Hearing the line "in England, they don't care if you live or die" in The Beauty Queen of Leenane sent my mind whirring. As societies emerge from their chrysalis into Covid's world, receiving less government help has now become a reality for millions of families. Many across the country are now faced with looking after elderly relatives, as well as their own families, while still looking for work and a way to return to a sense of "normalcy."And even though The Beauty Queen of Leenane is set in...
The Beauty Queen of Leenane Information
The Beauty Queen of Leenane is at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in 2021.
In the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, Maureen Folan - a plain, lonely woman, tied to her manipulative and ageing mother, Mag - comes alive at her first and possibly last prospect of a new life. But Mag has other ideas; and her interference sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably towards the play's breathtaking conclusion.
Rachel O'Riordan directs a major revival of this darkly comic, award-winning play by Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; The Lieutenant of Inishmore), starring Adam Best (Giri/Haji), Ingrid Craigie (Roadkill; The Cripple of Inishmaan), Orla Fitzgerald (The Young Offenders) and Kwaku Fortune (Line of Duty; Normal People).
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Cast and creative
By: Martin McDonagh
Director: Rachel O'Riordan
Cast list: Orla Fitzgerald, Adam Best, Kwaku Fortune, Ingrid Christie
Design: Good Teeth Theatre
Lighting: Kevin Treacy
Sound: Anna Clock
Latest The Beauty Queen of Leenane News & Features
A London revival of Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane will run at the Lyric Hammersmith later this year. The Olivier Award-nominated play will first open at Chichester's Minerva Theatre, ahead of transferring to the Lyric Hammersmith from 9 October - 6 November.Set in Ireland's County Galway, The Beauty Queen of Leenane follows mother and daughter pair Maureen and Mag. When Maureen finds herself falling in love, her mother becomes involved, with the interference setting off a train...