Casting announced for Lyric Hammersmith’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane

The Lyric theatre in Hammersmith has announced the casting for an upcoming production, The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

The play is set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, where Maureen Folan ‘a plain, lonely woman’ tied to her manipulative and ageing mother, Mag,  comes alive at her first and possibly last prospect of a new life. But Mag has other ideas; and her interference sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably towards the play’s breathtaking conclusion.

Starring Orla Fitzgerald, who plays Maureen, is best known for playing Orla Walsh in all three series of BBC 3’s The Young Offenders and was nominated for Best Actress and Best Breakthrough Artist at the Irish Film and Television Awards. Adam Best is also starring, and was recently seen in the Netflix series Giri/Haji and previously in Peaky Blinders, Silent Witness and Holby City. 

Also joining the cast will be award-winning stage, film and television actor, Ingrid Craigie, previously starring in the BBC drama Roadkill, as well as Kwaku Fortune who recently appeared as DS Marks in the BBC series Line of Duty.

The debut performance will be at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre from 3 September to 2 October before transferring to the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre from 9 October to 06 November.

The show will mark the fourth Main House production of the Lyric’s reopening season following the critically acclaimed production of Out West; the upcoming community play Heart of Hammersmith celebrating West London stories (12-14 August) and the summer family classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show (17 to 28 August).

Rachel O’Riordan directs a major revival of this darkly comic, award-winning play by Martin McDonagh. Rachel is the Artistic Director and CEO of the Lyric Hammersmith, where she launched her critically acclaimed debut season in Autumn 2019 with a triumphant adaptation of A Doll’s House by Tanika Gupta. She recently co-directed the reopening production Out West.  She has been named as one of the most influential people in UK Theatre in the Stage 100.

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