Lyric Hammersmith Theatre announces major new revival of Martin McDonagh’s ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’

The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has announced a major new revival of Martin McDonagh‘s Tony Award-winning debut play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, directed by Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan in a new co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane will open at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre where it runs from 3 September to 2 October 2021 before transferring to the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre from 9 October to 6 November 2021.

The production will star Ingrid Craigie and Kwaku Fortune with further casting to be announced.

The production will be designed by Good Teeth Theatre, with lighting design by Kevin Treacy, music and sound design by Anna Clock and casting by Sam Stevenson.


In the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, Maureen Folan – a plain, lonely woman, tied to her manipulative and ageing mother, Mag – comes alive at her first and possibly last prospect of a loving relationship. But Mag has other ideas; and her interference sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably towards the play’s breathtaking conclusion.


The Beauty Queen of Leenane was originally announced as part of Rachel O’Riordan’s inaugural season as Artistic Director of the Lyric for Autumn 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic.

The Lyric’s reopening season will launch in summer 2021 with the world premiere trilogy, Out West, featuring plays by Tanika Gupta, Simon Stephens and Roy Williams.

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