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About Chasing Bono

A new comedy by legendary writers Dick Clements and Ian La Franais, creators of such acclaimed television programmes as 'The Likely Lads?', 'Porridge', 'Auf Wiedersehen Pet', 'Lovejoy', and 'The Commitments'.

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.

Neil McCormick’s wise and witty memoir, I Was Bono’s Doppelgänger, recounts his friendship and rivalry with his school friend and Superstar Bono. The play is a rock n’ roll fable about the pursuit of fame and coming to terms with failed ambition.

Directed by Gordon Anderson (The Catherine Tate Show, The Inbetweeners, Shamless, Fresh Meat, Lovesick).

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Based on the real story from the memoirs of Neil McCormick, “Chasing Bono” follows McCormick’s friendship with the U2 frontman. Playwrights Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais usher the musings into a full-fledged musical comedy for the stage after their 2011 film adaptation “Killing Bono.” The pop-rock style medleys are written by McCormick himself and outline a tale of yearning, envy, and failed ambition.

Playing at the Soho Rep, the show traces the lives of two schoolmates in Dublin, painting the familiar portrait of young friends discussing their big dreams. One of them, of course, becomes the music legend Bono of the band U2. The other one – McCormick – also shoots for the glow of pop music stardom but dims instead into the career of a music critic, inevitably writing about his old friend’s fame and fortune. “Chasing Bono” is a universal tale of reaching for the stars and falling just short, tenderly sketching the bitter pangs of failure, regret, and forever living in someone else’s shadow.

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What To Watch For

  • Shane O’Regan portrays Bono with a can’t-miss impression of the pop icon from his youth all the way to full-fledged rockstar. According to “The Stage,” O’Regan “nails the singer’s mannerisms and solemn drawl.”
  • Bono has won 22 Grammy Awards over the course of his career and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 along with his band U2.
  • McCormick’s original book was called “I Was Bono’s Doppelganger” and recounts in bitterly comic detail the days of being a young rocker in Dublin competing directly with what would become one of the biggest bands in the world.

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Run Time

1hr 30mins (no interval)

Start Date

End Date


Age Recommendation: 12+

Soho Theatre

21 Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE

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