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The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Closed February 5, 2017

"The Beauty Queen of Leenane is the cleverest, most cunningly constructed, most assured play in years - and it's also one of the saddest and sweetest."

The Wall Street Journal

Why See The Beauty Queen of Leenane?

Winner of Four Tonys

Shot through with his unmistakable jet black humor, The Beauty Queen of Leenane was the first play from the pen of Michael McDonagh (The Cripple of Inishmaan, In Bruges). Produced in Galway in 1996 by the fledgling theatre company Druid, Beauty Queen was an overnight sensation, transferring to London and then Broadway, where it won four Tony Awards. Centered on the poisonous and unpredictable relationship between a mother and daughter, it's a boisterously grotesque tale that careens backwards and forwards between shocking violence and belly laughs.

To mark its 20th Anniversary, Druid bring Beauty Queen back to New York once again. Marie Mullen, who won a Tony in the original Broadway production, also returns, although in a different role, while Tony-winning Druid co-founder Garry Hynes directs.

What is Beauty Queen About?

Maureen, a middle-aged spinster who has only kissed two men in her life, lives with her demanding mother Mag in the remote Irish village of Leenane. The pair's relationship is heated and erratic, each with intimate knowledge of how to needle the other to breaking point. So when Maureen picks up local construction worker Pato Dooley at a party, and brings him home for the night, Mag sets her wits to breaking the two lovebirds apart, a course of action which will end very, very badly.

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Opening night: 11 January 2017


Recommended for ages 16+

Run time

2 hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission

And before you stop reading

Image by Matthew Thompson

Cast and Creative


Marie Mullen
Aisling O'Sullivan
Marty Rea
Aaron Monaghan


Written By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Garry Hynes
Set Design by Francis O'Connor
Lighting Design by James F. Ingalls
Sound Design by Greg Clarke

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