A Student Edition featuring a scene-by-scene summary, a commentary onthe dramatic, social and political context, and on the themes,characters, language and structure of the playQuestions for further study, notes on the words and phrases in the textand a further reading list all assist students and teachers of the play'McDonagh, in his best play to date, offers a ... politically anddramatically coherent exposition of the way violence is glamorised andextremism infects people like a deadly virus.' Guardian Martin McDonagh has won various prizes for his plays including: The Laurence Olivier Award, Evening Standard Award, and Tony AwardIn 2008, McDonagh's screenplay for the film In Bruges was a critical and popular hit
Martin McDonagh's first play The Beauty Queen of Leenane wasnominated for six Tony awards, of which it won four, and the LaurenceOlivier Award. In 2006, Martin McDonagh won an Oscar for his short filmSix Shooter, and in 2008 his film In Bruges was a critical and popular hit.
"Gleeful, gruesome play about political terrorism in rural Ireland, which won the Olivier Award for best comedy...Appallingly entertaining...Enlightening...Lieutenant is brazenly and unapologetically a farce. But it is also a severely moral play, translating into dizzy absurdism the self-perpetuating spirals of political violence that now occur throughout the world." --The New York Times"A cautionary fairy tale for our toxic times. In its horror and hilarity, it works as an act of both revenge and repair, turning the tables on grief and goonery, and forcing the audience to think about the unthinkable." --The New Yorker"There's more than one way to skin a theatrical cat; and McDonagh's chosen weapons are laughter and gore Pushing theatre to its limits, McDonagh is making a serious point a work as subversive as those Synge and O'Casey plays that sparked Dublin riots in the last century." --Guardian"A brave satire Swiftianly savage and parodic with explicit brutal actino and lines which sing with grace and wit." --Observer