Rosalie Craig joins the new cast of The Ferryman

West End leading lady announced as a new cast member for Jez Butterworth's hit play.

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The new cast also includes Owen McDonnell and Justin Edwards; and Catherine McCormack will continue in her role as Mary Carney.

Rosalie Craig, who has previously appeared in shows such as As You Like It, The Light Princess and London Road, and who will be leading the cast in next year’s landmark production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, will take on the role of Caitlin Carney; while McDonnell will play Quinn Carney and Justin Edwards will play Tom Kettle.

Also joining the company will be Stella McCusker as Aunt Maggie Far Away, Siân Thomas as Aunt Pat, Declan Conlon as Muldoon, Dean Ashton as Frank Magennis, Terence Keeley as Diarmaid Corcoran, Sean Delaney as Michael Carney, Francis Mezza as Shane Corcoran, Kevin Creedon as JJ Carney, Laurie Kynaston as Oisin Carney and Saoirse-Monica Jackson as Shena Carney.

Charles Dale will also continue in his role as Father Horrigan, as will Mark Lambert as Uncle Pat and Glenn Speers as Lawrence Malone. As previously, the full company comprises 37 performers: 17 main adults, 7 covers, 12 children on rota and 1 baby.

Directed by Sam Mendes, The Ferryman is now booking until 19 May 2018. The production won widespread critical acclaim when it opened at the Royal Court starring Paddy Considine, becoming the fastest-selling show in the theatre’s history.

This phenomenal success has continued at the Gielgud Theatre, where it has been playing to sold-out houses since it transferred earlier this year.

The play has also been nominated for four honours at this year’s Evening Standard Awards, including Best New Play, Best Director for Sam Mendes, Best Actress for Laura Donnelly and the Emerging Talent Award for Tom Glynn-Carney.

The Ferryman tells the story of the Carney family and is set in Northern Ireland in 1981. As the play unfolds, the Carney’s farmhouse – a hive of activity as aunts, uncles and cousins make the usual preparations for the family’s annual harvest – plays host to long-buried secrets that have bubbled to the surface and threaten to destroy the status quo of family life.

As such, the usual day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting give way to something much darker as the family discovers you can never truly bury the past.

The Ferryman is booking at the Gielgud Theatre until 19 May 2018. Book before 1 December 2017 and pay no booking fees at Discover more West End theatre in our guide.