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Little Miss Sunshine

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Selladoor Productions and Arcola Theatre Present
Little Miss Sunshine
The Olympia Theatre
Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th August 2019

**Tickets onsale NOW**

BERNARD O’SHEA will make his theatrical acting debut this August as he steps into the role of Grandpa Hoover. Bernard will star alongside Irish actress and singer Lucy O’Byrne who plays Sheryl.


The road to happiness is a bumpy ride.

Based on the Oscar-winning film, Little Miss Sunshine is a new musical comedy from Tony Award-winners James Lapine (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George) and William Finn (Falsettos, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).

This IRISH PREMIERE stars Bernard O’Shea (comedian & broadcaster), Lucy O'Byrne (Evita, Les Misérables, The Sound of Music), two-time Olivier-award nominee Paul Keating (Little Shop of Horrors, The Full Monty), Gabriel Vick (Avenue Q, Les Misérables, Eastenders), and Ian Carlyle (The Lion King, We Will Rock You).

The show comes to The Olympia Theatre from Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th August, with matinee performances on Wednesday 14th and Saturday 17th August.

Tickets on sale NOW. Tickets prices vary according to day & whether matinee or evening performance, please pick your price point via, usual Ticketmaster outlets nationwide (list here) including The Olympia Theatre Box Office, and by calling Ticketmaster at The Olympia Phone Bookings on 0818 719 330.

The fees for this event include a €1.00 restoration levy. The restoration levy will allow The Olympia Theatre to invest in maintaining and enhancing the theatre to ensure that it continues to consistently deliver the highest quality experience for theatre goers, actors, performers & producers.

Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult, Over 18's ID required to gain access to the bars where alcohol is served.

Running time around 2 hours including interval. Approximate times as follows:
Tuesday 13th August, doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm / over around 9:30pm
Wednesday 14th August, doors 1:30pm / show 2:30pm / over around 4:30pm
Wednesday 14th August, doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm / over around 9:30pm
Thursday 15th August, doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm / over around 9:30pm
Friday 16th August, doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm / over around 9:30pm
Saturday 17th August, doors 1:30pm / show 2:30pm / over around 4:30pm
Saturday 17th August, doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm / over around 9:30pm

Comedian and broadcaster Bernard O’Shea will tread the boards this August, in his first theatrical acting role, when he steps onto the stage of the Olympia Theatre in the role of Grandpa Hoover in the musical comedy Little Miss Sunshine, based on the Academy Award-winning film by Michael Arndt.

Grandpa Hoover is not your average American Senior Citizen. He’s a foul mouthed, sex obsessed drug addict who’s been kicked out of his retirement home and finds himself back living with his son & family sleeping on a sofa! But despite his protestations he loves his family and in particular, his 8yr old granddaughter Olive. He’s been training Olive and teaching her dance routines for the Alberquerque Little Miss Chilli Bean contest and when the opportunity comes for Olive to go to the regional finals The ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ contest in California there’s no way he’s going to miss out on being there - even if that involves an 800 mile road trip with all the whole family in their clapped out campervan.

In radio, Bernard has written sketches for TodayFM and co-hosted two breakfast shows on 2FM and iRadio. In television he first made his name on RTÉ’s Republic of Telly, co-wrote and co-starred in the sitcom Bridget & Eamon, and more recently can be seen in Marty and Bernard’s Big Adventure. In the course of his stand-up career he has won the 2000 Harp Newcomer Comedy Award, and performed at the BBC Newcomer Awards the same year. He has performed at comedy festivals around the world, including Montreal and Edinburgh and is a full-time comedy writer and performer.

Bernard will star alongside Irish singer / actress Lucy O’Byrne who shot to fame on The Voice (BBC) in 2015 and was the runner-up that year. She has gone on to be a leading lady in a number of major musicals including Eva Peron in Evita (UK, Ireland & Germany Tour), Fantine in Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre – West End), Maria in The Sound of Music (UK and Ireland Tour) and more.

Images feature original London cast


Photos by Manuel Harlan


The Hoover family has more than a few troubles, but young Olive has her heart set on winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest. When an invitation to compete comes out of the blue, the Hoovers must pile in to their rickety yellow camper van. Can it survive the 800-mile trip from New Mexico to California - and more importantly, can they?

This uplifting, modern classic celebrates the quirks of every family, the potholes in every road, and the power of overcoming our differences.

Lapine and Finn's inventive musical version opens in London in a brand-new production directed by Arcola Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen, then takes to the road for a national tour.


"Get on board for a feelgood road trip" - Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard ****

"Little ray of musical sunshine" - Mark Shenton, London Theatre ****

"Charming and funny musical" - Sunday Express ****

"The perfect package" - Spy In the Stalls *****



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