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Celtic The Musical: Story of the Hoops to kick off next year

A new musical telling the story of Celtic and featuring the songs associated with the famous Glasgow football club, is to get the musical treatment.

Playacting will be encouraged when Celtic The Musical opens on the stage in Glasgow in September next year before moving onto Dublin.

Featuring the songs that have rung round Celtic Park over the years, the show tells the story of the legendary club's near 130-year history.

Producers say the show will take audiences on an emotion-charged journey from the foundation of the football club by Brother Walfrid and its charitable origins through to Willie Maley's legendary successes as manager and the scoring feats of Jimmy McGrory.

The production also features the wing wizardry of Jimmy Johnstone and the triumphs of the immortal Jock Stein and the lasting legacy left by icons such as Billy McNeill, Tommy Burns and Henrik Larsson.

The show has its world premiere at Glasgow's Pavilion Theatre on September 7 and runs to September 17.

It opens in Dublin's Gaiety Theatre on September 20 and runs until September 24.

Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “Celtic is a club like no other, with the richest history and tradition and a wonderful story which deserves to be told in this way.”

“The musical will be a celebration of Celtic, one of the world’s true great football clubs and will take the audience on a fantastic journey through almost 130 years of history. 

"We are sure this production will be extremely popular with all our supporters.”

The company behind the musical, Alterean Media, also produced The Official History of Liverpool FC and One Night in Istanbul. 

Writer, Nicky Allt said: “Celtic’s story is one about people, about immigration, and about a football club born of purpose. 

"Growing up in Liverpool my family were always aware of Brother Walfrid, Celtic and its charitable foundations. 

"Since then it has always been a story that resonated with me, fascinated me, and a story I always wanted to tell."

Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

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