Preview by Jack Foley
FOLLOWING his memorable West End success with ghostly tale, The
Weir, award-winning Irish playwright, Conor McPherson is to
return to the capital this Summer with the world premiere of
Shining City, at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, from
June 9 to July 17.
The story will, once again, feature the supernatural and will
be set in Dublin, as a man comes to a counsellor seeking help,
after claiming to have seen the ghost of his recently deceased
What begins as just an unusual encounter, however, becomes a
desperate struggle between the living and the dead.
Cast details have yet to be announced for the production, which
will be co-produced with Dublins Gate Theatre.
McPherson enjoyed considerable success with The Weir,
which premiered at the Royal Court, before transferring to the
West End and Broadway, and winning numerous awards, including
two Oliviers, for Best New Play and Best Supporting Actor.
His other work includes This Lime Tree Bower, St Nicholas,
and Port Authority.
Shining City will be preceded in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
by Rebecca Gilmans highly-anticipated The
Sweetest Swing in Baseball, which marks the West End return
of former X-Files star, Gillian Anderson, from March 31 to May
The Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, meanwhile, will shortly begin to
feature the Royal Court Spring/Summer season, including:
Dona Daleys Blest Be the Tie, from April 19 to May
Leo Butlers Lucky Dog, from May 18 to June 12, directed
by James Macdonald;
And Country Music, by Simon Stephens, from June 28 to
July 17, 2004.