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Cast announced for Conor McPherson's Shining City

We are thrilled to announce the full casting for SHINING CITY, directed by Artistic Director Nadia Fall. Curtis-Lee Ashqar, Michelle Fox and Rory Keenan are joining the previously announced Brendan Coyle in the first London revival of the critically-acclaimed play.

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

Tickets are onsale to access bookers and Theatre Royal Stratford East Membersnow, and go on general sale at noon on Thu 08 Jul, with £10 tickets available for all performances. Click here for tickets.


Curtis-Lee Ashqar (playing Laurence). Curtis-Lee’s theatre credits include Peat (The Ark, Dublin), and on screen has been in Game of Thrones, Into the Badlands, Torvill & Dean, The Gift. He also has roles in the upcoming BBC series Hope Street and feature film Ballywalter.


Brendan Coyle (playing John). Brendan's most recent theatre includes St Nicholas (Donmar Warehouse & Goodman Theatre), The Price (Theatre Royal Bath & Wyndham's Theatre), Mojo (Harold Pinter), The Silver Tassie (Almeida) and Buried Child (National Theatre). Brendan also starred in the original production of The Weir at the Royal Court, in the West End and on Broadway; winning both the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor & New York Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. On screen, Brendan is most recognised for playing Mr Bates in Downton Abbey (ITV); for which he won 3 SAG Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and received Emmy, BAFTA and IFTA nominations for Best Supporting Actor, and for playing Robert Timmins in Lark Rise to Candleford (BBC). Most recent TV includes Requiem (BBC/Netflix) and Spotless (Netflix). Brendan will next be seen in feature Downton Abbey 2 directed by Simon Curtis. He can be seen in Downton Abbey 1 and in Mary Queen of Scots directed by Josie Rourke. Other recent movies include Unless and Me Before You

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Michelle Fox (playing Neasa). Michelle’s recent theatre credits include Romeo & Juliet (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Armadillo (Yard), Translations and If We Were Older (National Theatre) and Medea and King Lear (Bristol Old Vic). Television credits include A Very English Scandal, Overshadowed and Casualty.

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Rory Keenan (playing Ian). Rory’s most recent theatre credits include Plenty (Chichester Festival Theatre), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (West End/BAM New York), Saint Joan (Donmar Warehouse) and The Seagull (Dublin International Theatre Festival). His TV work includes The Duchess for Netflix, Versailles for Canal+, and BBC’s War and Peace, Peaky Blinders and Birdsong. Film work includes The Young Messiah, Grimsby, Second Coming and The Guard

SHINING CITY runs from Sat 17 Sep to Sat 23 Oct. Tickets available here

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