A dark delight for The Belgrade

AN AWARD-WINNING black comedy is coming to Coventry.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane will play at The Belgrade for six nights later this month.

Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, the production tells the chilling tale of Maureen Folan, a plain, lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative, ageing mother.

When Mag interferes in Maureen’s first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship, it triggers a chain of events that leads inexorably towards the play’s terrifying finale.

The Daily Telegraph has described the production as “… wildly funny, deeply affecting and grotesquely macabre … an absolute cracker.”

And The Stage has claimed: “Carole Dance as Mag Folan and Alice Selwyn as Maureen Folan are simply electrifying.”

Since its opening in 1996, the internationally acclaimed play The Beauty Queen of Leenane has won the George Devine Award, the Writer’s Guild Award and the Critic’s Circle Award, and was nominated for six Tony Awards after its run on Broadway.

Writer Martin McDonagh received the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.

Following its successful 2008 production of Abigail’s Party, London Classic Theatre returns to the Belgrade with the drama.

The show runs from November 17 until November 21.

Tickets are available from the box office on 024 7655 3055 or via www.belgrade.co.uk, priced from £10 to £18.75.

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