Olympia Theatre: Dublin's Oldest Theatre Gets A Brand New Look

Over €4 million has been invested in a major refurbishment of the Olympia Theatre in Dame Street, which is owned by Caroline Downey and Denis Desmond of MCD. The result is very impressive indeed...

Hot Press has done the full guided tour of the newly refurbished Olympia Theatre in Dublin – and we can report that it’s a winner.

Fans attending events there may not have fully realised it, but over the past nine months or so, a major renewal project has been going on behind the scenes, under the guiding hand of Olympia and Gaiety Theatre boss, Caroline Downey. Over €4 million has been invested in bringing the historic theatre – which first opened its doors as Dan Lowery's Star of Erin Music Hall in 1879, and was rechristened The Olympia Theatre in 1923 – back to its former glory.

The only stipulation at the outset was that the theatre had to remain open. There were too many dates locked in to allow for even a temporary shut-down.

“That was a huge challenge,” says the Olympia's Chief Operating Officer, Kim O’Callaghan. “But once the staff here and in MCD were aware of what was involved they wanted to be part of it. It is all about teamwork – and everyone rolled up their sleeves and set about getting the job done.”

ICONIC FIGURES

From a practical point of view, getting the seating on the auditorium floor right was the biggest challenge. The old seats – installed many decades ago – were by this stage cramped, worn and, well, not exactly offering the height of modern comfort!

“People who are big complained for one reason. People who are small complained for another,” Kim laughs. “They had been in place forever, so they really had to be changed.”

The project team, with Eamonn Fox and David 'Spud' Murphy of MCD's outdoor team to the fore, came up with a brilliant solution, which provides extra leg-room for everyone without losing capacity. The new seats have a slim-line elegance and they are really comfortable. But the design also makes them easy to remove and stack – which vastly improves the turnaround time from seated shows to standing, and vice versa.

“The old seats had to be literally screwed out individually, so it was really tedious, labour intensive work that was very difficult to manage,” Kim says. “Whereas the new seats can be slipped in and out – there are no screws involved.”

The seats are set into a grid system, which is cleverly designed to be both rock solid and easily removed. It is a great piece of modern design and engineering, which in every way benefits the fans and the patrons. But it also benefits the artists, because the old central aisle has been eliminated.

“A similar change was made in the Gaiety Theatre,” Kim says, “and so Caroline had that experience to guide her. The thing is that the performers all say that they by far prefer it. When you think about it, in the old seating arrangement, if the artist was smack bang in the centre of the stage, they’d be looking down at a big gap. Now, it feels much fuller, which is what every artist and performer wants. It really does add to the atmosphere when you have a packed house.”

The theatre’s four bars have also been transformed, with design input from Gwen Kenny of Divine Designs. For a start, the objective was to give them a fresh, and more luxurious feel, appropriate to the status of the theatre, as one of Dublin’s great entertainment destinations. But it was important too to ensure that service would be speeded up, to enable people to reliably get a drink during the classic theatrical interval rush.

The legendary Maureen’s Bar, on the ground floor, now features a visual homage to the great woman herself – who still does her shifts in the evening at the age of 91 – and which features dozens of pics of her with celebrities, actors, comedians and musicians of various shades and stripes. The bottles are now displayed properly too, adding not just to the visual appeal of the room, but also giving patrons a quick feel for what’s on offer – which is vital given the maximum 20-minute window that is the standard interval time in theatrical productions. In addition, attendees can now order their drinks in advance, so that they are ready and waiting when the stage lights dim.

Maureen's Bar at the Olympia Theatre following extensive refurbishment in 2016

[above] Maureen's Bar at the Olympia Theatre following extensive refurbishment in 2016 photographed by Dara Munis

In all of the bars, large-scale photographs are given pride of place. Alongside Maureen’s Bar is The Portrait Bar. Taking its design cue from the huge central chandelier, a circular bar has been positioned in the centre of the room, completely changing the dynamics and giving it a much buzzier and more convivial atmosphere.

Portrait Bar @ The Olympia Theatre

[above] The Olympia Theatre's Portrait Bar in 2015 before it's recent refurbishment

Portrait Bar @ The Olympia Theatre

[above] The stunning, newly renovated Portrait Bar @ The Olympia Theatre

On the walls is a series of photos of Ireland’s acting greats, taken by leading photographer Barry McCall – featuring Gabriel Byrne, Saoirse Ronan, Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell and lots more iconic figures. There is a beautifully stylised look about the printing of the photos and they are superbly framed and lit. The muted lighting in the room gives it a feel that is both warm and welcoming. In many ways the Piece de Resistance of the refurb, it is the now the kind of place that friends might meet in advance of a show or hang around for drinks and conversation afterwards.

