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From Father Ted to Mother Courage

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Celebrated Irish actor and author Pauline McLynn is to take the lead role in a 50th anniversary production of Bertolt Brecht’s anti-war play Mother Courage and her Children later this year.

The Father Ted star will play Brecht’s buffoonish but ruthless Mother Courage in Red Ladder Theatre Company’s production at the Albion Electric Warehouse in Leeds.

She leads a company of actors and actor-musicians, and a chorus comprising West Yorkshire based refugees and asylum seekers, in an immersive production by Red Ladder’s artistic director Rod Dixon.

Best known for her role as Mrs Doyle in the much-loved sitcom, this will be her first time performing with Red Ladder.

She said: “Mother Courage is one of the great, iconic roles and to have this opportunity to play her with Red Ladder and Rod Dixon is a particular thrill for me.

“I am excited to introduce whole new audiences to Brecht, such a challenging and brilliant playwright who always provokes and enriches us with his work.

“I am an actor who has always had a leaning for the Left and therefore Red Ladder and myself are a very natural match. I can’t wait to get started on this sprawling delight.”

Mother Courage and her Children is at the Albion Electric Warehouse, Leeds from September 27 to October 20.

Tickets go on sale on May 1, Go to www.redladder.co.uk or call the West Yorkshire Playhouse box office on 0113 2137700.