The Weir - casting announced
CASTING has been announced for the first major London revival of Conor McPherson’s The Weir, which runs at the Donmar Warehouse from April 18 to June 8, 2013.
The line up includes Risteárd Cooper (as Finbar), Brian Cox (Jack), Dervla Kirwan (Valerie), Peter McDonald (Brendan) and Ardal O’Hanlon (Jim).
In Brendan’s pub, isolated above the town, the men are gathering for their daily pint. The arrival of a stranger in their midst – a woman – spurs them to impress her with stories. They are stories of souls past and of spirits very much present. But one story is more chilling and more real than any of the men could have foreseen.
As well as performing on stage in the West End, on Broadway, at the National Theatre, the Royal Court and numerous other UK theatres, Brian Cox has appeared in films such as The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity, Troy and X-Men 2.
Dervla Kirwan previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in 2007 in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal. Her other recent theatre credits include Uncle Vanya (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Aristocrats and Exiles (National Theatre). However, she is probably best known for her television roles in Ballykissangel and Goodnight Sweetheart.
Ardal O’Hanlon, who rose to fame playing Dougal in the hit comedy series Father Ted, has appeared on stage in Conor McPheron’s Port Authority (Southwark Playhouse), The God of Carnage (Gate Theatre, Dublin) and See You Next Tuesday (West End).
The Weir is directed by Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, where her credits include Berenice, The Physicists, The Recruiting Officer, Frame 312, World Music and The Cryptogram.
The Weir is designed by Tom Scutt, with lighting by Neil Austin and sound by Ian Dickinson.
The premiere of Conor McPherson’s new play, The Night Alive, follows The Weir at the Donmar Warehouse. Directed by McPherson, the cast includes Caoilfhionn Dunne, Brian Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds, Michael McElhatton and Jim Norton.
Tommy’s not a bad man, he’s getting by – renting a run-down room in his uncle Maurice’s house, just about keeping his ex-wife and kids at arm’s length and rolling from one get-rich-quick scheme to the other with his pal Doc. Then one day he comes to the aid of Aimee, who’s not had it easy herself, struggling through life the only way she knows how.
Their past won’t let go easily. But together there’s a glimmer of hope they could make something more of their lives. Something extraordinary. Perhaps…
The Night Alive runs from June 13 to July 27, 2013.
Trelawny of the Wells continues at the Donmar Warehouse until April 13, 2013.