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Anglo the Musical pictured the Sean Fitzpatrick and Bertie Ahern puppet in front of the what was to be Anglo Irish Bank HQ

Anglo the Musical pictured the Sean Fitzpatrick and Bertie Ahern puppet in front of the what was to be Anglo Irish Bank HQ

Former Anglo-Irish Bank chairman Sean Fitzpatrick at Dublin District Court

Former Anglo-Irish Bank chairman Sean Fitzpatrick at Dublin District Court

Former Anglo-Irish chief Sean FitzPatrick has been charged with 16 offences relating to a failed insider trading scam

Former Anglo-Irish chief Sean FitzPatrick has been charged with 16 offences relating to a failed insider trading scam

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Anglo the Musical pictured the Sean Fitzpatrick and Bertie Ahern puppet in front of the what was to be Anglo Irish Bank HQ

IT IS like Hamlet without the Prince. Anglo’s former banker Sean FitzPatrick's puppet character has been resigned to the wings in the new stage musical.

The one time CEO of the bailed-out bank has been written out of Anglo: The Musical on legal advice from solicitors.



Mr FitzPatrick is currently facing criminal proceedings for giving unlawful financial assistants in 2008.



His lawyers and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) sought separate reassurances that the financier would not be named or referenced in the show.



The DPP first sent a letter asking if writers had obtained legal advice about the content of the script, given the recent criminal proceedings.



And then last week solicitors representing Mr Fizpatrick sought reassurances that their client would not be mentioned.



The show's producers were advised by solicitors that Mr FitzPatrick could not be mentioned.



But one of the musical's producers, Darren Smith of Kite Entertainment, said that the move does not mean curtains for the comedy show.



"The truth is when you get a letter from the DPP it is rattling," he said today. "But actually the letter was quite rational.



"We were always going to get the show legalled but it just prompted us to do it a bit quicker. From a production kind of view it was more helpful.



“We were further into rehearsals and it made things a lot easier."



Mr FitzPatrick was charged along with two other former Anglo bankers in July.



Although one of the songs 'Putting on the Fitz' had to be dropped completely, other songs that referenced the former CEO had to be rewritten.



Darren said that the show does not lose its edge due to the changes.



"In the midst of all this blizzard of legal thing that is going on - we are writing a puppet based musical comedy. It is very funny and we are being responsible in making it,” he said.



"There are a lot of people suggesting what the show is going to be about - all of these are people that haven't seen the show.”



"There is a lot of presumption on what it will be about. But part of it is a love story, set on an Island called Inis Dull. There are a couple humans called Aisling and Dermot who haven't a pot to piss in.



“Dermot proposes to Aisling with a ring can from cider and they couldn't be happier.



“He mentions that his cousin is coming down from Dublin and is setting up a bank on the island.



“They find it hilarious thinking that a bank would want to set up on an island like that. Then it takes off."



Producers have now written to Mr FitzPatrick's solicitor Michael Stains and to the DPP that the 64-year-old would be left out of the satirical musical.



Based on an original story by Johnny Morrison, Darren Smith and Colm Tobin, the show was written by Paul Howard - the man behind Ross O'Carroll Kelly.



The show is due to open on Wednesday November 14, with previews on November 13, at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.