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Model Sarah Morrissey

Model Sarah Morrissey

Model Sarah Morrissey

Elf has only started its run at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre but there are already plans to take it to the West End.

Aoibhinn McGinnity and Ben Forster (left) are the stars of the musical with Aoibhinn (28) playing Jovie the Elf - a major departure from her previous role as Trish in top gangland drama Love/Hate.

Producer of the show Michael Rose revealed that several industry heavyweights are flying into Dublin this week to see the show as it will be heading to the West End n 2015.

"The writers are coming from New York to see the show on Friday because it is transferring to the West End next year," Michael revealed to the Herald.

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"It will be carrying the Bord Gais Energy Theatre's name with it because it started here so this will be the first co-production between myself, a Broadway musical and the theatre here in Dublin that will be transferring into the West End and that's really special."

Aoibhinn admitted that she would love the opportunity to work on the West End version.

"It sounds great… It would be amazing, absolutely, such an experience," she said.

Her co-star Ben Forster is a huge musical theatre star having appeared in Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and Thriller Live to name a few and he admits Ireland has the best audiences.

"When you go somewhere that has heart and personality, people can let you know how they're feeling. Last night was just lovely, the audience was amazing," he said.

Stars on the red carpet at last night's launch included Chris Moyles, Sarah Greene, Love/Hate's Peter Coonan, Lottie Ryan, Aoibhean McCaul, Lisa Cannon, Martin King and Dave Fanning.

"Aoibhinn is one of my best mates so I'm here to see her. I'm really excited to see it," Sarah said.

Aoibhinn's Love/Hate co-star Peter Coonan was also excited to see the Monaghan native in her new role.

"I love anything Christmassy and I just watched the film the other day so we're looking forward to it," Peter said.

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