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"An instant modern classic" - Daily Telegraph "One of the most exciting new plays in ages" - New York Times "Jez Butterowrth's gorgeous, expansive new play keeps coming at its audience in unpredictable gusts, rolling from comic to furious, from winsome to bawdy" - Observer A Comic, contemporary vision of rural life in England's green and pleasant land. On the morning of the local county fair, Johnny Byron is a wanted man. Local officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants his full attention, and his motley crew of friends wants his ample supply of booze... After its 2009 premiere at the Royal Court Theatre, London, Jerusalem won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play in 2009 and transferred to the West End in 2010. It opened on Broadway in April 2011 at the Music Box Theatre, with Mark Rylance reprising his award-winning performance as Byron. Jez Butterworth is the author of The River, Mojo, The Night Heron, The Winterling, Parlour Song and Jerusalem. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Somerset, England.
About the Author
Plays include Mojo, The Night Heron, The Winterling and Jerusalem. Mojo, The Night Heron and Parlour Song have been produced in New York in acclaimed productions at Atlantic Theater Company. He has written and directed two films: Mojo (1998) and Birthday Girl (2002). In 2009 he wrote and produced Fair Game. In 2014 he co-wrote the screenplays for Edge of Tomorrow and Get on Up. He is writing the screenplay for London Calling, about the British punk rock band, the Clash. He has won two Evening Standard Awards and Olivier, Critics' Circle, Writers' Guild and George Devine Awards. In 2007, he received the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.