Let there be light… applause and laughter. Actress and comedian Dillie Keane will lead the cast in new production of the original irreverent comedy musical Nunsense, as it makes a pilgrimage to London for a limited run at Union Chapel 18-20 July.
Olivier award-nominated Dillie Keane is probably best known as one third of the comedy cabaret trio Fascinating Aïda with a prominent solo career. Theatre credits include Perrier Award-nominated show Single Again and many additional one woman shows including Citizen Keane and Back With You. Keane wrote songs for Sandi Toksvig’s musical comedy Big Night Out which she also starred in and other theatre works, amongst many, include A Slice of Life, Dancing at Lughnasa, Charley’s Aunt,, Present Laughter ,The Vagina Monologues, Little Women, Grumpy Old Women Live, Me and My Girl, and Frank and Dolly. Television includes Pie in the Sky and The Truth About Women.
Dillie tells us that ‘Taking the role of Sister Mary Regina seems like a natural step in my career following a convent education, a kind of aversion therapy, if you like. I am particularly delighted to be playing the ‘Top Nun’. It means I haven’t had to climb the ranks from Sister Floor-Washer to Sister Communion-Wine-Buyer, and I’ve jumped straight in at Reverend Mother level. Brilliant. I can’t wait to bring this hilarious show back to London after such a long time and in such a fabulously appropriate venue’
Winner of the Outer Critics’ Circle awards for the best Off-Broadway musical and praised by audiences the world over for more than 30 years, Nunsense is a true international triumph having been translated into over 25 languages and performed around the globe.
Nunsense see’s five survivors of the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent (following an unfortunate incident of unintended soup poisoning!) putting on benefit to make up the shortfall on funds for the burial of the remaining 4 of the 52 dead. The sisterhood come together at the Union Chapel for an all-singing, all-dancing revue – with a bit of circus thrown in for good measure! Meet Sister Mary ‘Amnesia’ and city slicking nun Sister Robert Anne as calamities unfold whilst Mother Superior tries in vain to maintain order, but mischievousness prevails!
Nunsense is directed and choreographed by Andrew Wright, with lighting design by Jack Weir, sound design by Calum Martin and casting from Debbie O’Brien and Harry J Blumenau. It is produced by ALMACK Productions, which was founded in 2017 by Alan Mackintosh, and follows previous critically acclaimed sell-out productions of Nunsense and Little Shop of Horrors in his home town of Inverness.
Prepare for uproarious fun, classic sing along songs from the sisters and witness for yourself what makes this musical one of the longest-running off-Broadway shows in history.
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