Award winning Sam Mendes directs another multi award-winning director, actor and writer, Paddy Considine, in Jez Butterworth’s epic new play The Ferryman which opens at the Gielgud theatre in June 2017.
Following a successful short run at the Royal Court Theatre, which sold out in one day, the Northern Ireland set drama will begin previews in the West End in the early summer.
Rural Derry, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.
Stage, film and tv actor, Considine, who most recently appeared the BBC series Peaky Blinders will be joined in The Ferryman by Royal Court “regular” Laura Donnelly and Genevieve O’Reilly. The full company comprises of a total of 38 performers whichis made up by 18 main adults, 7 covers, 12 children (on rota) and 1 baby.
Born in London, but brought up in St Albans, Hertfordshire, where he filmed 2001’s Birthday Girl starring Nicole Kidman, Jez Butterworth’s plays include the multi-award winning Jerusalem, Mojo and The River. He has previously worked with Sam Mendes on the scripts for Bond films Spectre and Skyfall.
The Ferryman producer Sonia Friedman said: “It is thrilling to know that wider audiences will now have a chance to see this extraordinary new work from one of our most important writers. The scope, scale and ambition of Jez’s new play deserves this opportunity and I am delighted that together with Royal Court Theatre Productions and Neal Street Productions we are in the privileged position to make it happen.”
Theatre : Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6AR
Nearest tube : Piccadilly Circus on the Piccadilly & Bakerloo lines
Performance times : Monday to Saturday – 1900; Thursday & Saturday – 1330
Previews from : 20th June 2017
Opens : 29th June 2017
Boong to : 7th October 2017
Audience suitability : Age 15+