THE WORLD premiere of Frank McCourt’s memoir Angela's Ashes, takes place in the Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick from July 6 to 15, before transferring to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, from July 18 to 30, and the Grand Opera House, Belfast, from August 1 to 5.
The story follows the young McCourt's life in a 1940s Limerick city peopled 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.
This major musical adaptation of McCourt's Pulitzer prize-winning book, will see McCourt played by Eoin Cannon who has performed in The Woman In White (Palace Theatre, London - alongside Michael Crawford and Michael Ball ), The Wizard Of Oz, Jerry Springer – The Opera, Michael Collins – A Musical Drama, Grease, Riverdance, and Fair City.
West End star Jacinta Whyte plays Angela. The Dubliner has previously starred in Les Miserables, Blood Brothers, and Miss Saigon. The main cast also includes Amanda Minihan (Grandma ), Karen Ardiff (Mrs Finucane ), Marty Maguire (Malachy ), Bryan Burroughs (Quasimodo ), Emmet Byrne (Malachy jnr ), Elaine Hearty (Nora ), Shane McDaid (Billy Heffernan ), David O’Meara (Uncle Pat ), Mark O’Regan (Mr Griffin ), and Brigid Shine (Theresa Carmody ).
Presented by Pat Moylan Productions, Angela's Ashes - The Musical, is directed by Thom Sutherland, with music and lyrics by Adam Howell and book by Paul Hurthe. Tickets are on sale from the Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick (www.limetreetheatre.ie, 061 - 953400 ).