“Caroline was really hands-on with everything,” Kim says. “She is really brilliant at visualising things and knowing what is going to work – and at imagining how it is going to look. It was a real pleasure to work with her and to see how she interacted with the design team – and to watch the ideas being turned into reality.”

STAYING CALM

There are spectacular results elsewhere too, with the new bars made by Caroline’s cousin and Gwen's husband, Tadhg Kenny, among the stand-out elements.

Meanwhile, in terms of visual themes, in the Circle Level Bar, musicians are featured on the walls, with a great shot of Dublin’s own Imelda May taking pride of place. Meanwhile, on the Gallery/Upper Circle level, the bar focusses on comedians and there’s a couple of voluptuous torsos adding to the sense of style, with a strategic hint of decadence.

The Circle Bar before Renovation

[above] The Circle Bar before Renovation

The Circle Bar before Renovation

[above] The luxurious Circle Bar following it's extensive 2016 refurbishment, photographed by Rafael Photogrpahy

The floors in all of the bar areas have been changed too, with rich wood finishes the order of the day, adding immensely to the quality of the finish. An extensive technical upgrade has been carried out, with the mixing desk now in the centre at the back. There has been comprehensive electrical work; the provision of a new medical and staff area; new shops in the stalls and circle levels; and improved facilities for those with special needs.

"Huge emphasis has been put on bringing the Olympia technical specifications up to the best contemporary standards,” the theatre’s Technical Director Matthew Cregan says. “We began with a full rewire of the stage production lighting system, including new dimmers, production facility panels, lighting control consoles and theatrical and concert lighting fixtures. We have also replaced the show relay and paging system to all areas back stage. That allows the show to be relayed to the dressing rooms and also calls for cast to be made as needed, which is a huge advantage to performers.”

There are other major improvements: in terms of sound power, as the Olympia will now have both 110volt and 240volt systems – favoured in the US and in Europe respectively – for touring bands, cutting down on complications hugely.

“We’ve also increased the load capacity in the roof above the stage for the suspension of lighting and stage set pieces,” Matthew adds. "This work was crucial, as shows are getting bigger and bigger, and thus heavier to hang. We’ve also installed what’s called a counterweight flys system, which will allow smooth, live flying of scenery and lights during shows."

Add in new carpeting, the addition of new pictures of the hundreds of artists that have played the venue along the corridors and it is fair to say that The Olympia Theatre has been through its own Operation Transformation – and is looking fantastic in the aftermath.

“It’s incredible that we were able to do all of this work while remaining open,” Matthew reflects. “99 per cent of the work was done onstage overnight and around shows. This could not have been done without the dedicated team of technical staff in the venue and also the highly experienced teams from both Push The Button and Production Services Ireland, who have been carrying out all the stage works.”

For Kim, it was all about staying calm and making things happen smoothly – from everyone’s point of view!

‘We worked away quietly on this through the year,” Kim O’Callaghan says. “We haven’t gone out there making big statements about it – but it is really brilliant when you see the look on people’s faces, for example when they step into one of the new bars for the first time. The reaction has been fantastic. Maureen is really thrilled what we’ve done with her bar, which is important. She’s such an extraordinary character.

“Caroline was an inspiration. And everyone on the staff feels that it has all been worth the hard work and the pressure. It was very intense at times, and there was the odd sleepless night, but everyone was great.”

The end result? A Dublin theatrical and musical institution has been given a fresh new lease of life. Long may it run...

 

Related Articles

WATCH: Far Cry 5’s announcement trailer has arrived

As a deputy sheriff, you must stop Joseph, who runs a religious cult called ‘Eden’s Gate’ with the help of his family ‘The Heralds’.

Read More

Earagail Arts Festival offers five-day residency with folk's finest trio

Taking place in early July, the Earagail Arts Festival includes a residency with folk trio The Henry Girls and will feature songwriting workshops, cultural & culinary tours, traditional pub sessions and three special concerts, all in the Henry sisters' home town of Malin, Donegal.

