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.



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.

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. Most recently Conor has worked on the new BBC series, Quirke, which is based on the books by Benjamin Black and his new play The Night Alive premièred at the Donmar in June and transfers to the Atlantic Theater in New York in November 2013.

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Television
Writer
Quirke 1 x 90'
2014
BBC for BBC1
Producer Lisa Osborne
Director Jim O'Hanlon
Writer Conor McPherson
Starring Gabriel Byrne, Nick Dunning, Michael Gambon, Colin Morgan & Geraldine Somerville

Drama adaptation of the noir crime series by Benjamin Black

Theatre
Writer and Director
Donmar Warehouse
Producer Donmar Warehouse
Director Conor McPherson
Writer Conor McPherson
Starring Caoilfhionn Dunne, Brian Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds, Michael McElhatton & Jim Norton

New play looking at humanity in the most unlikely of situations

The Veil 2011
The National Theatre
Producer National Theatre
Director Conor McPherson
Writer Conor McPherson
Starring Brid Brennan, Caoilfhionn Dunne, Peter McDonald, Jim Norton & Adrian Schiller

The play is set in 19th-century Ireland

The Birds 2009
The Gate Theatre, Dublin
Director Conor McPherson
Writer Conor McPherson
Starring Sinead Cusack, Denise Gough & Ciaran Hinds

Adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's short story about a town attacked by vicious birds

The National Theatre
Director Conor McPherson
Writer Conor McPherson
Starring Michael McElhatton, Conleth Hill, Jim Norton, Ron Cook & Karl Johnson

Play following four neighbours who meet on Christmas Eve and discover more may be at stake than they anticipated

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The Royal Court
Director Conor McPherson
Writer Conor McPherson
Starring Kathy Kiera Clarke, Michael McElhatton, Tom Jordan Murphy & Stanley Townsend

Drama following a priest who leaves the church to become a counsellor

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New Ambassadors Theatre
Director Conor McPherson
Writer Conor McPherson
Starring Jim Norton, Eanna MacLiam & Stephen Brennan

Drama following three men as they tell the stories of their lives

St Nicholas 1997
The Bush Theatre, London
Director Conor McPherson
Writer Conor McPherson
Starring Brian Cox

Drama following a theatre critic who rediscovers the price of having a conscience

This Lime Tree Bower 1996
The Bush Theatre, London
Director Conor McPherson
Writer Conor McPherson
Starring Ian Cregg, Conor Mullen & Niall Shanahan

Play chronicling coming of age in a small Irish town

Writer
The Weir 2013
Donmar Warehouse
Director Josie Rourke
Writer Conor McPherson
Starring Risteárd Cooper, Brian Cox, Dervla Kirwan, Peter McDonald & Ardal O'Hanlon

Revival of Conor's Olivier Award-winning play

Trafalgar Studios
Producer Donmar Warehouse
Director Titas Holder
Writer Conor McPherson
Starring Daniel Lapaine, Kevin R McNally & Indira Varma

New adaptation of Strindberg's play

Dublin Carol 2000
Royal Court Theatre, London
Director Ian Rickson
Writer Conor McPherson
Starring Brian Cox, Bronagh Gallagher & Andrew Scott

Drama following a man who is forced to confront the family he hasn't seen in years

The Weir 1997
Royal Court Theatre, London
Director Ian Rickson
Writer Conor McPherson
Starring Miles Anderson, Daniel Flynn, Ruth Gemmell, Karl Johnson, & Anthony O'Donnell

Drama following four men in a pub as they try to impress a young woman with supernatural stories

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Director
Poor Beast in the Rain 2005
The Gate Theatre, Dublin
Director Conor McPherson
Writer Billy Roche
Starring Dawn Bradfield, Angela Irvine, Garrett Keogh, Laurence Kinlan & Don Wycherley

Drama about life in Wrexford in the 1970s

Film
Writer and Director
The Eclipse Feature
2009
Treasure Entertainment / RTE for Magnolia Pictures
Producer Rob Walpole
Director Conor McPherson
Writer Conor McPherson
Starring Ciaran Hinds, Iben Hjejle & Aidan Quinn

Film following a widower plagued by a mysterious ghost

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Writer
Strangers Feature
2010
Number 9 Films
In development
Director James Marsh
Writer Conor McPherson

Based on the novel by Taichi Yamada