Dublin actress and West End star Jacinta Whyte will take on the role of Angela in the Belfast premiere of Angela's Ashes - The Musical this summer.
The musical retelling of Frank McCourt’s memoirs will run at the Grand Opera House form Tuesday, August 1 to Saturday, August 5.
Jacinta has been appearing on the international stage for years performing in some of the biggest musicals of all time including, Les Misérables, Blood Brothers and Miss Saigon.
She began her career as a child in the title role of Annie in the original production in London’s West End.
Speaking about her upcoming role in Angela's Ashes Jacinta said: “I’m utterly delighted, so proud and feel very honoured to have been approached by the producer of the show, Pat Moylan, to play the dream role of Angela in what I know will be the most fantastic, original new musical in many a year.
"The script made me both laugh and cry. The music sent shivers up my spine. To get to work with director Thom Southerland will be amazing and to perform at home in Ireland is always so very special.”
Pat Moylan Productions will be bringing the world premiere of Angela’s Ashes - The Musical to the stage, telling the story of Frank and his parents' struggle to provide for him and his brothers in 1940s Ireland.
Ian Wilson, chief executive of the Grand Opera House, said: “Pat Moylan is one of Ireland’s leading and critically acclaimed producers, with credits including hugely successful productions of Stones in his Pockets, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Field.
"We are delighted to be working with Pat on the world premiere musical adaptation of Frank McCourt’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, which will no doubt prove to be an unmissable production.”