Saturday 10 December 2016

Oh yes he did! Alan Hughes rakes in almost €1m in Panto sales

Published 03/01/2016 | 16:05

He's behind ya: Alan Hughes (centre) as Sammy Sausages.
He's behind ya: Alan Hughes (centre) as Sammy Sausages.

The production company set up by TV3 star Alan Hughes and his partner Karl Broderick has raked in almost €1m this Christmas thanks to a successful run of his pantomime Beauty and the Beast in Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre.

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The Ireland AM presenter is celebrating a lucrative New Year the annual panto has had its most successful run, adding additional dates due to demand.

Alan Hughes pops the question to partner Karl Broderick on Ireland AM. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Alan Hughes pops the question to partner Karl Broderick on Ireland AM. Picture: Brian McEvoy

“It’s a great show and a great cast. That’s why people continue to come,” Alan told The Mail on Sunday.

“It costs a fortune to stage, with the production and the star cast. Pantos are one of the most expensive productions. But we have had, and have, great star casts.”

The presenter will hang up his Sammy Sausages costume this year as a wealthy man as the company has generated €994,432 this year, more than €60,000 more than last year.

The company’s success isn’t the only thing that Hughes and Broderick are celebrating in 2016, as the couple are due to tie the knot this year following a public proposal on TV3.

The pair, who already celebrated their civil union four years ago and will officially wed following the legislation passed to allow same sex couples to marry in Ireland.

"I can’t see why anybody wouldn’t want that on a piece of paper – to see that they’re legally married on a piece of paper – not civil partnered."

Alan Hughes as Sammy Sausages and Rob Murphy as Buffy pictured at RTE Radio 1's Joe Duffy Show Special Christmas broadcast from Grafton Street Dublin
Picture Brian McEvoy
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Alan Hughes as Sammy Sausages and Rob Murphy as Buffy pictured at RTE Radio 1's Joe Duffy Show Special Christmas broadcast from Grafton Street Dublin Picture Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use

The TV3 presenter was slightly distracted from the euphoria of his engagement when he became embroiled in a spat with comedian Oliver Callan in the autumn, who he labelled a “bitter old queen” for criticising his proposal.

Callan continued the battle by quipping: "I did find it odd however to be called 'old' by someone who is more than 20 years my senior and looks like he slept in formaldyhyde."

Oliver Callan at the launch of his new DVD
Oliver Callan at the launch of his new DVD

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