Shining City Tickets London Theatre

Shining City Tickets

3.8 (4) · Contemporary Drama

Conor McPherson’s haunting and unsettling exploration of guilt and loneliness

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Dublin, Ireland. John, recently bereaved, believes himself to be haunted by the ghost of his dead wife.

Plagued by secrets, he slowly reveals his story and his truth to Ian - a psychotherapist and former priest who has lost his faith. As the two men struggle to make sense of their place in the world, they are bound in ways they could never have imagined and forced to question the very nature of reality itself.

Written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Conor McPherson (The Weir, The Seafarer), SHINING CITY is a poignant and unsettling exploration of guilt, loneliness and the spaces between us.

Directed by Nadia Fall and starring Brendan Coyle, this is the play's first London revival since premiering at the Royal Court in 2004 to critical acclaim.

Critic reviews

Well worth watching

· WhatsOnStage

An incredibly charismatic performance from Brendan Coyle

· The Times

Occasional sluggishness alongside a true star turn

· The Arts Desk

Proves a gruelling, if intellectually nourishing, watch

· Broadway World

Polished performances hampered by a palaver of pacing

· Evening Standard

Sense of a confessional

· The Stage

Two brooding men are slowly sunk by their own narcissism in this subtle play about a counselling session

· The Guardian
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Date & time

Show ended
Fri 17 Sep, 2021 - Sat 23 Oct, 2021
2.30pm & 7.30pm


Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square E15 1BN London, UK · Get Directions
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