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The Beauty Queen of Leenane – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer:  Martin McDonagh Director: Mark Babych Designer: Sara Perks Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Beauty Queen of Leenane is the first, and best known, of a trilogy of plays set in Leenane in Connemara and written in the 1990s. Since then Martin McDonagh has made his name even further West with such films as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. As revealed ...

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A Skull In Connemara – Oldham Coliseum

Writer:  Martin McDonagh Director:  Chris Lawson Martin McDonagh was already an established playwright and writer of several Indie screen classics when his award-winning film, Three Billboards OutsideEbbing, Missouri, brought him overnight fame and World-wide attention in 2017. As a young writer in his mid-twenties, McDonagh emerged as an enfant terrible of the British theatre scene with his highly acclaimed Leenane ...

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A Very Very Very Dark Matter – The Bridge Theatre, London

Writer: Martin McDonagh Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It should have been so good, a huge coup announced a year ago, not long after the new Bridge Theatre was opened to prioritise new writing, the world premiere of a Martin McDonagh play about Hans Christian Andersen, two gothic storytellers combined in one oddly hilarious package. And McDonagh’s star is ...

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The Lonesome West – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

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Writer: Martin McDonagh Director:Andy Arnold Reviewer: Harriet Brace Twisted yet touching, even the most avid theatre-goer will rarely have found a tale with such an honest sense of humour as The Lonesome West. If you’ve seen Seven Psychopaths or In Bruges on the big screen, you’ll know the kind of darkly funny material traditionally conjured from the mind of controversial ...

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The Pillowman – Clarion Theatre, New York

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Writer: Martin McDonagh Director: Erin Cronican &Brandon Walker Reviewer: Jamie Rosler   The Pillowman is a dark, disturbing, funny script that has the ability to resonate deeply, and with startling precision. In a non-specific future, in an authoritarian police state, a writer is interrogated about the twisted stories he’s written over the years, which have begun to be acted out ...

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Hangmen – Royal Court, London

  Writer: Martin McDonagh Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty   Funny? Yep. Dark? Check. Leaves you unsettled and without the ability to pinpoint why? Well, yes. It’s the new piece of work from Martin McDonagh, what else would you expect? It’s certainly one of the funniest plays in the last few months down here in that London, and the ...

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A Skull In Connemara – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Martin McDonagh Director: Fiona Buffini Reviewer: Phil Lowe Make no bones about it - this production of A Skull in Connemara by Martin McDonagh at Nottingham Playhouse is a bloody cracking play. Directed by Fiona Buffini it allows for plenty of slow burning craic in the first half and really steps up the drunken murderous pace in the second. ...

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The Pillowman – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Martin McDonagh Director: Andrew Flynn Reviewer: Caitriona M Reilly (with Megan W. Minogue) If you are easily offended you should avoid Decadent Theatre Company’s production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman. Katurian (Peter Campion) is a writer living in a totalitarian dictatorship ‘where the police boast that they like to execute writers’. Katurian is being interrogated in a cell by ...

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