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85-88 St Martins Lane, London WC2N 4AU

The Cripple of Inishmaan

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Closed August 31, 2013

This gorgeously realized production has the wisdom to let us laugh until it hurts.

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Why See The Cripple of Inishmaan?

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After another highly successful run in Broadway, The Cripple of Inishmaan back in the West End where its 2013 run was sold out. Written by Academy Award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh, the superb dark comedy, deliciously rich in Irish sensibilities, is beautiful and astringent story of innate aspirations, cruelty interaction and raw human nature. Told by the whole community, as is customary in such small communities, the humdrum life on Inishmaan is peeled open, one rumour at a time.

Internationally acclaimed director Michael Grandage's production which first opened in 1996, sees Daniel Radcliffe, of Harry Potter fame, in the title role. With an exceptionally talented cast and a superb script, The Cripple of Inishmaan is further bolstered by award-worthy design (by Christopher Oram) and a musical score (by composer Alex Baranowski).


Set in 1934 on Inishmaan, one of the three remote islands forming The Aran Islands off the West Coast of Ireland, the local community is abuzz with excitement. Word has come of the arrival of a Hollywood film crew on neighbouring island Inishmore, where American director Robert Flaherty will be making a documentary about life on the islands. The locals all vie for the chance to be in the film, but there is no one as eager as orphan and cripple, Billy Claven. With the odds stacked against him, as is the norm for the young man, Billy fights for his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to escape a life of cruel mockery, endless patronization, gossip and boredom.


This is Radcliffe's best-received performance of his stage career. After his previous roles in Equus and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying were met with tepid responses, his performance in The Cripple of Inishmaan, however, received rave reviews not just in the West End but on Broadway too.

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Previews from: 8 June 2013

Opening night: 18 June 2013


The Cripple of Inishmaan is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards


You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.

Cast and Creative


Daniel Radcliffe
ngrid Craigie
Padraic Delaney
Sarah Greene
Gillian Hanna
Gary Lilburn
Conor MacNeill
Pat Shortt
June Watson


Director Michael Grandage
Set and Costume Designer Christopher Oram
Lighting Designer Paule Constable

What we thought

Questionable INTERESTING strange

Hypocrisy and lies permeate the plot throughout

Daniel Radlciffe finally casts off the shadow of JK Rowling's boy wizard, in this dark tragi-comedy

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Natalie Vincent

Natalie Vincent

What you thought

8 reviews, average rating: (3.7 Stars)

3.5 star rating

Cathy: “Fantastic”

Myself and my husband went to watch this on Saturday night we loved it... more

Chris Webster: “Great play, great acting”

I had the pleasure of seeing this twice while on vacation in. London... more

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