Read More

GLOBAL DRUG SURVEY 2017: Magic mushrooms carry the lowest health risk of any drug

Methamphetamine & Synthetic Cannabis top the list of substances to avoid...

Read More

WATCH: The Hitman’s Bodyguard new trailer has arrived

The new footage shows us the whole story line featuring more Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson humor on their journey from England to The Hague.

Read More

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game has received a new trailer

The card game is the Free-to-Play stand-alone version of Gwent from the The Witcher video games and is in the open beta stage.

Read More

Liam Gallagher announces Olympia Theatre Show

The iconic Oasis frontman is coming next month.

Read More

WATCH: Chris Cornell's Unusual Cover Version Of U2's 'One'

U2 fans should check out the late Chris Cornell's poignant and very original cover version of their classic song 'One'.

Read More

Irish Govt Slammed For Failing To Live Up To Its Promise To Support Refugees

The Government is failing to meet its commitment as part of the EU response to the plight of the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people who are fleeing war, or the danger of persecution, according to the latest figures.

Read More

Could Jason Bateman's Latest TV Drama Be The New 'Breaking Bad'?

A new 10-part drama series called 'Ozark', which is about a drug cartel and money laundering, will air on the popular streaming service Netflix in July, it has just been announced.

Read More

Randy Newman To Release First Solo Studio Album In Almost A Decade

Dark Matter is the title of the iconic songwriter’s first album of new material since 2008’s acclaimed 'Harps and Angels'

Read More

GLOBAL DRUG SURVEY 2017: The truth about cocaine use in Ireland

We have one of the highest instances of people seeking emergency treatment after taking it...

Read More

GLOBAL DRUG SURVEY 2017: Ireland takes MDMA more regularly than any other country in the world

Despite that, the numbers seeking medical treatment are very small...

Read More

WATCH: Wind River’s first trailer has arrived

The 2017 film is the directorial debut of Taylor Sheridan starring Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Kelsey Asbille and Jon Bernthal.

Read More

WATCH: The new Wonder trailer has arrived

A movie directed by Stephen Chbosky and written by Steve Conrad, based on the 2012 novel of the same name.

Read More

All-Star Line-up Announced for Jameson Bow St. Sessions in June!

Hot Press and Jameson have unveiled a mouth-watering line-up for an intimate might at Jameson Distillery Bow St. in June. The Bow St. Sessions show promises to be one the most highly anticipated gigs of the year, complete with the usual Jameson touch of class...

Read More

In The New Hot Press...16-Page Forbidden Fruit Preview, Chris Cornell Remembered, Damien Dempsey & Blondie

In a jam-packed new issue, we give a rundown of the Bank Holiday Weekend's main event, as well as talking to some of its stars.

Read More

This fortnight in the film section: we meet Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot tells Roe McDermott all about playing the iconic character in the most recent issue of Hot Press.

Read More

Take the Global Drug Survey quiz!

It's based on this year's findings, which are being exclusively revealed by Hot Press...

Read More

WATCH: Netflix has released a trailer for Castlevania

The animated series, based on the classic NES game, focuses on the last surviving member of a disgraced clan who fights to save Eastern Europe from Dracula.

Read More

MCD and An Garda Síochána release statement on security following Manchester attacks

The statement, which lays out the concert promoters safety, security and medical arrangments, follows the announcement from the Gardaí that Ireland is "not immune from this threat."

Read More

Justin Bieber Sings "Blah Blah Blah" Instead Of Proper Español Lyrics!

From the sound of it on the recent number one hit single, 'Despacito', it would appear that the Canadian popstar is pretty fluent in Español. But embarrassing footage is now going viral of him singing "blah blah blah" instead of the actually lyrics in Spanish during a live performance of the song!

Read More

Chris Cornell's Wife Pens Open Letter To Her Late Husband

The widow of the Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman has penned an emotional tribute to her late husband, describing him as her "soulmate" and saying how she will always be "sorry" that he was all alone on his final night alive.

Read More

Education Minister Warned To "Take Action" Over "Backdoor" Student Fee Hikes

Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson Thomas Byrne TD has called on Minister for Education & Skills Richard Bruton to "wake up to the emerging practice" of universities introducing "unsanctioned fee hikes through the back door" and to take action.

Read More

WATCH: Game of Thrones season 7 trailer has arrived

HBO just released a trailer for the upcoming seventh season of the popular series, which is set to release June 16.

