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

The Lieutenant of Inishmore has closed

This show has closed

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.

Dates and times

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

Location and map

Noel Coward Theatre
St Martins Lane
London, WC2N 4AU

191 Reviews Add review

Martin McDonagh's hugely enjoyable dark macabre comedy had me in stitches. Everything about it is so over the top and his style of... More

joc78 5"4, 277 reviews, 4 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... More

braintree 155cm, 56 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Martin McDonagh's hugely enjoyable dark macabre comedy had me in stitches. Everything about it is so over the top and his style of... More

joc78 5"4, 277 reviews, 4 helpful votes

It was funny and with a surprise ending. Lots of blood and sudden occurrences made it lively and kept us from falling asleep. My h... More

louisefarr 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Absolutely superb play. Very funny black comedy. Nearly missed it. Got to see it in its last 2 weeks and for a giveaway price. So ... More

dickymail121 6'0, 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I liked the play so much I went to see it a second time and still very much enjoyed it. A very entertaining black comedy!

LondonLass 5"1, 181 reviews, 12 helpful votes

Excellent, excellent, excellent. Yes, it is dark, bloody, violent with lots of swearing. It is also very, very funny and the viol... More

dianewalker 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Loved the show! From the opening scene you just know the rest of the play will not disappoint! The dark humour and timing of deliv... More

ritatsang 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Dark but very, very funny. Superb acting, thoroughly enjoyed it. Warning - the last part is very gory!

palelylaura 5'10", 104 reviews, 8 helpful votes