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Full Casting Announcement For The UK Tour Of ‘The Weir’


Winner of the 1997 Olivier Award for Best New Play, Conor McPherson’s chilling, modern classic The Weir embarks on a UK tour this autumn to mark its 20th Anniversary year.

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.

A shadowy tale delving into the dark corners of human lives, The Weir is a co-production between English Touring Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester.

The production is the second to be toured to the Regional Touring Network an Arts Council England Strategic Touring consortium of 9 regional venues with whom ETT produce and tour high quality drama to venues looking to develop their drama audience.  It follows the success of English Touring Theatre and Orange Tree Theatre’s production of Terence Rattigan’s French Without Tears which toured in autumn 2016.

Conor McPherson is a playwright and screenwriter. He has won several awards including the George Devine Award, Stewart Parker Award and an Olivier Award. His credits for theatre include The Veil (National Theatre), The Dance of Death (Trafalgar Studios), The Night Alive (Donmar Warehouse, Atlantic Theater, New York) and The Girl from the North Country (Old Vic). For film, his credits include The Eclipse and Strangers and his television work includes Paula. He is currently working on the screenplay Double Cross.

Louis Dempsey plays Finbar. His theatre credits include Stones in His Pockets (Vienna’s English Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew(Shakespeare’s Globe), Juno and the Paycock (Liverpool Everyman/Bristol Old Vic Co-Production), The Seafarer (Perth Theatre and Lyric Belfast), Some Voices (Young Vic), Wing And A Prayer (BAC), Last Apache Reunion (The Tobacco Factory) and Brothers Of The Brush (Liverpool Everyman). Television credits include Dream TeamSea Of SoulsOmagh and The Bench. For film, his credits include Us and ThemLegendCloud AtlasGrabbersSix BulletsRevolverThe Last DropSpivsTroy and Shooters.

Sean Murray plays Jack. Credits for theatre include, A Tale of Two Cities (Royal & Derngate, Northampton and UK tour), The Hook (Royal & Derngate, Northampton), The Armour (Defibrillator at the Langham Hotel), Holy Warriors (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Double and The Tempest(Theatre Royal, Bath), Romeo and Juliet and The Importance of Being Earnest (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Othello, The Comedy of Errors, Tartuffe, School for Scandal, The Rivals and The Life of Galileo (Bristol Old Vic), A Woman Killed with KindnessThe Phoenician WomenRomeo and Juliet and Two Gentlemen of VeronaThe Cherry Orchard (RSC), Jane Eyre (The Ambassadors Theatre, Trafalgar Studios 1), The Terrible Voice of Satan (Royal Court), The Crucible (UK tour) and Buried Child (National Theatre). Television credits include Robin Hood, Dunkirk, Without Motive and Berkeley Square. Film credits include HamletA Rather English Marriage and Finding Mallory. Regular appearances on BBC Radio 4.

John O’Dowd plays Jim. His theatre credits include Common (National Theatre), Stonebreaker (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith), The Head of Red O Brien (Truewest), For The Birds (New York Fringe). Television credits include Moone Boy 1,2 & 3Don’t You Know Who I Am, Capturing Santa, The Rahilly, Single Handed, Maru and Mobs Mheiricea. Film credits include Jimmys Hall and Don’t You Know Who I Am.

Sam O’Mahony plays Brendan. His theatre credits include Pride and Prejudice and The Mariner (Gate Theatre, Dublin), The Silver Tassie(National Theatre), Oh What A Lovely War (Northern Stage), The Good Soul Of Szechuan (Young Vic), Monged (Belgrade Coventry), King John, Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet (RSC). Television credits include Guilt and X Company.

Natalie Radmall-Quirke plays Valerie. Her theatre credits include The Winter’s Tale (Cheek by Jowl), Martyr (Actors Touring Company), The Playboy of the Western World (Southwark Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet, Celebration and Jane Eyre (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Twelfth Night, No Romance, The Plough and the Stars, The Comedy of Errors, An Ideal Husband (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), =Steel Magnolias (Gaiety Theatre, Dublin), Mud (Gate Theatre, London), I Witness (Finborough Theatre), Footfalls (Players Theatre) and Crave (Samuel Beckett Centre and Studiobühne, Cologne). Film credits include Davin and The Canal.

Adele Thomas directs.  Her previous directing credits include Thomas TallisThe Oresteia and The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Shakespeare’s Globe), Unusual Unions (Royal Court), The Bloody Ballad of Mary Maid (Soho Theatre, UK tour), Apparitions of Spirits – With The Forsyte Sisters (Gagglebabble, Theatr Iolo), Write Here (Traverse Theatre), My People (National Theatre of Wales), The Blue Lenses and Under Milk Wood (Royal & Derngate, Northampton), Cityscape: Deluge/No VacanciesThe Push and the Pull and An Enemy For The People (Sherman Cymru).  Her opera work includes Cosi Fan Tutte (Northern Ireland Opera) and Senendd (Welsh National Opera).


Opens at:

Mercury Theatre Colchester

8 – 16 September

Box office: 01206 573 948


Before touring to:

Harrogate Theatres

19 – 23 September

Box Office: 01423 50116


Cheltenham Everyman

26 – 30 September

Box Office: 01242 572573


Cast, Doncaster

3 – 7 October

Box Office: 01302 340422


Bristol Old Vic

10 – 14 October

Box Office: 0117 987 7877


Exeter Northcott Theatre

17 – 21 October

Box Office: 01392 726363


Oldham Coliseum Theatre

24 – 28 October

Box Office: 0161 624 2829


Lighthouse Poole

7 – 11 November

Box Office: 0844 406 8666


Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

15 – 18 November

Box office:  01484 430528


Yvonne Arnaud Guildford
21 – 25 November
Box office: 01483 440000

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