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Photo Flash: In Rehearsals for ONCE at Olympia Theatre

Once, the record breaking stage show, returns to the Olympia Theatre for 8 weeks only this summer (30 June until 26 August). Pictured on the first day of rehearsals are the first all-Irish cast in any production, worldwide, of Once. Set in Dublin, Once is a funny, moving and life-affirming love story. It's a celebration of music and love, and following your dreams. Visit for details.

Check out photos from rehearsals below!

Two Irish stars of London's West End musical theatre will be appearing as Guy and Girl.

Dubliner Brian Gilligan (Guy) played the lead role in The Commitments for over a year and appeared with Kit Harington in Doctor Faustus last year in London. Bangor's Niamh Perry (Girl) came to prominence in the BBC talent show I'd Do Anything, created the role of "Fleck" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Love Never Dies and appeared in the recent London production of Lloyd Webber's and Ben Elton's The Beautiful Game.

The cast also includes some of the best known and best loved Irish actors working in Ireland (Phelim Drew, returning in the iconic role of "Billy") and in London (David Ganly - Shakespeare in Love in the West End). As well as the hugely talented returning company, the casting for this year's run is completed by rising stars of stage and screen: Sam McGovern (RTE's Striking Out), Ruth Smith (The Evertides) and Faoileann Cunningham, who is about to graduate from RADA in London, and whose first professional engagement this will be.

Photo credit: Leon Farrell

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