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When Jolie Met Christie


  • Playwright

    Se├ín McCarthy 

  • Synopsis

    The late Christie Hennessy, one of the greatest Irish songwriters of his generation, was inspired by the legendary American entertainer Al Jolson from his childhood in Tralee to his tours of folk clubs in England in the 1970s. Now Jolson returns the compliment, comparing the love and affection that Hennessy inspired to the blockbusting recognition and fame he himself achieved as the greatest entertainer of his era. Was it worth it? What is the price of success and fame? Here from their new perspective both men give their different views on music, family and their two very different legacies.

    A musical-theatre piece inspired by the life and works of Christie Hennessy.

  • Play Type

    Musical Theatre

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


Original Production

Original Cast  
Performer Aonghus McAnally
Production Team  
Director Ray Yeates
Set Designer Robert Ballagh
Lighting Designer Conleth White
Costume Designer Marie Tierney
Musical Director Ivan McKenna
Violin & Vocals Liz Wright

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.