Tuesday 20 February 2018

Ian swaps 'Game of Thrones' for a run with 'Stones'

Marie Jones and Ian McElhinney
Marie Jones and Ian McElhinney
Ronan Keating will star in the film adaptation
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

'GAME of Thrones' actor Ian McElhinney is stepping out of the limelight to direct his wife Marie Jones's Tony award-nominated play 'Stones in Their Pockets'.

McElhinney plays the part of Knight Barristan Selmy in the hit HBO series. He first directed the stage show back in 1996. "Being part of 'Game of Thrones' is amazing, really incredible. But I love the change and the variety directing brings."

Later this year, McElhinney will direct the film adaptation of the play, which will star his 'Game of Thrones' co-star Conleth Hill, who plays Lord Varys, and Boyzone's Ronan Keating.

Ms Jones was encouraged to cast Keating after watching his emotional interview with Piers Morgan concerning the breakdown of his marriage.

"He had so much controlled emotion and was dead honest," Jones said at the time.

The play will open at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre on March 5 before touring to Cork and Galway.

Irish Independent

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