Conor McPherson

Playwright and writer for film
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Biography

Conor McPherson is a playwright and screenwriter who was named by The New York Times as ‘the finest playwright of his generation'.

Conor won the George Devine Award in 1997 with his play St Nicholas, and went on to win an Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1999 with his follow-up, The Weir. In 2006 he received a Tony Award nomination for Shining City and an Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play for The Seafarer.

In 2011 he wrote and directed The Veil for the National Theatre and in 2012 he adapted Strindberg's The Dance of Death for the Donmar Trafalgar Season. The Night Alive premièred at the Donmar in June 2013 and transferred to the Atlantic Theater in New York in November 2013.

Conor also writes for film and in 2008 he began production on The Eclipse, which marked his debut as a screen director. The Eclipse was adapted by Conor from a ghost story by Billy Roche and stars Aidan Quinn and Ciaran Hinds.  He also developed Strangers for Number 9 Films based on the novel by Taichi Yamada. 

Conor is currently working on the screenplay Double Cross for Paul Greengrass. His original television drama Paula, developed with Cuba Pictures and BBC NI for BBC2, begins shooting in Belfast in October 2016. The Girl from the North Country, with music from Bob Dylan, will have its world premiere at the Old Vic theatre in July 2017.

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Theatre

Writer

 

World premiere of the new musical featuring the music of Bob Dylan opening in July 2017

Old Vic
 
Director Ian Rickson
Starring
  • Caoilfhionn Dunne
  • Laurence Kinlan
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    Translation of the German play by Franz Xaver Kroetz

    Lyric Theatre Belfast & Young Vic
     
    Director Josie Rourke
    Starring
  • Risteárd Cooper
  • Brian Cox
  • Dervla Kirwan
  • Peter McDonald
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    Revival of Conor's Olivier Award-winning play
    Donmar Warehouse
     
    Producer Donmar Warehouse
    Director Titas Holder
    Starring
  • Daniel Lapaine
  • Kevin R McNally
  • Indira Varma
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    New adaptation of Strindberg's play
    Trafalgar Studios
     
    Director Ian Rickson
    Starring
  • Brian Cox
  • Bronagh Gallagher
  • Andrew Scott
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    Drama following a man who is forced to confront the family he hasn't seen in years
    Royal Court Theatre
     
    The Weir
    Winner: Best New Play, Olivier Awards
    Director Ian Rickson
    Starring
  • Dermot Crowley
  • Kieran Ahern
  • Jim Norton
  • Brendan Coyle
  • Michelle Fairley
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    Drama following four men in a pub as they try to impress a young woman with supernatural stories
    Royal Court Theatre
     

    Writer & Director

    Producer Donmar Warehouse
    Starring
  • Caoilfhionn Dunne
  • Brian Gleeson
  • Ciarán Hinds
  • Michael McElhatton
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    Play looking at humanity in the most unlikely of situations
    Donmar Warehouse
     
    Producer National Theatre
    Starring
  • Brid Brennan
  • Caoilfhionn Dunne
  • Peter McDonald
  • Jim Norton
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    Play set in the 19th Century about a priest who comes to an Irish house to carry out a séance with catastrophic consequences

    The National Theatre
     
    Starring
  • Sinead Cusack
  • Denise Gough
  • Ciaran Hinds
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    Adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's short story about a town attacked by vicious birds
    The Gate Theatre, Dublin
     
    The Seafarer
    Nominated: Best New Play, Olivier Awards
    Starring
  • Conleth Hill
  • Jim Norton
  • Ron Cook
  • Karl Johnson
  • Michael McElhatton
  •  
    Play following four neighbours who meet on Christmas Eve and discover more may be at stake than they anticipated
    The National Theatre
     
    Shining City
    Nominated: Best Play, Tony Awards
    Starring
  • Kathy Kiera Clarke
  • Tom Jordan Murphy
  • Stanley Townsend
  • Jeannie Lewis
  • Michael McElhatton
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    Drama following a priest who leaves the church to become a counsellor
    Royal Court Theatre
     
    Starring
  • Brian Cox
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    Drama following a theatre critic who rediscovers the price of having a conscience
    The Bush Theatre
     
    Starring
  • Ian Cregg
  • Conor Mullen
  • Niall Shanahan
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    Play chronicling coming of age in a small Irish town

    The Bush Theatre
     
    Port Authority
    Nominated: Best Play, South Bank Show Awards
    Starring
  • Jim Norton
  • Eanna MacLiam
  • Stephen Brennan
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    Drama following three men as they tell the stories of their lives
    New Ambassadors Theatre
     
    The Good Thief
    Winner: Stewart Parker Award
    Starring
  • Kevin Hely
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    Monologue following the misfortunes of a petty criminal whose conscience beats him up when he becomes involved in a bungled kidnap

    City Arts Centre, Dublin
     
    Starring
  • Stephen Walshe
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    Monologue where a young Irishman with a drink problem recounts three days where he goes on a binge

    University College Dublin
     

    Director

    Writer Billy Roche
    Starring
  • Dawn Bradfield
  • Angela Irvine
  • Garrett Keogh
  • Laurence Kinlan
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    Drama about life in Wrexford in the 1970s
    The Gate Theatre, Dublin
     

    TV

    Writer & Creator

    Paula
    3 x 60'
    Producer Peter Norris
    Director Alex Holmes
    Starring
  • Denise Gough
  • Tom Hughes
  • Owen McDonnell
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    New drama in development

    Cuba Pictures & BBC NI Drama for BBC2
    In development
     

    Writer

    Quirke
    Nominated: IFTA Drama Script
    1 x 90'
    Producer Lisa Osborne
    Director Jim O'Hanlon
    Starring
  • Gabriel Byrne
  • Nick Dunning
  • Michael Gambon
  • Colin Morgan
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    Drama adaptation of the noir crime series by Benjamin Black

    BBC for BBC1
     

    Film

    Writer

    Producer Harvey Weinstein
    Director Kenneth Branagh
     

    Adaptation of the books by Eoin Colfer about a young criminal mastermind

    Disney
    In development
     
    Producer Scott Rudin
    Director Paul Greengrass
     
    Sony Pictures
    In development
     
    Strangers
    Feature
    Director James Marsh
     
    Based on the novel by Taichi Yamada
    Number 9 Films
    In development
     

    Writer & Director

    The Eclipse
    Winner: Best Script for Film, IFTA
    Feature
    Producer Rob Walpole
    Starring
  • Ciaran Hinds
  • Iben Hjejle
  • Aidan Quinn
  • Billy Roche
  • Eanna Hardwicke
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    Film following a widower plagued by a mysterious ghost
    Magnolia Pictures
    Treasure Entertainment & RTE