FERRYMAN by Jez Butterworth at the Royal Court and the West End, beginning April 24, 2017

Royal Court Theatre Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions with Neal Street Productions
the ferryman
by Jez Butterworth
directed by Sam Mendes

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, beginning April 24, 2017. Official opening: May 3, 2017.  

royalcourttheatre.com

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!

GUARDIAN

5 stars

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/may/03/the-ferryman-review-jez-butterworth-sam-mendes-paddy-considine-royal-court

'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'

 

TELEGRAPH

5 stars

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/jez-butterworth-confirms-promise-unmissable-new-drama-ferryman/

'Butterworth has done it again… a drama of mighty magnitude... miss this and you’ve missed a marvel'

 

EVENING STANDARD

5 stars

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/the-ferryman-theatre-review-a-shattering-feast-of-intricate-storytelling-a3530066.html

'A triumphant show that fully justifies the hype… a feast of intricate storytelling, it’s absorbing, soulful and ultimately shattering'

 

THE STAGE

5 stars

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/the-ferryman-review-at-the-royal-court-london-a-production-of-abundance/

'A stunning, sprawling and richly written new play… a mixing of the mythic and the modern'

 

WHATSONSTAGE

5 stars

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/the-ferryman-royal-court-paddy-considine_43504.html

'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'

 

TIME OUT

5 stars

https://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/the-ferryman

'An astonishing, enormous, shattering eruption of a play… it left me genuinely stunned'

 

INDEPENDENT

5 stars

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/the-ferryman-review-royal-court-jez-butterworth-sam-mendes-paddy-constadine-ira-a7717021.html

'A richly absorbing and emotionally abundant play… an instant classic'

 

THE TIMES [PAYWALL]

5 stars

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-the-ferryman-royal-court-bs259fjfg

 

THE ARTS DESK

4 stars

http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/ferryman-royal-court-review-%E2%80%98jez-butterworth%E2%80%99s-storytelling-triumph%E2%80%99

'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

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/the-ferryman-royal-court-the-14337

'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'

The Ferryman Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781848426382
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nick Hern Books - April 27th, 2017

The River Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781559364881
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Theatre Communications Group - November 4th, 2014

Jerusalem Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781559364089
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - June 14th, 2011