The Cripple of Inishmaan – Gaiety Theatre – Preview by Frank L.
Written by Martin McDonagh
Dates: 25th Jan. – 9th Mar.
Caroline Downey, the managing director of the Gaiety, announced in the theatre at a lunchtime reception a new venture for the Gaiety in its branching out from staging theatre to being the producer itself. The play chosen is Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan. In her announcement Downey laid considerable emphasis on the fact that each person involved in the creative team was working in Ireland, which includes Owen MacCarthaigh (Set Design), Sinead Cuthbert (Costume Design), Ciaran Bagnall (Lighting Design) and Carl Kennedy (Sound Design).
The director is Andrew Flynn and he introduced the members of the cast which will be Catherine Walsh (Kate), Norma Sheahan (Eileen), Phelim Drew (Johnnypatteenmike), Ruairi Heading (Cripple Billy), Ian O’Reilly (Bartley), Jamie Lee O’Donnell (Slippy Helen), John Olohan (Doctor) (who was unable to be in attendance) and Rosaleen Linehan (Mammy).
Speaking at the announcement today Caroline Downey said, “The Gaiety is committed to supporting Irish theatre and now branching out to produce the best in Irish theatre too, is an exciting new venture for us and one we hope will flourish and grow in the coming years. We are delighted to present this new production of the modern classic The Cripple of Inishmaan by the multi award-winning and internationally celebrated Martin McDonagh. It is our great pleasure to be staging this, one of his earliest and most brilliant works.”
Performances will take place from 25th January 2019.