Two legends of Irish theatre in one show at the Lyric

Des Keogh, one of Ireland’s foremost actors and entertainers, will bring his hugely successful show The Love-Hungry Farmer to the Lyric this August (20 – 25 August) after two sell-out seasons at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre.

Based on John B. Keane’s best-selling book, Letters of a Love-Hungry Farmer, and adapted for the stage by Des himself, the show has been one of the most popular in Ireland and abroad in the last decade.

It tells the story of John Bosco McLane, a bachelor of indeterminate age and according to his own assessment ‘past his best’ and evidently still a virgin. McLane’s amorous adventures range from the hilarious to the pitiful.

John B. Keane is the renowned author of such classic plays asSive, The Field and Big Maggie.  The Field became an Oscar-nominated film in 1991 starring Richard Harris, Brenda Fricker and John Hurt. 

The Love-Hungry Farmer began its life in the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York before being performed in Ireland to huge acclaim. Des Keogh received a Best Actor nomination when he performed the show at the Edinburgh Festival. He subsequently played it at the Adelaide Festival in Australia.

Des Keogh, who is celebrating 50 years as a professional actor, has a formidable CV. Before an Irish tour of The Love-Hungry Farmer, he appeared at the Gate Theatre, Dublin in Oscar Wilde’s A Woman Of No Importance.

He presented the hugely popular Music For Middlebrows on RTE Radio 1 for many years.

Des’ comedy shows with the actress Rosaleen Linehan have been some of the biggest box-office attractions in Ireland. Des Keogh has received the Lord Mayor’s Award for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Cultural Life of the City of Dublin’.

The Love-Hungry Farmer runs on the Danske Bank Stage of the Lyric from 20 to 25 August; Tues to Sat 7.45pm and Sun matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets from £16 – £19.