The Cripple of Inishmaan

Play by Martin McDonagh. 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.

1997: Original London Production with Ruaidhri Conroy

2013: Original West End London Production with Daniel Radcliffe

Martin McDonagh's other London theatre plays include The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Pillowman, and Hangman.


Original London Production 1997

Previewed 12 December 1996, Opened 7 January 1997, Closed 23 April 1997 (in repertory) at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre (now Dorfman Theatre)
Transferred 30 April 1997, Closed 19 August 1997 (in repertory) at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre

The cast featured Ruaidhri Conroy as 'Billy Claven', Anita Reeves as 'Kate Osbourne', Dearbhla Molloy as 'Eileen Osbourne', Ray McBride as 'Johnnypateenmike', Aisling O'Sullivan as 'Helen McCormick', Owen Sharpe as 'Bartley McCormick', Gary Lydon as 'Babbybobby Bennett', John Rogan as 'Doctor McSharry', and Doreen Hepburn as 'Mammy O'Dougal'.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, with designs by Bob Crowley, lighting by Mark Henderson (at Cottesloe Theatre, Ian Williams (at Lyttleton Theatre), music by Paddy Cunneen, and sound by Simon Baker.


Original West End London Production 2013

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

A major revival of Martin McDonagh's comic masterpiece Cripple of Inishmaan in London starring Daniel Radcliffe

The cast featured Daniel Radcliffe as 'Billy Claven', Ingrid Craigie as 'Kate Osbourne', Gillian Hanna as 'Eileen Osbourne', Pat Shortt as 'Johnnypateenmike', Sarah Green as 'Helen McCormick', Conor MacNeill as 'Bartley McCormick', Padraic as 'Babbybobby Bennett', Gary Lilburn as 'Doctor McSharry', and June Watson as 'Mammy O'Dougal'.

Directed by Michael Grandage, with designs by Christopher Oram, lighting by Paule Constable, and sound by Alex Baranowski.

Daniel Radcliffe is best known for playing the title role in the Harry Potter series of films. His London theatre credits include playing the lead role of 'Alan Strang' in Thea Sharrock's revival of Peter Shaffer's Equus at the Gielgud Theatre in 2007.

"Daniel Radcliffe plays disabled Billy - putting on an impressive limp and a decent Irish accent - who lives on a remote Irish island in the 1930s, raised by his two aunties after being orphaned as a baby. Nothing is off-limits when it comes to Martin McDonagh's dark, sometimes vicious, wit. And the islanders, some of whom veer towards becoming caricatures, treat Billy cruelly, in brutal exchanges that are often hilarious. But Billy's plight is also extremely moving, with Radcliffe proving he's still capable of wowing us with his magic." The Sunday Mirror

"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. Here he plays poor 'Cripple Billy' with a ripe Oirish accent, hobbling about as the lame, withered-arm lead in Martin McDonagh's uproarious rural comedy set in Ireland's Aran Islands in the 1930s... 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

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.