Jan 21 2016
ON THE night of Thursday February 1 1996, Galway’s newly refurbished Town Hall Theatre officially opened with the world premiere of Druid’s production of Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane.
That celebrated production famously went on to take the West End and Broadway by storm, and announced McDonagh’s arrival as a writer of brilliance, setting him on the path to international success on both stage and screen. The Beauty Queen also proved to be a marker of things to come for the Town Hall itself. The venue has since become established as Ireland’s busiest and arguably most successful regional theatre.
Today it is at the epicentre of Galway’s cultural activity, including the city’s major international festivals, and hosting work by professional and amateur performers, companies, musical societies, and arts organisations from across the city and county, as well as visits by leading international artists and ensembles.
Among the attractions for 2016 are shows from The Abbey Theatre, Decadent, and Branar Teatar do Pháistí. The Town Hall is especially pleased to have Druid return in September to present a new production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane starring Marie Mullen as Mag (the role initially played by Anna Manahan ) and directed by Garry Hynes.
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