The Weir in Manchester

Conor McPherson’s Olivier award-winning play The Weir comes to The Lowry, Manchester from Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th January. The Weir is set in a rural Irish pub, with the locals sharing ghost stories. What starts off as fun and games, turns out to be more chilling than intended.

The play stars the returning all Irish cast, Louis Dempsey (Finbar), Sean Murray (Jack), John O’Dowd (Jim), Sam O’Mahony (Brendan) and Natalie Radmall-Quirke (Valerie).

In a small Irish town, the locals exchange stories round the crackling fire of Brendan’s pub to while away the hours one stormy night. As the beer and whisky flows, the arrival of a young stranger, haunted by a secret from her past, turns the tales of folklore into something more unsettling. One story, however, is more chilling and more real than any of them could have ever imagined.

In 1997 Conor McPherson’s ‘The Weir’ opened at The Royal Court and took the West End by storm, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Play. Since it has transferred to Broadway and toured all over the world. It is now considered a modern classic and to be “one of the best plays of the past century” (Daily Telegraph).

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