The Lieutenant of Inishmore at Noel Coward Theatre tickets
The Lieutenant of Inishmore at Noel Coward Theatre tickets

The Lieutenant of Inishmore tickets from £34.75

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Overview

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.

Recommended for

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!

Age Recommendations: Recommended 16+. No under 14's.

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Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 23 Jun 2018
Press night: 04 Jul 2018
Booking from: 23 Jul 2018
Booking until: 08 Sep 2018

Next available performances

DateMatineeEvening
Monday 23 Jul 2018--7:30pm
Tuesday 24 Jul 2018--7:30pm
Wednesday 25 Jul 20183:00pm7:30pm
Thursday 26 Jul 2018--7:30pm
Friday 27 Jul 2018--7:30pm
Saturday 28 Jul 20183:00pm7:30pm
Monday 30 Jul 2018--7:30pm

Location and map

Noel Coward Theatre
St Martins Lane
London, WC2N 4AU

56 Reviews Add review

So despite a very important World Cup and Pride this matinee was full. The combo of Martin McDonagh's dark humour and the stunning... More

braintree 155cm, 52 reviews, 5 helpful votes

So despite a very important World Cup and Pride this matinee was full. The combo of Martin McDonagh's dark humour and the stunning Aidan Turner in this grisly comedy about a mad man (Padraic played with wonderful comic timing by Turner) who loves two things; a united Ireland and his black cat 'Wee' Thomas. When his cat is killed whilst under the care of his father he returns home to take vengeance but is there something more to his cat's demise. It is a really short show, including the interval, and not much like anything else on in the West End; Violent, hilarious, bumbling and with a great twist I failed to see coming this is the West End at its finest. Turner is a revelation, currently known for Poldark and being broodingly handsome, it is a revelation to see him embrace a role that shows his true talent as a comedy actor.

braintree 155cm, 52 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I adored this play. It's utterly bonkers and truly hilarious. Absolutely recommend. Aidan Turner is an absolute dream and it's tru... More

bryonyjameson 5"7, 65 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I adored this play. It's utterly bonkers and truly hilarious. Absolutely recommend. Aidan Turner is an absolute dream and it's truly unlike anything else I've seen on the West End. Go see!

bryonyjameson 5"7, 65 reviews, 1 helpful vote

How refreshing to see such a brilliant play. Aidan Turner is a fantastic actor, switching perfectly in between psychotic torturer ... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 142 reviews, 4 helpful votes

How refreshing to see such a brilliant play. Aidan Turner is a fantastic actor, switching perfectly in between psychotic torturer and tortured, emotional child. Wickedly funny, it harks back to his Desperate Romantic days. Michael Grandage's direction keeps everything going along nicely, and obviously McDonagh's script is brilliantly funny and although the play isn't as risky as when it was originally staged, there's a lot of sinister undertones that are still relevant today. It's a thoroughly entertaining evening - don't miss out on this one!

susannahrosemn 5"3, 142 reviews, 4 helpful votes

A hilarious two-hour show! Had me laughing right from the start.

anderri 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A hilarious two-hour show! Had me laughing right from the start.

anderri 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I love McDonagh's play, and the production stayed true to it, but I just felt some of the cast were overacting a lot of the time, ... More

catgrafton 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I love McDonagh's play, and the production stayed true to it, but I just felt some of the cast were overacting a lot of the time, which pulled me out of the moment. The play is dark and hilarious enough to carry it, however.

catgrafton 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Enjoyed this play! Very funny, but also very gruesome - not one for the squeamish! Aidan Turner was excellent, as were the rest of... More

jamesatwill 178, 109 reviews, 6 helpful votes

Enjoyed this play! Very funny, but also very gruesome - not one for the squeamish! Aidan Turner was excellent, as were the rest of the cast.

jamesatwill 178, 109 reviews, 6 helpful votes

Such a funny dark comedy that's so well staged and acted. A very enjoyable production.

londontheatrefan 5'4", 183 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Such a funny dark comedy that's so well staged and acted. A very enjoyable production.

londontheatrefan 5'4", 183 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Absolutely brilliant! The whole cast were amazing and the show is so funny. If you like satire then definitely see this before it ... More

SarahJH 5'7, 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Absolutely brilliant! The whole cast were amazing and the show is so funny. If you like satire then definitely see this before it ends!

SarahJH 5'7, 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

JLOBrien 5ft 7", 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes

JLOBrien 5ft 7", 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes