The Donmar Warehouse announces that its critically acclaimed production of Conor McPherson’s The Weir will transfer to the West End in January 2014




The Donmar Warehouse has announced that its critically acclaimed production of Conor McPherson’s The Weir will transfer to the West End in January 2014.

Directed by Josie Rourke, this marks the first West End transfer from the Donmar since her appointment as Artistic Director.

The Weir sold out at the Donmar during its eight week run earlier this year and tickets went on sale for the West End run on Friday 12 July.


In Brendan’s isolated pub on the west coast of Ireland, four men are gathering for a session, where their boasts are matched by their pints. The arrival of a stranger in their midst – a woman – spurs them to impress her with their story-telling. They are stories of souls past and of spirits very much present. But one story is more chilling and more real than any of them could have foreseen.


The full original Donmar cast, Risteárd Cooper, Brian Cox, Dervla Kirwan, Peter McDonald and Ardal O’Hanlon, will reprise their roles for the West End transfer.

The Weir is recognised as McPherson’s masterpiece, winning the Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1999. Josie Rourke’s production is the first major British revival of this undoubted modern classic. Following the success of this revival, the Donmar premiered McPherson’s latest play, The Night Alive, which continues to perform to full houses until 27 July.

Conor McPherson (Playwright) most recently directed his latest play, The Night Alive, at the Donmar Warehouse. He was named by The New York Times as “the finest playwright of his generation”. He won the George Devine Award in 1997 with his play St Nicholas. In 2006 he received a Tony Award nomination forShining City and an Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play for The Seafarer. In 2011 he wrote and directed The Veil for the National Theatre and in 2012 adapted Strindberg’s The Dance of Death for the Donmar Trafalgar Season.  Conor recently worked on the BBC series, Quirke.

Josie Rourke (Director) became Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse in 2012. Since her appointment she has directed Berenice, The PhysicistsThe Recruiting Office and The Weir. She is currently directing The Machine, a new play by Matt Charman, as part of the Manchester International Festival, which will tour to New York later this year. Rourke trained at the Donmar, under Sam Mendes, through the theatre’s annual Resident Assistant Director Scheme. Prior to the Donmar, she was Artistic Director at the Bush Theatre, London, from 2007 to 2011. Her 2010 production of Men Should Weep by Ena Lamont Stewart ran in the Lyttelton at the National Theatre. In 2011 her production of Much Ado About Nothing, starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, ran in the West End at Wyndham’s Theatre and received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Revival.

Risteárd Cooper’s (playing Finbar) theatre credits include Juno and the Paycock (National Theatre & Abbey Theatre, Dublin) and Pygmalion (National Theatre of Ireland). Television credits include The Crisis, in which he was nominated for Best Comedy Actor at the Monte Carlo Television and Film Awards, Apres Match, Chasing the Lions and The State of Us. He also appeared in the films Batman Begins and The Closer You Get.

Brian Cox (playing Jack) has performed in the West End, on Broadway, at the National Theatre, the Royal Court and numerous other theatres across the UK. He has a hugely prolific television and film career and films include The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity, Troy and X-Men 2. Television credits includeBob Servant IndependentThe Day of the Triffids, Doctor Who and Frasier.

Dervla Kirwan (playing Valerie) has previously performed at the Donmar in Betrayal. Other theatre credits include Uncle Vanya (Chichester Festival), Aristocrats and Exiles (National Theatre), A Handful of Stars (Bush Theatre), Fathers and Sons (Gate Theatre, Dublin) and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Bristol Old Vic). Television credits include The Fuse, The Silence, Marple: The Secret of Chimneys and Material Girl. Films include Ondine and December Bride.

Peter McDonald (playing Brendan) has previously performed at the Donmar in Days of Wine and Roses and A Lie of the Mind. He has performed at the National Theatre, the Royal Court, The Old Vic, West End and numerous other UK theatres. He has worked with Conor McPherson on a number of projects including the film Saltwater. His extensive work on screen includes the film The Damned United and recent television includes Mayday and Moone Boy.

Ardal O’Hanlon (playing Jim) is an award-winning comedian, actor, writer and star of hit television series Father Ted and My Hero. His theatre work includes Conor McPherson’s Port Authority (Southwark Playhouse), The God of Carnage (Gate Theatre, Dublin) and See You Next Tuesday (West End). O’Hanlon is a bestselling author with his debut novel, The Talk of the Town. He starred in the feature film Wide Open Spaces and continues to tour internationally with his stand up show.



By Conor McPherson

Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA

PRESS NIGHT: Wednesday 22 January 2014, 7pm

Previews from Thursday 16 January 2014


Director: Josie Rourke

Designer: Tom Scutt

Lighting Designer: Neil Austin

Sound Designer: Ian Dickinson

Full cast: Risteárd Cooper, Brian Cox, Dervla Kirwan, Peter McDonald and Ardal O’Hanlon.


Tickets from £10 to £55

£10 day seats will be available from 10am on the day of the performance, in person only

Monday to Saturday 7.30pm

Wednesday and Saturday 3pm

First midweek matinee: Wednesday 29th January

First Saturday matinee: 25 January