The Beauty Queen of Leenane

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Tony Cownie

Bitter. Twisted. Dark. Hilarious.


Twisted comedy. In the wilds of rural Ireland a selfish mother scuppers her adult daughter’s dreams of freedom and love.

Martin McDonagh, writer/director of the BAFTA award-winning In Bruges, delivers a twisted and comic tale of a mother and daughter trapped together in a small village in Galway.

Maureen lives a lonely life, with only her ancient mother Mag for company, tending to her every need, putting up with years of insults (and doling out a few of her own).

When a chance comes along to find love and make a new life for herself Maureen sees an opportunity to escape. Mag has other ideas though, and her interference sets in motion a chain of misunderstandings and betrayals, heart-breaking tragedy and dark, dark humour.

Martin McDonagh’s brutal but irresistible work has taken audiences by storm in recent years; cruel, sharp dialogue is combined with an uncanny ability to find laughter in some pretty unpleasant situations.

Tony Cownie (Copenhagen, Mary Rose, Vanity Fair) directs this wonderful, wicked take on Irish family life

Cast and Credits

The cast of The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Maureen Folan - Cara Kelly
Mag Folan - Nora Connolly
Pato Dooley - John Kazek
Ray Dooley - Dylan Kennedy

The creative team of The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Director - Tony Cownie
Set and Costume Designer - Janet Bird
Lighting Designer - Colin Grenfell
Dialect Coach - Ros Steen



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Dates, Times & Prices

This production has now ended

Press Coverage


The Scotsman ★★★★
"perfectly shaped... beautifully made... a joy to experience"

The Times ★★★★
"a marvellous play... first-rate performances"

Evening News ★★★★
"Hilarious, dark and utterly brutal... a thoroughly satisfying production"

The Guardian ★★★★
"Martin McDonagh's writing sparkles with deadpan irony... the plot twists produce gasps from the stalls... a flawless cast in Tony Cownie's finely judged production"

The Herald ★★★★
"has the audience gasping with surprise (and sometimes horror) in between bursts of laughter... very highly recommended" ★★★★
"perfectly pitched and delivered seamlessly"

Edinburgh Spotlight ★★★★
"blistering humour, excrutiating tension, heartrending tragedy and compelling performances"

TV Bomb ★★★★
"Kelly’s startlingly emotional and utterly convincing performance"

The Stage (don't do stars)
"a production which sweeps its audience up with it... Brilliant stuff"

Lothian Life (don't do stars)
"meticulously crafted and directed... a good-looking winner"


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