About the showSam Mendes directs Jez Butterworth’s new play The Ferryman, which premiered at the Royal Court before transferring to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre in June. Selling out within a day at the Sloane Square venue, the epic play runs for an extended season.
The Ferryman takes place in 1981 in Rural Derry. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of bustling activity, as preparations for the annual harvest are taking place. A day of hard work on the land is head, followed by a traditional night of feasts and celebrations. But as festivities begin, they are interrupted by a visitor.
Award-winning actor, writer and director Paddy Considine (Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, The Bourne Ultimatum and Peaky Blinders) makes his professional theatre debut, alongside Laura Donnelly (The River) and Genevieve O’Reilly (Star Wars).
Further casting includes Brid Brennan, Turlough Convery, Fra Fee, Tom Glynn-Carney, Stuart Graham, Gerard Horan, Carla Langley, Des McAleer, Conor MacNeill, Rob Malone, Dearbhla Molloy, Eugene O’Hare and Niall Wright.
Directed by Sam Mendes (Spectre, Skyfall, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), The Ferryman features design by Rob Howell and lighting design by Peter Mumford, with music and sound design by Nick Powell. Jez Butterworth’s previous plays include Jerusalem, Mojo and The River.
Opening at London’s Gielgud Theatre, the play follows the departure of the National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The Ferryman plays a limited season from June 20th to January 6th 2018.
Who Should See It?Those who missed out on booking at the Royal Court now have the opportunity to buy tickets! Fans of Butterworth’s work, including Jerusalem and The River will thoroughly enjoy his latest play.
The Ferryman is suitable for those aged 14 and up.