John B Keane’s hilarious comedy The Chastitute returns to the Gaiety Theatre for the first time in 15 years with an all-star cast from 25 April to 20 May. Directed by Michael Scott, this new production brings one of Ireland’s leading actors, Stephen Brennan, to the central role of John Bosco McLaine, in what the Irish Independent calls “by far the funniest of John B. Keane’s plays”.
A chastitute is a person without holy orders who has never lain down with a woman – a rustic celibate by force of circumstance – and John Bosco McLaine is such a man. He hasn’t the makings of a decent sin in him and is just a bachelor farmer searching for a plain decent woman to share his life. He nearly got there a thousand times – but nearly never bulled a cow. The play follows John Bosco’s hilarious attempts to find a bride and finally tie the knot, peppered with the fantastic words and wit of John B Keane and his unerring ear for the language of rural Ireland.
Bringing life to John Bosco is the brilliant Stephen Brennan, who has enjoyed a long and varied career, appearing on stages all over the world in a wide variety of roles. He has also appeared in numerous movies and television programmes over the years, including The Tudors, Father Ted, The General and Ballykissangel.
Stephen is joined by an amazing cast that includes; Catherine Byrne (Fair City, The Clinic), Brendan Conroy (Vikings, Ballykissangel), Sorcha Furlong (Fair City), Andrew Kenny (Tango Dance Champion), Maria McDermottroe (Glenroe, Killinaskully), actress and fiddle Player Caoimhe Mulcahy, John Olohan (Glenroe, Fr Ted), Mark O’Regan (The Commitments, Leap Year), Aisling O’Neill (Fair City, Finbar’s Class), Joe Rooney (Fr Ted, Killinaskully) and Billie Traynor (Fair City, Moone Boy).
The Chastitute has been a great favourite with audiences since it premiered at the Cork Opera House in 1980 and with such an amazing cast, this new production is guaranteed to be a sure-fire hit. Previews start on 25 April followed by the opening night on 27 April. The play will run from Tuesday to Saturday during its run and there will also be Saturday Matinee shows. Tickets from €25 are available in person from the Gaiety Theatre Box Office, South King Street, Dublin 2 or any Ticketmaster outlet nationwide, by phone on 0818 719 388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Online bookings can be made at www.ticketmaster.ie. For additional Special Access or Box Bookings please Telephone: + 353 (1) 679 5622.