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Rex Ryan is star of the show in Dublin's hottest new venue

Rex Ryan on stage in Midnight in Nighttown
Rex Ryan on stage in Midnight in Nighttown

REX Ryan is taking to the boards of new Dublin supper club Magistorium to play the role of James Joyce in Midnight In Nightown.

Rex, eldest son of the late RTE DJ Gerry Ryan, was cheered on at his opening night by his proud mother Morah and lauded by an eclectic audience.

He and the rest of the cast will be performing the play for the next 11 weeks at the new venue, which in the past has been home of the Crystal Ballroom, McGonagles and System.

Midnight In Nightown is set in February 1922 in an area of Dublin once called The Monto, which included the city’s main red light area.

Stories told and secrets shared by the notorious and colourful characters of this extraordinary place include Honour Bright’s secret love affair with W.B. Yeats.

Cast members Aoife Spratt (Lily Lampost), Geraldine McAlinden (Cameo May), Teri Fitzgerald (Shilling a go), Lisa Byrne (Honor Bright) and Nichola McEvilly (Becky Cooper)

The show also features comedy, dance, live music and Joyce celebrating the release of his just published masterpiece Ulysses.

Guided from the extensive research of ‘Monto’ expert Terry Fagan, the cast also includes Lisa Byrne (Alice in Funderland Abbey Theatre), Lisa Fox (Once, Olympia Theatre) Nichola Mac Evilly ( The Wake, Abbey Theatre) and Tom Moran (The Heart of Europe).

Guests can get the full Midnight in Nightown experience every Friday night from 7.30pm with tickets available from €55 including a full three course meal from the á la carte menu.

For reservations book now at Magistorium box office on 22 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, off Grafton street or telephone 01 7079899.

Open daily from 10am, or online www.magistorium.com or eventbrite.ie.

In attendance on opening night were;

Jackie Rafter and Kate Marshall

Fiona Opperman and Michael Wright

Paul and Fiona Opperman

Sinead Denny and Claire Brady