By Martin McDonagh
19 February â€“ 13 March 2010
By Jo Clifford
PROFOUND UPLIFTING MOVING BEAUTIFUL
19 March – 10 April 2010
elcome to the Lyceum, and to this production of Martin McDonagh’s startling, thrilling and funny tale of life in rural, west coast Ireland.
I have wanted to stage a McDonagh play at the Lyceum since the start of my tenure as Artistic Director in 2004. McDonagh’s unique perspective on the comic tragedies of everyday life means that few writers match his capacity to unsettle and disturb, even as he makes you wince with laughter. As evidenced by a string of awards – including a Tony Award for Best Play for The Beauty Queen of Leenane; a Best Original Screenplay BAFTA and Best Original Screenplay nomination at last year’s Academy Awards for In Bruges; a previous Academy Award for Best Short Film; and an impressive clutch of Tony, Laurence Olivier and Critics’ Circle awards for his plays since 1998 – McDonagh is a writer at the top of his game, and I’m proud to be bringing his work to the Lyceum’s stage. In a Season of theatre featuring stories about families, this portrait of a dysfunctional relationship between mother and daughter is a perfect fit. I hope you enjoy the show!
Mark Thomson, Artistic Director and Chief Executive
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The BEAUTY QUEEN of LEENANE
Photographer: Alan McCredie
This production opened at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh on Friday 19 February 2010. The Beauty Queen of Leenane was produced by Druid Theatre Company/Royal Court Theatre at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway, Ireland on February 1, 1996. The production subsequently opened at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in London on March 5, 1996. The production was subsequently produced by Atlantic Theater Company, New York on February 11, 1998. It then opened on Broadway produced by Atlantic Theater Company, Randall L. Wreghitt, Chase Mishkin, Steven M. Levy and Leonard Soloway in association with Julian Schlossberg and Norma Langworthy on April 14, 1998. The author is represented by the Rod Hall Agency Limited of 6th Floor Fairgate House, 78 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1HB. BOX OFFICE 0131 248 4848 BOOK ONLINE www.lyceum.org.uk/queen FOLLOW US twitter.com/lyceumtheatre
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