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Father Ted’s Pauline McLynn to star in East is East tour

Pauline McLynn as Mrs Doyle in Father Ted. Photo: Channel 4 Pauline McLynn as Mrs Doyle in Father Ted. Photo: Channel 4
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Father Ted actor Pauline McLynn is to star in a touring production of East is East, which originally ran in London as part of Jamie Lloyd’s Trafalgar Transformed season.

Directed by Sam Yates, McLynn will play Ella Khan in the tour – the role originally played by Jane Horrocks in the West End.

The tour opens at the Theatre Royal Brighton on June 11, and continues to venues including the New Victoria Theatre in Woking and the Grand Opera House in York.

It is booking until September, when it will play at Bath Theatre Royal.

Original cast members Ashley Kumar, Darren Kuppan, Sally Bankes will appear in the touring production, with further cast members to be announced.

Lloyd said: “As part of our drive to make our work accessible to all, I am very excited to present the first major tour of a Trafalgar Transformed production. I am thriller that so many more people, all over the country, will get to see Sam Yates’ vivid production of this modern classic.”

The play is written by Ayub Khan Din.