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For the first time, a Maeve Binchy novel will be performed on the stage

Minding Frankie is coming to the Gaiety Theatre this June for two weeks only.

Famed Irish author Maeve Binchy's Minding Frankie is being adapted for the stage
Famed Irish author Maeve Binchy's Minding Frankie is being adapted for the stage

A NOVEL BY Irish writer Maeve Binchy is set to be brought to life on stage, when Minding Frankie comes to the Gaiety Theatre this June.

It will run for two weeks only, from 5-17 June, becoming the first novel by Binchy to be adapted and performed on an Irish stage.

Published by Binchy in 2010, Minding Frankie tells the story of Noel Lynch, a man struggling with an alcohol addiction who suddenly has fatherhood – and motherhood – thrust upon him when has to raise little Frankie on his own.

The book has been adapted for stage and will be directed by Peter Sheridan, who directed the Borstal Boy and is the brother of film director Jim Sheridan, and will star Steve Blount and Clare Barrett.

Binchy was a beloved author who wrote dozens of popular novels which sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.

She passed away in mid-2012 after a short illness at the age of 72. She survived by her husband, Gordon Snell.

A number of her most-loved books, including Circle of Friends and Tara Road, have been taken to Hollywood and adapted for the big screen.

Read: In pictures: The world pays tribute to Maeve Binchy on Twitter

Read: ‘A national treasure’ – Taoiseach pays tribute to Maeve Binchy

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