MCG Artistic Director Michael Grandage directs stage and screen actor Aidan Turner in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Martin McDonagh’s critically acclaimed, brilliant satire on terrorism.
Mad Padraic may be a terrorist deemed too violent to be a member of the IRA, but he has one weakness: he loves his cat more than anything in the world. When he returns from bombing and torturing in Northern Ireland to find that his cat has been run over on the island of Inishmore, Mad Padraic will be seeking some answers to the fate of Wee Thomas.
Best known for playing the title role in BBC’s hit series Poldark, Aidan Turner plays mad Padraic in this hilarious, acute observation of violence in contemporary culture. The production comes on the heels of Michael Grandage’s award-winning production of another McDonagh play, The Cripple of Inishman, in 2013.
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The Lieutenant of Inishmore critic reviews
The Lieutenant of Inishmore reviews
My husband and I thought it was one of the best plays we have seen in a long time. Well acted by all. Very funny. Well done
Fabulous funny uplifting
Great play - well acted - some “Irish” accents took a while to adjust to, but overall most enjoyable. Shame about the 15% agency fee!
Excellent performances from actors involved. Extremely funny play.....would recomend
Really enjoyed the play. Very entertaining and wonderfully played out.
How I loved this play. I flew all the way from Australia to see it and I wasn’t disappointed. Performances were spot on and deadly funny. I could never have imagined so much blood and violence would provoke such hilarity. Thanks for a wonderful evening.
Best play I have seen so far this year. Aidan Turner and all the cast were excellent. Wonderful!
Just seen this excellent play for the second time. So different to anything I've ever seen before. Laughed and gasped all the way through. Great to see my friend's reactions this time when I knew what was coming. Great cast and really hope you make a DVD of the production for all those overseas fans who weren't able to as it live.
What a wonderful evening's entertainment; humour at its darkest, but extremely funny. Brilliant acting, people and animal. Thank-you for the pain in my stomach muscles from all that laughing and my hands from all that spontaneous clapping. Denise
The more in Inishmore summed up what one would wish to see from Michael MacDonagh. A brilliantly funny play brilliantly played by all the cast with Aiden Turner showing his talent. The standing ovation at the end was the proof and Macdonagh’s A very very Dark Matter will undoubtedly be his next success
Good play Engaging and enjoyable
Entertained from start to finish. Over-the-top, outrageous, offensive, just wonderful.
Great show, so much funnier than I expected and acting was fabulous. Not sure I should really find 4peopke and 2 cats being murdered sooooo funny but the whole thing is done so well. Well done to everyone for such a great production
I really enjoyed this Black comedy, laughted out load
The evening at the Noel Coward Theatre was amazing..the play was so funny yet had moments which allowed one to reflect on the troubles . The cast was great especially the elderly farther ....however i must say Aidan Turner stood out exuding such charisma and stage presence. The play was that much more enjoyable for me as i managed to sneak in a sleek silver hip flask ...full of medicinal spirit! The scenery was simple but effective ...special effects ..very effective. Prices for the show were not cheap but well worth every penny as the memories will last for years to come. Bravo..
A fantastic dark comedy! We loved every second of it!
What a great, amusing dark comedy with perfect timing. I could not have asked for a funnier night out in London . All actors were funny and clearly enjoyed being in the play
second time I have seen this play & it is brilliant. Well acted & so funny I wish it had a longer run so I could watch it again.
Well acted by all the cast, kept you wondering what would happen next,very well written . We felt we could come and watch it again.
This was a most hilarious night; the acting of all the actors was superb with such wonderful comic timing. The play at times tested your ability to laugh at the vey black subject matter. The actors however delivered those lines in such a way that you had no option but to laugh and belly laugh at that .The scene at the end of the play has to be seen to be believed .
if You have a few spare hours and a a few spare quid then go and purchase NOW yr ticket for the thoroughly enjoyable experience that’s Lieutenant!!! Superb comic timing and acting by ALL of the actors , not just Aidan ( who is brilliant mind). A wonderful plot , some cracking lines , just marvellous , hence the reviews this corker of a play is receiving!! So ‘make haste’ , ‘add to basket’ and ENJOY!!!! BRILLIANT!,,,,,
An amazing curious banter between family and neighbours alike! Resulting in passion, hatred, torture and resounding Irish humour! Not to be missed!
This was a jewel of a show. The cast were spot on and it lives up to its reputation as the funniest, violent, blood soaked, anti-violence statement in the West End. I would certainly see this again.
Brilliant. A must see. Hilarious and yet thought provoking. You end up laughing at things that are quite alarming and this makes you realise how futile some actions are. A wonderful evenings entertainment. Highly recommended
The cast were all captivating the sets were realistic you believe you were in remote Ireland location the timing was brilliant very funny upsetting black comedy brilliant in ever way the writing was compelling believable and at times upsetting the best show I have ever seen
I encouraged my friends to come up from Hampshire with me to see The Lieutenant of Inishmore for two reasons. I have enjoyed watching Aidan Turner in many productions from Desperate Romantics to Poldark and was interested to see him in a very different role. We all felt that he was excellent with superb comic timing. I also liked the humour of Martin McDonagh in Three Billboards. This play really made us laugh. We loved it.
