Noel Coward Theatre

85-88 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU GB

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

The Lieutenant of Inishmore Tickets

based on 29 reviews

Noel Coward Theatre

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Starring: Aidan Turner

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes including interval

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Where is Inishmore? Inishmore is an island off the west coast of Ireland. It’s the largest of the three Aran Islands, which are also the subject of a trilogy of plays by Martin McDonagh. McDonagh’s father is from County Galway, so he has a frame of reference when talking about the place.

So, who is The Lieutenant of Inishmore then? That’s Mad Padraic. He belongs to the Irish National Liberation Army, a party set up by former members of the IRA who were opposed to peace talks with Great Britain. He’s busy putting his skills for torture and interrogation to good use in Northern Ireland when he hears that Wee Thomas is unwell. So, he rushes back to his home on Inishmore to find that Wee Thomas has died. Convinced that he has been murdered, Mad Padriac goes on a rampage to avenge the death of his beloved cat…

No, who will play The Lieutenant of Inishmore? Ah, that will be star of TV & Film, Aidan Turner. Turner is best-known for his roles in Being Human, The Hobbit film trilogy and most recently as the star of beloved BBC show, Poldark. Turner has acted on stage before, mainly in his home country of Ireland, but hasn’t been treading the boards for ten years, so it will be exciting to see him back in the theatre again!

And it’s directed by Michael Grandage? He’s a big-name theatre director! He is indeed! He was the Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse for ten years, leaving in 2012 to set up his own company (unsurprisingly called the Michael Grandage Company). He took over the Noel Coward for about 18 months and put on five plays for his first season, one of which was written by Martin McDonagh – the first in the Aran Island Trilogy, The Cripple of Inishmaan. That show starred Daniel Radcliffe – Grandage is pretty epic at getting big name stars to work with him!

What other big names has Grandage worked with? The Michael Grandage Company has worked with the likes of Ben Whishaw, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Dame Judi Dench. It makes sense since Grandage himself has won Olivier Awards, Tony Awards, Critics’ Circle Awards, WhatsOnStage Awards and Evening Standard Awards for his work over the last 17 years. He’s definitely one of the stalwarts of the theatrical scene.

The Lieutenant of Inishmore is only on for ten weeks though, with preview starting from 23 June 2018. Not long to catch this genius theatre company in action! Never fear though, another production by the Michael Grandage Company is running on the West End at the same time – Red at Wyndham’s Theatre – so you have two chances to catch the master at work!

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based on 29 reviews


I thought Danny stole the show. Great performance from all cast members. Of course I love a good comedy and a big fan of Aidan Turner. Happy to see some of my hard earned money went to a good charity for future actors in theatre. Tried to get autograph at backstage door since I traveled so far, but some fans wont move back after they get autograph. Very selfish. I did have a great seat in second row B18. Had a great time !!

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To spend £175 per ticket for such a boring show is nothing short of a rip off.

London Box Office customer

Funny play from start to finish!

Quite a bit of stage blood involved so not for the very young. Cannot recommend enough as we had a lovely evening, Thank you

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Great production. Great cast. All round enjoyable. For adults only.

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Very bloody funny........That's very bloody and very funny !!!

Considering the subject matter..... (A terrorist deemed too mad for the IRA and a dead cat) was a laugh a minute !!! Acting was superb & plot was halarious. Loved it .

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Well cast, good story although grusum certainly not suitable for chindren. The casting of Aidan Turner was the attraction but would have enjoyed it with any other actor. The only female in cast had a very sweet singing voice . Dialect sometimes difficult to follow but did not spoil production.

London Box Office customer

Some elements were humorous

I should have checked out the storyline before I went! My bad....I left at half time because I really didn’t care about the ending! All a bit silly and not very believable! The audience seemed to enjoy it though, so probably just not my kind of humour!

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Very different

Very humorous yet tragic. Fantastic play. Excellent acting. Thought is was great

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Very funny

Brilliant Aidan Turner in this sometimes violent but very funny black comedy. Very well acted and cast. Would see again. Lots of comic references to the IRA.

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Very funny show

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A hilarious black comedy - brilliantly acted and Aidan Turner stole the show. Blood/splatted but not offensive. A great show.

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Hilarious- a must see

Fantastic show from start to finish- humour, drama, history, patriotism!

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Shouted slapstick

Dreadful production of what could have been witty, if a little outdated, script. If you like your comedy delivered shouting style, this is for you. The cat had the best method- silent and understated. An ordeal from start to finish

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Quirky / Darkly funny

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Dark but very funny. We had seats in the Grand Circle and ended up standing in the very back due to the cramped quarters and tall people sitting in front of us (every time -- short people need their own section! Hahaha). Staff were lovely and ticket pickup went quickly. Really enjoyed the show and would highly recommend.

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Funny and dark!

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Pathetic boring and very poorly organised

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Outrageous and hilarious - the 2nd act will give you sore cheeks from laughing

MacDonagh black humour delivered with excellent time AND with Auden Turner in a tight white singlet. The sighs when he comes on stage were audible!

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Original dark himout

A well-crafted, pacy script delivered in fast Irish accents so you’d better keep up. Wouldn’t suit the more sensitive soul. Hilarious, close to the bone comedy woven into a brilliant script.

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Stunningly funny

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Noel Coward Theatre
85-88 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU GB

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  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Member of Q-Park scheme
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair/scooter access

Theatre Info

  • Capacity: 886
  • Year built: 1903