Theatre: Angela’s Ashes, Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfield Halls

The Irish production of Angela’s Ashes – The Musical will make its UK premiere this autumn, playing the Ashcroft Theatre at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls from September 24 until October 5.

This major musical adaptation of Frank McCourt’s best-selling memoir is directed by Thom Southerland and tells the remarkable story of the author’s childhood in Limerick and of the McCourt family’s inspirational rise from adversity to triumph.

As his parents struggle to provide for him and his brothers in 1940s Ireland, follow young Frank’s escapades and experiences in a Dickensian-style landscape peopled by a drunken father, a helpless mother, pompous priests, bullying schoolmasters and money-lenders culminating in his defiant escape to a new life in America.

Irish musical theatre legend Jacinta Whyte  (above) returns to the production to star as Angela, alongside Eoin Cannon as Frank and Marty Maguire as Malachy.

Thom Southerland said: “I’m delighted that Angela’s Ashes is coming to the Fairfield Halls – my local theatre.

“We worked on the show two years ago in Ireland and did a small tour, but we’ve always had hopes and aspirations that it would come to the UK and I couldn’t be more pleased that it’s making its UK premiere in Croydon.”

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