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Poldark’s Aidan Turner stars in a revival of Martin McDonagh’s black comedy The Lieutenant of Inishmore as part of a new West End season presented by the Michael Grandage Company. Originally premiering back in 2001, the production follows an extreme terrorist deemed too violent for the IRA. When his cat is knocked down, he becomes determined to find the culprit.

Poldark star Aidan Turner makes a highly anticipated West End debut in a revival of Martin McDonagh’s black comedy The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Playing a limited season at London’s Noel Coward Theatre, the production is part of two new shows presented by the Michael Grandage Company, which also includes a revival of Red at Wyndham’s Theatre, starring Alfred Molina.

Originally premiering in 2001 at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon, The Lieutenant of Inishmore is the pertinent dark comedy that follows an extreme terrorist deemed too violent, even for the IRA. Set in County Galway, Ireland, in 1933, just as the Northern Ireland peace process gets underway, the production follows Mad Padraic as he returns from his latest torture-filled stint.

Known for his methods of torture, which have included slicing the nipples of a drug dealer, chip-shop bombing and general shady demeanour, Padraic is avoided where possible. But when he returns from his latest venture to discover that his beloved cat has been knocked down, there are some questions to be answered. Was it an accident? He loves that cat more than anything. Who did it?

The Lieutenant of Inishmore is from multi-award winning British-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, who has produced Olivier Award-winning plays including Hangmen, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Pillowman. His extensive screen credits include the BAFTA Award-winning In Bruges. McDonagh’s new play A Very Very Very Dark Matter premieres at the new Bridge Theatre in 2018.

Aidan Turner stars as Mad Padraic, after having last appeared on stage in 2005 in The Plough and the Stars at the Barbican Theatre. Best-known for his film and television roles, credits include Poldark, Desperate Romantics and Being Human, as well as The Hobbit series.

Additional casting includes Charlie Murphy, Denis Conway, Will Irvine, Brian Martin, Daryl McCormack, Julian Moore-Cook and Chris Walley. Michael Grandage directs the production, which features design by Christopher Oram, lighting design by Neil Austin and sound design by Adam Cork.

A satirical take on the effect of political tensions and the nature of political violence, The Lieutenant of Inishmore plays at London’s Noel Coward Theatre for a strictly limited summer season, with tickets available for performances from 23 June to 8 September, with a press night on 4 June 2018.

Sorry this show closed 08 September 2018, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
08 Sep 2018 - 08 Sep 2018
Running time:
1 hour and 50 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Recommended 16+. No under 14's.
Audience Notes:
Poldark fans will be flocking to get tickets to this play, which stars television hunk Aidan Turner in his West End debut. Turner has more than proved his acting skills, with an impressive resume under his belt. Don’t miss out on getting tickets to see him on stage!
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Dark, gory and immensely funny. A satirical take on terrorism. Aiden Turner and Chris walley are... More

Absolutely loved it - bonkers and brutal with brilliant performances by Aidan and the whole cast... More

Crazy bonkers blood and gore. So funny, laugh out loud entertaining. Outstanding acting and brill... More

Absolutely superb play. Very funny black comedy. Nearly missed it. Got to see it in its last 2 we... More

Martin McDonagh's hugely enjoyable dark macabre comedy had me in stitches. Everything about it is... More

I liked the play so much I went to see it a second time and still very much enjoyed it. A very en... More

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