The Veil

★ ★ ★ ★
Daily Mail, The Times

‘A haunting mixture of old mysticism and modern dilemmas.’
The Times

‘An atmospheric and haunting tale of lost souls.’
Evening Standard

The Veil

May 1822, rural Ireland. The defrocked Reverend Berkeley arrives at the crumbling former glory of Mount Prospect House to accompany seventeen-year-old Hannah to England. She is to be married off to a Marquis in order to resolve the debts of her mother’s estate. However, compelled by the strange voices that haunt his beautiful young charge and a fascination with the psychic current that pervades the house, Berkeley proposes a séance, the consequences of which are catastrophic.

She says that sometimes, while she plays the piano, she can hear someone… singing. Or crying. I forget which.

Set around a haunted house hemmed in by a restive, starving populace, Conor McPherson’s new play weaves Ireland’s troubled colonial history into a transfixing story about the search for love, the transcendental and the circularity of time. His last production for the National was the Tony Award-winning The Seafarer.

All of you have a shared capacity to apprehend the beyond. And you perhaps more than any of them have the darkest instinct for second sight.

Read Conor McPherson's article in the Daily Telegraph and his recent interview about The Veil.

 

World Premiere

  • War Horse
  • One Man, Two Guvnors. A 50 star hit, with three tour cast members and suitcases
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • National Theatre Watch This Space Festival St John's Church. A man and woman loosely roped together, performing before a crowd.
  • National Theatre Watch This Space Festival on the road. photo of a crowd clutching suitcases, many wearing caps, all looking up and in the same direction
  • National Theatre Watch This Space Festival Lambeth. Bare-chested man carrying woman in a dress, beneath a canopy of trees
  • Medea
  • National Theatre Watch This Space Festival Southwark. A couple embracing beneath trees
  • Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the West End
  • James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock
  • Ballyturk
  • James II: Day of the Innocents
  • NYT - Selfie
  • James III: The True Mirror
  • NYT - Private Peaceful
  • The James Plays
  • Here Lies Love. Imelda Marcos with a microphone against a vivid coloured background
  • Romeo and Juliet - sun shining through a heart shaped by hands
  • JOHN, a co-production with DV8 Physical Theatre. Photo of Hannes Langolf by Ben Hopper
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Collage of a boy on a rubbish heap with a passenger jet flying overhead
  • 3 Winters. Black and white photomontage of a young woman. Photo © Jagoda Kaloper-Tajder
  • Treasure Island. graphic drawing of a parrot