciate the lighthearted moments in the musical version of Angela’s Ashes

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Irish twist on Swan Lake reclaims story that existed long before the famous ballet

Irish twist on Swan Lake reclaims story that existed long before the famous ballet

Michael KeeganDolan put an Irish twist on Swan Lake to reclaim a story that existed long before the famous ballet. It comes to Cork for the Safe Harbour festival, writes Alan O’Riordan.

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A novel approach to Beckett

A novel approach to Beckett

The Cork couple behind Gare St Lazare are back with a second instalment of their widely-praised take on the strange and wonderful ‘How It Is’, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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The Hunger: Appeals to God and for pity in this clash of two linguistic worlds

The Hunger: Appeals to God and for pity in this clash of two linguistic worlds

The Hunger is billed as an opera, but its composer, Donnacha Dennehy, prefers to call it a “docu-cantata”.

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A question of taste: Judy Hegarty Lovett

A question of taste: Judy Hegarty Lovett

Judy Hegarty Lovett is from Monkstown in Co Cork, and is co-artistic director of theatre company Gare St Lazare Ireland.

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Three ages of Summer: Pat Kinevane

Three ages of Summer: Pat Kinevane

As a child summertime – from the age of six until I left school – was about picking potatoes down in Cobh.

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Jake Gyllenhaal reveals how he conquered fears to take on one-man play

Jake Gyllenhaal reveals how he conquered fears to take on one-man play

The actor plays the role of Abe in the second half of Sea Wall/A Life on Broadway.

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Play explores the real-life experiences of Cork’s dockers

Play explores the real-life experiences of Cork’s dockers

Marion Wyatt’s new play recalls the highs and lows of a profession that has all but vanished on Leeside, writes Colette Sheridan.

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CCCahoots comedian to debut solo show at Dublin Fringe Festival

CCCahoots comedian to debut solo show at Dublin Fringe Festival

CCCahoots are one of the most popular comedy acts in Ireland at the moment.

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West End theatre to be renamed after Stephen Sondheim

West End theatre to be renamed after Stephen Sondheim

The Academy Award-winner will become the first living artist to have a theatre named in his honour both in the West End and on Broadway.

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A Question of Taste with Cliona Maher

A Question of Taste with Cliona Maher

Cliona Maher recently moved home from France in recent years, and is the new artistic director of Clonmel Junction Arts Festival, which runs in the Co Tipperary town from July 1-7.

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12 hour charity 'Riverdanceathon' begins outside the Gaiety Theatre

12 hour charity 'Riverdanceathon' begins outside the Gaiety Theatre

A 12-hour 'Riverdanceathon' is underway in front of the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.

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Review: Flannery premiere, Evening Train, The Everyman

Review: Flannery premiere, Evening Train, The Everyman

As the musical genre morphs into something exciting and unpredictable, thanks to inventive productions such as Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen and Hadestown, it is clear there is still plenty of room for experimentation within the form.

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Rental crisis at heart of Ray Scannell's new play

Rental crisis at heart of Ray Scannell's new play

Ray Scannell was inspired by his own tribulations in the rental sector to write a play about a man who moves back in with his parents, says Colette Sheridan.

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Review: Opera, Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Lismore, Waterford

Review: Opera, Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Lismore, Waterford

Blackwater Valley Opera’s centrepiece in its tenth year is Donizetti’s frothy comedy, Don Pasquale, a cautionary tale about a foolish old man who attempts to thwart the course of true love and gets his comeuppance.

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Celebrated playwright Enda Walsh selects his cultural touchstones

Celebrated playwright Enda Walsh selects his cultural touchstones

From the Three Stooges and The Smiths, to opera that literally made him sick, Enda Walsh tells Des O'Driscoll about some of his cultural touchstones.

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Zoe Wanamaker to star in new play about first ladies

Zoe Wanamaker to star in new play about first ladies

Two Ladies, at London’s Bridge Theatre, will also star Zrinka Cvitesic.

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We’ll meet again: Sunday Songbook to feature tunes of Vera Lynn

We’ll meet again: Sunday Songbook to feature tunes of Vera Lynn

The next Sunday Songbook singalong show at the Everyman features the tunes of Vera Lynn, writes Cathy Desmond.

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Third act: 75-year-old strikes a high note on stage

Third act: 75-year-old strikes a high note on stage

Songwriter, actress, and singer Lua McIlraith takes a riotous look at ageing in her one-woman show ‘Growing Old (Dis)Gracefully’, says Margaret Jennings.

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‘Furniture’ play is couched in relatable language

‘Furniture’ play is couched in relatable language

The last Sonya Kelly play to visit Cork was How To Keep An Alien, which dealt with her fight to keep her Australian girlfriend Kate in Ireland.

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Review: Theatre, Ulster American

Review: Theatre, Ulster American

“Is it ever OK to rape someone?” asks Jay Conway, the scenery-chewing Irish-American Oscar-winner about to take the lead in a West End production of the new play by hot young Irish playwright Ruth Davenport.

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