It is a ghost story based around the visits of a widower to a therapist, claiming he has seen his dead wife in their house. The therapist has his own problems and the play charts the parallel trajectories of the two men in their struggle to understand what's happening.
It opened on Broadway at Biltmore Theatre on May 9, 2006, and was nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Play The New York Times critic Ben Brantley described it as a "Quiet, haunting and absolutely glorious new play... Shining City is as close to perfection as contemporary playwriting gets" 
Shining City was performed as part of the Octagon Theatre, Bolton 40th anniversary season in May/June 2007 starring George Irving (English actor) as John, a performance for which he was nominated for Best Actor in the Manchester Evening News theatre awards in November 2007.
- The Best Plays Yearbook 2005-2006 Edited by Jeffery Eric Jenkins, Limelight Editions, 2007
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- George Irving nominated in the Best Actor category of the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards
- Guardian Review 10 June 2004
- Review in britishtheatreguide.info
- 2007 Production at the Octagon Theatre Bolton
- Wolfe, Graham. "Staging Everyday Ghosts: Conor McPherson’s Shining City." Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 24.2 (2013).
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