Sir Henry the Musical

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 Date: Tuesday, 13th February, 2018

Time: 8:00pm
Tickets: €22 & €25*
*Booking fees apply to telephone and online bookings
 Due to the huge success of this productions opening run last Autumn we are delighted to announce that ‘Sir Henry – The Musical’ is heading to the iconic Opera House stage for a special performance this February. Alan Kiely and Kevin Connolly have created yet another fantastic Musical which has to be seen. This production features a stellar local cast, including Seán Óg Ó Duinnín as Sir Henry, which have been blended together wonderfully by the brilliant Cathal Mac Cabe (RTÉ).

Based on true events, ‘Sir Henry’ tells the farcical story of the misadventures of Sir Henry Browne Hayes, the notorious Cork based play boy who sought to gain the hand of the young heiress Mary Pike as a sure cure to his financial woes by nefarious means. This man's actions caused scandal throughout the British Empire in 1797, under the palpable tension of insurrection in Ireland and set against the backdrop of revolution in France and America.
After a hugely successful run in Macroom you don’t want to miss this supremely talented cast taking to Cork’s most famous stage! We advise early booking as another hit is in store!!
Tickets €25/€22 available from 021 4270022 or
Any profits the Lee Valley Enterprise Board make from shows will go back into local projects, including the restoration of the Church of Ireland in Macroom to create a cultural & tourism amenity which will hugely benefit the area.

Sir Henry Browne Hayes (1762 – 1832) is about to have his colourful exploits revealed on stage in Macroom after close on 200 years. ‘Sir Henry’, a musical drama by Cork composers, Alan Kiely and Kevin Connolly, tells the story of the Regency buck, inveterate gambler and womaniser who lived at Vernon Mount, near Douglas in Cork city. He created uproar and scandal, while, in the dual standards of the era, being made Sheriff of Cork City and being awarded a knighthood.

Cathal Mac Cabe, former head of music at RTE, has applied classical arrangements to the score and is directing the production, while Ann Dunne and Anne Egan are Musical Directors when ‘Sir Henry’ is staged at Cork Opera House.

Based on documented fact and Cork legend, the story traces the abduction in 1797 of heiress, Mary Pike (21), who came from a wealthy family of brewers, millers and glassmakers. She was kidnapped by the 35 year old roué and his friend, Coughlan, as she left the home of her uncle, Cooper Penrose, in the Vienna Woods area. She was imprisoned at Vernon Mount before being rescued. The hunt for her kidnapper and how he was able to ride roughshod over the laws of the time seem incomprehensible in the 21st century - perhaps! His eventual capture, conviction and transportation to New South Wales are the stuff of legend. The time setting is in the final years of Grattan’s Parliament, when revolution had changed things utterly in America and France and the United Irishmen were about to embark on the 1798 rebellion and these movements are reflected in the story.

‘Sir Henry’ will resonate with Cork audiences, with references to Coughlan of Coughlan’s Buildings, Fenn, the Marsh etc. Sir Henry and friends were Masons, members of the Friendly Club, which still exists. The Pikes were a Quaker family of bankers, who lived at Bessborough House. Later, in Famine times, Ebenezer Pike had a shipyard adjacent to a Quaker Soup Kitchen at Adelaide Street and he arranged that piped steam from the shipyard would be used to cook the soup for the starving more speedily than fire.