The Lieutenant of Inishmore
About the work
Welcome to the Michael Grandage Company’s production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh
MGC Artistic Director Michael Grandage directs 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 follows 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.
“MGC was very proud to produce a new West End production of Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore in 2018. This brilliant satire is widely believed to be one of the finest comedies ever written about the banality of violence and in particular, terrorism. Set against the backdrop of the Irish troubles, we were able to excavate the highly theatrical juxtaposition of this very dark subject matter alongside what the one reviewer called “one of the madder, braver comedies in recent centuries”.
This document offers an opportunity to go behind the scenes and understand the complexities (mainly technical) surrounding the mounting of a rare, new production.”Michael Grandage, Artistic Director, MGC