The Beauty Queen of Leenane

By Martin McDonagh

Druid presents a modern classic of Irish theatre. The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, is set in the mountains of Connemara and tells the story of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, and Mag, her manipulative, aging mother. Mag’s interference in Maureen’s first and potentially last romantic relationship sets in motion a chain of events that are as tragically funny as they are horrific.

Garry Hynes directs with the stellar cast of Marie Mullen, Aisling O’Sullivan, Marty Rea and Aaron Monaghan (all members of the Druid Ensemble).

‘Spellbinding, terrifying’- The Observer 
‘Like the best work in any dramatic genre, it is almost unanswerable’- New York Magazine
‘McDonagh re-creates traditional Irish family drama only to set it ablaze with a postmodern blowtorch’- LA Times
‘Hynes expertly teases out the dramatic ironies of McDonagh's tightly twisting plot devices for all their suspense and excruciating comic effect’- LA Weekly
‘Druid’s masterly new production makes you laugh until you’re sore. But it leaves you hurting just the same’- Irish Examiner

Winner of Independent Reviewers of New England Awards

Best Visiting Production

Best Actress in a Visiting Production - Marie Mullen

Winner of Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding ensemble



  • Mag Marie Mullen
  • Maureen Aisling O’Sullivan
  • Pato Marty Rea
  • Ray Aaron Monaghan

Creative Team

  • Writer Martin McDonagh
  • Director Garry Hynes
  • Design – Set and Costume Francis O’Connor
  • Lighting James F. Ingalls
  • Sound Greg Clark
  • Composer Paddy Cunneen
  • Fight Director Bryan Burroughs

Production Team

  • Production Manager Barry O’Brien, Eamonn Fox
  • Company Manager Danny Erskine
  • Deputy Stage Manager Anne Kyle
  • Assistant Stage Manager Sophie Flynn
  • Assistant to the Director Laura Bowler
  • Costume Supervisor Doreen McKenna
  • Wigs and Make-up Val Sherlock
  • Chief Electrician Shannon Light
  • Production Electrician Paul Kelly
  • Production Sound Mike Nestor
  • Master Carpenter Gus Dewar
  • Stage Carpenter Pete Nelson
  • Set Construction TPS
  • Scenic Artists Liz Barker, Jason McCaffrey, Louise Roache
  • Technicians Ronan Gallagher, Matt Burke, Keeva O’Shea
  • Set Crew Frank Commins, Marcus Molloy, Paul O’Connor, Ger Mallon, Ausias Navarro Millet, Seán Walsh, Gill Christie
  • Transport Trevor Price
  • Publicist Kate Bowe PR
  • Graphic Design Gareth Jones, Bite! Design
  • Publicity Image Matthew Thompson
  • Production Images Stephen Cummiskey
  • Marketing Intern Martin Kenny
  • Promotional Video Moose