Lend me a Tenor

Clonmel Theatre Guild launches it’s 50th Season with our dinner theatre production of Ken Ludwig’s hilarious comedy “Lend me a Tenor”. Directed by Sarah Finnegan, it will be staged in Raheen House Hotel on 4th-7th December 2018.

“Lend Me A Tenor” sees Henry Saunders, the general manager of the Clonmel Grand Opera Company,  primed to welcome world famous, Tito Merelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello.

The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Merelli’s Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Merelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. This madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.

There is a wonderful strong cast of new and well known members of the guild. They are:-
Henry Saunders – Ricky Dunne
Max – Dave McEvoy
Maggie Saunders – Blathnaid Moore
Tito Merelli – Edmond Ryan
Maria – Patricia Harte
Diana – Esther Byrne
Julia – Carol Acheson
The Bellhop – Hugh Hennessy

Tickets for “Lend me a Tenor” go on sale in Marian’s Bookshop (052) 6123813 on Monday 12th November 2018, price €30.00 and can also be bought online on this website. This is an excellent night out and a great way to kick start the festive season. Large groups catered for, please contact info@clonmeltheatreguild.org for more information on group bookings.

A donation from the raffle will be made to The Emma Lacey Trust.

We look forward to seeing you there.


About the Author:-
Ken Ludwig (Playwright) is a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright whose work is performed every night of the year throughout the world in more than 30 countries and over 20 languages. He has written 24 plays and musicals, with six Broadway productions and seven in London’s West End. His Tony Award-winning play Lend Me a Tenor was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. His other plays and musicals include Crazy for You (five years on Broadway, Tony Award for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo (Broadway and West End), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Broadway), Treasure Island (West End), Twentieth Century (Broadway), Leading Ladies, Shakespeare in Hollywood, The Three Musketeers, The Game’s Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, and A Comedy of Tenors. His critically acclaimed adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, written at the request of the Christie Estate, premiered this season to sold-out houses at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, and his world-premiere adaptation of Robin Hood! opens at The Old Globe this summer. Mr. Ludwig has received commissions from The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Bristol Old Vic and The Old Globe, and he is a Sallie B. Goodman Fellow of McCarter Theatre. His many awards and honors include the Charles MacArthur Award, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Southeastern Theatre Conference Distinguished Career Award, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theatre. His book How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare (Random House) won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of 2014, and his essays are published by The Yale Review. He holds degrees from Harvard and Cambridge University.

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