Wasn't sure what to expect as with such a big star as lead role but I have to say I was fully entertained with this black comedy. I found myself laughing at 'stuff' I would not normally find funny. The casting was perfect. All characters were strongly acted with no weak links. A most enjoyable evening.
Really enjoyable with some great acting and effects. Don't expect this to be PC - the lady beside me was horrified and kept exclaiming loudly that people should not be laughing... worth going to see!
I've been to see this three times now! It just gets better each time. So funny, in a dark way! Not for the squeamish, narrow minded or children! I'm hoping to go a forth time before the season ends. Fantastic cast.
I enjoyed the play, and was able to laugh, even though from the beginning its a bit difficult for a cat lover, beware if you are squeamish. The story line was funny though, and you could tell the cast were having a great time doing it, elements of Father Ted and craggy island, but I loved that.
Tremedous performance, superb play, great set and an absolute joy to see Aiden Turner live.
Hi have not laughed out loud so much for so long. Well acted, very wordy, bit disappointed with the backdrop when not in the house scene, very funny, black humour.
Totally the best play this year.. another great Martin gem
If the sight of Aiden Turner in a blood-stained vest doesn't get your heart racing you must be already dead. Rather like his cat. Lots of laughs and fantastic character performances,, totally un-PC and hilarious. I'd go see this every night if I could. Don't miss it!
Brilliant play. We came from Ireland especially for the play and it didn’t disappoint one single bit. Would see it again.
Tremendously dark and comic. Terrific evening.
Entertaining, funny and topical. Super cast with both Charlie Murphy and Aidan Turner. Was worried I wouldn’t be able to see past his character of Poldark but this was not at all the case. Super performance, full of energy. Long haired ginger man stole the show. A MUST see before it ends next month.
Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. Fantastic projection - heard every word from my seat at the back of the balcony and had a good view of the stage at all times. Brilliantly acted by all and never missed a beat. Would happily go a second time.
Really enjoyed the play & all the performances. Would go again!!
The blackest of black comedies so very memorable and worth seeing.
Now then, we went (a) because we knew the show was brilliant from the reviews and friends' recommendation and (b) because Young Mr Turner was in it!!! We were not disappointed at all. I bet most of the audience went just for him and had a shock or two! The production was superb, the set was staggering (how DO they wash it down between shows?) The casting was perfect and the moggy at the end was entrancing. It was a timely and inspired revival of a brilliantly dark comedy and the always terrific Mr Grandage deserve a knighthood for his courage in bringing it back. It deserves ten stars.
I thought this was going to be rather highbrow and heavy but I laughed the whole way through
Dark, funny and shocking at times. Some scenes quite difficult to watch especially if you are a cat lover like me. I didn't expect there would be so much blood - don't go if you are squeamish! Aidan Turner is great and there is a good twist at the end.
Really funny and quirky. Plenty of blood and gore too. Plus added bonus of Aidan Turner - very hunky. loved it.
Very very clever....laughed all the way through. All the cast were stunning and we would highly recommend anyone to see this with the caveat that of course it is black humour but really nothing too squeamish!!
Excellent play. Thought provoking and hilarious. McDonagh once again creating violent drama that incorporates comedy. The play does not seek to make light of the troubles but reflects the pointless, nonsensical madness of it all. All actors were excellent each bringing their own dynamic. Play gives a great opportunity to see such talented actors up close. The stage was classic west of Ireland setting. Great way to celebrate our 25th Anniversary whie celebrating in London. A twist as part of our honeymoon was on the Arran Islands. The play will also offer a twist. Go see it, hilarious.
Loved every minute of this darkly hilarious comedy. A fabulous cast plus a plot that twists and turns like a runaway rollercoaster. Thoroughly enjoyed the ride!
I have been to see it twice already and I have taken big crowds with me! And I am continuing to spread the good news! And I could go again.
Superb and highly entertaining.
Very dark comedy with plenty of violence. Absolutely brilliant . Laughed do much no throat is still sore. Best play I have seen in years
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The running time of THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE is 1 Hour and 50 minutes including a 15 minute interval
please: note: latecomers will NOT be admitted.
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Suitable For Children
Age recommendation: 16+
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When Can I Go
23rd June 2018 - 8th September 2018
Monday - Saturday: 7.30pm
Wednesday & Saturday: 3.00pm
Where Do I Go
Noël Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU
How To Get There:
Train: Charing Cross (approx. 200m)
Tube: Leicester Square (approx. 100m)
Bus: 24, 29, 176