After the limited run at the Royal Court Theatre sold out in just one day, Jez Butterworth’s epic new play The Ferryman will now transfer to the West End this summer.
The Ferryman is the fastest-selling play in the history of the Royal Court Theatre, and will see multi award-winning actor, director and writer Paddy Considine joined by Laura Donnelly and Genevieve O’Reilly in a production directed by Sam Mendes.
Set in rural Derry in 1981, the play depicts the Carney farmhouse – 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…
The cast and creative behind The Ferryman are powerhouses of the stage.
Jez Butterworth, whose plays include Jerusalem, Mojo and The River, previously collaborated with Sam Mendes on the scripts for Spectre and Skyfall from the Bond franchise. The Ferryman will be the sixth of Butterworth’s plays to be premiered at the Royal Court Theatre and marks his fourth collaboration with Sonia Friedman Productions.
Meanwhile, acclaimed actor, film director and screenwriter Paddy Considine – whose credits include Dead Man’s Shoes, A Room for Romeo Brass, The Girl with all the Gifts and Tyrannosaur – is confirmed to play the part of Quinn Carney; Laura Donnelly stars in the role of Caitlin Carney and Genevieve O’Reilly stars as Mary Carney.
The West End production will transfer to the Gielgud Theatre for 16 weeks from 20 June following the run at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs – which begins 24 April 2017.
Over 20,000 tickets for the West End run will be on sale at less than £25, with tickets at all performances from just £12. All tickets for previews will be at reduced prices.
Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.