DIRECTOR

Following the success of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘The Producers’ and our 2018, Dolly good show, ‘9 to 5’, Tony Finnegan will be returning once again to direct ‘Tony Award Winning ‘Best Musical’ SPAMALOT!

Tony revealed, “I am delighted to be back on the island with the fabulous DCU directing a show I’ve been wanting to work on for some time. ‘Spamalot’ is a zany romp and requires madness, spontaneity and flair – with a layer of discipline on top! Without wishing to insult anyone (!) I think the ingredients are there quite naturally! I’m very happy to return to my friends within the DCU…and, with them, help create another top drawer production for the Manx audiences.”

Tony is a graduate from The Guildford School of Acting and Dance, is lucky enough to able to split his time between acting and directing in equal measure and considers himself fortunate to work in some of the loveliest theatre venues. These include The National Concert Hall (Dublin), The Gaiety Theatre (Dublin and The Isle of Man), Landskrona Theatre (Sweden), The Waterfront Theatre, (Belfast) and Opera Houses in Belfast, Wexford and Buxton.

In 2014 Tony was the creative director for two “TV Specials” filmed by the BBC for PBS America. These specials were recorded live from The Grand Opera House, Belfast and featured performances from Eamonn McCrystal, Brian Kennedy, Rachel Tucker (Wicked – Elphaba in the West End and on Broadway), May McFettridge and The Getty’s. The show was produced by Randy Travis’ wife, Elizabeth Travis. The Christmas Special was aired on BBC and the other one hour special is currently playing to 300 million viewers in the USA.

Tony is very proud of the fact that one of the above TV Specials (The Music of Northern Ireland) won 4 Emmy’s in the 2015 awards ceremony in the USA.

He is co-director of Festival Productions which produces quality musicals in the National Concert Hall, Dublin and the newly appointed Wexford Opera House.

For Festival Productions Tony has played The King in The King and I, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Professor Henry Higgins’ in My Fair Lady and King Arthur in Camelot, to great acclaim. He has also directed Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, Annie, Bugsy Malone and The Pirates of Penzance for the company.

Tony specialises in workshops and is considered Ireland’s foremost director in working with children. For the last 4 years, he has been the director of the Grand Opera House’s Summer Project. This year he directed Oliver! for the opera house; and had the usual 240 kids in the show! Two weeks he treasures in his yearly calendar. Last Christmas he directed Bugsy Malone with 118 children in the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

His favourite acting roles include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, The Major-General in same show (National Concert Hall, Dublin and the Opera House in Buxton), Pooh Bah in The Mikado (National Concert Hall, Dublin and the Opera House in Buxton), Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (Gaiety Theatre, Dublin), Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (National Concert Hall, Dublin and the Grand Opera House in Belfast), Fagin Oliver! (National Concert Hall, Dublin) and Daddy Warbucks Annie (National Concert Hall, Dublin). He has just finished directing a highly acclaimed production of The Producers in The Gaiety Theatre in the Isle of Man.

We are so incredibly excited for Tony to direct his fourth consecutive production with the DCU.