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Aidan Turner's West End debut will be Martin McDonagh play

Aidan Turner is going to make his West End debut in Martin McDonagh's play The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

29th November 2017
/ By Matthew Whitehouse

Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark BBC

Turner, 34, will tread West End boards for the very first time after the Michael Grandage Company announced two new West End productions will run in 2018, both directed by Grandage. 

Best known for playing the lead in hit BBC period drama Poldark, Turner will star in the play as protagonist Mad Padraic.

Set in Ireland in 1993, The Lieutenant of Inishmore focuses on Mad Padraic, a terrorist too violent for the IRA as he undertakes a campaign of revenge, looking for those responsible for killing his cat.

Previously starring alongside Martin Freeman in The Hobbit and the BBC drama Being Human, Turner also graced the stage in A Behanding in Spokane, also by McDonagh, and The Plough and the Stars by Sean O'Casey.

Playing in 2006 at the Atlantic Theatre Company, The Lieutenant of Inishmore previously earned its creator several Lucille Lortel Award nominations and won him an Obie Award.

The character was previously played by Tony-nominated actor, David Wilmot.

Grandage's second play for 2018 will be John Logan's Red, starring Alfred Molina, who will be reprising his role as Rothko, alongside Alfred Enoch, who will play the role Eddie Redmayne took on during the show's debut in 2009.

Set in 1950, Red focuses on artist Mark Rothko at the height of his career, struggling with the creation of a series of paintings.

Red runs from May 15 until July 28 2018 at the Wyndham's Theatre, while The Lieutenant of Inishmore runs at Noel Coward Theatre from July 4 until September 8 next year.

Read our exclusive interview with Poldark's Josh Whitehouse here.