Royal Court's Ghostly Weir To Unnerve Bway Feb. 1999

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Conor McPherson's West End hit, The Weir will transfer to an unannounced Broadway theatre in February 1999.

Conor McPherson's West End hit, The Weir will transfer to an unannounced Broadway theatre in February 1999.

The production, directed by Royal Court Theatre Artistic Director Ian Rickson (Mojo), returned three times to London's Duke Of York before setting a final closing date for Jan. 23, 1999. The most recent return began previews Oct. 8 with an opening on Oct. 12.

According to press representative Helene Davis, The Weir will transfer with the current Royal Court production intact. The play features Kieran Ahern and Jim Norton as Jimmy and Jack, two rural Irish bachelors, who spend the night in a pub trying to impress Dublin girl, Valerie (Michelle Fairley) with their ghost tales. She, however, turns out to have a true tale more frightening than anything the men can dream up. Brendan Coyle and Dermot Crowley also star as other pub regulars.

Rae Smith will design the sets with Paul Constable providing lighting, Paul Arditti the sound and with music by Stephen Warbeck.

Thomas Viertel, Steven Baruch, Richard Frankel, Marc Routh, Jujamcyn Theatres and Turnstyle Group, Ltd. will produce The Weir in New York. Playwright McPherson was most recently represented Off-Broadway by Primary Stages' spring production of his solo show, St. Nicholas , the tale of a theatre critic -- and wannabe vampire -- who's obsessed with a young actress. McPherson's This Lime Tree Bower will open at Primary Stages in April, 1999. McPherson's film, "I Went Down," premiered at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival and was featured in 1998's Sundance Film Festival.

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