Even Enda’s tears can’t keep Pirate Queen afloat..

The RTÉ report picks the ‘difficult to avoid’ headline on the news that the musical The Pirate Queen, one of the most expensive ever staged, is to close on Sunday after a brief Broadway run. THe Irish Times choses the more accusatory option[subs req]. And with the early predictions stating, “For The Pirate Queen to recoup its investment, Broadway veterans estimate that it needs to play to full houses for three to four years”, it’s not a surprise that even with reported advance bookings of $7million [and moving Enda Kenny to tears – Ed] the producers have taken a heavy financial kicking. Those first reviews may have been major contributors to that but with those same producers claiming

“We are also pleased to report that there is international interest in Pirate Queen and plans for a European English-language production are under way and will be announced in the near future.”

They’d do well to take the advice of Barbara Sjoholm, author of The Pirate Queen: In Search of Grace O’Malley and Other Legendary Women of the Sea, [and not Grania: She-King of the Irish Seas which was the actual source for the musical – Ed] from her later review/comparison of fact/fiction.

There could have been more about pirates, though.