Monday 22 October 2018

Mrs Brown's Boys star Rory Cowan set to replace Al Porter in Olympia Theatre Panto

Rory Cowan Photo: Gerry Mooney
Rory Cowan Photo: Gerry Mooney
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Former Mrs Brown's Boys star Rory Cowan will replace Al Porter in the Olympia Theatre Christmas panto.

Porter (24) stood aside from his role in Polly and the Beanstalk on Monday in the wake of several allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

Rory Cowan pictured at the Olympia
Rory Cowan pictured at the Olympia

“I am very happy to be joining the cast of The Olympia Theatre panto.  I am a huge panto fan and treading the hallowed boards of The Olympia is a privilege for me," said Cowan.

Comedian and TV personality Porter was due to star in the panto, which he co-wrote with Karl Spain, from December 15 until January 14.

Al Porter. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Al Porter. Photo: Gerry Mooney

It would have been his 13th year starring in the Olympia Theatre panto.

Rory Cowan recently departed Mrs Browns Boys after 26 years but he is no stranger to panot.

The Dublin star previously starred in Cinderella at the Tivola, opposite Alan Hughes.

Cowen will now appear opposite Dustin the Turkey, Fair City star Ryan Anderws, and Michaela O'Neill in the Olympia production.

Ugly sisters Barby (Rory Cowan) and Buffy (Rob Murphy) , who are appeared in CInderella at the Tivoli Theatre
Ugly sisters Barby (Rory Cowan) and Buffy (Rob Murphy) , who are appeared in CInderella at the Tivoli Theatre

Since the allegations began to emerge on Friday, Porter has resigned from his reported €140,000 a year lunchtime slot with Today FM which he only began in February and TV3 pulled a repeat of his Blind Date show on Saturday night.

The comedian issued a statement on Sunday saying he had decided to take some time away from the spotlight.

Comedian Al Porter as Polly with Dustin the Turkey.
Pic:Mark Condren
Comedian Al Porter as Polly with Dustin the Turkey. Pic:Mark Condren

"While my conduct, which had been in keeping with my flamboyant and outrageous public persona, maybe regarded as offensive and unacceptable by many people, I at no time intended to upset anyone," he said.

Read more: Al Porter to 'stand aside' from leading role in panto

Al Porter resigns from Today FM show amid claims of inappropriate behaviour 

Al Porter allegations 'could cost comedian €500k' 

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