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McPherson to chill with another ghostly tale...

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 wife.

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 Dublin’s 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 Gilman’s 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 1, 2004.

The Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, meanwhile, will shortly begin to feature the Royal Court Spring/Summer season, including:

Dona Daley’s Blest Be the Tie, from April 19 to May 8;

Leo Butler’s 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.

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