The Night Alive

A new play by Conor McPherson

13 June 2013 - 27 July 2013

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. With inimitable warmth, style and craft, Conor McPherson’s new play deftly mines the humanity to be found in the most unlikely of situations. The Donmar is proud to celebrate one of the English language’s leading theatrical voices by following McPherson's contemporary classic, THE WEIR, with the premiere of his startling new play, THE NIGHT ALIVE. The Night Alive transferred to the Atlantic Theater, New York, from the 30 November 2013 - 2 February 2014.

Run time: 1 hour and 45 minutes without an interval

Cast & Creative Team

  • Caoilfhionn Dunne - Read bio

    Caoilfhionn Dunne - Biography

    Caoilfhionn Dunne

    Playing AIMEE

    Theatre: includes King Lear, Christ Deliver Us!, The Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant, La Dispute (Abbey, Dublin), Pineapple (Calipo Theatre Company), The Veil (NT), 10 Dates with Mad Mary (Calipo Theatre Company/Pleasance, Edinburgh/Irish tour), Plasticine (Corcadorca), The Playboy of the Western World (Druid/US tour), The Sanctuary Lamp (B*Spoke), Bent (Smock Alley), Macbeth (Siren Productions), Caligula (Rough Magic Seeds III).
    Film: includes Wrath of the Titans.
    Television: includes Love/Hate, Vexed, Little White Lie.

  • Brian Gleeson - Read bio

    Brian Gleeson - Biography

    Brian Gleeson

    Playing KENNETH

    Theatre: includes The Silver Tassie (Druid), Diffraction (The Back Loft), Appointment in Limbo (Zelig), Romeo and Juliet (Abbey, Dublin), Stuck (Project Arts Centre, Dublin).
    Film: includes The Stag, Standby, Stay, Snow White and the Huntsman, Life’s a Breeze, The Eagle, The Wake Wood, The Tiger’s Tail, How To Be Happy.
    Television: includes Quirke, Primeval, Love/Hate, Single Handed, Trouble in Paradise.
    Radio: includes Afterlife.

  • Ciarán Hinds - Read bio

    Ciarán Hinds - Biography

    Ciaran Hinds

    Playing TOMMY

    For the Donmar: Assassins.
    includes Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Seafarer (New York), Juno & the Paycock (Abbey, Dublin/NT), Burnt by the Sun (NT), The Birds, The Yalta Game (Gate, Dublin), Closer (NT/New York), Richard III, Troilus & Cressida, Edward II, Two Shakespearean Actors (RSC), The Cuchulain Cycle (Abbey, Dublin), Lady from the Sea, The Seagull, Blithe Spirit, Mary Stuart, Juno and the Paycock, Webster (Citizens, Glasgow), The Mahabharata (World tour).
    Film: includes Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Woman in Black, John Carter, The Shore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Debt, Life During Wartime, The Eclipse, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, There Will Be Blood, Hallam Foe, Amazing Grace, Munich, Miami Vice, Mickybo and Me, The Phantom of the Opera, Calendar Girls, Veronica Guerin, Road to Perdition, Sum of all Fears, Titanic Town, Oscar and Lucinda, Some Mother’s Son, December Bride, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, Excalibur.
    Television: includes Game of Thrones, Political Animals, Above Suspicion, Rome, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Jane Eyre, Ivanhoe, Cold Lazarus, Persuasion, Prime Suspect, The Man Who Cried, Hostages.

  • Michael McElhatton - Read bio

    Michael McElhatton - Biography

    Michael McElhatton

    Playing DOC

    Trained: RADA
    Theatre: includes Romeo and Juliet, Twenty Grand (Abbey, Dublin), The Seafarer (NT), Shining City (Royal Court/Gate, Dublin), The Wexford Trilogy (Tricycle), An Ideal Husband (Gate, Dublin), The White Devil (Project@ The Mint), Car Show (Corn Exchange),  Greatest Hits, The Way of the World, Midnight Court (Project Arts Centre, Dublin),  A Decision Pure and Simple (Riverside Studios), An Enemy of the People (Young Vic), As You Like It (Rose), Wind in the Willows (Sheffield Theatres), Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs (BAC), Handome, Handicapped and Hebrew, Elizabeth Barton (Grove), Water Music (Cockpit).
    Film: includes Albert Nobbs, Death of a Superhero, Shadow Dancer, The Santa Incident, Perrier’s Bounty, Happy Ever After, Single-Handed Three, Mickybo and Me, Intermission, The Actors, Saltwater, A Man’s House, Crushproof, All Souls Day, I Went Down, November Afternoon.
    Television: includes Game of Thrones, The Fall, Ice Cream Girls, Ripper Street, Zen, Titanic: Blood and Steel, Father & Son, My Boy Jack, Man on the Run, Whistleblower, Hide & Seek, Spin the Bottle, Aristocrats, Vicious Circle, Just In Time, Racing Homer, Stranded, Real Heart, The Ambassador, Helena, The Loser. 

  • Jim Norton - Read bio

    Jim Norton - Biography

    Jim Norton

    Playing MAURICE 

    Theatre: includes The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Finian’s Rainbow, Port Authority, Dublin Carol – OBIE Award, Juno and the Paycock (New York), The Veil, The Seafarer – Olivier Award, Tony Award, The Pillow Man, The Playboy of the Western World, Mandragola, St Joan, Tamburlaine the Great, Hamlet, Emigres, Way Upstream (NT), Come on Over, Do You Know the Milky Way (Gate, Dublin), Port Authority (New Ambassadors), The Weir (Royal Court/Duke of York’s/New York), White Woman Street (Bush/Abbey, Dublin), A Chorus of Disapproval (NT/Lyric), The Changing Room (Royal Court/Shakespeare’s Globe), The Contractor (Fortune), Bedroom Farce (Prince of Wales), The Comedians (NT/Wyndham’s), The Wild Duck (Lyric Hammersmith), She Stoops to Folly, Red Roses for Me (Abbey, Dublin), Boss Grady’s Boys (Abbey, Dublin/Irish tour).
    Film: includes Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Water for Elephants, The Eclipse, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Oyster Farmer, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Hidden Agenda, Into the West, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Sakharov, Straw Dogs.
    Television: includes Midsomer Murders, Waking the Dead, Stan, Cheers, LA Law, Frasier, Babylon Five, Star Trek: the Next Generation, Rebus, Ballykissangel, Father Ted, Lovejoy, Maigret, Poirot, The Temptation of Eileen Hughes, Ike & Monty, Against the Wind, Colditz.


  • "Another triumph"

    Independent on Sunday
  • "A masterstroke from McPherson as writer and director"

    Time Out
  • "The Night Alive sees the Irish playwright at his compassionate best"

    Financial Times
  • "Riveting performances"

    Sunday Express
  • "Funny, tender and every bit the compelling mess it sets out to be"

    The Times
  • "Superb"

  • "Wonderful... McPherson could hardly have assembled a better cast"



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