The Lieutenant of Inishmore Tickets
Noel Coward Theatre
Starring: Aidan Turner
Booking from: Saturday, 23 June 2018
Booking until: Saturday, 8 September 2018
Saturday, 23 June 2018
Saturday, 8 September 2018
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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Noel Coward Theatre
85-88 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU
- Air conditioned
- Disabled toilets
- Infrared hearing loop
- Member of Q-Park scheme
- Wheelchair/scooter access
- Capacity: 886
- Year built: 1903