Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 28 February 2015

Beckhams too posh to attend Dublin play premiere

Those busy Beckhams are currently trying to settle into their new surroundings in Milan.

The Italian style capital is their latest staging post after David signed for AC Milan on loan.

So it was understandable when David and Victoria didn't make it to the Olympia Theatre in Dublinon Wednesday night for the world premiere of 'Macbecks' -- the tongue-in-cheek play inspired by their lives at the centre of the celebrity spotlight. With all credit to the boy William for the little Shakespearean twist in the title.

Executive producer Ronan Smith said an invitation sent to the stars but sadly they never replied. Perhaps it was sent to the wrong address.

"They've a lot going on, so it's probably slipped past their radar. I think they'd find the play funny if they did come and watch it though," he added.

But the Olympia was not lacking local celebs, who swarmed the foyer, eager to see and be seen.

Regular first-nighters Gay Byrne and Kathleen Watkins were besieged by photographers as they arrived at the theatre early, Mr Byrne grinning as he noted that they were the only celebrities there yet.

"You must be very short of real celebrities if you're so interested in the pair of us," he said.

But very soon the cameras deserted the former 'Late Late Show' host as singer Brian Kennedy, magician Keith Barry and presenter Mary Kennedy arrived, clutching their tickets.

Ms Kennedy was accompanied by her son Tom and was diplomatic when asked if she was a fan of Posh and Becks, the subjects of the play which follows the fortunes of the footballer and his notorious wife in a Shakespearean setting.

"Well, I'm definitely looking forward to the play and I'm certainly a fan of 'I, Keano'," she said, referring to the last offering from actors Gary Cooke and Malachy McKenna.

Also in attendance at the premiere was panto star Adele King, aka Twink, and comedienne Katherine Lynch, who threw their arms around each other when they met.

'Macbecks' producer Smith expressed his surprise at the volume of international attention received so far by the play, which stars 'I, Keano' veterans Dessie Gallagher and Nicholas Grennell.

The play, directed by David Bolger, will be running in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin until January 31.

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