Challenging play comes to Rugby

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RUGBY theatre is staging its first production by Irish Playwright Martin McDonagh.

The Beauty Queen of Leeane is set in a small cottage in Connemara and it tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen, a lonely 40-year-old spinster who lives with her manipulative mother, Mag. An old flame returns offering maureen a last chance at happiness but through her mother’s interference and McDonash’s abilities as the ‘The most wickedly abrasive young dramatist either side if the Irish Sea’ has devastating results for them both.

The play has been performed all over the world to sell-out houses in cities such as London, New York, Sydney and Toronto and will be performed at Rugby Theatre from November 19 to 26.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane has earned the praises of many critics from the national press. The Times called it ‘Hilariosly shocking and magical’ while The Daily Telegraph said it was ‘Wildly funny, deeply affecting and grotebeing squely macabre’

Director Malcolm Fawcett, one of the theatre’s established character actors is returning to directing after 15 year gap. He said: “I’ve seen the play as often as I can get near it. I first saw the play in 2001 and I’ve been hooked to all McDonagh’s works ever since.”

Film fans may have heard of Macdonagh for his script for the film ‘In Bruges’ a true black comedy in every sense of the word, it will inevitably divide it’s audience, but the play carries an emotonial health warning.

Malcolm said: “It’s not only a challenge for the team, actors, backstage crew but to the audience as well. It’s something different for Rugby’s audiences, but I’m confident they will rise to the challenge.

“I’m hoping it will not only be a new and stimulating experience for established audiences, and also that it will also attract a new audience.”

For more information or to book tickets, call Rugby Theatre’s box office on 01788 541234.