The Love-Hungry Farmer
“Very Funny and poignant” - Gay Byrne Lyric fm
“I absolutely adored it. Great laughs but also very touching in places. A great night. I am telling everyone I meet not to miss it” - Rory Cowan, Mrs Brown’s Boys.
‘Des Keogh is superb. A consummate actor wedded to a skilled raconteur, the wine he offers is vintage’ The Irish Times
Des Keogh, one of Ireland’s foremost actors and entertainers, is celebrating 50 years in show business this year. Marking this anniversary his hugely successful show: The Love-Hungry Farmer returns to the Gaiety Theatre from 17 June for six days only.
Based on John B. Keane’s best-selling book: Letters of a Love-Hungry Farmer, and adapted for the stage by Des himself, the show has been one of the most popular shows in Ireland and abroad in the last decade and continues to find new audiences. It tells the story of John Bosco McLane, a bachelor of indeterminate age and according to his own assessment: ‘past his best’ and evidently still a virgin. McLane’s amorous adventures range from the hilarious to the pitiful. John B. Keane is the legendary author of such classics as Sive, The Field and Big Maggie
The Love-Hungry Farmer began its life in the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York before being performed in Ireland to huge acclaim. Des Keogh received a Best Actor nomination when he performed the show at the Edinburgh Festival. He subsequently played it at the Adelaide Festival.
Des Keogh has a formidable CV. He most recently completed a hugely successful summer season at the Gate Theatre in Oscar Wilde’s A Woman Of No Importance. He has been a constant presence on both the Abbey and Gate stages. He presented the hugely popular Music For Middlebrows on RTE Radio 1 for many years. Des has had a long theatrical relationship with the actress Rosaleen Linehan. Their two-person comedy shows have been some of the biggest box-office attractions in Ireland. Des Keogh received the Lord Mayor’s Award for his ‘outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the city of Dublin’