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Monday 19 March 2018

Family centre stage for Andrea

Opening night in Jane Eyre role

Ken Sweeney

IT was a family affair for the first night of Andrea Corr's new stage role.

The singer was flanked with support from her sisters Caroline and Sharon at the opening night of 'Jane Eyre' at the Gate Theatre in Dublin.

The lead singer of the Corrs donned a period dress for her title part in the eponymous romantic drama in which she stars opposite actor Stephen Brennan.

Amongst the crowd were numerous stalwarts of the theatre scene with the Gate's artistic director Michael Colgan, actress Alison Doody and writer Alan Stanford amongst those in attendance.

Arriving at the theatre along with husband Brett Desmond -- the son of financier Dermot Desmond -- the Dundalk-born pop star was also watched by actors Bryan Murray and Michael McElhatton as well as Gay Byrne and his wife Kathleen Watkins.

Ms Corr was approached to play the role of Jane Eyre by Mr Colgan after he saw her in a production of playwright Brian Friel's 'Dancing at Lughnasa' at the Old Vic Theatre in London in February.

In this adaptation by Mr Stanford of Charlotte Bronte's novel, Ms Corr plays Eyre, a young woman who survives a wretched childhood, unbroken in spirit and integrity, to eventually fall in love with the troubled Mr Rochester.

Irish Independent

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