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Closed April 19, 2014

Josie Rourke's beautifully acted revival - a deeply humane play

The Independent

Why See The Weir?

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This revival of The Weir enjoyed a stormingly successful run at the Donmar Warehouse, and attracted even more rave reviews and accolades upon its move to the Wyndham's Theatre. Originally premiering in 1997, The Weir won the coveted trinity of theatre awards; the Evening Standard, Critics' Circle and Olivier Awards for Best New Play.

Josie O'Rourke's celebrated revival saw a cast filled to the brim with the best of British and Irish talent, with Brian Cox, Dervla Kirwan and Ardal O'Hanlon making up the bulk of the talented cast.


A quiet country pub in Ireland sees a handful of its male regulars come in for their daily pick-me ups. All joshing and banter, until one of them brings in a newcomer - a woman. Suspicious of her background, they ply her with drink and questions, until they hear her tragic reasons for leaving her native Dublin.

As her audience grows more sympathetic and the alcohol flows morw freely, proceedings take a darker turn, as the men try to outdo each other with ghost stories that chill your bones, interspersed with dry humour. As Jack, the lonely, mechanic finally tells his own tale, we hear a story not of ghosts, but of lost love, which haunts him all the same.


The title of the play may cause confusion as to its meaning for the uninitiated - after all, the weir is in fact just a local landmark in the play, as mentioned by one of the characters. But the title itself actually refers to the metaphorical flow of stories from one character to another.

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Previews from: 16 January 2014

Opening night: 21 January 2014


The Weir is suitable for audiences aged 14 and upwards

Run time

One hour and 45 minutes with no interval

Cast and Creative


Risteárd Cooper as Finbar
Brian Cox as Jack
Dervla Kirwan as Valerie
Peter McDonald as Brendan
Ardal O'Hanlon as Jim


Directed by Josie Rouke
Design by Tom Scott
Lighting by Neil Austin
Sound by Ian Dickinson
Written by Conor McPherson

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8 reviews, average rating: (4.0 Stars)

4.0 star rating

Beth: “Just outstanding”

What a show! Loved it. Charming, moving, emotional, funny. Perfectly... more

Anonymous: “Master Class in Acting”

My apologies to the cast for not standing and cheering at their mesmerising... more

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