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Chess with Sam Collins

Chess with Sam Collins

Handel’s bittersweet opera gets an Irish makeover

Handel’s bittersweet opera gets an Irish makeover

"Handel never lets you down," says director Tom Creed

Sharon Shannon: Tradition and roots

Sharon Shannon: Tradition and roots

With the release of her tenth album, which takes inspiration from African music, and a vegan venture to promote, musician Sharon Shannon’s world is in harmony, writes Nadine O’Regan

Breathing fresh life into the enduring Brontë family saga

Breathing fresh life into the enduring Brontë family saga

Illustrated Theatre is to be commended for the ambition of its production, but the execution has yet to reach its full potential

Albums of the week

Albums of the week

Paul Verhoeven is back with a bang

Paul Verhoeven is back with a bang

The film is bracingly honest, devilishly lurid and black as ink

Stanley Tucci: A big believer in failure

Stanley Tucci: A big believer in failure

After 35 years in the business, Tucci is still an actor in a hurry

TV Review: Sifting through the remains of the truth

TV Review: Sifting through the remains of the truth

Sometimes, it seems the social history of the Irish state is a series of inescapable nightmares

Previews of the week

Previews of the week

Chess with Sam Collins

Chess with Sam Collins

Calin Gheorghiu v Sam Collins

Classical Notes: Collins strikes a romantic note for his 40th birthday

Classical Notes: Collins strikes a romantic note for his 40th birthday

Finghin is a consummate performer across a wide landscape of keyboard styles

Theatre: Blue Raincoat triumphs with a startling expedition

Theatre: Blue Raincoat triumphs with a startling expedition

Shackleton perfectly measures the audience’s capacity to engage with this unique style of storytelling

Albums of the week

Albums of the week

Sleaford Mods, Alison Krauss and Dear Reader

X-Men franchise finally marks the spot

X-Men franchise finally marks the spot

Logan is a noticeably darker, more grown-up Marvel comic-book film

Television: There may be trouble ahead

Television: There may be trouble ahead

There was something slightly Hitchcockian about the new three-part drama The Replacement