Read More

BARE in the woods has been cancelled

The festival, which was due to take place in Garryhinch Woods Co. Laois between June 9-11, has been cancelled.

Read More

WATCH: The final Despicable me 3 trailer has arrived

Gru is reunited with his twin brother, Dru, and together they plan a last, ultimate heist.

Read More

WATCH: The final trailer for Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets has arrived

The movie is based on the popular French comic book series Valérian and Laureline and tells the story of two inseparable special government operatives who are charged with maintaining order in the universe.

Read More

GLOBAL DRUG SURVEY 2017: Irish Cannabis among the most expensive in the world

We're paying an average €19.50 per gram for Herbal compared to just 80 cent in Colombia...

Read More

GLOBAL DRUG SURVEY 2017: Cannabis tops Irish Illegal Drugs League Table

MDMA, Cocaine and Ketamine also qualify for the Pharmaceutical Champions League...

Read More

Guns N'Roses Special: The Whole Outrageous Story

In an amps on ‘11’ Guns N’ Roses special, we recall past Hot Press encounters with Slash and Duff; get an on the road update from new-ish boy Richard Fortus; hear the confessions of departed guitarist Bumblefoot; and preview their rocking return to Slane! Reporting: Stuart Clark, Paul Nolan and Róisín Dwyer.

Read More

The new Nokia 3310 is available

The original Nokia 3310 is the stuff of legends. Indestructible and a long battery life at a low price. HMD, the company behind the new Nokia, promised to bring those aspects back with the new version.

Read More

James Vincent McMorrow to host secret gig in Dublin

Read More

Stand Back: The Stevie Nicks Experience to headline the Sugar Club this Sunday

Stand Back: The Stevie Nicks Experience, Ireland’s only Stevie Nicks tribute act will be performing in the Sugar Club this Sunday, playing a string of the iconic rockers extensive catalogue of hits, in a stripped back electro-acoustic setting.

Read More

Top Gun 2 is happening

During the Australian Sunrise show, Tom Cruise confirmed he will probably start filming for Top Gun 2 next year.

Read More

WATCH: New trailer for Spiderman: Homecoming

Peter Parker wants to be part of The Avengers but is held back by Stark's wishes.

Read More

Past Bond Stars Pay Tribute To Roger Moore

Both Irish actor Pierce Brosnan and Sir Sean Connery pay moving tributes to Sir Roger Moore, who passed away yesterday at the age of 89 following a short battle with cancer.

Read More

Morrissey Pens Open Letter About Terrorist Attack: "Will This Ever Stop?"

Morrissey has taken to his Facebook page to express a mixture of both sadness and anger following the terrorist attack in his hometown of Manchester, which tragically left 22 dead and a further 59 injured.

Read More

Ariana Grande Jets Home To USA

The American singer flew back home last night on a private plane and it is now being reported by CNN that the remaining dates of her European tour will be postponed following the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester.

Read More

Stellar Line Up For Summer Art & Lit Festival

Stephen Frears, Sebastian Barry, Deirdre Purcell, Patricia Scanlan, Ryan Tubridy, Alex Salmond, Chris Mullins and Paul Howard are just some of the big name taking part in next month's Hinterland Festival.

Read More

Manchester bomber identified as Salman Abedi, 22

Read More

Ireland's New Wave on the Cover of the Hot Press Yearbook 2017!

Soulé, Jafaris and Loah - three of Ireland's most exciting new artists - grace the cover of our essential guide to the ins and outs of the music and media industry.

Read More

The Hot Press Yearbook 2017 Is Available To Order Now!

Featuring its biggest update since 2007, the Yearbook provides everything you need to know to succeed in the entertainment business.

Read More

Sir Roger Moore (89) has passed away

The famous British actor, who played James Bond, has lost the fight against his cancer. His children announced his passing on his official Twitter page.

Read More

INEC Killarney boosted by major new improvements to the venue

INEC Killarney, the largest music and multi-purpose venue in Ireland outside Dublin, has successfully completed the first stage of a significant production upgrade plan with the help of A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd.

Read More

Read the Irish findings of the Global Drug Survey 2017 exclusively on hotpress.com

You can find out who's taking what, where, how often and for how much starting tomorrow...

Read More

Jameson 'First Shot' Competition for scriptwriters

Want your script to be made into a film starring an award-winning actor? Read on….

Read More

Universal have announced the next movie in its Dark Universe.

