The Weir, a Hit in London, May Be Broadway-Bound

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Conor McPherson's highly successful new play The Weir has transferred to the main stage of London's famed Royal Court theatre, where it opened Feb. 23 to across-the-board enthusiastic reviews.

Conor McPherson's highly successful new play The Weir has transferred to the main stage of London's famed Royal Court theatre, where it opened Feb. 23 to across-the-board enthusiastic reviews.

In addition, there is now talk of the play's crossing the pond and coming to Broadway. It seems that The Weir has been picked up by producer David Richenthal (Broadway's Present Laughter, The Young Man from Atlanta and The Kentucky Cycle, Off-Broadway's Mrs. Klein and Remembrance) for an American tour followed by a run in one of the smaller Broadway houses.

The play, about a group of cronies in a Sligo bar who one-up each other with spooky anecdotes -- and the woman who joins their group and tells a tale so distressing and confounding that it leaves everyone completely shaken -- has been hailed by critics as a "touching ghost story" and a "haunting tale of loneliness and loss."

McPherson is the winner of an Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.

The Weir is directed by the Royal Court's new artistic director, Ian Rickson. The cast includes Brendan Coyle, Jim Norton, Kieran Ahern, Des McAleer and Julia Ford. Performances in London are at the Royal Court's temporary quarters at the Duke of York's Theatre. (The theatre's Sloane Square building is currently under renovation.) For tickets, call 011-44-1-71-565-5000.

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