Cripple of Inishmaan

Previewed 8 June 2013, Opened 18 June 2013, Closed 31 August 2013 at the Noel Coward Theatre in London

A major revival of Martin McDonagh's comic masterpiece Cripple of Inishmaan starring Daniel Radcliffe and directed by Michael Grandage.

Gossiping and infighting occupy the inhabitants of Inishmaan. A sheep with no ears and an egg-man with no eggs are big news. So, when word arrives that Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighbouring island to make Man of Aran, excitement infects everyone. But no-one wants to be in the film more than 18 year old 'Cripple Billy' - The Cripple of Inishmaan is an offbeat comedy with a dark undertone, adding an ironic twist to the great tradition of Irish story telling.

"Is there life after Harry Potter? Is Daniel Radcliffe an acting wizard or just a one-trick pony? The answer, if this pitch-black comedy is anything to go by, is that he can most definitely do an Irish peasant... Nicely directed by Michael Grandage and staged to the sound of pipes and seagulls, the Irish ensemble here is a colourful delight... And with real sorrow etched on his moon face, Radcliffe kicks over the traces of his Potter past and lends heart to the most politically incorrect play in the West End, and probably the funniest." The Mail on Sunday

"Although theatregoers who remember Equus may not immediately recognise him with his clothes on, Daniel Radcliffe's quiet, understated performance six years on in The Cripple of Inishmaan is the one which will define him. It officially marks his metamorphosis from film star into proper, grown-up stage actor... Physically and emotionally, it is a stupendous performance he delivers, and he has to do much more than just 'talking'. The accent, the walk and, above all, the humanity that he manages to achieve for Cripple Billy make this the finest piece of acting I have seen all year... McDonagh's greatest skill is investing his characters with authentic voices and distinct personalities. Michael Grandage, the director, gives his players sufficient space to grow. They seem to breathe in the bracing sea air that designer Christopher Oram has helped to conjure up with all of his evocative backdrops. The night is, however, Radcliffe's, as the young man who finally manages to win acceptance and the right to be called just Billy." The Sunday Telegraph

"[Daniel Radcliffe is] most definitely the heart and soul of this quality new Michael Grandage production of The Cripple of Inishmaan. The 'heart' is particularly important, because Martin McDonagh specialises in heartless and brutal comedy, and this is often as heartless as any of his work... Kate and Eileen, his adoptive aunts, think that he needs to aim a little lower: for a girl, for instance, who's 'ugly and thick'. Then he might be onto something. Ingrid Craigie and Gillian Hanna are hilarious as these two dotty old biddies running the village shop, which seems to sell nothing but rows and rows of tinned peas and a single variety of sweeties, and so too are Pat Shortt as Johnnypateenmike and Sarah Greene as the ferocious but sexy Helen. Yet it's Radcliffe, though without the largest speaking part and often absent altogether, who is the centre of things." The Sunday Times

This is the first major London revival of Martin McDonagh's comedy play The Cripple of Inishmaan since it's premiere at the National Theatre in January 1997. McDonagh's other plays include The Leenane Trilogy (The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara and The Lonesome West), The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Pillowman. Daniel Radcliffe is best known for playing the title role in the Harry Potter series of films. More recently he starred in the film version of The Woman in Black while his stage credits include Peter Shaffer's play Equus in London (Gieldgud Theatre 2007) and New York (Broadhurst Theatre 2008) and Frank Loesser's musical comedy How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway (Al Hirschfeld Theatre 2011).

Cripple of Inishmaan in London at the Noel Coward Theatre previewed from 8 June 2013, opened on 18 June 2013 and closed on 31 August 2013.