Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing now playing at Smock Alley, Dublin

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Arclight Drama Studio

29 May – 2 Jun | 8PM | Boys’ School

Weaving wit, romance and comedy, Much Ado About Nothing is a whirlwind race to the finish line of “happily ever after”.

It is said that love conquers all, but not without a few battles along the way! Arclight Drama Studio have had a wonderful relationship with Shakespeare and have previously performed acclaimed productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth and As You Like It.

They are delighted to bring one of the bard’s most enduring comedies to the Boys’ School stage at Smock Alley.

Running Time : 90mins + Interval

WRITTEN BY: William Shakespeare
DIRECTED BY: Paul Cullen
LIGHTING DESIGN BY: Brian Nutley
COSTUME DESIGN BY: Ciara Phelan
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Ellen Barnes
WARDROBE: Sia McManus
ORIGINAL MUSIC: Darragh Cullen

CAST: Raven Aflakete, Bruna Allen, Ellen Barnes, Laura Bracken, Eoghan Byrne, Mark Byrne, Ally Courtney, Darragh Cullen, Elaine Cullen, Eve Cullen, Paul Cullen, Ronan Cullen, Sarah Farrell, Rachel Fennell, Martha McKinney Perry, Coley McManus, Alan Nolan, Chloe O’Hanlon, Aoife O’Rourke, Ciara Phelan, Karl Timmins


Founded in 1992, Arclight have produced more than 60 plays in Ireland and have also performed internationally. This is their fourth time performing in Smock Alley after previously being here in 2013, 2016 and 2017 with their acclaimed productions of Macbeth, As You Like It and Our Town.

Tickets available at the Smock Alley website.

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TV: King Lear on BBC2 – Monday 28th May

BBC2 will broadcast King Lear with an all-star cast on Monday 28th May 2018. Directed by Richard Eyre, Sir Anthony Hopkins stars as the titular monarch with Emma Thompson as Goneril, Emily Watson as Regan, and Florence Pugh as Cordelia.

Other key players include Jim Broadbent as Gloucester, Christopher Eccleston as Oswald, John Macmillan as the nefarious Edmund, and Irish actor Andrew Scott as Edgar. A co-production between Amazon and BBC, this film is set in an alternative 21st century Britain and is directed by Richard Eyre (The Hollow Crown).

For more, see the BBC website here.

The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane at the Abbey Theatre now

Abbey Theatre

Pan Pan Theatre

23 – 26 May 2018

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In Pan Pan’s purgatorial presentation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, you the audience are faced with a choice: who is going to be, or not to be, Hamlet?

Actors compete to play the title role but as we enter the graveyard world of this icon of individualism can anyone escape playing the Dane? Aren’t we all the main part?

Highly innovative and visually breathtaking, this is an audacious and irreverent riff on Hamlet that does not so much update or deconstruct the play as explode it. Playing fast and loose with our familiarity and expectations, the onstage Director rations out Shakespeare’s text, knowingly excavating its layers in a series of theatrical devices and conceits that focuses the large cast, and the audience, on the existential plight of its characters.

Even the stage is a Hall of Mirrors and the play-within-a-play, enacted by a troupe of Dublin Youth Theatre members, is Hamlet itself.

Dates: 23 – 26 May
On the Abbey Stage

Times: Wed – Sat 7.30pm, Matinee Sat 2pm

Tickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €30

Running Time: 2 hours including an interval

Shakespeare and Neuroscience, Trinity Long Room Hub, 24 May 2018

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24 May 2018 | 16:00 – 18:00 

Trinity Long Room Hub

Shakespeare & Neuroscience

Public lecture by Professor Amy Cook whose book Shakespearean Neuroplay uses Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a test subject and cognitive linguistic theory of conceptual blending as a tool, Cook unravels the ‘mirror held up to nature’ at the center of Shakespeare’s play and provides a methodology for applying cognitive science to the study of drama.  (Registration required)

Further information and registration

Shakespeare’s Fourth Folio at Maynooth University Library

MU Library Treasures

Barbara McCormack, Special Collections Librarian

Shakespeare Portrait of William Shakespeare from the ‘Fourth Folio’

Shakespeare’s Fourth Folio, printed in 1685, will be on display outside the Special Collections Reading Room in the John Paul II Library during May 2018.

The fourth edition of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, more commonly known as the Fourth Folio, was printed for Herringman, Brewster and Bentley ‘at the Anchor in the New Exchange, the Crane in St. Paul’s Church-Yard, and in Russell-Street Covent-Garden’ in the year 1685. The Fourth Folio was printed just twenty-two years after the printing of the Third Folio, many copies of which were destroyed during the Great Fire of London in 1666. The text features the engraved portrait of Shakespeare by Martin Droedshout which appears opposite the title page. It also includes the original dedication to William Earl of Pembroke and his brother Philip E. of Montgomery by compilers of…

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The Early History of Printing and Philanthropy in Cork – The River-side

The River-side welcomes Garret Cahill’s guest post on the early history of printing and philanthropy in Cork. 2018 marks European Year of Cultural Heritage and, relatedly, the Jubilee of Johannes Gutenberg (c.1440-1468), the father of European printing, who died 550 … Continue reading →

Source: The Early History of Printing and Philanthropy in Cork – The River-side