This wickedly amusing and thrillingly dramatic play tells the story of Maureen, a plain and lonely middle-aged spinster who lives with her elderly mother Mag. Maureen’s sisters have flown the nest, escaping the drab family home, but Maureen remains at home, trapped in an acutely dysfunctional relationship with her mother.
When the arrival of an invitation sparks hopes of a last chance romance and the longed-for prospect of escape, things start to look up for Maureen – but not if her interfering manipulative mother has anything to do with it….
The twists and turns, the dark undertones and laugh-out loud moments, of this perfectly plotted drama have deservedly placed this play among the classics of modern theatre.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane rocketed its playwright Martin McDonagh to fame when it opened in the West End in 1996, winning a nomination for Best Play at the Olivier Awards with the subsequent Broadway production winning four Tony awards. Since then, McDonagh has been as well known for his movies as for his plays with In Bruges earning him an Oscar nomination and Seven Psychopaths garnering critical acclaim in 2012. Most recently his play Hangman won Best Play at this year’s Olivier Awards following its runs at the Royal Court and in the West End.