Royal Court Theatre Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions with Neal Street Productions
by Jez Butterworth
directed by Sam Mendes
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, beginning April 24, 2017. Official opening: May 3, 2017.
Gielgud Theatre, beginning June 20, 2017. Through October 7.
“Vanishing. It’s a powerful word, that. A powerful word.”
Rural Derry, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is 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.
“This family can take care of its own.”
Jez Butterworth returns to the Royal Court after The River and the multi-award
The Reviews are in!
'A rich, serious, deeply involving play… what gives Butterworth’s play such shattering force is its Hardyesque love of rural rituals and its compassionate exploration of unspoken love'
'Butterworth has done it again… a drama of mighty magnitude... miss this and you’ve missed a marvel'
'A triumphant show that fully justifies the hype… a feast of intricate storytelling, it’s absorbing, soulful and ultimately shattering'
'A stunning, sprawling and richly written new play… a mixing of the mythic and the modern'
'Huge in the scale of its cast, of its ambition, of its rich themes. But above all, massive in its capacity to hold an audience rapt, in silence, telling them a story. It is, like Jerusalem before it, an extraordinary, thrilling act of belief in the power of theatre to gather people in a room and make them listen… Butterworth's writing, both flexible and controlled, makes every moment, whether funny, tender or tragic worth leaning forward to catch… a triumphant, bold piece of theatre, full of life and heart and passion'
'An astonishing, enormous, shattering eruption of a play… it left me genuinely stunned'
'A richly absorbing and emotionally abundant play… an instant classic'
THE TIMES [PAYWALL]
THE ARTS DESK
'A story that heaves with narratives and with incidents, with jokes and with surreal moments… an amazing experience. Butterworth’s storytelling finesse carries all before it'
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
'A stunning piece that might be even better than Mojo and even Jerusalem, which is really saying something… combines elements of Greek tragedy with a shrewd commentary on recent Irish history in the wrapping of a high octane family drama'