Audtion dates for ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ by Martin McDonagh

The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a 1996 black comedy by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh which was premiered by the Druid Theatre Company in Galway, Ireland. It also enjoyed successful runs at London’s West End, Broadway and Off-Broadway.

It was nominated for an Olivier Award as Best Play for the London production, and the 1998 Broadway production was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning four, for Best Leading Actress in a Play, Best Featured Actor in a Play, Best Featured Actress in a Play and Best Direction

Set in the Irish village of Leenane, Connemara in the early 1990s, the play is full of deceptions, secrets and betrayals, interspersed with turnabouts. It tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen, a plain lonely woman and Mag, her manipulative ageing mother, whose interference in Maureen’s first and possibly last chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that lead to a frightening conclusion to the show. The roles are:

Auditions  will take place on Sunday 11 January and Monday 12 January at the Chesil at 7:45pm.  There will also we be an informal read-through in Friday 9 January at the Chesil at 7:45pm.  Non-members welcome.

The roles are:

  • Mag – the elderly mother, around 60-70 playing age
  • Maureen – her daughter, 40s
  • Pato – the suitor, 40s
  • Ray – Pato’s younger brother late teens/early

For more information, please contact the director, Norma York, 023 8026 5821







About Chesil Theatre

The Chesil Theatre is home to Winchester Dramatic Society, one of the best amateur theatre groups in Hampshire. It is located in a beautiful and atmospheric12th century church that has been turned into fabulous performing area. The Chesil stages sx productions a year - tragedies, comedies, well-loved classics and exciting new works. See more at
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