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'Copper Face Jacks The Musical': Play by Ross O'Carroll Kelly creator to premiere in July

Paul Howard hopes the play makes it onto the Leaving Cert curriculum some day.

THE POPULAR DUBLIN nightclub Coppers is set to be the focus of a new musical to debut in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre this July.

Copper Face Jacks: The Musical has been written by Ross O’Carroll Kelly creator Paul Howard, and will feature a love story set on the eve of a Dublin vs Kerry All-Ireland Final.

Tickets for the shows, opening in the Olympia from 5 July, go on sale this Friday 2 March.

It may be horrifically cold in Dublin right now, but the capital will be the setting for this  steamy love story featuring musical numbers about a Kerry girl who’s moved to the big smoke and falls for a true blue Dublin team member.

This will be the second in Howard’s trilogy of puppet-based musicals, after Angl0: The Musical.

The third, according to a statement sent through today, will be “Dermot Bannon: The Musical, due to open in a soon-to-be-built Bannon-designed glass box extension on the Abbey Theatre sometime in 2023″.

Howard said: “Once you hear the name Copper Face Jacks: The Musical it’s impossible not to want to make it happen. We’ve been talking about it for a few years now so it’s brilliant to think in just a few months it will be up and running.

I hope we can do this very special venue justice…whilst I also secretly dream of a day when this work is on the Leaving Certificate.

Read: ‘I spend my working life sitting behind a desk thinking in the voice of a south Dublin idiot’

Read: Paul Howard had to scrap a Ross O’Carroll Kelly book because of Donald Trump

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