The Weir at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

The Weir

By Conor McPherson
Directed by Amanda Gaughan

"There's no dark like a winter night in the country. And there was a wind like this one,howling and whistling in off the sea. It was this type of night now. Am I setting the scene for you?”

You are guaranteed a good laugh and warm welcome when you join the local lads in Brendan’s Bar county Leitrim. When a young woman arrives from Dublin, the fellas impress her with their local ghost stories but as the night draws in, Valerie will share a haunting tale of her own.

Winner of the Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and Olivier Award for Best New Play, Conor McPherson's moving, elegiac tale is a masterpiece of modern theatre. Quietly compelling and strangely chilling, The Weir is the perfect story for a winter night.

"Rich, vivid and often wonderfully funny... I have rarely been so convinced that I have just seen a modern classic." Daily Telegraph

"This is my play of the decade... a modern masterpiece." The Express

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Supported by
HR Creswick's Charitable Trust

Cast and Credits


Brian Gleeson / Brendan
Frank McCusker / Finbar
Gary Lydon / Jack
Darragh Kelly / Jim
Lucianne McEvoy / Valerie


Amanda Gaughan / Director
Francis O'Connor / Designer
Simon Wilkinson / Lighting Designer
Michael John McCarthy / Sound & Music Composer
Lotte Hines / Casting Director


Dates, Times & Prices

15 January – 6 February 2016

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday through Saturday

MATINEES, 2pm from 20 January
Wednesdays and Saturdays

Running Time
Approximately 1hr 36 minutes with no interval


Individual Tickets

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday: £15 - £29.50

Wednesday and Saturday: £13 - £25

From £10, not available on Premium Seats

All prices guaranteed until 5 September 2015



  • Thursday 28 January - 7.30pm
  • Touch Tour - 6.15pm
  • Saturday 30 January - 2pm
  • Touch Tour - 12.45pm


  • Wednesday 3 February - 7.30pm


  • Saturday 6 February - 2pm

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Press Coverage

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“A riveting piece of storytelling paced to perfection”
Edinburgh Evening News

"Amanda Gaughan’s excellent revival highlights the loneliness of the characters gathered to tell tales in a rural pub."
The Guardian

"a top-notch cast of moving as it is hair-raising."
The Times

The Scotsman

"Emotive and memorable."
The Telegraph

“You could have heard a pin drop when Valerie told her story”
The Herald

“A dynamically staged and truthfully told production”
The Stage

"A celebration of storytelling and its power to transform us"
What's On Stage

“While storytelling and craic are at the core of this play, it is shaped as much by the silences...
Edinburgh Guide

"Thought-provoking and impeccably acted"
All Edinburgh Theatre

"You will not want to let these characters go home"
Edinburgh 49

"Delivered with flair"
Female Arts

"lingers in the memory long afterwards"
Broadway Baby

"There is far more to this story and our five characters than just stories."
Southside & Old Town Living

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  • "When Amanda Gaughan first read Conor McPherson's play, The Weir, she was so shaken by its contents that she knew she had to direct it."
    Interview with director Amanda Gaughan in The Herald


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