A brilliant, haunting play from the multi-award winning author of The Weir.
Ian has left the priesthood to become a therapist. John is one of his first clients. John’s wife has been killed in a car accident, and he keeps receiving visits from her ghost. John, with Ian’s help, starts to recover. But what begins as an unusual encounter becomes a desperate struggle between the living and the dead – a struggle which will shape and define both of them for the rest of their lives.
Conor McPherson’s play Shining City was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in June 2004.
‘The finest dramatist of his generation… McPherson is back in business, writing magnificently’
— Daily Telegraph
‘Quiet, haunting and absolutely glorious… Shining City is as close to perfection as contemporary playwriting gets’
— New York Times
‘Moving, compassionate, ingenious and absolutely gripping … scenes that provoke great, generous gales of laughter, others that send a shiver of fear down the spine … riveting’
‘Compulsively gripping… McPherson brilliantly reconciles the mundane and the metaphysical’
‘McPherson at his best, laying bare the soul in all its pathetic, flawed ordinariness’
— Evening Standard
‘Writing at its most riveting’
— The Times
‘At his best Conor McPherson is a writer who combines great character comedy with a real sense of pathos. And Shining City is Conor McPherson at his very best… Guilt, sex and therapy with a script from acting heaven’
— Daily Mail