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Time for a pint... and a play

Dublin pub Lanigan's Plough will play host to some of the country's most established actors and playwrights over the coming weeks, after launching its brand new theatre lunch.

The scheme offer punters the opportunity to broaden their horizons in just half an hour, with daily shows taking place in the venue's upstairs theatre area.

"We're across the road from the Abbey theatre and it's a really good theatre district so Lanigan's is the obvious actor's bar," explained Karl Shields, artistic director at the venue.

"It was closed for a while for refurbishment last year, but now it's slowly regaining its notoriety and this is really bringing some life back into the area.

"At the moment we have a new play by Jimmy Murphy who wrote the famous Kings Of The Kilburn Highroad and then we have another by Eugene O'Brien who is the writer of Eden and Pure Mule.

"Punters can basically have a soup and a sandwich while watching a play at lunchtime or else enjoy a pint and a play in the evening for just €10.

"With all the cutbacks that are happening with the Arts Council this is the perfect forum for new playwrights and younger actors.

"We're offering them a space to come in and show their stuff."

Meanwhile, Hollywood icon and Oscar winning actress Tilda Swinton will be jetting into town any day now for the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.