Chilling modern classic ‘The Weir’ comes to Coliseum during 20th anniversary tour

AWARD-WINNING chilling, modern classic The Weir by Conor McPherson is coming to Oldham Coliseum Theatre as part of its UK tour this autumn to mark its 20th anniversary year.

The play, which won the 1997 Olivier Award for Best New Play, is set in a small Irish town, where the locals exchange stories round the crackling fire of Brendan’s pub to while away the hours one stormy night.

As the beer and whisky flows, the arrival of a young stranger, haunted by a secret from her past, turns the tales of folklore into something more unsettling.

One story, however, is more chilling and more real than any of them could have ever imagined.

A shadowy tale delving into the dark corners of human lives, The Weir is a co-production between English Touring Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester.

The production is the second to be toured to the Regional Touring Network an Arts Council England Strategic Touring consortium of nine venues with whom ETT produce and tour high quality drama to venues looking to develop their drama audience.

It follows the success of English Touring Theatre and Orange Tree Theatre’s production of Terence Rattigan’s French Without Tears which toured in autumn 2016.

Conor McPherson is a playwright and screenwriter who has won several awards including the George Devine Award, Stewart Parker Award and an Olivier Award.

His credits for theatre include The Veil (National Theatre), The Dance of Death (Trafalgar Studios), The Night Alive (Donmar Warehouse, Atlantic Theater, New York) and The Girl from the North Country (Old Vic).

See The Weir’ at Oldham Coliseum on Thursday 24 – Saturday 28 October. For tickets, call the Box Office: 0161 624 2829 or go online:

The Weir will be performed at:

Mercury Theatre Colchester, 8 – 16 September
Box office: 01206 573 948 |

Harrogate Theatres, 19 – 23 September
Box Office: 01423 50116 |

Cheltenham Everyman, 26 – 30 September
Box Office: 01242 572573 |

Cast, Doncaster, 3 – 7 October
Box Office: 01302 340422 |

Bristol Old Vic, 10 – 14 October
Box Office: 0117 987 7877 |

Exeter Northcott Theatre, 17 – 21 October
Box Office: 01392 726363 |

Oldham Coliseum Theatre, 24 – 28 October
Box Office: 0161 624 2829 |

Lighthouse Poole, 7 – 11 November
Box Office: 0844 406 8666 |

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, 15 – 18 November
Box office:  01484 430528 |

Yvonne Arnaud Guildford, 21 – 25 November
Box office: 01483 440000 |


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