We are very much looking forward to bringing a new production of ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ by the great Martin McDonagh to audiences in January. The Gaiety is inextricably linked with the history of theatre in Dublin and we are keen to play our part in encouraging as many people as possible to experience great theatre.
The Gaiety has a long history of staging the best in Irish theatre and now in an exciting new venture, is branching out to produce the best in Irish theatre too. Today, cast details were announced the Gaiety’s major new production of Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan.
At a reception at the Gaiety Theatre, the stellar cast was announced as:
Catherine Walsh (Dancing at Lughnasa, Playboy of the Western World) as Kate, Norma Sheahan (Moone Boy, Bridget & Eamon) as Eileen, Phelim Drew (Once, The Plough and the Stars) as Johnnypatteenmike, Ruairi Heading (Borstal boy, Haughey Gregory) as Cripple Billy, Ian O’Reilly (Padraic in Moone Boy) as Bartley, Jamie Lee O’Donnell (Michelle in Derry Girls, Girls and Dolls) as Slippy Helen, Sean Fox (Taken Down) as Babbybobby, John Olohan (King of the Castle, Father Ted, Glenroe) as Doctor with Rosaleen Linehan (The Red Shoes, The Dead, David Copperfield, Woyzeck in Winter) as Mammy.
The Cripple of Inishmaan will be directed by Andrew Flynn who recently directed the hugely successful production of McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara, and has a long association with his work including The Pillowman presented at the Gaiety in 2017. The exciting creative team will include Owen MacCarthaigh (Set Design), Sinead Cuthbert (Costume Design), Ciaran Bagnall (Lighting Design) and Carl Kennedy (Sound Design).
Speaking at the announcement today Caroline Downey said, “The Gaiety is committed to supporting Irish theatre and now branching out to produce the best in Irish theatre too, is an exciting new venture for us and one we hope will flourish and grow in the coming years. We are delighted to present this new production of the modern classic The Cripple of Inishmaan by the multi award-winning and internationally celebrated Martin McDonagh. It is our great pleasure to be staging this, one of his earliest and most brilliant works.”
Martin McDonagh’s work is known and loved by both theatre and film audiences alike. The Cripple of Inishmaan is set on the small Aran Islands community of Inishmaan (Inis Meáin) off the Western Coast of Ireland in 1934, where the inhabitants are excited to learn of a Hollywood film crew’s arrival in neighbouring Inishmore (Inis Mór) to make a documentary about life on the islands. “Cripple” Billy Claven, eager to escape the gossip, poverty and boredom of Inishmaan, vies for a part in the film, and to everyone’s surprise, the orphan and outcast gets his chance…. or so some believe.
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