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Gaiety Theatre in Association with Verdant Productions Present JOHN B. KEANE’S MOLL Starring:
FRANK KELLY – DES KEOGH
PAT MCDONNELL – DAMIAN KEARNEY –DONAGH DEENEY
with CLARE BARRETT as MOLL
Directed by DAVID HORAN
This new production of Moll will be directed by David Horan, produced by Donal Shiels, with executive producers Caroline Downey and Denis Desmond.
MOLL will star Frank Kelly (Father Jack in Father Ted) as His Lordship The Bishop, Des Keogh (The Love Hungry Farmer by John B. Keane, which played to packed houses in the Gaiety last year) as Very Rev Canon Pratt, Mary McEvoy (Glenroe) as Bridgie Andover, Clare Barrett (Fair City, I ♥ Alice ♥ I) as Moll, Damian Kearney ( Stones In His Pockets ) as Father Brest C.C. and Pat McDonnell (Naked Camera, Father Ted, The Savage Eye) as Father Loran C.C. & Donagh Deeney as Ulick.
MOLL, first produced in July 1971 in Killarney, is a comedy set in a rural presbytery in Kerry – the newly appointed Moll is a priest’s housekeeper who takes over a parish house with a “divide and conquer” strategy.
When Canon Pratt and his two curates, Father Brest and Father Loran, lose their esteemed Ms Bottomly, they must recruit a replacement to carry on with the cooking and cleaning.
They select Ms Maureen Kettle, (Moll). She wraps the Canon around her little finger, feeds him well while starving the curates and continues this pattern as the Canon is promoted and one of the curates takes his place. When it comes to the question of Moll’s pension, more chaos ensues – however with the support of the Bishop, Moll proves to be an unstoppable force.
“We are really looking forward to the start of the annual John B. Keane season at the Gaiety Theatre, starting with Moll a truly wonderful, funny play with a remarkable cast and director. We are looking forward to staging some his best plays over the coming years with the blessing of the John B. Keane family.” Caroline Downey
“Moll has stood the test of time and like all of John B's women she will no doubt wow audiences in the Gaiety”, Mary Keane