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09/04/02
RSC Soldiers On to Ireland
- The Lieutenant of Inishmore goes west

MARTIN McDONAGH's The Lieutenant of Inishmore transfers to the Garrick theatre this Summer. True to artistic director Adrian Noble's forward-thinking plan, the RSC production finds a home in the West End. The show replaces Kenneth Lonergan's star-studded This Is Our Youth.

Lonergan's debut takes boredom as its starting point, casting high-profile Anna Paquin, Hayden Christensen and Jake Gyllenhaal as three wealthy wasters with no direction in their lives. McDonagh's black farce boasts equally humble origins, beginning calmly enough with the accidental death of a cat in a very quiet part of Ireland then hotting up when the paramilitary owner of the pet returns.

Much of the publicity for The Lieutenant of Inishmore sprung from a root to production as rocky as the Irish roads of McDonagh's past. The National refused it on political grounds and the Royal Court didn't acknowledged its existence before the Royal Shakespeare Company took a risk, premiering McDonagh's piece at the Other Place then transferring it to the Barbican Pit. Now this tale of violent, dysfunctional and closed communities looks set to reach a large audience.





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