Devilishly brilliant writing, and a masterclass in character-actingDaily Telegraph
Devastatingly good dramaDaily Mail
Locates the beating heart behind the dark comedyThe Stage
A thrilling production of a landmark playBroadway World
Rachel O’Riordan’s exceptional production of Martin McDonagh’s exceptional play feels like precisely what the Minerva is for. The piece is shocking and yet consistently funny, incredibly poignant and in the end heart-breaking – theatre as engrossing and as involving as it comes.Chichester Observer
O’Riordan and her superb cast never allow its characters to become mere grotesques. There is sorrow and suffering here, as well as tenderness and yes, even beautyI-News
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, whose work includes the films Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and In Bruges; and the plays The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Hangmen.
Adam Best plays Pato; his National Theatre credits include Hedda Gabler and The Plough and the Stars, while TV includes Peaky Blinders, Giri/Haji and Holby City.
Ingrid Craigie plays Mag. Her many credits include Sweet Bird of Youth (CFT), The Cripple of Inishmaan (West End/Broadway) and TV’s Roadkill.
Orla Fitzgerald makes her Chichester debut as Maureen Folan; her credits include Josephine K and the Algorithms (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), The Weir (Sherman Theatre), The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Best Actress nomination, Irish Film & Television Awards) and BBC 3’s The Young Offenders.
Kwaku Fortune, whose television credits include Line of Duty and Normal People, plays Ray.
Rachel O’Riordan is Artistic Director of the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and formerly of Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre. Her directing credits include Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of A Doll’s House (Lyric) and the Olivier Award-winning Killology (Sherman/Royal Court).
A co-production with Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
Join Kate Bassett as she sits down with Rachel O'Riordan, the director of The Beauty Queen of Leenane to discuss the show.
Prologue tickets available