Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Grief is the Thing with Feathers

4.3 (19) · Contemporary Drama

By Enda Walsh

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20 March 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Enda Walsh’s ‘Disco Pigs’ launched the career of Cillian Murphy and now the two are reunited for this stage version of Max Porter’s novel about grief. Murphy plays a man, writing a book about the poet Ted Hughes, caring for his two young sons in the wake of his wife’s death. Then Crow turns up on the doorstep and offers to stay until the family don’t need him anymore. But when will that be? There were rave reviews when this show premiered in Galway last year.”


Irish stage and screen actor Cillian Murphy, gives a riveting performance in Enda Walsh’s theatrical adaptation of Max Porter’s multi-award winning novel Grief is the Thing with Feathers, which makes its UK premiere in the Barbican Theatre. This heart-wrenching meditation on love, loss and living is produced by Wayward Productions in association with Complicité and co-produced by the Barbican.

Critic reviews

It is accomplished and deliberately artful, but strangely distancing


At times, the inventiveness of Porter's words and the sheer hugeness of the staging bombards you into submission

The Arts Desk

Murphy's undeniable star power certainly comes second place to his mesmerising skills in this razor-sharp production

Broadway World

Murphy has an astonishing athleticism playing both man and crow in an adaptation of Max Porter’s story of grief

The Guardian

Murphy plays a blinder in jarring tale of despair

The Times

A brilliant, painful performance from Cillian Murphy

Financial Times

Cillian Murphy is phenomenal as a grieving dad in Enda Walsh’s devastating and disorientating adaptation of Max Porter’s novel

Time Out

Cillian Murphy probes depths of sorrow in visually bold show

Evening Standard

Cillian Murphy helps this strange meditation on loss take wing

The Telegraph

Enda Walsh’s scratchy, crow-filled exploration of mourning


It’s not perfect, but it’s experimental and viscerally gripping theatre

A Younger Theatre

Date & time

Show ended
Mon 25 Mar - Sat 13 Apr


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