The Beauty of Queen Leenane Opens at the Baxter Theatre in August

The Beauty of Queen Leenane

The Beauty Queen of Leenane won over critics in Johannesburg and took home five Naledi Theatre Awards, and Capetonians can now get an opportunity to see the play at The Pam Golding Theatre at The Baxter Theatre from 2 to 19 August 2023 only. 

This play by acclaimed Irish playwright and Tony award winner Martin McDonagh (who is mostly famous for the film adaptions of his work for The Banshees of Inisherin, In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Hangmen) is a darkly comic tale about the dysfunctional, and often savage relationship between mother and daughter, Mag and Maureen Folan. 

The Beauty of Queen Leenane follows the life of Maureen, an unmarried middle-aged woman, who cares for her ailing mother Mag and tries to find love. When the two brothers enter, we are set on a path to the play’s thrilling conclusion. Interspersed with romance and wit, this psychological thriller promises to have audiences on the edge of their seats.

The Beauty of Queen Leenane

Multi-award winner Charmaine Weir-Smith (The Train Driver) directs a stellar cast headlined by the eminentJennifer Steyn (Recipes for Love and Murder, The Inconvenience Of Wings) as Mag, Julie-Anne McDowell (The Revlon Girl, Couplet) as Maureen, Bryan Hiles (Sweeney Todd, Cabaret) as Pato and Sven Ruygrok (Spud, Abraham Lincoln) as Ray. The production has been created by multi-award winners Greg King and Denis Hutchinson.

The Beauty of Queen Leenane won five Naledi Theatre Awards including Best Supporting Actress in a Play for Jennifer Steyn; Best Supporting Actor in a Play for Sven Ruygrok; Best Director of a Play for Charmaine Weir-Smith; Best Theatre Set Design for Greg King and the highly coveted Best Production of a Play. It also received nominations for Best Lead Actress in a Play for Julie-Anne McDowell and for Best Lighting Design by Denis Hutchinson.

The show carries a suggested age-appropriate restriction of no under 12s and advance booking is essential as the production team confirmed no opportunity for an extension.

The Beauty of Queen Leenane

Part with your pre-loved clothing consciously at the theatre show

‘We are proud to announce that, for our Cape Town premiere, we are partnering with the dynamic team at non-profit organisation Vintage With Love,’ says Daniel Galloway, Consulting General Manager and Producer for How Now Brown Cow.

‘Vintage With Love supports numerous literacy and Early Childhood Development charities throughout South Africa through the sale of good quality, pre-loved clothing. All proceeds from the sale of these wonderful gently-worn items are donated to their network of charities, making a tangible difference in the lives of those beneficiaries. As the Vintage With Love team says, it’s Good For The Planet, Good For Your Wallet and Great for Charities in Need, so it’s a win-win all around!’ 

Patrons can bring their pre-loved clothing to place in the donation bins in the foyer ahead of the performance. For more information about how to donate or get involved, visit

Cost: From R150pp to R240pp, book via Webtickets
When: Running from 2 to 19 August 2023. Evening performances run from Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm, with matinees on Saturdays at 2pm

Where: Baxter Theatre, Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town

Facebook: @hownowbrowncowproductions
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