The movie studio’s attempt to create a crossover universe will be strengthened by The Bride of Frankenstein, which will be released February 14, 2019.

Read More

The Killing of a Sacred Deer receives great acclaim at Cannes

Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan star in the new film, which was given a standing ovation that lasted for ten minutes at its Cannes screening.

Read More

Exit Festival adds extra day and new acts, including revered techno icon Jeff Mills and Jesus and The Mary Chain

The acclaimed Detroit producer leads the "No Sleep" line-up at Serbia's preeminent festival.

Read More

Primate of All Ireland Offers Prayers For Those killed & Injured in Manchester Bombing

The Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin has said that he's "shocked and sorrowed" by the "brutal attack" in Manchester and that he will "remember the victims" at "this sad time" in his masses and prayers.

Read More

WATCH: New trailer for Wish Upon has arrived

A music box grants the holder’s wishes but demands a hefty price in return.

Read More

President Michael D. Higgins condemns Manchester attack

"Our thoughts in Ireland are with all of the people of Manchester", he says.

Read More

Irish Political Leader Expresses "Deepest Sorrow" Following Manchester Gig Attack

Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin has this morning expressed his "deepest sorrow and sympathies" to the loved ones of those who lost their lives, and those who were injured, in last night's "heinous attack" in Manchester.

Read More

Suicide Bomber Targets Ariana Grande's Concert

At least 22 fans - including children - were brutally murdered and a further 59 injured when a "nail bomb" exploded as concert-goers were leaving the Manchester Arena last night.

Read More

Ariana Grande Speaks Out After Horrifying Attack At Gig

The singer has revealed that she feels "broken" after 22 of her fans were killed and 59 injured when a "nail bomb" was detonated at the foyer of the Manchester Arena after her concert finished last night.

Read More

Open Casting Call For Doc About Phil Lynott

Producers Marcie Films are looking for an actor/musician/singer, aged 18 - 35, to play the part of Ireland’s first bona fide rock star in a new documentary about his rise to stardom.

Read More

Newton Faulkner to embark on new tour this October

The singer-songwriter will play gigs in Dublin and Belfast.

Read More

Triggerfinger is back with a new single

The Belgian group Triggerfinger returns with their new single ‘Flesh Tight’, a first taste of their upcoming album Colossus.

Read More

Drake breaks Adele's record at the Billboard awards

It was a close one, but in the end "Hotline Bling" and more earned Drake a record number Billboard awards this weekend.

Read More

Bono dedicates song to Chris Cornell at L.A gig

The band played "Running To Stand Still" in honour of Cornell at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.

Read More

Electric Picnic 2017 to include new sci-fi inspired area Transmission

Read More

June Date Announced for Jameson Bow St. Sessions!

Hot Press and Jameson have announced Thursday, June 15 for an intimate night at Jameson Distillery Bow St.

Read More

Arctic vault of world’s seeds partially flooded

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, that holds all the necessary seeds to survive a global disaster, has partially flooded due to melting permafrost.

Read More

Leading UK promoter calls for the introduction of drug testing at festivals

Festival Republic's Melvin Benn is seeking police support for the initiative.

Read More

Joey Bada$$ to perform in Dublin

Following his album ‘All Amerikkkan Bada$$’, Joey Bada$$ has announced he will bring his world tour to Olympia Theatre, October 30.

Read More

The Darkness announce Belfast gig

The UK rock band will headline the Limelight 1, October 15, promoting their fifth studio album release.

Read More

Hermitage Green are coming back to Dublin

The Limerick natives will return to the Olympia this coming fall.

Read More

Resident: Evil reboot in the making

According to Variety, Martin Moszkowicz, chairman of the board at Constantin Film confirmed a reboot is in development.

Read More

Soundgarden's Drummer Pays Tribute To Chris Cornell

Matt Cameron has become the first member of the Seattle grunge band to publicly pay tribute to the iconic singer, who tragically died from a suspected suicide last week.

Read More

WATCH: Mark Geary's New Music VIdeo 'Battle of Troy'

The Irish singer-songwriter has just released a single from his first studio album in five year....

Read More

WATCH: Camila Cabello's Debut Single 'Crying In The Club'

Award-winning singer and songwriter Camila Cabello has just shared her much-anticipated debut solo single, which she co-wrote with Sia.

Read More

The Next Chapter In The Gate Theatre's Story Begins...

