The Cripple Of Inishmaan, Martin McDonagh's hit bawdy dark comedy has transferred (April 30) from the Cottesloe to the larger Lyttleton Theatre on the West End.The show will run in repertory there through Aug. 31. Nicholas Hytner, of Carousel and The Madness Of George III fame, directs.
McDonagh's off-beat, dark comedy concerns the gossiping and infighting of a town so small, a sheep born with no ears constitutes big news. When legendary Hollywood documentary director Robert Flaherty arrives to film his Man Of Aran, the whole town wants to get into the act, none more than 18-year-old "Cripple Billy," who sees the production as his ticket out of Inishmaan.
Starring in Inishmaan are Ruaidhri Conroy, Doreen Hepburn, Gary Lydon, Ray McBride, Dearbhla Molloy, Aisling O'Sullivan (Hysteria at the Royal Court), Anita Reeves, John Rogan and Owen Sharpe. (The cast stayed the same in the show's transfer.) Designers for the show are Bob Crowley (set), Mark Henderson (lighting), and Paddy Cunneen (music).
McDonagh's previous play, The Beauty Queen Of Leenane played at London's Royal Court in 1996.
--By David Lefkowitz