Set on a cold and stormy evening in an isolated bar on the West Coast of Ireland, The Weir sees landlord Brendan, garage-owner Jack and employee Jim settle in for a lock-in. As they get in their drinks, a beautiful young woman arrives, accompanied by local business man Finbar. Soon, the men begin to reminisce about their upbringings, challenging each other to impress the new woman with their ghost stories of Irish folklore and mysterious goings-on. But once the men have regaled their tales, the mysterious woman tells a haunting tale of her own, revealing the true reason she left her former home in Dublin.
Reuniting the extraordinary original Donmar company, The Weir features Risteárd Cooper (Batman Begins) as Finbar, Brian Cox (The Bourne films) as Jack, Dervla Kirwan (The Silence) as Valerie, Peter McDonald as Brendan and Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted) as Jim. The Weir is written by award-winning Conor McPherson, establishing him as one of the greatest living playwrights. Further works from McPherson include The Night Alive, The Seafarer, Shining City and Port Authority.
Directed by Josie Rourke (Much Ado About Nothing), critically-lauded The Weir features design by Tom Scott, lighting design by Neil Austin and sound design by Ian Dickinson. A celebrated revival of a fascinating supernatural play about love, loss and melancholy, The Weir opens at Wyndham’s Theatre in January 2014 for a strictly limited season.