Selina Cartmell, who took over as director of Dublin’s Gate Theatre back in April from Michael Colgan who was the subject of a major 'Hot Press Interview' recently, has announced details for her inaugural season, which includes a play by Roddy Doyle....

Read More

Autopsy reveals Chris Cornell committed suicide

The first autopsy of Cornell’s body by the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office in Detroit reveals he killed himself by hanging.

Read More

Live Nation announces $799 all-in-one festival passport

The passport grants access to all participating 2017 festivals, even when tickets are sold out.

Read More

Watch: Niall Horan performs latest single, "Slow Hands" on The Ellen Show

It was the first time the new single had been performed on the small screen

Read More

Listen to Katy Perry’s ‘Swish Swish’

The American singer has collaborated with Nicki Minaj for her new song ‘Swish Swish’, directed by Duke Dumont.

Read More

WATCH: a first look at Black Lightning

CW’s latest DC Comics adaptation features Black Lightning, a retired superhero who makes his comeback.

Read More

WATCH: a new trailer for The Glass Castle has arrived

A wonderful journey of four kids and their parents, based on Jeannette Walls’s memoir of the same name.

Read More

Angelina Jolie Talks About Teaming Up With Ireland's Cartoon Saloon

Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie has spoken about how "proud" she is to have worked on a new major animated feature 'The Breadwinner' with the Irish company, describing it as a "beautiful film with this timely and very important subject matter."

Read More

BREAKING: Car drives into Times Square

Authorities are investigating if this was a terrorist attack. Right now, there appears to be 1 casualty with several others injured.

Read More

Anti-Ticket Touting Bill is halted as Fianna Fail and Fine Gael renege on assurances

The Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017 seemed sure to pass last week before both main parties withdrew their support for its immediate implementation.

Read More

WATCH: A final trailer for The Mummy has arrived

Tom Cruise is leveling the playing field in the final trailer of The Mummy.

Read More

WATCH: First trailer for Patti Cake$

Danielle Macdonald plays Patricia Dumbrowski, a girl seeking fame and fortune as a rapper.

Read More

WATCH: Big Boi and Adam Levine in a new ‘Mic Jack’ music video

Big Boi daydreams of alternate realities when Maroon Five singer Adam shows him different outfits at the dry cleaners.

Read More

Sean O'Hagan to play the Grand Social

The High Llamas' songwriter will play a solo show in Dublin on July 1st.

Read More

WATCH: South Park: The Fractured But Whole has a release date

A new trailer mentions October 17, 2017 as the official release date for the new South Park game.

Read More

WATCH: Netflix debuts full trailer for Okja at the Festival de Cannes

Bong Joon-ho’s Okja tells the story of a girl who follows her kidnapped animal friend to New York to bring him back home.

Read More

WATCH: First Look Trailer For Star Trek: Discovery

The first look trailer and key art for the new series Star Trek: Discovery has just been unveiled.

Read More

Great News For Fans Of Arrested Development

The dysfunctional Bluths family are making a surprise comeback for a fifth season of the popular sitcom in 2018... five years after it last aired all the way back in 2013, it has just been announced.

Read More

Does Ireland Need To Look Hard At Eurovision Arrangements?

If we are not prepared to fund serious attempts to win, should we be competing at all in the Eurovision Song Contest? That is the question being seriously posed by Fianna Fáil Arts Spokesperson, Niamh Smyth.

Read More

The The Witcher Saga is being adapted into a television series

Netflix is developing and producing a new English language drama series based on The Witcher, a fantasy saga from Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.

Read More

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning (29) has been released from U.S. prison

The transgender former US military intelligence analyst leaked 700,000 classified military and state department documents to WikiLeaks.

Read More

Disney is currently searching for a young Irish actor to star in Artemis Fowl

Read More

George R.R. Martin announces fifth pilot script for potential Game of Thrones successors.

News about potential Game of Thrones (GoT) spin-offs began spreading like wildfire and George R.R. Martin has now separated fact from rumor.

Read More

Simon Pegg and Nicholas Frost are working together on a comedy-horror movie Slaughterhouse Rulez.

Slaughterhouse Rulez is directed by Crispian Mills and is based on a script he wrote with Henry Fitzherbert.

Read More
 

Advertise With Us


For information including benefits, key facts, figures and rates for advertising with Hot Press, click below

Advertise

Find us elsewhere