The Weir

by Conor McPherson

10 April 2013 - 08 June 2013

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. On its première in 1997, The Weir won the Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and Olivier award for Best New Play, and established McPherson’s place as one of our greatest living playwrights. Josie Rourke’s production marks the first major British revival of this undoubted modern classic. The Weir transferred to Wyndham's Theatre from the 16 January - 19 April 2014.

Run time: 1 hour and 45 minutes without an interval

Cast & Creative Team

  • Risteárd Cooper - Read bio

    Risteárd Cooper - Biography

    Risteard Cooper

    Playing FINBAR

    Theatre: includes Juno and the Paycock (NT), Pygmalion (National Theatre of Ireland/Abbey, Dublin), Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Abbey, Dublin),  The Yalta Game (Gate, Dublin/King’s, Edinburgh/Sydney), The Deep Blue Sea, Betrayal, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, See You Next Tuesday, Blithe Spirit, An Ideal Husband, Arcadia, Cyrano de Bergerac (Gate, Dublin), I Keano (Olympia Productions), Auntie and Me (Gaiety,  Dublin), Doldrum Bay (Abbey, Dublin/Peacock), Mojo (Chicago), Same Old Moon (Irish Repertory Theatre Company), The Shadow of a Gunman (O’Casey Theatre Company).
    Film: includes Batman Begins, The Closer You Get.
    Television: includes Citizen Charlie, Apres Match, The Crisis, This Is Ireland, Chasing the Lions, Bittersweet, The State of Us.

  • Brian Cox - Read bio

    Brian Cox - Biography

    Brian Cox

    Playing JACK

    Theatre: includes That Championship Season, Art (New York), Lolita, Danton’s Death, King Lear, Richard II (NT), Rock n Roll (Royal Court/New York), Uncle Varick (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Dublin Carol, Rat in the Skull – Olivier Award (Royal Court), St. Nicholas (Gate, Dublin/New York), The Music Man (Regent’s Park), As You Like It (Vaudeville), Titus Andronicus – Olivier Award (RSC), Strange Interlude (Duke of York’s), The Changeling (Riverside Studios).
    Film: includes Red 2, The Campaign, Blood, Caesar: Rise of the Apes, Ironclad, Coriolanus, Red, The Good Heart, The Escapist, Red, Zodiac, Running with Scissors, The Flying Scotsman, The Ringer, Red Eye, Match Point, The Bourne Supremacy, Troy, X-Men 2, 25th Hour, Adaptation, The Ring, The Bourne Identity, The Rookie, L.I.E., Super Troopers, Saltwater, The Corruptor, The Minus Man, Rushmore, The Boxer, Desperate Measures, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Braveheart, Rob Roy, Hidden Agenda, Manhunter, In Celebration, Nicholas and Alexandra.
    Television: includes The Curse of Edgar, Bob Servant, Gotham, The Straits, An Adventure in Space and Time, On Expenses, The Day of the Triffids, Marple, The Secret of the Nutcracker, Deadwood, Blue/Orange, Fraiser, Nuremberg, Longitude, Food for Ravens, The Negotiator, Grushko, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Sharpe’s Eagle, Sharpe’s Rifles, Inspector Morse, The Big Battalions, The Cloning of Joanna May, Shoot for the Sun, Dalhousie’s Luck, Thérèse Raquin, Out, The Devil’s Crown, The Changeling, She Stoops to Conquer, When We Dead Awaken, Z Cars, The Year of the Sex Olympics.

  • Dervla Kirwan - Read bio

    Dervla Kirwan - Biography

    Dervla Kirwan

    Playing VALERIE

    For the Donmar: Betrayal.
    Theatre: includes Uncle Vanya (Chichester Festival), Aristocrats (NT), Hush (Royal Court).
    Film: includes Entity, Ondine, School for Seduction, December Bride.
    Television: includes The Fuse, The Silence, Marple, Material Girl, Moving On, Law and Order, True Dare Kiss, Doctor Who, Dangerous Parking, Casanova, 55 Degrees North, Heart and Boys, Happy Birthday, Shakespeare, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), Dalziel & Pascoe, Ballykissangel, Goodnight, Sweetheart.

  • Peter McDonald - Read bio

    Peter McDonald - Biography

    Peter McDonald

    Playing BRENDAN

    For the Donmar: Days of Wine and Roses, A Lie of the Mind.
    includes The Veil, Greenland, Exiles, The Aristocrats (NT), Red Bud (Royal Court), The Caretaker (Liverpool Everyman/Trafalgar Studios), Dancing at Lughnasa, Resurrection Blues (Old Vic), Nocturne (Almeida/Traverse, Edinburgh), Glengarry Glen Ross (Apollo), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Garrick), White Horses (Gate, Dublin), The Wexford Trilogy (Oxford Stage Company), Van Gogh’s Ear, The Stars Lose Their Glory, The Brother (International Bar), Inventing Fortune’s Wheel (Firkin Crane Theatre, Cork), The Stranger (Players’ Theatre).
    Film: includes The Stag, Wreckers, The Damned United, The Henchman’s Tale, No News From God, Spin the Bottle, When Brendan Met Trudy, Nora, Saltwater, The Opportunists, Some Voices, Felicia’s Journey, An Inch Over the Horizon, I Went Down, November Afternoon.
    Television: includes May Day, Moone Boy, Titanic, City of Vice, The Family Man, Green Wing, Sea of Souls, The Plot to Kill Hitler, Spooks, Fergus’ Wedding, Paths to Freedom.

  • Ardal O'Hanlon - Read bio

    Ardal O'Hanlon - Biography

    Ardal O'Hanlon

    Playing JIM

    Theatre: includes Port Authority (Southwark Playhouse), God of Carnage (Gate, Dublin), See You Next Tuesday (Albery).
    Film: includes Wide Open Spaces, Greyfriars Bobby, Flying Saucer Rock n’Roll, The Butcher Boy, Moll Flanders.
    Television: includes Be Our Guest, Val Falvey, Skins, Doctor Who, Blessed, My Hero, Big Bad World, Father Ted – British Comedy Award.
    Comedy: includes Matt Lucas Show, Argumental, Dave’s One Night Stand, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, A League of Their Own, Ardal O’Hanlon Live, Live from the Apollo, Comedy Central Special, Stand Up Show, Parkinson, Graham Norton Show.
    Radio: includes I’ve Never Seen Star Wars, Spike’s Lookalikes.


  • "A treat for newcomers to the play and a chance for those who know it to savour its emotional profundities afresh"

    Daily Express
  • "[Brian] Cox saves his best till last. Jack’s closing tale of lost love is a masterpiece."

    Daily Mail
  • "Pitch-perfect... I have no doubt that The Weir is a modern classic"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "Golden comic moments, flashes of poetry… delicate and haunting"

    Evening Standard
  • "I sat compelled throughout"

    Financial Times
  • "Brian Cox is magnificent"

  • "[Brian] Cox takes your breath away… truly haunting"

  • "Wonderfully humorous and heartbreaking"

    Independent on Sunday
  • "Without a doubt Josie Rourke’s revival at the Donmar reconfirms the play’s status as a contemporary classic"

    Mail on Sunday
  • "A production that holds you enthralled"

  • "A mesmerizing and haunting night"

    The Stage
      The Weir
  • "Marvellous"

    The Sunday Times
  • "Enthralling... the entire beauty and sadness of humanity flower before us"

    The Times


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