Tickets On Sale for HOW NOW MRS. BROWN COW! at Canon Theatre, 3/17

David Mirvish is delighted to present Brendan O'Carroll's hilarious and madcap world of Dublin's most popular family in its North American premiere. O'Carroll's acclaimed and box office record-breaking comedy HOW NOW MRS. BROWN COW! will play a limited engagement at Toronto's Canon Theatre from August 17 to 21, 2010. Tickets will go on sale, appropriately, on St. Patrick's Day, Wednesday March 17.

O'Carroll created Mrs. Agnes Brown, a Dublin mother of six whose hobbies include drinking, tea, bingo and meddling, for an afternoon show on Irish radio in 1990.

Originally scheduled to run daily for two weeks, Mrs. Brown's Boys ran for three years and 500-plus episodes. Dublin's prisoners even asked to be locked up early so they could hear the afternoon show!

The radio series was adapted first into novels - The Mammy, The Chisslers, The Granny and The Young Wan, all of which became bestsellers and are now available in 23 countries and in 11 languages.

This was followed by a movie adaptation of the first book, The Mammy, simply called Agnes Browne (the "e" was added to differentiate it from a Dame Judy Dench movie Mrs. Brown, out at the same time), written by O'Carroll and directed by and starring Angelica Huston, Ray Winstone and Tom Jones.

Finally, the material was adapted into the stage plays, this time starring O'Carroll himself as the indomitable Agnes Brown. The plays have toured Ireland dozens of times and made the voyage across the Irish Sea to conquer England with similar immense success.

There are five plays in the series, with combined sales of more than £25 million at the UK box office.

Now BBC1 TV has commissioned a comedy series of the Mrs. Brown stories. The initial episode will be broadcast in December 2010, with the rest of the series to follow Thursdays at 10.30 pm in the new year.

O'Carroll says the widow Mrs. Brown "just lights up" his life, as she has for millions throughout the UK, and soon in Canada too.

The Canadian Connection

In December 2009, O'Carroll posted a video with clips from various Mrs. Brown stage shows on YouTube. Within days, hundreds of thousands had watched the video, continuing the phenomenon of the radio/stage/DVD/book franchise into the new media world. Currently, more than two million have caught Mrs. Brown on YouTube, making her a viral phenomenon, and prompting the British media to label Mrs. Brown "the Susan Boyle of Comedy."

Viewers have posted thousands of comments on YouTube, including "Bloody brilliant!" and "You can't beat the f****** Irish humour!"

When O'Carroll researched the geography of the YouTube hits he discovered a large percentage was from Canada, and he is in no doubt that the city to launch his North American debut is Toronto.

Explains David Mirvish: "Brendan contacted us and we began to talk about bringing his show to Toronto. Interestingly, the YouTube video had already reached many members of my staff, who had received it from various friends. There is no doubt, Mrs. Brown has touched a nerve, and we are delighted to welcome her and her brood here this summer to enrich our August."

Adds O'Carroll: "It would be easy to think that this was just a business arrangement. However, Mrs. Brown is well aware of how attractive she seems to Mr. Mirvish, and that he knows that Viagra pills are manufactured in Ireland.

"Seriously though, the Irish connection with Canada has historically been very strong. My personal connection is my sister Fiona who emigrated here when she was just 16 years of age. Fiona is retired now and living in Buckhorn, Ontario. She is my favourite sister, and that's not easy, I had so many to choose from, coming as we did from a family of 11 children.

"I first set foot in Toronto in 1972 as a plucky 16-year-old. It was December, my denims froze, the hair up my nose froze and my scrotum resembled a very small walnut! I loved it then, and again in '74, and in '80 and in '82, and in '96 and I still love it. To be going there now to bring some Irish laughter to one of my favourite cities in the world, well, it is a dream come true for me!"

This latest tale is part five of the Mrs. Brown series (though it doesn't matter in which order they are seen; the number refers to the order in which they were created and nothing more). HOW NOW MRS. BROWN COW! has a traditional working-class Dublin family in the run-up to Christmas, an exciting time for Agnes Brown as she is looking forward to the return from the ‘Missions' of her youngest son Trevor for a Christmas visit. So, for the first time in years she will have all her children and grand-children under the same roof.

But don't let this "Waltons" style story line fool you. Firstly, Trevor is NOT coming home, but none of her other children has the courage to tell her. Also, Mrs. Brown is expecting to be cast in the local Nativity play as the Virgin Mary; her son Rory is having relationship problems with his partner Dino Doyle; Cathy, her only daughter, is still "manless"; and there is a close encounter with a stun-gun! ALL this and so much more in this laughter-packed, not-for-the-easily-offended family romp!

Members of the O'Carroll family have been acting in movies and on stage for years. In the Mrs. Brown series they have finally found the opportunity to work together: three of the actors and the producer are related, making this family story a REAL family story.

Agnes Brown Brendan O'Carroll
Cathy Brown Jennifer Gibney (Brendan's wife)
Maria Brown Fiona O'Carroll (Brendans daughter)
Betty Brown Amanda Woods ( Brendan's daughter-in-law, Danny's wife)
Dermot Brown Paddy Houlihan
Rory Brown Rory Cowan
Mark Brown Pat (Pepsi) Shields
Granddad Brown Dermot O'Neill
Winnie McGoogan Eilish McHugh (Brendan's sister)
Buster Brady Danny O'Carroll (Brendan's son and Amanda's husband)
Female understudy Emily Regan
Male Understudy Mark Sheridan

Producer Martin Delany (Brendan's son-in-law, Fiona's Husband)
Set Designer Marion O'Sullivan
Sound & Lights Gareth Woods

Written/Directed by Brendan O'Carroll

August 17 to 21, 2010
Tuesday to Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM

The Canon Theatre, 244 Victoria St., Toronto

Tickets: $25 to $75

Available by Phone 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-333
And Online at www.mirvish.com

More information about Mrs. Brown at www.mrsbrownsboys.com


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