St. Nicholas


The Donmar Warehouse Production of 
St. Nicholas by Conor McPherson 
Starring Brendan Coyle
Directed by Simon Evans
January 9 - 27, 2019; A Limited Engagement in the Owen Theatre

Goodman Theatre adds to its 2018/2019 Season a limited engagement of St. Nicholas—an internationally-acclaimed major revival by London’s Donmar Warehouse of Conor McPherson’s 1997 intimate thriller, directed by Simon Evans. The monologue play stars Olivier Award-winning actor Brendan Coyle (“Mr. Bates” of the smash sensation Downton Abbey, for which he earned an Emmy Award nomination) in “a superlative, mesmerizing performance that’s simply not to be missed” (The Arts Review). The creative team includes Peter McKintosh (Set), Matt Daw (Lighting) and Christopher Shutt (Sound). 

When I was a boy, I was afraid of the dark… What was there. And maybe one of the things I thought was there was vampires.” When a jaded Dublin theater critic (Coyle) abandons his ordinary life in pursuit of a beautiful young actress, his desires lead him to strike an irreversible bargain with a band of modern-day vampires. Inspired by a dream the playwright experienced—in which he was bitten by a vampire and given two painkillers—St. Nicholas is a “spellbinding, chilling vampire monologue (over) two mesmerizing hours” (Time Out London) “directed with empathy and self-awareness by Simon Evans and supported by Peter McKintosh’s atmospheric set; what’s not to enjoy?” (The Times). “A marvellous new production … an object lesson in stage-craft’ (Independent). The play premiered two decades ago at London’s Bush Theatre; the new production, featuring Coyle, recently concluded a sold-out engagement at the Donmar Warehouse’s intimate studio space, and currently makes its Irish premiere at the Smock Alley Theatre—where its extended run (closes October 20) was hailed as “Dublin Theatre Festival’s crowning glory” (The Reviews Hub).

St. Nicholas

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    CONOR MCPHERSON (Playwright) wrote The Weir which was performed at the Donmar Warehouse in 2013 and in the same year he both wrote and directed The Night Alive. Additional writing credits include The Dance of Death (Trafalgar Studios) and Dublin Carol (Royal Court Theatre), as well as an adaptation of Kroetz’s The Nest. Writer and director credits include Girl from the North Country (The Old Vic/Noël Coward Theatre), The Veil and The Seafarer (National Theatre, London), The Birds (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Shining City (Royal Court Theatre), St. Nicholas and This Lime Tree Bower (Bush Theatre), Port Authority (New Ambassadors), The Good Thief (City Arts Centre, Dublin) and Rum & Vodka (University College Dublin). McPherson’s directing credits also include Poor Beast in the Rain (Gate Theatre, Dublin). His television credits as writer and creator include Paula, as writer Quirke. His film credits as writer include Artemis Fowl, and as writer and director The Eclipse.

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    SIMON EVANS (Director) directed the Donmar Warehouse’s revival of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui in 2017 and The Silence of the Sea in 2013; he also served as the Resident Assistant Director in 2012. Additional theater credits as director include Killer Joe and Madness in Valencia (Trafalgar Studios); The Best Man (Playhouse Theatre); The Dazzle, Bug and Fool For Love (Found111); Alligators (Hampstead Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Southwark Playhouse); The Vanishing Man and The Extinction Event – co-directed and co-written with David Aula (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/The Vaults/UK Tour); Almost and Maine (Park Theatre); Thom Pain (based on nothing) (Print Room); The Separation (Theatre503); Hannah (Unicorn Theatre); The Speed Twins, Apple Pie and Hours till Autumn (Riverside Studios); The Shawshank Redemption, Laura Marling – Live and Miller's Crossing (Secret Cinema); Cyrano De Bergerac, The Misanthrope (White Bear Theatre) and Skyscraper (Public Theater, New York). Evans is the Artistic Director of Myriad & Co.

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    CONOR MCPHERSON (Playwright) wrote The Weir which was performed at the Donmar Warehouse in 2013 and in the same year he both wrote and directed The Night Alive. Additional writing credits include The Dance of Death (Trafalgar Studios) and Dublin Carol (Royal Court Theatre), as well as an adaptation of Kroetz’s The Nest. Writer and director credits include Girl from the North Country (The Old Vic/Noël Coward Theatre), The Veil and The Seafarer (National Theatre, London), The Birds (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Shining City (Royal Court Theatre), St. Nicholas and This Lime Tree Bower (Bush Theatre), Port Authority (New Ambassadors), The Good Thief (City Arts Centre, Dublin) and Rum & Vodka (University College Dublin). McPherson’s directing credits also include Poor Beast in the Rain (Gate Theatre, Dublin). His television credits as writer and creator include Paula, as writer Quirke. His film credits as writer include Artemis Fowl, and as writer and director The Eclipse.

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    Brendan Coyle in the Donmar Warehouse's production of St. Nicholas. Photo by Helen Maybanks.

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    Brendan Coyle in the Donmar Warehouse Production of St. Nicholas. Photo by Helen Maybanks

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