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Controversial Bible play to return to Ulster

A touring play which had faced a ban by Newtownabbey Borough Council is set to return to the Province.

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Actors James Ellis (left) and James Nesbitt, pictured in 2009.

James Ellis: One of life’s gentlemen, say Nesbitt and Lynch

Veteran actor James Ellis helped inspire other Ulster actors to take their accent and talent “on the boat to England”, playwright and producer Martin Lynch said last night.

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The Give My Head Peace cast

Give my Head Peace live: find out where and when

This March Ma, Da, Uncle Andy and the rest of the gang will be hitting the road with their unmissable and hilarious brand new show Give My Head Peace Live.

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Shirley Temple has died aged 85

Tributes to ‘one of a kind’ Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple, the child-star darling of US cinema who went on to become a prominent diplomat, has died at the age of 85.

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Elizabeth Webster (right), Leila's daughter-in-law and her children Jamie, Mark and Christopher Webster (Leila's grandchildren) release doves in her memory at Mary Magdalene Church of Ireland at Donegall Pass.

Funeral for ‘Ulster’s theatrical jewel’ Leila Webster

The great and the good of the Northern Ireland arts scene came together yesterday to bid farewell to the last true showgirl.

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Leila Webster pictured celebrating her 90th birthday last year.

Tributes paid to Ulster actress Leila Webster

Warm tributes have been paid to one of Ulster’s leading ladies of the arts world, following her death yesterday at the age of 90.

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Campbell college production of "Oh, what a Lovely War"

100 years on, school marks Great War by staging play

One school has opted to commemorate this year’s centenary of the Great War – via the medium of theatre.

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Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey

Newtownabbey council’s ‘great regret’ as Bible comedy play is banned

A controversial stage production deemed “offensive” to Christians has been cancelled after objections from a number of councillors.

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Peter O'Toole

Tributes to ‘acting legend’ Peter O’Toole

Politicians and actors have paid tribute to renowned actor Peter O’Toole, describing him as wild, generous, and an acting legend.

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Hitchcock thriller The 39 Steps,

Change in emphasis as arts festival goes back to its grassroots

The second year of the East Belfast Arts Festival attracted just over 3,000 attendees, according to organisers.

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On Friday Adrian Dunbar, an actor and friend of Heaney's, gave a personal tribute before leading a round of applause at the bust of the poet in the Lyric Theatre.

Tickets to Lyric’s Heaney tribute sell out in hours

Almost 400 tickets for a celebration of the life of Seamus Heaney on Saturday evening were snapped up overnight as hundreds of fans jammed the switchboard at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.

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The Lyric Theatre, Belfast

A bumper August weekend at the Lyric

Jamie Bryson and the Famine are just two of the topics comedian Tim McGarry takes on in his very alternative and extremely irreverent Irish History Lesson at the Lyric next month.

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Opera is to be screened in Belfast

Live opera on Belfast’s big screen

Following the success of the BP Big Screen performance of The Royal Ballet’s Mayerling on Thursday 13 June, The Royal Opera House is delighted to be bringing The Royal Opera’s Tosca on Thursday 18 July at 7.30pm to City Hall, Donegall Square, Belfast.

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The Sunday Escort

Theatre: The Sunday Escort

The Sunday Escort or Howard Rocks’ Straight Route to Promiscuity is the semi-auto-biographical fable of Howard; a shy, introverted and lonely Northern Irish boy who, through various encounters, highlighting the social worlds of sexual masseuses, sex escorts and sex chat-line workers within the Province, grows into emotional maturity and towards the possibilities of love.

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From the Shipyard to the Somme

From the Shipyard to the Somme

Officials from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs were among a packed audience in the heart of east Belfast on Wednesday night to watch a new play about Ulster men who fought in the First World War.

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Justice Minister David Ford watches a graphic play by ''Diablo House'' in a south Belfast house depicting human trafficking, drugs and rape. Schoolchildren as young as 15 could be shown this hard-hitting play in a bid to beat the criminals behind the trade.

Teens may be shown ‘graphic’ anti-trafficking play

Schoolchildren as young as 15 could be shown a hard-hitting anti-human trafficking play in a bid to beat the criminals behind the trade, it has been revealed.

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Callow will play Jesus in the one-man play from Matthew Hurt

Show will go on as Callow recovers for premiere

Renowned actor Simon Callow has recovered in time to appear onstage in the premiere of his latest one-man show at the Lyric.

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Jake O'Kane

Another mouthful from Jake O’Kane

“THERE’S no talk of Troubles, no talk of politics, just good, old-style stand-up,” says Jake O’Kane of his new show.

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Fra Fee with Russell Crowe in Les Miserables

Les Misérables star’s homecoming premiere

A COUNTY Tyrone actor who gained a starring role alongside Hollywood A-listers Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway in critically acclaimed musical movie Les Misérables, has spoken of his family’s pride after seeing him on the big screen for a local premiere.

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Forget Turkey at the Lyric

Sending up the year that was with festive glee

DAN Gordon, Colin Murphy and Gary Mitchell are eschewing panto and carols and plumbing for a hearty dose of festive satire instead. Forget Turkey! (and it is a disappointingly dry bird, isn’t it?) which Gordon is also directing, promises to be a witty review of the year which is very broad in its range of reference.

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