Josie Rourke’s Production of The Weir at the Wyndham’s Theatre
The Conor McPherson Play Transferring from the Donmar Warehouse, Where It Ran from April to June 2013
Audiences in the West End will get the chance to witness the Donmar Warehouse production of Conor McPherson’s The Weir in 2014 as the Josie Rourke-directed play transfers to the Wyndham’s Theatre. The story has been told on stage all over the world since it premiered at the Royal Court Theatre back in 1997 and this has included productions on both sides of the Atlantic and Irish Sea.
Set in a Pub, The Weir focuses on two men that arrive for their daily pint. But today is no ordinary day as a new visitor to the establishment enters and they decide to go out of their way to impress. The visitor is a woman and they pass on an array of stories from their past. But then a story emerges that is dark and ominous – something that could have profound consequences.
Conor McPherson has penned an array of plays over the years, including the recent production The Veil at the Lyttelton National Theatre. The Weir was penned in the late 1990s and since premiering at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in 1997 has gone on to appear on Broadway in 1999 and was revived at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York this year alongside the production at the Donmar Warehouse.
Josie Rourke is the current Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse and has been behind various productions at the venue, including The Recruiting Officer and The Physicists, among others. She has also been the director of Much Ado About Nothing (with David Tennant and Catherine Tate) at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2011 and If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet at the Bush Theatre (where she was Artistic Director from 2007). She also directed Twelfth Night on the other side of the Atlantic at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in 2008.
She will director Hollywood actor Brian Cox in the production as well as Risteárd Cooper, Dervla Kirwan, Peter McDonald and Father Ted’s Ardal O’Hanlon.
The Weir is due to run at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 2014. The venue is currently the home of Relatively Speaking with Felicity Kendal and Kara Tointon, whilst Barking In Essex is due to follow with Lee Evans and Julie Andrews.