STAR OF ‘THE YOUNG OFFENDERS’ CHRIS WALLEY LANDS MAJOR WEST END ROLE
Chris Walley, star of smash-hit feature film and upcoming TV series The Young Offenders, has landed a major role in a new production in London’s West End. Walley will play the part of Davey in Martin McDonagh’s pitch-black comedy ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore‘, directed by legendary MGC Artistic Director Michael Grandage, in a rare West End revival. The production commences at the Noel Coward Theatre in London on June 23rd and will run until early September. Playing opposite Walley will be Aidan Turner, along with Charlie Murphy, Denis Conway, Will Irvine and Brian Martin.
Originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2001, ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’ is a brilliant satire on terrorism, set in Ireland in 1993 when the Northern Ireland peace process has just taken its first steps. A production of the play also appeared on Broadway in New York City in 2006, earning Martin McDonagh an Obie award, and various productions have appeared around to world to huge critical acclaim and multiple awards.
22 year old Walley, who appeared as Jock in Peter Foott’s box-office phenomenon The Young Offenders, will reprise his role opposite Alex Murphy in the TV series of the same name, commissioned by BBC3 in association with RTÉ. The six part series is expected to debut in the coming weeks. Walley is currently in his final year at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) in London.
Walley commented “I’m absolutely delighted to have been cast in such an incredible play by Martin McDonagh, opposite amazing talent like Aidan Turner and Charlie Murphy, it’s a real dream come true. I’ve been living in London for a few years now studying at RADA, so it’s a bit mad to think that my first professional stage role will actually be in the West End, in a play directed by Michael Grandage. I’ve long been a huge fan of both Michael and Martin’s work, so to have the privilege to be directed by Michael in a Martin McDonagh play is unbelievable. I’m really looking forward to starting rehearsals and getting stuck in. To have this happen in the same year as the The Young Offenders TV show is broadcast is really something else. To say I’m delighted is an understatement – to be able to play two such different characters in the space of 12 months is very exciting.”