Award winning Sam Mendes directs multi award-winning actor, Paddy Considine, in Jez Butterworth’s epic new play The Ferryman which opened at the Gielgud theatre last year to 5 star reviews.
★★★★★ ‘Butterworth has done it again. Miss this and you’ve missed a marvel’ The Telegraph
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.
★★★★★ ‘Butterworth and Mendes deliver a shattering tale of passion and violence. All the performances are invested with the same intense detail. – The Guardian
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.
★★★★★ ‘A shattering feast of intricate storytelling’ – Evening Standard
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 Opened : 29th June 2017 Booking to : Closes 19 May 2018 Audience suitability : Age 15+