The Cripple of Inishmaan
“I shouldn’t laugh at you Billy… but I will.”
About the work
Welcome to the Michael Grandage Company’s production of The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh
Set on the remote island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland, word arrives that a Hollywood film is being made on the neighbouring island of Inishmore. The one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy, if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life.
Martin McDonagh’s comic masterpiece examines an ordinary coming of age in extraordinary circumstances and confirms his position as one of the most original Irish voices to emerge in the second half of the twentieth century. Daniel Radcliffe plays the title role in the first major London revival since its premiere at the National Theatre in 1996.
“I had seen Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway and asked if he wanted to follow up Equus in England with any other play. The answer was yes. Out of our discussion came something I didn’t know about, which was his Irish background – his father is Irish – and his interest in the Irish repertoire. I presented The Cripple of Inishmaan to him as a play which hasn’t been seen in London since its premiere and which I would really like to do – the comic but desolate world, the landscape too, that Martin McDonagh creates really appealed to me. I think it’s already seen as a modern classic.”Michael Grandage, Artistic Director, MGC