cillian murphy in

Grief is the Thing with Feathers

by max porter. adapted and directed by enda walsh.

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A Wayward production in association with Complicité

Co-produced with the Barbican, Cork Opera House, Edinburgh International Festival, Oxford Playhouse, St Ann’s Warehouse and Warwick Arts Centre

Supported by Lindsay Badenoch and Brian Carmody

Once upon a time there was a crow who wanted nothing more than to care for a pair of motherless children...

In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him.

A new production based on the award winning novel by Max Porter. Directed by Enda Walsh and starring Cillian Murphy, Grief is the Thing with Feathers is a moving story of a widower and his young sons which becomes a profound meditation on love, loss and living.

Grief is the Thing with Feathers premiered in Galway & Dublin in Spring 2018.

“A heart-wrenching insight into the impact of grief" ★★★★★ The Times

'Exquisite, extraordinary, overwhelming.' ★★★★★ The Irish Independent

2019 performance dates

London, Barbican from 25 March to 13 April 2019
Sold out - returns only (occasionally released online, or queue on day of performance)

New York, St Ann’s Warehouse from 20 April 2019
On sale now.

Irish Times Theatre Awards 2019 winner

Best Actor - Cillian Murphy 

Grief is the Thing with Feathers

by Max Porter

Adapted and directed by Enda Walsh

With Cillian Murphy


Set Jamie Vartan

Costume Christina Cunningham

Lighting Adam Silverman

Sound Helen Atkinson

Projection Will Duke

Composer Teho Teardo