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Rhona Mahony and Caroline O'Riordan at the opening of Wuthering Heights.

Rhona Mahony and Caroline O'Riordan at the opening of Wuthering Heights.

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Robbie Fox and Lorna Fox

Pat Kenny

Pat Kenny

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Rhona Mahony and Caroline O'Riordan at the opening of Wuthering Heights.

It has been 70 years since Emily Bronte's haunting romance 'Wuthering Heights' was last staged at Dublin's Gate Theatre.

So there was plenty of excitement in the foyer of the theatre as broadcasters Pat Kenny, Marty Whelan and Gay Byrne crowded through the doors to watch Cathy and Heathcliff's love story play out on the Yorkshire Moors.

"It's a classic book," Whelan said. "And we all love a bit of high drama and romance in the build up to Christmas don't we?"

Actresses Cathy Belton, Ingrid Craigie, and author Joseph O'Connor also attended the opening night as did Master of the National Maternity Hospital Holles Street, Dr Rhona Mahony.

Directed by Michael Barker-Caven the production has been adapted by acclaimed playwright Anne-Marie Casey.

Tom Canton takes on the brooding lead role of Heathcliff while Kate Brennan - daughter of thespian Stephen Brennan and 'Fair City' actress Martina Stanley - plays Catherine.

"It's like a ghost story," Brennan said. "I really connected to the raw passion. I never really do stuff in this period so it's fun to wear corsets and dresses with big skirts for a change."

Irish Independent