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 final performance 12 March 2016
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Jane Eyre. Woman in a pale dress with an image of flames projected onto her
  • National Youth Theatre: Consensual.  2 teenagers in school uniform, one with her hand over the boys mouth
  • National Youth Theatre: Wuthering Heights, Title in black, over a photo of a young woman dancing in a nightclub
  • National Youth Theatre: The Merchant of Venice, Title in white, over a B&W photo of a V for Vendetta mask
  • Husbands and Sons. Photo of Anne-Marie Duff
  • Waste. Image: Charcoal on paper a man's head, smudged, by Valentin van der Meulen. ‘Untitled 07’. 2013.
  • I  Want My Hat Back. Cartoon animals in black agaist an orange background
  • Evening at the Talk House. A decomposing dessert on a cake stand
  • Here We Go, shadowy, blurred figures, blue against a white background
  • As You Like It. Photo of Rosalie Craig
  • Guardian + NT Debates
  • Gigs at the National Theatre
  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Photo of Sharon D Clarke by Seamus Ryan
  • Iphigenia in Splott
  • Cleansed. Photo: Untitled by Birgit Kahle
  • The Solid Life of Sugar Water
  • People, Places and Things
  • Les Blancs / The Whites
  • Brainstorm. Teenage boy with blue exploding head
  • The Suicide. Photography by Jay Brooks