Character:

John

Playwright: 
Conor McPhearson

Director: 
Nadia Fall

Venues:

Theatre Royal Stratford East

Status:

Fri 17 Sep - Sat 23 Oct 2021

"Shining Lights"

By David HennessyIrish World


Downton Abbey star Brendan Coyle leads the cast this week for the first London revival of Conor McPherson’s Shining City since it premiered to critical acclaim at the Royal Court in 2004. Regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest ever playwrights, Conor McPherson is known for plays such as The Weir and The Seafarer.

Nadia Fall will direct Brendan, Rory Keenan, Curtis-Lee Ashqar and Michelle Fox for the production at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Shining City is described as a poignant and unsettling exploration of guilt, loneliness and the spaces between us....
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John, recently bereaved, believes himself to be haunted by the ghost of his dead wife.

Plagued by secrets, he slowly reveals his story and his truth to Ian - a psychotherapist and former priest who has lost his faith. As the two men struggle to make sense of their place in the world, they are bound in ways they could never have imagined and forced to question the very nature of reality itself.


  • This is the play's first London revival since premiering to critical acclaim at the Royal Court in 2004.

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