Watergate Theatre venue for world premiere of 1916 show

Watergate Theatre venue for world premiere of 1916 show

The Count, The Countess & The Tommy, the new Myles Dungan show is to be a flagship event of Kilkenny County Council’s 1916 Centenary Programme.

The city's Watergate Theatre will be the venue this May for the premiere of Myles Dungan's new 1916 show – The Count, The Countess & The Tommy.

The show, starring international soloists Simon Morgan and Lisa Lambe - as seen on RTE's Late Late Show - centres on the life and music of the celebrated Irish tenor Count John McCormack, and features some of the best-known songs of a hundred years ago.

May 5th is the date set for the first-ever performance of the show, which goes on to tour Dublin, Roscommon, Cavan, Leitrim and beyond. The show is a centrepiece of broadcaster Myles Dungan's Paths To Freedom roadshow project, a unique package of lectures, presentations and shows remembering the Rising, one hundred years on.

The Count, The Countess & The Tommy is hosted by Kilkenny County Council, as part of an extensive programme of events to commemorate Easter 1916.

The show, written specially for the 1916 commemorations by RTE historian and broadcaster Myles Dungan, is a blend of song and drama, featuring the music, not just of McCormack, but also Lena Ford, Ivor Novello, Stanley Kirkby and George M. Cohan. Produced by Pegasus Consulting, the promoters behind The Great War Roadshow and The Fighting Irish, the Watergate performance will feature headline acts, including...

Simon Morgan: A world-renowned baritone, Simon has performed in venues across Ireland, the UK, Argentina, Chile, Barbados, San Diego, Chicago, New York, Monaco, Florence and Verona.

Lisa Lambe: A singer and actress, Lisa is best known for her work at the Abbey and the Gate, and as a former member of international singing sensation Celtic Woman.

Brendan MacQuaile: Brendan is a classically trained baritone who performs widely in Ireland and internationally, and features regularly on TV and radio.

The Count, The Countess & The Tommy

The premiere of Myles Dungan's new 1916 show

Thursday, May 5, 8pm

Watergate Theatre (Main Stage), Parliament Street, Kilkenny

Tickets for this exciting occasion are free, but booking is essential.