Review: ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ at Lyric Theatre

Review: ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ at Lyric Theatre

McDonagh’s timeless dark comedy ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane has arrived at Lyric Theatre, Belfast

The Beauty Queen of Leenane, is an intense dark comedy from playwright Martin McDonagh (The Banshees of Inisherin, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Lieutenant of Inishmore) and a Lyric Theatre and Prime Cut Co Production.

The play conjures up the unbearable tension and loneliness of an isolated existence. It’s quite sad and a very shocking production. The whole audience noticeably gasped on more than one occasion. 

It’s set in an isolated and derelict cottage in Connemara, Maureen Folan (Nicky Harley) leads a lonely life with Mag (Ger Ryan), her demanding, manipulative mother. With the arrival of an unexpected admirer (Caolan Byrne) and his brother (Marty Breen), Maureen finally sees the possibility of escaping her dismal life. However, Mag has other ideas, and the two women are plunged into a desperate conflict which leads to a very shocking conclusion.

It’s brutal and gut wrenching to see anyone experience what this mother and daughter experience. The demanding and manipulative mother and lonely daughter who dreams of living her best life away from the grasp of her mothers control.

This is a rollercoaster of a journey you will experience in the Lyric, it’s hilarious and horrific.

The derelict cottage looks superb on the Lyric stage, and the costumes and makeup is outstanding. This is a production you don’t want to miss; you’ll be on the edge of your seat and leave the theatre in shock. 

Tickets for The Beauty Queen of Leenane start from only £15 and are available to book now on

The Lyric Theatre and Prime Cut Productions are supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery fundingand Belfast City Council.

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