It's rare for a new play to transfer before even premiering, but West End powerhouse producer Sonia Friedman explains: 'there was a far larger demand to see the play than the Court run could ever accommodate'.
Tickets for the The Ferryman West End transfer go on sale at 10am on Friday 10 February. Click here to book.
They are two of the biggest names in British Theatre. One is a Hollywood megalith and founder of the Donmar Warehouse, the other's name is synonymous with the state of British theatre. Now, director Sam Mendes and playwright Jez Butterworth team up for new play The Ferryman. Royal Court devotee or not, this is massive news. Last time Jez Butterworth was the The Royal Court (for state-of-the-nation epic Jerusalem) people were so desperate for tickets, they queued in the cold for 24 hours.
Set in Northern Ireland at the height of The Troubles, this new play is a sprawling family epic. Very little has been revealed thus far, but the 7pm start suggests a lengthy drama. We'll follow a family, the Carneys, as they prepare for 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 cast of 23 performers (including 12 children on a rota and one baby) is lead by BAFTA-winning film regular Paddy Considine (The Girl With All Ahe Gifts, 24 Hour Party People) and Tony-winning stage and screen actor Bríd Brennan.
The production marks double Bond alumnus Mendes' directorial debut at the Royal Court, and also Jerusalem playwright Butterworth's first appearance at the Royal Court since The River.
|What||The Ferryman, Royal Court Theatre|
Royal Court Theatre
Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS | MAP
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24 Apr 17 – 20 May 17, Times TBC
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