Poldark actor Aidan Turner will make his West End debut next year when Michael Grandage directs Martin McDonagh’s play, The Lieutenant of Inishmore. McDonagh’s play premiered at the RSC in Stratford-Upon-Avon in 2001, and tells the story of Padraic, a member of IRA splinter group INLA. However, his extreme techniques (which include slicing the nipples of a drug peddler) prove too much even for a terrorist organisation. The new production is set to run at the Noel Coward Theatre form 23rd June to 8th September 2018.
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McDonagh’s black comedy play is set in County Galway, Ireland in 1993 as the Northern Ireland peace process gets underway. The play follows Padraic, who is part of the INLA, a splinter group of the IRA, whose methods prove too extreme and violent for the group. The play has been described as McDonagh’s best work.
The play premiered at the Other Place Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon in 2001, before running at the Barbican and the Garrick Theatre in 2002. It will run in London at the Noel Coward Theatre from 24th June.
Michael Grandage’s new production will star Aidan Turner, best-known for his role in the BBC series Poldark, who will be making his West End debut. Turner has previously appeared in The Hobbit film trilogy and drama series Being Human, and has appeared on stage in many productions in Ireland, as well as Seán O'Casey’s The Plough and the Stars at the Barbican.
Produced by Michael Grandage Company, The Lieutenant of Inishmore will have set and costume designs by Christopher Oram, lighting by Neil Austin, and sound and music by Adam Cork.
Who knocked Mad Padraic's cat over on a lonely road on the island of Inishmore and was it an accident? He'll want to know when he gets back from a stint of torture and chip-shop bombing in Northern Ireland: he loves that cat more than life itself.