Frank Kelly is a Jack of Moll trades in Keane play
Kelly plays the part of His Lordship The Bishop in the comedy which opens tomorrow at the Gaiety as part of the Dublin theatre's inaugural Keane Season.
First produced in 1971, 'Moll' is set in a presbytery and has been dubbed "the original 'Father Ted'" and focuses on the trials and tribulations of two curates, a canon and bossy housekeeper Maureen Kettle.
"Keane was a genius – he was able to find unique rural settings which perfectly illustrated national and universal issues," said Kelly.
Kelly, best known as Father Jack, played Canon Pratt in a previous staging of the play.
"I consider it a privilege to perform in the play again," he said. "And taking on a new part is very exciting."
Directed by David Horan, 'Moll' also stars Des Keogh as Canon Pratt and Mary McEvoy as Bridgie Andover (pictured inset).
The Gaiety's annual John B Keane Season commemorates the playwright's contribution to Irish theatre.
Entertainment company MCD, which runs the Gaiety, has bought the rights to seven Keane plays including 'The Chastitute', 'Sharon's Grave' and 'The Year of the Hiker'.
'Moll' will run at the Gaiety until June 21.