Two Kierans Take Over in Award-Laden StonesDate: 26 April 2001
A new pair of Irish actors will take over in the West End production of Marie Jones’ hit Stones in His Pockets as the show announces an extension at the Duke of York’s Theatre. The comedy first opened at the theatre in August 2000 and is now booking to 27 October 2001.
From next Monday, 30 April, Kieran Creggan and Kieran Lagan will assume the roles of Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn, as well as more than a dozen other characters, in the comedy about what happens when a Hollywood film crew moves in on a small Irish village.
Creggan and Lagan take over from Louis Dempsey and Sean Sloan who themselves replaced original stars Conleth Hill and Sean Campion, now playing to packed houses on Broadway, where hit Stones opened at the beginning of this month. Creggan has appeared in several West End productions including Crazy for You, Grand Hotel and Guys & Dolls while Lagan has toured extensively in Northern Ireland.
Stones in His Pockets started life at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre in April 1999 before steamrolling on to success in Dublin and Edinburgh. It was first seen in London at the fringe Tricycle Theatre before transferring to the West End’s New Ambassadors Theatre in May 2000 for a limited twelve-week season and then on to the larger Duke of York’s for an open-ended run. In addition to Broadway, international productions are now also showing in Australia, Israel, Uruguay, France and Mexico.
The play’s many awards include the Whatsonstage.com, Olivier and Evening Standard awards for Best Comedy and, just received, a Special Achievement Award from the Outer Critics Circle in New York. Star Conleth Hill has also been named best actor in the Irish Times, Olivier and Whatsonstage.com awards. Stones is directed by author Jones’ husband, Ian McElhinney.
- by Terri Paddock