23 June 2018 - 8 September 2018

London UK WC2H 0DA Charing Cross Road

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

by Martin McDonagh
Noël Coward Theatre
Cast includes: Aidan Turner

MGC Artistic Director Michael Grandage directed a rare revival of Martin McDonagh’s critically acclaimed, brilliant satire on terrorism, The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Stage and screen actor Aidan Turner, best known for playing the title role in the BBC hit series Poldark, plays Mad Padraic, a terrorist deemed too violent to be a member of the IRA, in this hilarious, acute observation of violence in contemporary culture.

Who knocked Mad Padraic's cat over on a lonely road on the island of Inishmore and was it an accident? He'll want to know when he gets back from a stint of torture and chip-shop bombing in Northern Ireland: he loves that cat more than life itself.

This production followed Michael Grandage’s award-winning production of McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan in 2013, and Martin McDonagh’s Golden Globe and BAFTA Award winning film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The Lieutenant of Inishmore 23 June 2018 - 8 September 2018

Aidan Turner


Theatre includes: The Plough and The Stars, Romeo and Juliet and A Cry from Heaven (Abbey Theatre Dublin), CyranoTitus Andronicus (Project Arts Centre).

Television includesThe Clinic, Being Human, Desperate Romantics, Hattie and as the title role in Poldark, now in its 4th series.

Film includes: The Hobbit trilogy of films, The Mortal Instruments, The Secret Scripture, Loving Vincent and the forthcoming Look Away and The Man Who Killed Hitler, Then the Bigfoot.

He was named GQ Actor of the Year for 2016 and Radio Times’s Most Popular UK Actor in 2015 and 2016.

Denis Conway


Theatre includesThe Walworth Farce (National Theatre), Penelope (Hampstead Theatre), Wallenstein, King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre), Translations, The Wild Duck, (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), The Heiress, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Gigli Concert (Best Supporting Actor nomination, Irish Time Theatre Awards 2015), A Streetcar named Desire (Best Supporting Actor nomination, IT Theatre Awards 2013), Glen Garry Glen Ross, The Price, An Enemy of the People (Gate Theatre Dublin)Amadeus, Macbeth, Myrmidons, Tales from Ovid, Making History, Richard II, Richard  III (Best Actor Award, IT Theatre Awards 2001), Troilus and Cressida (Ouroboros Theatre Company), The Gigli Concert (Best Actor Award, IT Theatre Awards 2010, Druid Theatre Company), End of Day (Enniskillen Happy Days Festival/Paris/fit up Theatre Festival). 

Television includesSingle Handed II, Showbands, The Clinic, On Home Ground , Fair City, Rebel Heart, Quirke, The Truth Commissioner, Yesterday's Children, Trial of the Century, Hollywood in Éireann, Scúp 1 and 2, The Running Mate.

Film includes: Brooklyn, Garage, The Wind that Shakes the BarleyTiger’s Tail, Alexander, Michael Collins.

Denis was the Artistic Director of Ouroboros Theatre Company for 10 years. He is also a member of the board of the Brian Friel Trust.

Will Irvine


Training: Will studied acting at Trinity College Dublin.

Theatre includes: Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Sheffield Theatres/ETT), School for Scandal (Barbican), Moment (Bush), Inkheart and Angel Meadow (HOME), Pentecost and The Playboy of the Western World (Lyric, Belfast), After The End and The Coronation Voyage (Prime Cut), The Waiting Room (Kabosh), Travesties, Spokesong and Digging for Fire (Rough Magic), Anna Karenina (The Gate, Dublin), 16 Possible Glimpses (The Abbey Theatre), Myrmidons (Ouroboros), The Colleen Bawn (Project/Civic Dublin), Hue & Cry (Tall Tales), Macbeth and Hamlet (Second Age), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Making Strange).

Television includes: WillLegendsVikingsThe TudorsTitanic: Blood and SteelCharlieThe Clinic.

Film includes: Dublin Old SchoolThe Current War, Born A KingThe Alarms, Maze.

Brian Martin


Training: Brian trained at LAMDA.

