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The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Relish a tasteful revival of McDonagh’s original dark comedy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, at West End’s exquisite Noël Coward Theatre. The play is as shocking as it is entertaining, and is deeply evocative of Ireland’s era of instability at the turn of the 20th century.

Why Watch The Lieutenant of Inishmore

It is not an easy affair to fuse comedy with an unsettling setting and a violent protagonist. Yet, distinguished Oscar-winner Martin McDonagh masterfully combines seemingly incompatible themes to create the dark humour classic that invited a lot of controversies when it was first staged. Aidan Turner, who featured in leading roles in The Hobbit and Poldark, has taken on the role of Padraic, the crazed Irish freedom fighter.

The play was first staged in 2001, a time when tensions between England and Ireland were still simmering. The Lieutenant of Inishmore holds an entirely different meaning today and fits in perfectly with the rising fears of terrorism today. McDonagh expertly points out the dangers and flaws of fanaticism through his troubled protagonist. Director Michael Grandage, assisted by experienced sound and lighting directors, does full justice to the critically-acclaimed play in this revival.

The Story

Padraic, played by the talented Aidan Turner, is a crazy Irish terrorist who is not accepted by the IRA because he is considered too violent. As the play opens, he is seen torturing a drug pusher believed to be corrupting Catholic children. It is quite clear from the very start of the play that Padraic is interested in nothing more than the ‘freedom of Ulster’. When he receives a call from his father regarding the poor health of his only friend, a cat named Wee Thomas, Padraic rushes back home. Set in a stone-walled house, this horrifying tale of a man who is gripped by a maddening rejection of anything that does not conform to his view of the world, The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a shocking, funny, and beautifully orchestrated journey through one of Ireland’s most tumultuous times in the modern era.

Good for

History Buffs | Dark Comedy Fans

Critics Reviews

“Aidan Turner is masterful in Martin McDonagh’s savagely funny farce.”
- The Independent

“One of the madder, braver comedies written in these islands in recent centuries.”
- The Telegraph

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Show Timings

Monday-Saturday 7:30 PM
Wednesday & Saturday 3 PM

1 hour and 50 minutes, including 1 interval

Leading Roles
Aidan Turner as terrorist Mad Padraic
Charlie Murphyas Mairead
Denis Conway as Donny

Directed by
Michael Grandage

Sound and Music
Adam Cork

Additional Information

The show is suitable for ages 16+ with adult supervision. Children under 14 will not be admitted.

Available Facilities
Wheelchair accessible
In-house bar

The Noël Coward Theatre has a seating capacity of 872.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in West End.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.

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