Martin McDonagh’s (In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) The Beauty Queen of Leenane, co-produced by Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Hull Truck Theatre, has opened to critical acclaim at Hull Truck Theatre on Tuesday 8 October. This is the second co-production between Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Hull Truck Theatre, after the landmark revival of The Hired Man in Spring 2019. This pitch-black comedy opened at Hull Truck Theatre on 8 October, and runs until 26 October. It then transfers to Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from 30 October – 16 November.
‘This expert revival, directed by Mark Babych, is mesmerising from the moment you walk into the theatre right through to the haunting and horrifying conclusion: a lurid tale of sex, violence, physical and emotional abuse that makes for a thoroughly enjoyable night at the theatre’ – On Magazine
‘The warring nature of their relationship is brilliantly captured by Siobhan O’Kelly as Maureen and Maggie McCarthy as Mag’ – Hull Daily Mail
The play is directed by Hull Truck Theatre’s Artistic Director, Mark Babych and he is assisted by Maureen Lennon (co-founder of Bellow Theatre and Associate Artist for Middle Child). The production features design by Sara Perks, lighting design by Jessica Addinall and sound design and composition by Adam McCready.
The cast includes Nicholas Boulton (Imperium, RSC and West End), Maggie McCarthy (Children of the Sun, National Theatre), Siobhan O’Kelly (All My Sons, Watermill Theatre) and Laurence Pybus (Death of a Salesman, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).
Mark Babych, Artistic Director at Hull Truck Theatre, says: ‘We are thrilled to be working with the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch again and I know that the company are really looking forward to sharing this wonderful story with audiences there after its run in Hull. The Hired Man was such a great experience for us that we jumped at the chance of working together on The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Our production and creative teams have been working closely together to ensure that audiences get the richest possible experience in both our theatres.’