Following on from their hugely successful production of Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan earlier this year, the Gaiety Theatre has announced a new production of the Oscar winner’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore for early 2020.
Directed by frequent McDonagh collaborator Andrew Flynn – who recently worked on acclaimed productions of the writer’s other works A Skull in Connemara and The Pillowman – this new production will run at the Gaiety Theatre from January 27, 2020 to February 22.
McDonagh began his career as a playwright with a series of plays set in and around Galway including The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1996) and The Lonesome West (1997). Having earned acclaim for his Irish work, he transitioned into screenwriting and directing with short film Six Shooter (2004) which picked up an Academy Award.
Since then, McDonagh directed movies In Bruges (2008) and Seven Psychopaths (2012). His latest Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) picked up many awards including Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Screenplay at the Golden Globes. The writer still works in theatre also. His most recent plays Hangmen (2015) and A Very Very Very Dark Matter (2018) premiered in London, while 2011’s A Behanding in Spokane opened on Broadway.
The Lieutenant of Inishmore is set in Ireland in 1993. It revolves around the killing of INLA man Mad Padraic’s cat, which occurs while the owner is out “chip-shop bombing in Northern Ireland”. Loving his pet more than life itself, when Padraic returns he is hell bent on revenge.
Considered one of the writer’s best works, the play has been called ‘a clever satire on terrorism and the beautification of violence in contemporary culture’, as well as ‘a hilarious farce in true McDonagh fashion’
Tickets for The Lieutenant of Inishmore go on sale tomorrow (July 19). They cost from €21.