Martin McDonagh

Plays by Martin McDonagh


Faber and Faber
Type: Text

In his small pub in Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what's the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they've abolished hanging? Amongst the cub reporters and sycophantic pub regulars, dying to hear Harry's reaction to the news, a peculiar stranger lurks, with a very different motive for his visit.

Hangmen premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in September 2015. It won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play 2016.

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Who knocked 'Mad Padraic's' cat over on a lonely road on the island of Inishmore and was it an accident? He'll want to know when he gets back from a stint of torture and chip-shop bombing in Northern Ireland: he loves his cat more than life itself.

Presented here in its Modern Classics edition, and featuring an introduction from leading Irish journalist and critic Fintan O'Toole, The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a brilliant satire on terrorism, a powerful corrective to the beautification of violence in contemporary culture, and a hilarious farce.

The Lieutenant of Inishmore premiered at the RSC's The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, in April 2001.

The Lonesome West

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Valene and Coleman, two brothers living alone in their father's house after his recent death, find it impossible to exist without massive and violent disputes over the most mundane and innocent of topics. Only father Welsh, the local young priest, is prepared to try to reconcile the two before their petty squabblings spiral into vicious and bloody carnage.

The Lonesome West was first presented as a Druid Theatre Company and Royal Court Theatre co-production in the summer of 1997.

A Skull in Connemara

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

For one week each autumn, Mick Dowd is hired to disinter the bones in certain sections of his local cemetery, to make way for the new arrivals. As the time approaches for him to dig up those of his own late wife, strange rumours regarding his involvement in her sudden death seven years ago gradually begin to surface.

Writing in his introduction to The Leenane Trilogy, Fintan O'Toole says ‘A Skull in Connemara centres on the literal digging up of the bones of the ancestors. The dead cannot rest in peace, but must be yanked from the ground to make room for the new corpses that are queuing up to occupy it. When characters in the plays . . . die, there is no feeling that the community is bereft. After the vol-au-vents, there will be amnesia.’

A Skull in Connemara, a Druid Theatre Company/Royal Court Theatre co-production, was first presented at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway, on 3 June 1997, and subsequently opened at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs on 17 July 1997, in a production directed by Garry Hynes, and starring Mick Lally in the lead role.

Picture of Martin McDonagh

Martin McDonagh's first play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, was nominated for six Tony awards, of which it won four, and the Laurence Olivier Award. In 2003, his play The Pillowman had its world premiere at the National Theatre, London, and received the 2004 Olivier Award. Hangmen premiered at the RoyalCourt, London, in 2015 and won the Olivier Award for Best New Play. In 2006, Martin McDonagh won an Oscar for his short film Six Shooter. In Bruges won a BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay His most recent works include In Bruges, A Behanding in Spokane and Seven Psychopaths.