Feb 28, 2019

A Beauty of a production, as local theatre company bring Irish classic to the stage in Northampton and Kettering

Award winning theatre company White Cobra Productions start their seven-theatre tour of the acclaimed play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, this weekend.

Now established as a modern classic of Irish theatre, The Beauty Queen of Leenane opens at the Birchmeadow Centre, Broseley, Shropshire on Saturday (March 2nd), before moving on to Northampton, Chester, Devizes, Kettering, Thame, and Oundle.

The debut script of Martin McDonagh, who is now established one of the most acclaimed modern playwrights, The Beauty Queen of Leenane put him on the theatrical map when it was first performed in 1996. It has since had a run in London’s West End, and the Broadway production in New York was so well received it led to six Tony award nominations, winning four. Uniquely, all four members of the cast were nominated for an award.

The play tells the story of Maureen Foley; now middle aged, she is a plain and lonely woman who lives with her manipulative, ageing mother Mag. Her mother’s interference in Maureen’s first and potentially only romantic relationship sets in motion a chain of events that are as tragically funny as they are horrific.

Playing Maureen is Kate Billingham, a founder of White Cobra Productions, who won a best actress award at an international drama festival in 2018 for her performance in Glorious - The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the worst singer in the world!

Mag is played by Kimberley Vaughan, whose previous productions include The Shakespeare Revue, Richard Jordan (Scaramouche Jones, Little Shop of Horrors) is Pato, while making his debut for White Cobra is Jof Davies (Brief Encounter, It’s a Wonderful Life) as Ray Dooley.

Also new to White Cobra is director Liz Clarke, who has worked extensively as an actress and director for Masque Theatre in Northampton, and in Market Harborough, where she has directed Rumours, Breaking the Code and The Exorcism.

“It’s a fantastic play for our first production of the year, and we’re really excited to be doing it,” said Kate Billingham. “I hope the audience enjoy watching the production as we’ll have performing it; it established Martin McDonagh as an acclaimed playwright, and has been performed all over the world.”

After the opening performance at the Birchmeadow Centre, ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ moves on to six more venues:

Tickets for The Beauty Queen of Leenane, by Martin McDonagh, are now on sale online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/whitecobra or by calling 07447 217622.