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Shining City (NHB Modern Plays)

96 pages53 minutes


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.

Shining City premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in June 2004.

'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' Telegraph

'quiet, haunting and absolutely glorious... as close to perfection as contemporary playwriting gets' New York Times

'compulsively gripping... McPherson brilliantly reconciles the mundane and the metaphysical' Guardian

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