The Beauty Queen of Leenane has Cape Town premiere

Julie-Anne McDowell and Jennifer Steyn in The Beauty Queen of Leenane. PICTURE: Brett Rubin

Winner of five Naledi Theatre Awards, The Beauty Queen of Leenane comes to the Pam Golding Theatre at the Baxter from Wednesday August 2 to Saturday August 19.

The play by acclaimed Irish playwright Martin McDonagh is a darkly comic tale about the turbulent, dysfunctional, and often savage relationship between mother and daughter, Mag and Maureen Folan.

Charmaine Weir-Smith directs a stellar cast starring Jennifer Steyn as Mag, Julie-Anne McDowell as Maureen, Bryan Hiles as Pato and Sven Ruygrok as Ray.

The production won five Naledi Theatre Awards: 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.

It centres on the life of Maureen, an unmarried middle-aged woman, as she cares for her ailing mother Mag and tries to find love.

“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 (ECD) 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.”

Patrons can take their pre-loved clothing to place in the donation bins in the foyer ahead of the performance of The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

Performances of The Beauty Queen of Leenane are at 7.30pm from Mondays to Saturdays, with a 2pm matinee on Saturdays. There is an age restriction of 12.

Tickets cost R200 on Mondays; R220 on Tuesday and Wednesday; R240 Thursday to Saturday; R150 for pupils for specific performances; and R180 for groups, students, and pensioners.

Book through Webtickets or at Pick n Pay Stores.

For discounted block or schools’ bookings contact and for charities or fundraisers contact Carmen Kearns on email and Zinobulali Goduka on