Cold War
Paperback, 88 pages ISBN: 9781839043093Publication Date:
7 Dec 2023
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook, 88 pages ISBN: 9781788507608Publication Date:
7 Dec 2023
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
First Staged:
Almeida Theatre, London, 2023

Cold War (stage version)

Adapted by Conor McPherson Original author Paweł Pawlikowski

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Poland, 1949. Zula is bold and brilliant, a singer who ignites the stage. Wiktor is withdrawn and damaged, a composer longing to write. Irresistibly drawn to each other, they dream of escape. But in Communist-controlled Poland, the desire for freedom can be a dangerous thing.

Based on the film by Academy Award winner Paweł Pawlikowski, Cold War is an epic love story spanning the decades and breadth of Europe at its most divided, and a compelling story of passion, redemption, and the journey to be free.

This stage adaptation by Conor McPherson was first performed at the Almeida Theatre, London, in November 2023, directed by Rupert Goold, and featuring traditional Polish songs alongside music by Elvis Costello.

Press Quotes

'One of the best plays of 2023... superlatively resonant... a small but mighty piece... simply exquisite'


'Bewitching... a lush tender play with joy as well as trauma... The script by Conor McPherson stays close to Paweł Pawlikowski's original and finds a truly theatrical, darkly witty character of its own'

The Times

'A triumph'


'An exquisitely sad love story, brilliantly translated to the stage'

Evening Standard

'Beautiful... a swooning adaptation... like a sad, smokey late-night cabaret performance in a faded old bar: there's a glamour to it but it's intimate, warm and nocturnal... it really is a lovely show'

Time Out

'Gloriously melancholic... an almost tangible sense of pain and half-concealed emotion... an unusual and original show, one that haunts you long after you leave the theatre, its essential sadness sweetened by tinges of hope and a deep humanity'


'Compelling and bittersweet... a fine adaptation... a gift of no ordinary kind'

Arts Desk

'Brilliant. I need to see it again'

British Theatre Guide
Paperback,88 pages ISBN: 9781839043093Publication Date:
7 Dec 2023
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook,88 pages ISBN: 9781788507608Publication Date:
7 Dec 2023
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)

Also by Conor McPherson:

The Good Thief
Port Authority
Come On Over
Dublin Carol
The Night Alive
The Weir
Uncle Vanya
Conor McPherson Plays: One
The Veil
The Seafarer
Conor McPherson Plays: Three
Conor McPherson Plays: Two
The Nest
St Nicholas
The Birds
Shining City
Girl from the North Country
Rum and Vodka
This Lime Tree Bower
The Dance of Death

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