Ireland’s most notorious club Copper Face Jacks is about to hit the stage in the shape of a new musical from the makers of hit puppet comedy ANGLO and the man behind professional southsider Ross O’Carroll Kelly.
Copper Face Jacks: The Musical is dubbed "Moulin Rouge...with slow sets" and it opens in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre this July in an all-singing, all-dancing, all-drinking, all-snogging celebration of the Harcourt Street club that has entered popular myth over the years.
The action centres on a girl from Kerry and a boy from Dublin who fall for each other - and probably fall over - amid the glamorous fleshpots of the place that has been called "a culchie embassy" in the capital city.
Coppers has become the place to go for three generations of Irish night clubbers, regardless of their backgrounds or team colours.
"Once you hear the name Copper Face Jacks: The Musical it’s impossible not to want to make it happen." - Paul Howard
Copper Face Jacks: The Musical is written by Ross O’Carroll Kelly creator Paul Howard and "is a love story set on the eve of a Dublin Kerry All Ireland Final, when a sweet Kerry girl, who’s moved to the big smoke for her dream job in The VHI, ends up falling head over her flat-shoes with a true blue Dublin team member."
Speaking about the show, Howard said, "Once you hear the name Copper Face Jacks: The Musical it’s impossible not to want to make it happen.
"We’ve been talking about it for a few years now so it’s brilliant to think in just a few months it will be up and running. I hope we can do this very special venue justice...whilst I also secretly dream of a day when this work is on the Leaving Certificate".
The new show is the second in Paul Howard’s trilogy of puppet based musicals, with his third "Dermot Bannon: The Opera" due to open in a soon to be built Bannon designed glass box extension on The Abbey Theatre sometime in 2023 (that last bit is possibly a joke).
Copper Face Jacks: The Musical runs at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin from July 5 and tickets are priced €28 plus booking fee. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 2 from Ticketmaster.ie.