"a first-rate revival"
-The Guardian-

"an inspired choice for the West End"
-The Daily Telegraph-

"a blend of bloodbath and cartoon caper"
-The Evening Standard-

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About the show

Poldark’s Aidan Turner makes his West End debut in a revival of Martin McDonagh’s award-winning black comedy The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Presented by the Michael Grandage Company, who return to the London venue after huge success with James Graham’s Labour of Love, the production follows a terrorist deemed too extreme for the IRA.

Taking place in County Galway, Ireland, in 1933, the Northern Ireland peace process is just getting underway. Mad Padraic is a terrorist who is part of the splinter group INLA, where torture and chip-shop bombing are part of the every day. Returning from his latest torture stint, which includes methods such as slicing the nipples of a drug peddler, he discovers that his beloved cat has been run down. Was it an accident? And who is the culprit?

Originally premiering in 2001 at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon, the play has been seen across the world. The Lieutenant of Inishmore is written by the multi-award winning British-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, whose other successes include Hangmen, The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Pillowman, with screen credits including In Bruges.

Aidan Turner stars as Mad Padraic, after rising to fame as the title role in the BBC’s popular drama Poldark. Further film and television credits include Desperate Romantics and Being Human, as well as starring in The Hobbit franchise. His theatre credits include the 2005 production of The Plough and the Stars at the Barbican Theatre.

The production features an all-Irish cast, including Charlie Murphy, Denis Conway, Will Irvine, Brian Martin, Daryl McCormack, Julian Moore-Cook and Chris Walley.

Michael Grandage directs, alongside directing the revival of Red at Wyndham’s Theatre. Creative team includes designer Christopher Oram, lighting designer Neil Austin and sound designer Adam Cork.

A witty, satirical take on political tensions and violence in Ireland, The Lieutenant of Inishmore is guaranteed to be yet another success for the Michael Grandage Company. Playing a strictly limited season at the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre, the production runs from July 4th to September 8th 2018, with previews beginning June 23rd 2018.

Who Should See It?

Those who love Poldark now have the opportunity to see their favourite actor live on stage in his West End debut! Aidan Turner has already proved his acting skills in franchises including The Hobbit, so this is an exciting addition to the London stage!

The Lieutenant of Inishmore is suitable for those over the age of 16. Under 14's will not be admitted into the venue.

Playing at

Noel Coward Theatre
St Martins Lane
Seating Plan

Noel Coward Theatre seating plan

Booking period

23rd Jun 2018

22nd Feb 2020

8th Sep 2018

Running time

1 hour 50 minutes (including an interval)


Recommended 16+. No under 14's.