Conor McPherson’s stand-out 1997 play The Weir runs at the Wyndham’s Theatre following its successful appearance at the Donmar Warehouse early in 2013. The show has been seen all over the world since its late 1990s premiere performance at the Royal Court Theatre and stands up alongside McPherson’s other work such as the recent The Veil and The Seafarer.
Josie Rourke directs the production and actors such as Brian Cox, Risteard Cooper, Dervla Kirwan, Peter McDonald and Ardal O’Hanlon have been compiled to bring new life to this pub-set tale.
So in 2014 audiences with theatre tickets witness a story in which two men – Brendan (McDonald) and Jack (Cox) - arrive in their local pub for their daily pint. But this is no ordinary trip as the establishment is graced with a stranger – a woman called Valerie (Kirwan) who accompanies Finbar (Cooper) - that that men feel obliged to impress. The group begin to exchange tales from their past, with the two men hoping to leave a lasting impression on the lady, and then it is Valerie’s turn to explain why she has left behind her home in Dublin, a dark story that could have profound results.
The story has been seen on Broadway in the late 1990s and returns to New York at the Irish Repertory Theatre in 2013, with this production hitting the Donmar Warehouse in April 2013. Now it is the turn of the Wyndham’s Theatre to get in on the action as it runs at the West End venue from 2014.
And it should have no trouble attracting audiences with names like Brian Cox (X2: X-Men United) and Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted). Cox has established himself as an international name with credits in a range of Hollywood movies from Manhunter in the 1980s to RED in recent years. His stage credits are equally impressive with roles in As You Like It at the Vaudeville Theatre in 1967, Titus Andronicus and The Taming Of The Shrew for the Royal Shakespeare Company and King Lear at the National Theatre, among others.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 17th April 2014|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 19th April 2014|
|Running Time:||1 hour 40 minutes|