The years following the 1929 Wall Street Crash left many Americans (and the rest of the world) facing economic hardship – a state of affairs that lasted right up until the Second World War. It doesn’t take much imagination to see the parallels between the events from nearly 100 years ago with what is happening today, with people trying to eke out a living during these depressed times. Esteemed playwright and director Conor McPherson uses this backdrop for the show Girl from the North Country, which is currently touring the UK at the moment.
‘It would be hard to find a better healing for difficult times’: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY – Touring ★★★★
This humbly immense, uniquely created show threw me for a loop five summers ago. Girl From the North Country is back on tour, via Oliviers and Broadway awards, with its miraculous marriage of poetic sensibility and hardscrabble humanity. It would be hard to find a better healing for difficult times.
FROM DOWN UNDER: Girl From the North Country in Melbourne & Touring
Artfully conceived and oh so lovingly crafted, Girl From the North Country tempers a heart-rending narrative with the heart soothing balm of more than 20 exquisitely arranged Bob Dylan songs.
NEWS: Tickets go on sale for cinema screenings of Ian Rickson’s production of Uncle Vanya
Tickets are now on sale for theUK, Ireland and international cinema screenings of Ian Rickson’s highly-acclaimed production of Conor McPherson’s new adaptation of Uncle Vanya, starring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage.
NEWS: Ian Rickson’s celebrated production of Uncle Vanya to receive cinema & broadcast release
Sonia Friedman Productions has announced that Ian Rickson’s highly-acclaimed production of Conor McPherson’s new adaptation of Uncle Vanya, forced to close in March when the West End went into lockdown, has been filmed on stage at the Harold Pinter Theatre in partnership with Angelica Films.
An exceptionally insightful period of shows means Chekhov’s secrets are finally emerging
Three Sisters at the National Theatre, Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter and The Seagull at the Playhouse Theatre have all taken very different approaches to reworking Chekhov, bringing fresh insight and relevance to a writer whose plays have often felt rather dry.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Girl From the North Country at Belasco Theater, New York
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Conor McPherson’s production of Girl From the North Country which has transferred to Broadway following runs at the Old Vic and the West End.
‘A triumphant tragicomedy’: UNCLE VANYA – West End
Conor McPherson’s adaptation of Uncle Vanya featuring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage at the Harold Pinter Theatre is so good you can forgive the “wanging on”.
‘Far lighter than the themes of the play might suggest’: UNCLE VANYA – West End
This Uncle Vanya is more roundedly entertaining than other recent productions and while that detracts a little from the emotional undercurrents of the original, the fluidity and richness of Rickson’s production, performed by an excellent cast, ensure a satisfying Chekhovian conclusion.
NEWS: Ian Rickson directs Conor McPherson’s new adaptation of Uncle Vanya starring Toby Jones & Richard Armitage
Sonia Friedman Productions has announced Conor McPherson’s new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya directed by Ian Rickson which will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 14 January 2020 with opening night on 23 January 2020.
NEWS: Girl From The North Country returns to the West End in December 2019
The critically-acclaimed hit Girl from the North Country, written and directed by Conor McPherson with music and lyrics by Bob Dylan, is to play London’s Gielgud Theatre in for a limited season from 10 December 2019 to 1 February 2020 (press night is 16 December).
Mark Shenton views the week of news, openings & upcoming awards… in the West End, Broadway & beyond
Mark Shenton views the week of news, openings & upcoming awards… in the West End, Broadway & beyond.
‘It revulsed, chilled & gripped’: ST NICHOLAS – Donmar Dryden Street ★★★★★
The Donmar has set about making this production of Conor McPherson’s monologue St Nicholas an exclusive, intimate and atmospheric experience.
NEWS: Brendan Coyle will star in new production of Conor McPherson’s St Nicholas at Donmar Warehouse’s studio space
Brendan Coyle will star in the Donmar Warehouse production of St Nicholas, a chilling one-man play by Conor McPherson, directed by Simon Evans, marking the first time McPherson and Coyle have collaborated since The Weir, for which both received Olivier Awards.
‘The darkest circumstances can bring the least-expected surprises’: THE NIGHT ALIVE – Brockley Jack Theatre
Conor McPherson is one of my all-time favourite playwrights. Having made his name with plays such as The Weir, Port Authority and St Nicholas, The Night Alive in some ways harks back to his early plays such as Dublin Carol, with its working-class characters eeking out an existence as best they can.
‘Poignant, humorous & intriguing’: THE NIGHT ALIVE – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
The Night Alive is a poignant, humorous and intriguing portrayal of five unhappy people whose lives are changed in one fateful moment.
‘The atmosphere sizzles with electricity’: THE NIGHT ALIVE – Brockley Jack Theatre
First Knight Theatre’s production of Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive captures the loneliness and vulnerability of Dublin’s singletons, with Eoin Lynch and Howie Ripley giving memorable performances.
NEWS: Hamilton scoops seven Olivier Awards with top honours for The Ferryman & National Theatre too
New American musical Hamilton collected seven Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and The Ferryman went home with three prizes at the Olivier Awards 2018, the UK’s most prestigious stage honours announced tonight (Sunday 8 April 2018) at London’s Royal Albert Hall hosted by Catherine Tate.
‘A captivating world where ordinary lives touch the extraordinary’: THE WEIR – Touring ★★★
An evening of tall tales puts a spotlight on the human heart as the King’s presents Conor McPherson’s modern Irish classic, The Weir.