Wednesday, 14 September 2016


Karl Spain joins Panto Cast!

Operation Transformation’s Karl Spain, Aoibhin Garrihy and Tom O’Mahony to join star studded cast of the Spar Panto, Beauty and the Beast at University Concert Hall!

Karl Spain, currently taking part in RTÉ’s Celebrity Operation Transformation, now has another reason to shed the pounds as he is confirmed to take to the University Concert Hall stage in Limerick this Christmas, in the Spar Panto Beauty and the Beast. The Limerick comedian, best known for his TV series Karl Spain Wants A Woman  will not be the only newcomer to this year’s panto at University Concert Hall as Aoibhin Garrihy and Tom O’Mahony join the long serving host of familiar faces which already include RTÉ’s George McMahon, Richie Hayes and Leanne Moore.

Hailed as “achingly funny” (The Sunday Times) Karl is a regular performer at Kilkenny Cat Laughs, the Galway Comedy Festival, the Vodafone Comedy Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Montreal Just for Laughs. He has performed in Australia, the US and South Africa and has toured with Kevin Bridges and Ed Byrne.

Aoibhin Garrihy became well known to Irish audiences as Neasa Dillon on Fair City and
Lyndsey Conklin in BBC’s The Fall with Jamie Dornan. She recently appeared on stage at University Concert Hall in the sellout performance of Landmark Production’s Ross O’Carroll-Kelly play Breaking Dad.

Ex-MMA fighter turned comedian Tom O’Mahony starred alongside the legendary Rik Mayall in Irish TV’s record-breaking hit comedy Damo & Ivor as the intolerable toff, Tarquin. He has since been a regular on Irish TV shows including Republic of Telly and Irish Pictorial Weekly. 

The rest of the much loved UCH Panto gang are also back for a hilarious take on this tale as old as time!

Fair City’s George McMahon will play the selfie obsessed Gaston, who professes to love the beautiful Bell, played by Leanne Moore, almost (but not quite!) as much as he loves himself! Richie Hayes will make sure the fun factor is high, playing Gaston’s loveable side kick Gascraic.

West End star, John Brannoch returns to his native Limerick to take on the role of the Beast. John has recently starred as Rudolpho in Matilda the Musical and is currently touring New Zealand in Pricilla. Dame Myles Breen returns for what will be his 20th consecutive year starring in a Panto, with hilarious Ilovelimerick.com founder Richard Lynch becoming Montyesque as he asks Belle to Say Yes to The Dress!