East meets West in a major on-stage celebration of Celtic culture which is on its way to Norwich Theatre Royal.
And a number of performers with links to Norfolk will form part of the cast of Ireland’s Call, which will take to the stage 100 years since the country’s historic 1916 Easter Rising.
Chris Duggan, who plays Jonny Rocco, lived near Hunstanton for many years before heading to America to develop his music career.
In addition, students from the Lynn-based Noise and Chance School of Dance will be performing alongside the main cast on stage.
Inspired by true events and spanning three decades, the uplifting musical tells the story of Sean Dempsey who makes the tough decision to leave his Irish homeland and his childhood sweetheart Cora to try to make a new life in the Big Apple.
But will their love survive when they are at either side of the Atlantic, and how will Sean cope with life away from his beloved Ireland?
Taking to the stage on March 27, it will feature a host of top West End and touring performers. Taking on the lead role of Sean Dempsey is Mike Burr, who has been a long-serving cast-member of the show’s forerunner Essence of Ireland. He will star opposite Cork-born Shauna Barry, who has performed alongside singing stars Hannah Waddingham and Bryn Terfel.
Ged Graham, creative director for Ireland’s Call, believes 2016 is the perfect time to launch the show. He says: “We are really looking forward to bringing the show to stages across the world, starting with some of the UK’s most prestigious venues in 2016, a year set to be a huge celebration of Irish culture to commemorate the centenary of The Easter Rising.”
The audience is drawn into the story and swept on a journey that is both heart-breaking and heart-warming. It is set against a backdrop of key historical events including America’s introduction to rock and roll, the rebuilding of London post World War Two, and John F Kennedy’s historic presidential visit to Ireland in 1963. It’s a story full of emotional highs and lows.”
Ireland’s Call will be staged on Sunday, March 27 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7-£23.50 (discounts for Friends) and to book, call the box office on 01603 630000 or log on to www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk