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Jack Cruise (August 1915 – 4th May 1979) was a famous Dublin comedian who put on many shows in the Royal and Olympia Theatre's in Dublin, Ireland.

In the Royal Theatre's 1951/52 offering, Robinson Crusoe which opened on December 23rd, the production featured Eddie Byrne as Captain Hook (a bad bad pirate), Jack Cruise and Harry Bailey as Wette and Windee (two old salts) and Noel Purcell as Ma Crusoe (a merry widow). With eighteen named players plus the Royalettes and assorted specialty acts, the eleven scene presentation took the Irish Clipper to Neptune’s Domain and the Island of Golden Palms, thereby allowing Ma Crusoe to discover the Lollipop Tree.

.The Olympia Theatre closed between February 1964 and August 1964. It had been sold to a group of London-Irish publicans who had an idea of converting it into a cabaret-restaurant. But the Corporation refused and Jack Cruise, Lorcan [Bourke] and two others took the Theater on a six months lease. The first show was a revue "Holiday Hayride" with Jack Cruise which did better business than any other show in the history of the Olympia up until that time. [1]

Some of the Pantomimes he directed at the Olympia were :

  • Aladdin 1964
  • Jack in the Box. Jack Cruise. 1970
  • Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp: Jack Cruise Productions 1972
  • Cinderella: Jack Cruise Productions.
  • Ring Out the Bells: Jack Cruise Productions.

References

  1. ^ Papers of the playwright Séamus De Búrca

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