Blood Brothers – Willy Russell

Twin brothers separated shortly after birth lie reunited in death at both the rise and fall of the curtain of Willy Russell’s musical drama. Who is responsible? There are many suspects: two women who strike a deal to trade  ...

Henry IV (Part I) – William Shakespeare

Playwright Mark O’Rowe’s lively compression of the second part of Shakespeare’s tetralogy of ‘history plays’ detailing the ascension to power of Henry V is the stage equivalent of an action movie. Stripping language and characterization right back in favor  ...

Queen of Spades – Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Based on Alexander Pushkin’s 1833 short story, Tchaikovsky’s penultimate operatic work is a musically idiosyncratic mixture of his recognizable orchestral style with elements of pastiche. Not renowned as a composer of opera, Tchaikovsky had hit a bullseye with a  ...

Andrea Chenier – Umberto Giordano

Giordano’s Andrea Chenier was his fourth opera, first performed at La Scala on 28 March 1896. Seven years earlier his debut work Marina had placed in the top six at the Sonzogno opera competition won by Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.  ...

Conversations on a Homecoming – Tom Murphy

Sandwiched between The Gigli Concert and Bailegangaire, Tom Murphy’s Conversations on a Homecoming was first produced in 1985. Taking place in the West of Ireland in the early 1970s, it is a reflection on the ideals and idealism of  ...

Closing Time – Owen McCafferty

If the rapid-fire, razor-sharp, razzle-dazzle spectacle of Steppenwolf’s production of Glengarry Glen Ross was the highlight of the Dublin Theatre Festival for some, they might have done well to see the unfolding of the desperate, on-the-edge lives of a  ...

Ariel – Marina Carr

Marina Carr’s Ariel is a play which is clearly grappling with several major issues. In attempting to negotiate a space between an Irish ‘classical’ tradition and an ancient Greek one, and in trying to incorporate the not incompatible concerns  ...

The Chastitute – John B. Keane

John Bosco (Mick Lally) is a fifty three year old bachelor living in rural Kerry. He has been consigned to a life of celibacy by a combination of religiously inspired sexual guilt, social ineptitude and plain bad luck. His  ...

Da – Hugh Leonard

Themes of exile and homecoming are explored in Hugh Leonard’s Da. The story revolves around the living memories of Charlie (Se´┐Żn Campion), a grown man who returns home to Ireland after the death of his father (Stephen Brennan) only  ...