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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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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This much I know: Ciara O'Callaghan

The best advice I have ever received is never to argue with a hunch.

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Dublin Will Show You How reminds us of all-too-real isolation

This collaboration between the Abbey and the Complex, an arts venue in Dublin’s Smithfield, began when Vanessa Fielding, of the Complex, initiated the Browbeating Project, in which 100 women from drug-blighted inner-city communities came to share their experiences.

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Edna O'Brien: Country Girls and me

As the stage version of Edna O’Brien’s classic novel tours to Cork and other centres, Marjorie Brennan hears from well-known figures about their experiences of the iconic book.

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First theatre show announced for Galway International Arts Festival

The first theatre show has been announced for this year's Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF), which runs from July 15-18.

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Young Offenders star Chris Walley wins Olivier award

The Cork actor won the award for his work in Martin McDonagh's "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" which ran in the West End last year.

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Lighting up Maeve Binchy’s debut on stage

There is a misunderstanding that actors want to be famous, says Clelia Murphy, who stars in the stage adaptation of Light a Penny Candle, Maeve Binchy’s first novel, published in 1982.

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Galloping off to war: War Horse

A horse and a boy go to war. That’s the premise of Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 children’s bestseller War Horse.

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Dublin Will Show You How: A play inspired by the women of inner city Dublin

Tracy Martin's new play shows some of the human stories behind the crime and drugs statistics of our capital, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Theatre review: The Country Girls at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls lives in the public imagination foremost as one of those banned and burned books, testament to post-independence Ireland’s absurd prudishness, hypocrisy and philistinism.

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A river runs through it: A tale of love in Cork City

Former UCC lecturer Derry Cotter has written Leeside Story, a tale of love in Cork city, says Colette Sheridan.

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Curtains up on theatre festival’s 58th year

To theatre fans and drama groups throughout the country, it’s known as ‘the friendly festival’.

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Meeting over Abbey Theatre dispute seen as 'a positive first step'

A meeting between a group of representative artists and management from the Abbey Theatre in Dublin has been described as "a positive and productive first step".

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A question of taste: Rory Nolan

Rory Nolan is from Co Wicklow. He plays Ross O’Carroll Kelly in the stage show Postcards from the Ledge, with upcoming dates including Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, Feb 5-9; UCH, Limerick, Feb 12-16; and Cork Opera House, Feb 19-23, writes Des O'Driscoll.

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Ordinary lives, special people: Writer and actor Marie Jones

Best known for her comedic yet poignant play, Stones in His Pockets, Belfast writer and sometime actor, Marie Jones, is bringing Fly Me to the Moon to the Everyman, directing this touring production, writes Colette Sheridan.

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Lesley Joseph to reprise role of Miss Hannigan in Annie UK tour

The Birds Of A Feather actress first played the orphanage boss in 1988.

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Paul Whitehouse joins Only Fools And Horses musical in first-look cast photos

The comedian and actor has helped pen the musical version of the much-loved sitcom.

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UK and Ireland tour of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird cancelled

Organisers said the producers of the Broadway play threatened legal action.

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Motown the Musical will have you dancing in the street

The hit stage musical show on the life of Motown founder Berry Gordy is coming to Ireland, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Abbey Theatre management to discuss direction concerns with actor representatives

Management at the Abbey Theatre are to meet with representatives of actors who have raised concerns about the direction of the national theatre.

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The plot thickens as our national theatre faces some serious drama

Theatre is a place where power is distributed very unevenly, writes Gerard Howlin.

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300 sign letter expressing 'deep concern and dissatisfaction' with direction of Abbey Theatre

More than 300 people from the Irish theatre community have signed a letter to the Minister for Culture over how the Abbey Theatre is being run.

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