Theatre includes: Boudica, The Merchant of Venice, Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare's Globe), Snapshot (Hope Theatre), Damned by Despair, Juno and the Paycock (National Theatre), Stars in the Morning Sky (Belgrade Theatre), Oliver Twist (Gate Theatre), The Wake, Macbeth (Abbey Theatre).

Film includes: The Cocaine Famine (short).

Writing includes: Be Infants in Evil (Druid Theatre), The Cocaine Famine.

Daryl McCormack


Training: Daryl studied at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Theatre includes: Othello (Theatre Royal, Waterford), Romeo and Juliet (Gate Theatre, Dublin), The Grapes Of Wrath (Project Arts Centre).

Television includes: VikingsFair CityDawn. Daryl will appear in the upcoming A Very English Scandal for BBC.

Film includes: The Randomer.

Julian Moore-Cook


Training: Julian was trained at EAST 15 Drama School.

Theatre includes: Dublin Carol (Sherman Theatre), Mother Courage and Her Children (Southwark Playhouse), The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre), Twelfth Night (Actors Church, Iris Theatre), Three Sisters (Lyric Theatre Belfast), The Beggars Opera (Regents Park Theatre), Our American Cousin (The Finborough Theatre).

Television includes: Benidorm, Casualty, 24: Live Another Day.

Charlie Murphy


Theatre includes: Arlington (National Theatre of Ireland and St Ann’s Warehouse), Our Few and Evil Days (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Big Maggie (Druid Theatre), Disco Pigs (Young Vic), Pygmalion (National Theatre of Ireland/Abbey Theatre- Irish Times Theatre Best Actress Award), The Silver Tassie (Lincoln Centre), The Colleen Bawn and This Is Our Youth (Bedrock Theatre), The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui (Bruiser Theatre), Anatomy Of A Seagull (Smock Alley Theatre), Once A Catholic (Wexford Opera House) 4.48 Psychosis (Granary Theatre, Cork), Romeo And Juliet (Half Moon Theatre), The Taming Of The Shrew (Shakespeare in the Park). 

Television includes: Peaky Blinders, To Walk Invisible, Happy Valley, Rebellion, The Last Kingdom, The Village (IFTA Best Supporting Actress nomination), Quirke, Ripper Street, Misfits, Love/ Hate (The Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actress).

Film includes: The ForeignerNorthmen – A Viking Saga, Philomena.

Chris Walley


Training: Chris studied at RADA.

TV and Film includesThe Young Offenders.

Martin McDonagh


Martin McDonagh is an award-winning writer and director. 

His plays includeThe Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara, The Lonesome West, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Pillowman, A Behanding in Spokane, Hangmen and the upcoming A Very Very Very Dark Matter.  

As a Writer and Director for film his credits includeSeven Psychopaths, In Bruges, Six Shooter and most recently Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Michael Grandage


Michael Grandage is Artistic Director of the Michael Grandage Company. For the company he directed Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51 (Noël Coward Theatre), Dawn French: 30 Million Minutes (national and international tour and West End), Jude Law in Henry V, David Walliams and Sheridan Smith in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw in Peter and Alice and Simon Russell Beale in Privates on Parade as part of the season at the Noël Coward Theatre, and the feature film Genius with Colin Firth.

He was Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse (2002–2012) and Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres (2000–05). He is the recipient of Tony, Drama Desk, Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and South Bank Awards. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of London, Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University and is President of Central School of Speech and Drama. He was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011. His book, A Decade At The Donmar, was published by Constable & Robins in 2012.

His work for the Donmar Warehouse includes directing Eddie Redmayne in Richard II, Felicity Jones in Luise Miller, Derek Jacobi in King LearRed (also New York, Tony and Drama Desk Awards Best Director), Jude Law in Hamlet (also Elsinore and New York), Kenneth Branagh in Ivanov (Evening Standard and Critics Circle Award Best Director), Madame de SadeTwelfth Night, The Chalk Garden (Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards Best Director), Don Juan in Soho, Frost/Nixon (also Gielgud, New York, USA tour, Tony Nomination Award for Best Director), Othello (Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Director), The Wild Duck (Critics Circle Award Best Director), Guys and Dolls (Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production), Grand Hotel (Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production and Evening Standard Award Best Director), The Cut, After Miss Julie, Caligula (Olivier Award Best Director), Merrily We Roll Along (Evening Standard Award Best Director), Passion Play (Evening Standard Award and Critics Circle Award for Best Director).

