There was an explosion of green at the start of rehearsals for the world premiere of Chasing Bono, Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement’s new play based on Neil McCormick’s memoir about his rivalry with his childhood friend turned global superstar, Bono. Green for the luck of the Irish or green with envy? Take a sneak peek into the rehearsal room with our gallery and new video interview with the renowned writing partners. Time to get booking!
Chasing Bono, a rock ‘n’ roll fable about the pursuit of fame and coming to terms with failed ambition, premieres as part of Soho Theatre’s famously non-Christmassy Christmas show slot this year, running from 6 December 2018 to 19 January 2019, with a press night on 13 December.
1970s Dublin. Friends Neil McCormick and Paul Hewson share the same ambition: to form bands and become global superstars. Paul changed his name to ‘Bono’ and his band became U2. Neil’s band never got off the ground.
1987. Dublin gangster Danny Machin wants a fair and balanced account written of his life whilst now-writer Neil is wondering where his went so wrong. Danny sees an opportunity and kidnaps him. Neil becomes Danny’s biographer. Danny becomes Neil’s shrink, probing the reasons for his succession of disastrous decisions.
Written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (The Likely Lads, Porridge, The Commitments), Chasing Bono is a lovingly fictionalised account of music journalist, author, broadcaster and U2 biographer Neil McCormick’s 2005 memoir I was Bono’s doppelganger. The book also inspired the 2011 film Killing Bono.
The stage adaptation, directed by The Inbetweeners‘ Gordon Anderson, features a superb Irish cast including Niall McNamee as Neil and Shane O’Regan as Bono, along with Niamh Bracken, Denis Conway, Farzana Dua Elahe, Donal Finn and Ciaran Dowd.
Chasing Bono is produced by Sally Wood for Sally Humphreys Productions Ltd, and Douglas McJannet for Covent Garden Productions.
Chasing Bono runs from 6 December 2018 to 19 January 2019 at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE. Performances are Mondays to Saturdays at 7.15pm, with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £11-27. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Watch: Ian La Frenais & Dick Clement