'I, Keano' returns next year, at the end o' the day like

The smash hit musical comedy 'I, Keano' is returning to the stage in the New Year.

The smash hit musical comedy 'I, Keano' is returning to the stage in the New Year.

After celebrating successful runs over the last two years, the show is bouncing back for 20 performances in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre.

Following Roy Keane’s dramatic exit from the 2002 World Cup, the stage production takes the event – voted number one in the '20 Moments That Shook Irish Sport', recently broadcast on RTÉ 1 – back to the days of the Roman Empire.

Football, comedy, song and dance bring the story which gripped the nation back to life in the gladiator’s arena.

The musical has even been updated to include key developments over recent years, including the Cork man’s appointment as manager at Niall Quinn’s Sunderland.

'I, Keano' will be staged in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre from January 8th and Limerick from January 28 to February 2.

The musical will then play one final week in Keano’s home town Cork from February 2-9.

The cast include Dessie Gallagher’s return as Macartacus, Gary Cooke as Dunphia, Jamie Beamish as Keano, Vincent Moran as Quinness, Sharon Sexton as Surfia, Nicholas Grennell as Sanctimonious, Karl Harpur as Superfluous, Ciaran Bermingham as Ridiculus and Malachy McKenna as Obsequius.

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