For Sheffield Theatres he directed many productions including Don Carlos (Evening Standard Award Best Director) and The Tempest both with Derek Jacobi.

He most recently directed Red at the Wyndham’s Theatre as well as Disney’s Frozen, which opened on Broadway in March 2018.

Christopher Oram

Set & Costume Designer 

Theatre includesPhotograph 51Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Cripple of Inishmaan (also NYC), Peter and Alice, Privates on Parade (MGC/West End), Hughie (MGC/NYC) Macbeth (Manchester International Festival & Park Avenue Armory, NYC), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Richard Rogers/NYC), Frozen (St James Theatre/NYC), Company (Sheffield Crucible), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Streetcar Named Desire, Othello, Grand Hotel, World Music, Red, King Lear, Passion, Parade, Frost/Nixon (Donmar Warehouse), Hamlet, Madame de Sade, Twelfth Night, Ivanov (Donmar/Wyndham’s), Man and SupermanSummerfolkDanton’s Death, Stuff Happens, Power, The Marriage Play/Finding the Sun (National Theatre), Backbeat (Glasgow Citizen’s), Evita (Adelphi & NYC), Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly), King Lear/The Seagull (RSC/world tour), Wolf Hall/Bring up the Bodies (RSC/London/NYC), A Damsel in Distress (Chichester), No’s Knife (Old Vic), A Winters Tale, Romeo & Juliet, The Entertainer (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company/Garrick),

Opera includesBilly Budd (Glyndebourne/BAM), Marriage of Figaro (Glyndebourne/HGO), Madam Butterfly (HGO), Don Giovanni (Met).

Ballet includes: Casanova (Northern Ballet).

Christopher is a recipient of the Tony, Drama Desk, Olivier, Evening Standard, Critic’s Circle, Garland, Falstaff and Ovation awards for his work in both the UK and the USA.

Neil Austin

Lighting Designer 

West End includes: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace), InkNo Man’s Land (Duke of York’s), Labour of LovePhotograph 51, Shakespeare in Love and Henry V (Noël Coward), The Goat, Great Britain (Haymarket), Travesties, A Life in the Theatre (Apollo), Buried ChildThe Hothouse and Dealers Choice (Trafalgar Studios), The Weir, Hamlet, Madame de Sade and Twelfth Night (Wyndham’s), The Sunshine Boys (Savoy), South Downs, The Browning Version, Death and the Maiden and The Childrens Hour (Comedy/Pinter), Piaf, The Prisoner of Second Avenue (Vaudeville), Frost/Nixon (Gielgud), King Lear, The Seagull (RSC: New London), Bend it Like Beckham (Phoenix), Betty Blue Eyes and Much Ado About Nothing (Novello).

Other Theatre includes: Translations, Three Days in the CountryRules for LivingDaraLiolàChildren of the SunThe Cherry OrchardWomen Beware WomenLondon AssuranceThe White GuardOedipusPhilistinesThe Man of ModeThérèse Raquin (National Theatre), Albion, Ink, The Treatment, Medea (Almeida), Henry IVJulius CaesarThe Night AliveSpelling BeeKing Lear, PassionThe Wild DuckAfter Miss JulieCaligula (Donmar Warehouse), BirdlandThe Faith MachineTusk Tusk (Royal Court), TravestiesAssassinsDealer’s Choice (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Dazzle (Found 111), King LearThe Seagull, King John, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet, Julius Caesar, Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC).

Broadway includesHarry Potter and the Cursed Child, Travesties, HughieCat on a Hot Tin RoofEvitaRedHamletThe SeafarerFrost/Nixon.

