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Photo credit: Ingrid Craigie and Kwaku Fortune (Photos courtesy of Lyric Hammersmith and Lorna Fitzsimmons respectively)

Martin McDonagh’s ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ to be revived at Lyric Hammersmith

The play will run in Chichester before a London transfer.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

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 of events.

Martin McDonagh's debut play The Beauty Queen of Leenane premiered in 1996, later transferring to London's Royal Court Theatre and a Broadway run. Recent plays by Martin McDonagh include Hangmen and The Pillowman, with the latter previously scheduled for a West End revival starring Aaron Taylor Johnson.

Ingrid Craigie will play Mag, previously in The Cripple of Inishmaan. Kwaku Fortune will play Ray, making his London stage debut. Orla Fitzgerald will play Maureen, with Adam Best as Pato.

Rachel O'Riordan will direct, with design by Good Teeth Theatre, lighting design by Kevin Treacy and music and sound design by Anna Clock.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane is at Lyric Hammersmith from 9 October - 6 November.

Photo credit: Ingrid Craigie and Kwaku Fortune (Photos courtesy of Lyric Hammersmith and Lorna Fitzsimmons respectively)

Article Originally Posted: 13 May 2021

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