Shining City

SHINING CITY

Dublin, Ireland. 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.

Written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Conor McPherson (The WeirThe Seafarer), SHINING CITY is a poignant and unsettling exploration of guilt, loneliness and the spaces between us.

Directed by Nadia Fall and starring Brendan Coyle, this is the play's first London revival since premiering at the Royal Court in 2004 to critical acclaim.

Praise for playwright Conor McPherson:
"The finest dramatist of his generation."
The Telegraph

"As close to perfection as contemporary playwriting gets."
New York Times


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CAST
Brendan Coyle - John

CREATIVE TEAM
Written by Conor McPherson
Director - Nadia Fall
Designer - Peter McKintosh
Lighting Designer - Howard Harrison
Sound Designer - Alexandra Faye Braithwaite
Movement Director - Jack Murphy

Cast & Creative Teams

CAST
Brendan Coyle - John

CREATIVE TEAM
Written by Conor McPherson
Director - Nadia Fall
Designer - Peter McKintosh
Lighting Designer - Howard Harrison
Sound Designer - Alexandra Faye Braithwaite
Movement Director - Jack Murphy

Brendan Coyle - John
Brendan Coyle's most recent theatre includes St Nicholas (Donmar Warehouse & Goodman Theatre), The Price (Theatre Royal Bath & Wyndham's Theatre), Mojo (Harold Pinter), The Silver Tassie (Almeida) and Buried Child (National Theatre). Brendan also starred in the original production of The Weir at the Royal Court, in the West End and on Broadway; winning both the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor & New York Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. On screen, Brendan is most recognised for playing Mr Bates in Downton Abbey (ITV); for which he won 3 SAG Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and received Emmy, BAFTA and IFTA nominations for Best Supporting Actor, and for playing Robert Timmins in Lark Rise to Candleford (BBC). Most recent TV includes Requiem (BBC/Netflix) and Spotless (Netflix). Brendan will next be seen in feature Downton Abbey 2 directed by Simon Curtis. He can be seen in Downton Abbey 1 and in Mary Queen of Scots directed by Josie Rourke. Other recent movies include Unless and Me Before You.

Brendan Coyle Headshot


Conor McPherson - Writer
Conor McPherson was born in Dublin in 1971 and began writing for the stage while a student at University College Dublin. His plays include Girl from the North Country (with Bob Dylan), The Weir, The Seafarer, The Night Alive, Port Authority, This Lime Tree Bower, St Nicholas, Rum and Vodka, and The Good Thief. Adaptations include Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (Sonia Friedman Productions at the Harold Pinter Theatre), August Strindberg’s Dance of Death (Donmar) and Franz Xaver Kroetz’s The Nest (Young Vic/Lyric Theatre Belfast).


Nadia Fall - Director
Nadia Fall trained at Goldsmiths College, University of London (MA Directing) and on the NT Studio's Directors programme. Nadia directed The Village and King Hedley II as her first shows as Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East. In May 2020 she directed The Outside Dog for BBC One as part of London Theatre Company’s Talking Heads monologue series. In September 2020 she directed NO MASKS for Sky Arts, a one-off drama based on testimonials from key workers. She wrote and directed Welcome To Iran, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Lockdown Theatre Festival. Her other directing credits include Three Sisters, The Suicide, Our Country’s Good, Dara, Chewing Gum Dreams, Home, Hymn, The Doctor's Dilemma (National Theatre), Hir, Disgraced (Bush Theatre), R and D (Hampstead Theatre), Way Upstream (Chichester Festival Theatre), Hobson's Choice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), How Was It For You? (Unicorn Theatre), Sticks & Stones (Polka Theatre), The Maids (Lyric Hammersmith), Miss Julie (Croydon Warehouse Theatre) and Wild Turkey (Site Specific). As Associate Director, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Gielgud Theatre), Collaborators and The Habit of Art (National Theatre), and as Staff Director, Rocket to the Moon, Really Old, Like Forty Five, Phèdre and Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre). Fall has directed at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and led participation initiatives with partners such as the Young Vic, Clean Break, Soho Theatre and the Royal Court. 

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