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The Beauty Queen of Leenane

By Martin McDonagh

Minerva TheatreTicketsPrice: from £20
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Overview

 

Devilishly brilliant writing, and a masterclass in character-acting

Daily Telegraph
 

Devastatingly good drama

Daily Mail
 

Locates the beating heart behind the dark comedy

The Stage
 

A thrilling production of a landmark play

Broadway 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 beauty

I-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).

 Ages 14+

A co-production with Lyric Hammersmith Theatre


Pre-Show Talk

Join Kate Bassett as she sits down with Rachel O'Riordan, the director of The Beauty Queen of Leenane to discuss the show.

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Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
Previews/Press Night£20£30
All other performances£28£39
  • Friends: Book up to four discounted tickets at £2 off per ticket
  • Groups 8+ Monday and Tuesday: £25 per ticket
  • Groups 8+ Wednesday - Friday: £5 off each ticket
  • Groups 40+ Wednesday - Friday: £8 off each ticket, plus a £5 ticket for the Group Organiser
  • School and College Groups 10+ Monday - Friday: £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid
  • Over 60s Monday - Thursday: £2 off
  • Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Half Price
  • Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Standby from one hour before the performance: £8.50
  • Family tickets (excludes Saturday evenings): Half Price for up to four U16s with every full price paying adult. Discounts applied at the checkout. All tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.
  • Prologue Book 3 Get 1 Free: Log in to your account to see Prologue seats
  • £5 Prologue Tickets may be available for 16-30 year olds: Log in to your account to see Prologue seats
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  • Book early for the best prices: Prices are guaranteed until Monday 7 June and are then subject to change
  • All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.
  • All venues: Discounts do not apply on Previews and Press Nights

Reviews

 

This revival of Martin McDonagh's 1996 grim, hilarious domestic drama at Chichester's Minerva Theatre confirms it as a modern classic. Devilishly brilliant writing, and a masterclass in character-acting

Daily Telegraph
 

Rachel O'Riordan's poignant, pungent revival proves the play has lost none of its power to shock.

Daily Mail

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.

It would be easy to make Mag simply a foul old boot, but Craigie brilliantly hints at the human frailties, the fear of being left alone which drives her, and that’s why she tries to torpedo her daughter.

Meanwhile Fitzgerald gives a remarkable performance as daughter Maureen, so witty in her put-downs, but above all a woman filled with longing and loathing.
Adam Best gives a lovely performance as Pato, a decent guy oblivious to what’s really going on; Kwaku Fortune is excellent too as his younger brother, another unwitting player in the grisly mother-daughter battle.

O’Riordan in this CFT/ Lyric Theatre Hammersmith co-production orchestrates it all to perfection. The detailed set also plays its part in making it all so completely convincing.

Chichester Observer
 

Martin McDonagh's first play has lost none of its power

Broadway World
 

Locates the beating heart behind the dark comedy

The Stage
 

What a nasty, black-hearted, subversive pleasure this is, a play of tortured love, longing and loss that transgresses the pieties and conventions of respectable family life with shocking savagery. 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 beauty. It’s gasp-inducingly cruel, yet Fitzgerald and Craigie make us feel, and fear, for them too, while Best’s gentle, lonely Pato is heartbreaking. It’s all painfully funny and piercingly sad.

I-News

Content and themes

At CFT, we want everyone to feel truly welcome and comfortable. While we try not to spoil anyone’s enjoyment by giving away ‘spoilers’ such as plot twists and narrative surprises, we also recognise that some people may find certain themes distressing. You’ll find guidance on such content below; please be aware that by reading this, some elements of the plot may be revealed. Please note that this may be updated nearer the time of the production as staging details are confirmed.

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The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Language: Strong language
Nudity: None anticipated
Violence: Explicit scenes of torture
Themes: Mental and physical cruelty, loneliness, abuse, mental illness, sexual references

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Age Guidance 
Ages 14+
Running Time
2 hours and 5 minutes