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The Nest

By Franz Xaver Kroetz

New translation by Conor McPherson

27 Oct - 26 Nov 

A Lyric Theatre, Belfast and
Young Vic co-production

The Maria

Show information

Parents-to-be Kurt and Martha just want the best for their baby. They’re not afraid of hard work - the latest buggy doesn’t come cheap. But when Kurt’s boss offers him a chance to make some easy money with a mysterious side job, his rashness catches up with him.

Conor McPherson has written a powerful new version of the German classic.

A fable about the moral and environmental cost of our materialistic nesting instincts, directed by Ian Rickson.

“Stealthy, absorbing - Ian Rickson’s production throbs with tension and fear”

The Times

“A quiet and immensely touching production - Kinlan is tremendous”

Financial Times

“Tender, ominous and powerfully watchable”

The Sunday Times 

"A potent production with a brooding original score by PJ Harvey"
Evening Standard

"Nuanced performances from Caoilfhionn Dunne and Laurence Kinlan"
The Telegraph

"The Nest’s environmental message couldn't be more topical"
The Guardian

"Immaculately directed by Rickson”
Time Out

“Kroetz is an exceptional dramatist”
The Guardian

“Conor McPherson is the finest playwright of his generation"
New York Times


Monday - Saturday: 7.45pm

Wednesday & Saturday matinees: 2.45pm 
(except 29 Oct & 26 Nov)

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes 


Tickets: £10, £20, £25
Previews: (28, 29 & 30 Oct) £10

A limited number of discounts are available for each performance. Early booking is advised.


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In the press

"The Nest has hit written all over it" Conor McPherson talks to The Irish News about adapting Kroetz's play for a new audience. 

The Independent looks at successful pop star x theatre collaborations, including PJ Harvey's collaboration with Ian Rickson for The Nest

The Nest's Caoilfhionn Dunne talks Conor McPherson, how she got into acting and PJ Harvey's music for the show with WhatOnStage

PJ Harvey has written the score for The Nest. The elusive singer has teamed up with director Ian Rickson once more on a new production of Franz Xaver Kroetz’s The Nest - Read more on i-DPitchforkand NME

Direction  Ian Rickson
Design Alyson Cummins
Light Zia Holly
Sound Gregory Clarke
Original Music PJ Harvey 
with James Johnston 
Movement Andrew Dawson

Caoilfhionn Dunne
Laurence Kinlan

Access performances

Captioned perfomance
17 Nov, 7.45pm

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