The Lieutenant of Inishmore
See Poldark superstar Aidan Turner in this darkly comic play with The Lieutenant of Inishmore tickets
After James Graham’s hugely successful Labour of Love, the Michael Grandage Company returns to the Noel Coward Theatre with a revival of Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore, starring Poldark sensation Aidan Turner. Originally premiering at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2001, the black comedy plays a limited season at the West End venue.
Set in County Galway, Ireland 1993, The Lieutenant of Inishmore takes places as the Northern Ireland peace process gets underway. Torture-loving Mad Padraic is a terrorist deemed too violent for the IRA, so is part of the INLA, a splinter group whose methods are violent and extreme. When he returns from a stint of his latest torture, which includes slicing the nipples of a drug peddler, he discovers that his cat has been knocked down. But who did it?
Aidan Turner makes his West End debut as Mad Padraic, after an award-winning turn as the title role in the BBC’s Poldark. Further screen credits include starring in The Hobbit series, Desperate Romantics, And Then There Were None and Being Human, whilst his stage roles include The Plough and the Stars at the Barbican Theatre.
Further, all-Irish casting includes Charlie Murphy, Denis Conway, Will Irvine, Brian Martin, Daryl McCormack, Julian Moore-Cook and Chris Walley.
Said to be one of McDonagh’s best plays, his other works include the Olivier Award-winning Hangmen, The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Beauty Queen of Leenane, with his newest play A Very Very Very Dark Matter receiving its premiere at the new Bridge Theatre in 2018. Multi-award winning playwright McDonagh also has a multitude of screen credits to his name, including Seven Psychopaths and the BAFTA Award-winning In Bruges.
Originally premiering in 2001, The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a sharp, satirical take on the nature of political violence. Michael Grandage directs the production, which features design by Christopher Oram, lighting design by Neil Austin and sound design by Adam Cork.
Featuring as one of two new plays produced by the Michael Grandage Company, the other of which is Red starring Alfred Molina, The Lieutenant of Inishmore plays a limited season at the Noel Coward Theatre. The production runs from June 23rd to September 8th 2018, with an official opening on July 4th 2018.
The Lieutenant of Inishmore is recommended for ages 16 and above. Under 14’s will not be admitted. All children aged under 16 must be accompanied and sat beside an accompanying adult.