Wednesday 7 December 2016

Irish playwright Martin McDonagh wins prestigious Olivier award

Geraldine Gittens

Published 03/04/2016 | 20:42

Martin McDonagh
Martin McDonagh

Irish playwright Martin McDonagh has won an Olivier award.

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His play Hangmen was named Best New Play at tonight’s ceremony in London’s Royal Opera House.

The play tells the story of how the second-best hangman in England is enjoying his celebrity status in a pub on the day that hanging is abolished, when a mysterious stranger appears.

McDonagh's 'The Pillowman' also took the Olivier award for Best New Play in 2004.

The prestigious Olivier Awards, established in 1976, are presented by the Society of London Theatre.

McDonagh was also behind the films Seven Psychopaths and In Bruges.

Meanwhile Irish Theatre company Fishamble: The New Play Company and renowned actor/ writer Pat Kinevane have won an award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, for their production of Silent which was presented at the Soho Theatre last year.

Pat Kinevane and Director Jim Culleton were on hand to receive the award.

Artistic Director of Fishamble, Jim Culleton said:

“We are so thrilled, honoured, and delighted to have won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for Silent. It’s especially thrilling to have been awarded this honour immediately after Dame Judi Dench, and for it to have been presented by Juliet Stevenson – two amazing performers."

"We are grateful to funders, specifically the Arts Council, Dublin City Council, and Culture Ireland, and our partners in this particular production, Georganne Aldrich Heller and the Soho Theatre. We are looking forward to returning to the Soho Theatre later this year with Underneath, also written and performed by Pat Kinevane.”

Tonight, Denise Gough won the Best Actress award for her “emotionally shattering” performance in People Places and Things. Kenneth Cranham won Best Actor for The Father.

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