Angela’s Ashes at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
This summer, Frank McCourt’s hugely popular memoir Angela’s Ashes comes to the stage for the very first time in a major musical adaptation. This remarkable show will come to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from 18 to 30 July. Produced by Pat Moylan, directed by Thom Sutherland, with Music and Lyrics by Adam Howell and Book by Paul Hurt, this unique adaptation adds even more depth, emotional impact and humor to McCourt’s riveting autobiography.
The book was a sensation when first released, climbing to the top of Bestseller lists and remaining there for nearly three years. Since then, the book has sold over 10 million copies worldwide and been translated into 126 languages. The emotional story of McCourt’s upbringing in Limerick continues to strike a chord with readers and this new adaptation adds unforgettable songs and melodies, told with a rare lyricism and warm sense of humour.
As his parents struggle to provide for him and his brothers in 1940s Ireland, we follow young Frank’s escapades and experiences in a Dickensian landscape populated by a drunken father, a helpless mother, pompous priests, bullying schoolmasters, money-lenders and dancing-teachers, culminating in his defiant escape to a new life in America.
The musical is set to be one of the major theatrical events in Ireland this year and features an outstanding cast with a wealth of experience. Eoin Cannon will play the role of Frank. Eoin’s career has included appearances in The Woman In White in the Palace Theatre, London alongside Michael Crawford and Michael Ball, The Wizard Of Oz, Jerry Springer – The Opera, Michael Collins – A Musical Drama, Grease and the European tour of Beauty And The Beast. He has also appeared as a featured lead singer in Riverdance and had parts in RTE’s Fair City and the PBS film The Bloody Irish.
West End star Jacinta Whyte returns to her native Dublin to take on the role of Frank’s long-suffering yet defiant mother Angela. Jacinta has been a West End star since appearing in the title role in Annie when she was a child. She has since appeared in some of the biggest musicals of all time, including Les Miserables, Blood Brothers and Miss Saigon.
The main cast also includes Karen Ardiff as Mrs Finucane, Marty Maguire as Malachy, Bryan Burroughs as Quasimodo, Emmet Byrne as Malachy Jnr., Elaine Hearty as Nora, Amanda Minihan as Grandma, Shane McDaid as Billy Heffernan, David O’Meara as Uncle Pat, Mark O’Regan as Mr Griffin and Brigid Shine as Theresa Carmody.
This stellar cast will offer a new take on McCourt’s seminal work. The show has that rare gift of bringing an audience to tears one minute, laughing out loud the next – by turns, deeply moving and riotously funny. It is sure to leave a lasting impression on audiences this summer when – for a few weeks – the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre stage becomes the streets of 1940s Limerick to tell Frank McCourt’s fascinating story with a fresh, new angle. Tickets from €15 are on sale now.