The Veil is a new play by Conor McPherson and is set in 1822 in rural Ireland.
The defrocked Reverend Berkeley arrives at the crumbling former glory of Mount Prospect House to accompany 17-year-old Hannah to England. She is to be married off to a Marquis in order to resolve the debts of her mother’s estate. However, compelled by the strange voices that haunt his beautiful young charge and a fascination with the psychic current that pervades the house, Berkeley proposes a séance, the consequences of which are catastrophic.
Set around a haunted house hemmed in by a restive, starving populace, McPherson’s The Veil weaves Ireland’s troubled colonial history into a transfixing story about the search for love, the transcendental and the circularity of time.
McPherson, who also directs The Veil, was last at the National Theatre with his Tony Award-winning The Seafarer.