Neil was the recipient of the 2017 Laurence Olivier Award and the 2017 WhatsOnStage Award for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the 2011 Laurence Olivier Award for The White Guard, and the 2010 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Red.

Adam Cork

Composer & Sound Designer 

Adam Cork has written mainly for the stage, blending original composition with sound design to create integrated music/sound scores for many celebrated productions.

Theatre includes: London Road (National Theatre - Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, Olivier Award Nomination for Best Musical), Red (Donmar/Broadway - Tony Award for Best Sound Design), King Lear (Donmar - Olivier Award for Best Sound Design and Evening Standard Award for Best Design), Anna Christie (Donmar - Evening Standard Award for Best Design), ENRON (Broadway/West End- Tony Award Nomination for Best Score), Ink (Almeida/ West End), Mosquitoes (NT Dorfman), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Pinter), Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory/West End/Broadway), No Man’s Land (Sheffield Lyceum/West End), Richard III (Almeida), Les Blancs, Danton’s Death (NT Olivier), Three Days In The Country, Phedre, (NT Lyttelton), Hughie (Broadway), Photograph 51, Henry V (MGC/West End), Frost/Nixon, Hamlet (Donmar/Broadway), Ivanov (Donmar/West End), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Headlong/West End), Richard II, A Streetcar Named DesireThe Chalk Garden, Othello, Creditors, The Wild Duck, Caligula (Donmar), Don Carlos (West End)Romeo & Juliet (RSC 2010), The Tempest (RSC 2006), Suddenly Last Summer (West End), Paradise Lost (Headlong). 

Film/TV includes: scores for London Road, GeniusThe Hollow Crown: Richard II, MacbethFrances Tuesday, Re-ignited, Imprints, BustThe Three Rules of Infidelity, Tripletake.

Radio includes: Losing Rosalind, The Luneberg Variation, The Colonel-Bird, Don Carlos, Othello, On the Ceiling, The Chalk Garden.

Adam sits on the board of Mercury Musical Developments, and is an Associate Artist of the RSC.

Anne McNulty CDG

Casting Director 

Previously for MGC: Red (Wyndham's Theatre), Photograph 51, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Noël Coward Theatre), The Cripple of Inishmaan (also Cort Theatre, NY).

Also: Ink (Dukes of York's/Almeida Theatre), King LearThe Country Girls and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Minerva Theatre, CFT), Fatherland and What If Women Ruled the World (Manchester International Festival 2017), No Man’s Land (regional tour/Wyndham’s Theatre), Carmen Disruption and Bakkhai (Almeida Theatre), The Complete Walk (Shakespeare 400, Globe Theatre), Outside Mullingar (Ustinov Studio, Bath), Betrayal (UK castingEthel Barrymore Theatre, NY), Macbeth (MIF/New York Armory), TartuffeOf Mice and Men (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Venice Preserved (Spectator’s Guild), Good People (Hampstead Theatre/Noël Coward Theatre), AfterplayTranslations, Wonderful Tennessee (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield).

Anne was Casting Director at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre 1992-2012.

The Lieutenant of Inishmore
The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Reviews and Marketing

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"Michael Grandage's perfectly pitched production"
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"A fearless, savagely funny satire"
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"Aidan Turner is masterful in Martin McDonagh's savagely funny farce"
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"Turner is hilarious"
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"Michael Grandage's cracking production. As grisly and giddy as ever"
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"Unforgettable, hilarious and horrifying"
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"One of the madder, braver comedies written in these islands in recent centuries"
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"Martin McDonagh's play is the darkest and funniest he has ever written"
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"As funny a show as you'll see this year. Aidan Turner is terrific"
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"A first-rate revival of Martin McDonagh's brutally funny play"
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"I didn't know it was possible for a play this bloody to be so funny"
The Lieutenant of Inishmore


Aidan Turner Best Actor - WhatsOnStage Awards

Aidan Turner The Joe Allen Best West End Debut Award - Stage Debut Awards

Chris Walley Most Promising Newcomer - Critics Circle Awards

Chris Walley Best Supporting Actor in a Play - Olivier Awards


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