About the show
Jez Butterworth’s new play The Ferryman transfers to the West End after a sold out run at the Royal Court.
One of the most in-demand shows of 2017, The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth sold out in one day when it went on sale at the Royal Court. The Ferryman follows Butterworth’s Jerusalem and The River, both performed at the Royal Court.
1981. A remote farmhouse in Derry during The Troubles. A mysterious visitor interrupts a family’s traditional harvest preparations and celebrations. The past, it seems, refuses to be buried.
Acclaimed actor, director and writer Paddy Considine leads the cast. He has starred in films including Price, Submarine and Hot Fuzz. As a writer, Considine created the acclaimed films Tyrannosaur and Dog Altogether.
Laura Donnelly, who starred in Butterworth’s The River, joins him in the cast. On screen, Donnelly appeared in series including Beowolf, Outlander and also The Fall.
Genevieve O’Reilly, who last appeared on the London stage in Splendour at the Donmar Warehouse, also stars.
Bríd 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 complete the cast.
From 9 October, William Houston replaces Paddy Considine as Quinn Carney, Sarah Green replaces Laura Donnelly and Catherine McCormack takes over from Genevieve O’Reilly. Maureen Beattie, Charles Dale, Laurie Davidson, Fra Fee, Stuart Graham, Ivan Kaye, Mark Lambert, Carla Langley, Fergal McElherron, Conor MacNeill, Rob Malone, Dearbhla Molloy, Glenn Speers and Niall Wright also star.
Sam Mendes directs The Ferryman. The Academy Award-winning director worked on films including American Beauty, The Road To Perdition and the James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre. He is also celebrated for his stage work, including new productions of Cabaret, Oliver! and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. Previously he was Artistic Director of London’s influential Donmar Warehouse.
Suitable for audiences members aged 14 and over.
You can find out more about the show in our interview with Laura Donnelly.
The Ferryman runs at the Gielgud Theatre from 20 June – 6 January 2018.