Conor McPherson

Conor McPherson

Conor McPherson is a playwright, screenwriter and director, born in Dublin in 1971.

Plays include Rum and Vodka (Fly by Night Theatre Co., Dublin); The Good Thief (Dublin Theatre Festival; Stewart Parker Award); This Lime Tree Bower (Fly by Night Theatre Co. and Bush Theatre, London; Meyer-Whitworth Award); St Nicholas (Bush Theatre and Primary Stages, New York); The Weir (Royal Court, London, Duke of York's, West End and Walter Kerr Theatre, New York; Laurence Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics' Circle, George Devine Awards); Dublin Carol (Royal Court and Atlantic Theater, New York); Port Authority (Ambassadors Theatre, West End, Gate Theatre, Dublin and Atlantic Theater, New York); Shining City (Royal Court, Gate Theatre, Dublin and Manhattan Theatre Club, New York; Tony Award nomination for Best Play); The Seafarer (National Theatre, London, Abbey Theatre, Dublin and Booth Theater, New York; Laurence Olivier, Evening Standard, Tony Award nominations for Best Play); The Veil (National Theatre); The Night Alive (Donmar Warehouse, London and Atlantic Theater, New York); and Girl from the North Country (Old Vic, London).

Theatre adaptations include Daphne du Maurier's The Birds (Gate Theatre, Dublin and Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis), August Strindberg's The Dance of Death (Donmar at Trafalgar Studios), Franz Xaver Kroetz's The Nest (Young Vic, London), Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (West End, 2020) and Paweł Pawlikowski's Cold War (Almeida Theatre, 2023).

Work for the cinema includes I Went Down, Saltwater, Samuel Beckett's Endgame, The Actors, The Eclipse and Strangers.

His work for television includes an adaptation of John Banville's Elegy for April for the BBC, and the original television drama Paula for BBC2.

Awards for his screenwriting include three Best Screenplay Awards from the Irish Film and Television Academy; Spanish Cinema Writers Circle Best Screenplay Award; the CICAE Award for Best Film Berlin Film festival; Jury Prize San Sebastian Film Festival; and the Méliès d’Argent Award for Best European Film.

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The Veil

Set around a haunted house hemmed in by a restive, starving populace, The Veil weaves Ireland’s troubled colonial history into a transfixing story about the search for love, the transcendental and the circularity of time.

Conor McPherson Plays: One

Four early plays from the author of The Weir, with a foreword by the author.

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Dublin Carol

A magical, compelling play from the author of The Weir.

The Weir

The spellbinding, beautifully observed hit from the master of suspenseful realism.

Conor McPherson Plays: Two

The second collection of plays from the multi-award winning author.

Shining City

A brilliant, haunting play from the multi-award-winning author of The Weir.

Port Authority

A wry, moving, funny tale of how modern man faces up to the responsibility of love, woven in monologues, from the multi-award winning author of The Weir.

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The Seafarer

A breathtaking supernatural play from the author of The Weir.

Conor McPherson Plays: Three

The third collection of plays by one of Ireland's most celebrated contemporary playwrights. Contains: Shining City, The Seafarer, The Veil, The Birds and The Dance of Death. With a foreword by the author.

The Night Alive

An inimitably warm and stylish play that deftly mines the humanity to be found in the most unlikely of situations.

The Nest

A fable about the moral and environmental cost of our materialistic nesting instincts.

Uncle Vanya

Conor McPherson's stunning adaptation of the Anton Chekhov masterpiece, a portrayal of life at the turn of the twentieth century, full of tumultuous frustration, dark humour and hidden passions.