The Donmar Warehouse presents St Nicholas, a chilling one-man play by Conor McPherson, directed by Simon Evans and starring Brendan Coyle.

This is the first time McPherson and Coyle have collaborated since The Weir, for which both received Olivier Awards. The performances will take place at the Donmar’s intimate studio space at 3 Dryden Street from Monday 10 September – Friday 5 October 2018, and from Tuesday 9 October – Sunday 14 October 2018 at the Smock Alley Theatre, as part of Dublin Theatre Festival, which will be the play’s Irish premiere. Tickets for London performances will be allocated via a ballot, which is open for entries by signing up to the Donmar’s Newsletter or KLAXON email lists at

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

Simon Evans (Director). Simon directed the Donmar Warehouse revival of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui in 2017 and The Silence of the Sea for the Donmar’s season at the Trafalgar Studios in 2013. He was also Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar in 2012 where he worked on productions including Richard II, Inadmissible Evidence, Anna Christie, Schiller’s Luise Miller, Moonlight, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Simon’s other theatre credits as a director include Killer Joe (Trafalgar Studios), The Best Man (Playhouse Theatre), The Dazzle, Bug, Fool For Love (Found 111), Alligators (Hampstead Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Southwark Playhouse), The Vanishing Man, The Extinction Event – co-directed and co-written with David Aula (Edinburgh/Vaults/UK Tour), Almost, Maine (Park Theatre), Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) (Print Room), The Separation (Theatre503), Hannah (Unicorn Theatre), The Speed Twins, Apple Pie, Hours till Autumn (Riverside Studios), Madness in Valencia (Trafalgar Studios), The Shawshank Redemption, Laura Marling – Live, Miller's Crossing (Secret Cinema), Cyrano De Bergerac, The Misanthrope (White Bear) and Skyscraper (Public Theater, NY). Simon is the Artistic Director of Myriad & Co.

Brendan Coyle. Brendan’s theatre credits include The Price (Theatre Royal Bath), Mojo (Harold Pinter), Chain Play II, The Late Henry Moss, The Silver Tassie (Almeida), The Bear (Gate Theatre), Buried Child, Battle Royal (National Theatre), The Dead Eye Boy (Hampstead), The Weir, for which he won both the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor and New York Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut (Royal Court, Ambassadors and Walter Kerr Theatre, NY), The Changing Room (Duke of York’s), A Love Song For Ulster (Tricycle Theatre), Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Wyndham’s), Pygmies In The Ruins (Royal Court), The Plough And The Stars (Olympia), The Playboy Of The Western World, Over The Bridge (Lyric Theatre Belfast), Rat In The Skull (Gate Theatre) and The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Sheffield Crucible). Brendan’s selected television credits include Requiem (BBC/Netflix), 12 Monkeys (SyFy), Spotless (Canal +/Netflix), Downton Abbey, which won three SAG Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and for which Brendan was nominated for a Primetime Emmy, BAFTA and IFTA for Best Supporting Actor (ITV), Common Ground (Sky), Starlings (Sky), Lark Rise To Candleford (BBC), Prime Suspect: The Final Act (ITV), North and South (BBC), McCready and Daughter (BBC), Paths to Freedom (RTE), Thief Takers (Carlton TV), OMAGH (Channel 4) and Conspiracy: The Meeting At Wansee (HBO). His selected film credits include Mary Queen of Scots, Unless, Me Before You, Noble, The Raven, Perrier’s Bounty, The Mark of Cain, Offside, The Jacket and Allegiance.

Lighting Designer MATT DAW

Monday 10 September – Friday 5 October 2018
Donmar Dryden Street, 3 Dryden Street, London WC2E 9NA

Donmar: 7.30pm| Approximately 2 hours including an interval.

All tickets £25.
Tickets will be allocated via ballot.

Free tickets for those aged 25 and under. Tickets will be released by ballot on the last Friday of each month for the following month. For an opportunity to secure free tickets and for more information, sign up to the mailing list:

Tubes: Covent Garden, Leicester Sq, Charing Cross, Holborn, Tottenham Court Road
Buses: Destination Leicester Sq.14, 19, 24, 29, 38, 176
Parking: Masterpark

Donmar Dryden Street is fully wheelchair accessible and wheelchair spaces are available for St Nicholas. Simply select the ticket type 'Wheelchair' when booking. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome.

There will be an Audio-Described Performance on Saturday 29 September at 7.30pm, with a touch-tour for ticketholders at 6pm.

There will be a Captioned performance on Wednesday 3 October at 7.30pm.


Tuesday 9 October – Sunday 14 October 2018
Smock Alley Theatre, Main Space, 7 Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, D08 PX27

Smock Alley Box Office: 01-6770014

Smock Alley: 2.30pm and 7.30pm | Approximately 2 hours including an interval.


Parking: Q-park Christchurch (behind Jury’s). Open 24hrs. Discounted rate available for Smock Alley patrons.
Transport: Smock Alley Theatre is situated on Exchange Street Lower with its façade facing on to Essex Quay/Wood Quay. The theatre is only a 12-15 minute walk from Tara Street DART station and 5 - 10 minutes from the Jervis Street or Four Courts stops on the LUAS red line. It is a 10 - 15 minute walk from O’Connell Street.

Smock Alley Theatre is serviced by many bus routes. The following are the nearest stops:
Stop Number 1443 (Wood Quay): 37,39a,39,51d,69,69x,70,79,79a,83,83a,145
Stop Number 1479(Ormond Quay): 83,25,25a,25x,26,37,39,39a,51d,51x,66 a, b, x ,67, 70,83,83a,145,151
Stop Number 1480 (Ormond Quay): 79a,79,69
Stop Number 312 (Wellington Quay / Parliament Street): 25a, 67,66b,25,26,66,66a,67,67x
Stop Number 2002(Parliament Street): 13,27,40,49,77a,123,747
Stop Number 2003(Lord Edward Street): 56a,54a,150.

Smock Alley has wheelchair access for patrons – please advise the Box Office staff when booking your tickets. There is an audio loop system in place.