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Saturday 19 August 2017

Top night for theatre as two stellar shows open

Brian and Pippa
Brian and Pippa
Higgins and Colgan

It was a busy night on the theatre scene in Dublin last night as Blood Brothers opened at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre and The Mariner took to the stage at The Gate.

A host of celebs made their way to see Rebecca Storm reprise her classic role as Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers.

Pippa O'Connor and Brian Ormond were delighted to be catching opening night.

"I just love musical theatre, and Blood Brothers is one of my favourites so I can't wait," Pippa told the Herald.

RTE's Nuala Carey was looking forward to the production as she hadn't seen it since it was in the Gaiety eight years ago.

"I haven't seen Blood Brothers in a long time so I'm looking forward to seeing Rebecca Storm again," she said.

Bill Kenwright's production recently passed the 10,000 performance mark in London's West End, one of only three musicals to ever achieve the milestone.

Blood Brothers runs until October 11 and tickets are on sale now.

Meanwhile, it was a star-studded affair at The Gate's world premiere of Hugo Hamilton's The Mariner.

President Michael D Higgins (left, with Michael Colgan) and his wife Sabina joined other guests including British Ambassador Dominick Chilcott, Gay Byrne, Kathleen Watkins, The Fall actress Aoibhin Garrihy, Alison Doody and writer Joseph O'Connor.

Set in West Cork, the play tells the story of a First World War Irish soldier returning home from the front in the wake of the Easter Rising.

The play is directed by Patrick Mason and all tickets are being sold at a reduced rate of €25 for the course of the run.

"The audience get plenty of bang for their buck," Gate director Michael Colgan said.

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