Competition CLOSED: Gnomeo and Juliet

***COMPETITION CLOSED – Congratulations to Peter, Kerrie, Barbara, Cian, Karen, Val, Leann, ilovelife, Gerry Brett, Edward Curtin, Josephine M and Danny*** “Two households, both alike in gnomery, in fair veranda where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break new pottery…” [I just made that up, but I really HOPE that's how this thing plays out]. I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen it yet, but it seems all kinds of charming. Garden gnomes taking on the tale of Romeo and Juliet, ‘ol Shakey’s finest, what’s not to love? Well, I am a tad worried that it will all end in gnomey bloodshed and garden ornaments topping themselves with the garden shears if it’s a reboot in the true sense of the word, but the lovely Red Lemonade’s review, if you haven’t read it yet, suggests that Gnomeo and Juliet is a fine and fun way to pass an hour or … There’s more

The Abbey Theatre Presents…that play

Opening tonight, The Abbey Theatre presents Shakespeare’s psychological thriller, Macbeth. It is one of the darkest and most bloody of the Bard’s plays and this production is in the hands of director Jimmy Fay, who also brought The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, a superb production of Playboy of the Western World and Ages of the Moon to the Abbey Stage. Running until the 15th May, this Irish based version of the Scottish play stars Aidan Kelly and Eileen Walsh in the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Rooted in the Irish landscape at the time of Cromwell, this new production lays bare the darkest side of human nature. We may no longer believe in ghosts and witches but Macbeth has always been one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays because of what it says to us about violence, ambition and morality. I am very excited about seeing it. I’m hoping … There’s more

Devious Theatre: Shakespeare In Bits

Never ones to rest on their laurels or to do one production at a time when they could be doing two, Devious Theatre have announced that they will do a special production as part of the Rockfall Festival. The Rockfall Festival is taking place in Kilkenny over the October Bank Holiday weekend and Devious Theatre have chosen to perform Shakespeare In Bits. They performed Shakespeare In Bits earlier this year at Rothe House as part of the Shakespeare In The House festival in June. Unfortunately I didn’t see it so I can’t tell you how great it probably was This is a new version of the production with some brand new sketches, scenes, cast members and musical interludes.

Dublin Shakespeare Festival

The best kept secret in town. Someone please teach these people how to market their ideas. This week sees the first ever Trinity College Dublin Shakespeare Festival. It runs from Monday 8th June to Sunday 14th June and features performances and workshops based on the work of William Shakespeare taking place all around Dublin. It also runs alongside an extensive community outreach programme  – workshops, performances and talks in primary schools around Dublin. Performed in places such as St. Stephens Green, Trinity College, Merrion Square Park, the Civic Amphitheatre, Liffey Boardwalk, the steps of Custom House and Christchurch Cathedral. With the exception of the headline show, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the shows and excerpts are free. Unfortunately, the festival’s website is nothing short of awkward, so please see the full listing below thanks to Joerg Steegmueller of Dublin Event Guide (I would highly recommend subscribing here to his comprehensive guide … There’s more

We love the Abbey and they love creative comments

Remember our competition for tickets to see Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre? We had two particularly funny and creative comments: Within the Abbey’s walls I ne’er have been, Its beauties unto me unheard, unseen. But if mine name be picked by chance from hat, Then maybe I could go and check it out and get a bit of culture and that like… from Mogueman, and from Ian we had But soft, what chance through firefox window breaks? It is free admittance, and a comment is the the cost. Arise, fair cinemagoer, and kill the celluloid moon, Who is already sick and pale with chickflicks That thou, the Abbey, art far more fair than she. Thanks to David at the Abbey Theatre, both commenters get to see the play tonight. Hope you enjoy it at least as much as Darren did.

Every Why Hath a Wherefore

I am a Shakespeare fan. Yip – I love the Bard and like nothing more than getting my teeth into a new production of his work. The Comedy of Errors is not one I’ve seen often. I remember a TV version with The Who’s Roger Daltry, and I recall enjoying it. But when it came to the Abbey Theatre’s production under director Jason Byrne’s guidance, I was essentially going in with fresh eyes. The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their counterparts, a series of mishaps and unfortunate comic events based on mistaken identities lead to fights, … There’s more