Keane to impress

Football musical gets UK debut

The comedy musical Father Ted creator Arthur Mathews wrote about footballer Roy Keane is coming to Britain.

I, Keano is  the second most popular show to come out of Ireland – following Riverdance – and makes its UK debut at the Lowry in Salford, Manchester, in February.

Robert Robson, The Lowry’s artistic director, said: ‘I, Keano is not just for football fans. It  is huge in Ireland with extra dates selling out in hours. We’re looking forward to the show arriving at The Lowry.’

The show, co-written with Michael Nugent & Paul Woodfull tells the story of Man Utd star Roy Keane’s dramatic walkout from Ireland’s 2002  World Cup squad as if it were an ancient myth.

Characters include the stubborn General Macartacus, and Scottish dolphin god Fergie.

Irish producers Pat Moylan and Breda Cashe said: ‘We’re overwhelmed with the success of this show and are delighted to be presenting it at the Lowry, just a stones throw from the mighty battlefield of Old Trafford.’

I, Keano has been described as ‘Up Pompeii meets Father Ted with a hint of Spitting Image’.

It runs at the Lowry from February 28 to March 11. Click here to buy tickets, priced £16 to £25.


Published: 12 Sep 2005

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