The Lieutenant of Inishmore


Writers: Martin McDonagh


Show Information

Number of Acts
First Produced
Dark Comedy, Horror
Time & Place
the town of inishmore, county galway, ireland. 1993
Cast Size
Ideal for
male lead, young characters, professional theatre, regional theatre, university theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, late teen characters


Irish terrorist “Mad Padraic” cares about one thing, and one alone, and -- despite his title as the lieutenant of Inishmore’s Irish National Liberation Army -- it’s not his fight for Irish independence. It’s his cat. When Padraic learns that his beloved cat, Wee Thomas, has been killed, Padraic rushes home, forgoing the nipple-excising he’d planned to do on a partly-tortured Belfast drug pusher. As Padraic plows through the town in pursuit of revenge, bodies to pile up in his wake. As fierce as he may be, however, Padriac’s soft spot for Wee Thomas may be the weak spot the next aspiring Lieutenant of Inishmore needs to target. This dark and bloody comedy, is the second play in Martin McDonough’s Aaran Islands trilogy, which also includes The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Banshees of Inisheer.

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