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Mark Rylance reprises career-defining role

Jerusalem, the award-winning play by Jez Butterworth, is on course to make a return to London's West End, a decade after its record-breaking premiere at the Royal Court Theatre. Mark Rylance will reprise his career-defining role which was described by critics as the performance of the decade.

Set on St George's Day, Jerusalem is a comic and searing exploration of life in rural England. The play centres on Johnny "Rooster" Byron who is a wanted man – local officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants to be taken to the local county fair, a vengeful father wants payback, and his troublesome friends want access to his ample booze collection.

During the decade since its premiere, Jerusalem has been hailed as one of the best plays of all time by critics and audiences alike. In 2019, The Guardian ranked the play as the greatest theatrical work since 2000, and it placed sixth in English Touring Theatre's audience poll of the nation's favourite play. This upcoming revival is one of the hottest London theatre shows coming soon.

If you missed out on Jerusalem tickets when it first played in London, don't miss this much-anticipated revival at the Apollo Theatre, sure to be one of the theatrical events of 2022.

Performance dates: 09 Aug 2022 - 10 Aug 2022

Running time: 3 hours (including 2 intervals)

Age recommendation: Best for age 14+

Sorry this show closed 10 August 2022, we recommend these similar productions.

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Latest audience reviews

Timeless observations on life. What we get up to in out youth we grow up to harshly judge later on. All... More

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer10 Aug 2022

Timeless observations on life. What we get up to in out youth we grow up to harshly judge later on. All very apt and human, and rather nasty. Possibly the last chance to ever see this magnificent production/performance...ever.

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer10 Aug 2022

It begins with a green fairy - or angel, at any rate she has wings - singing the eponymous hymn. Very... More

u2fancat Top 200 reviewer27 Jul 2022

It begins with a green fairy - or angel, at any rate she has wings - singing the eponymous hymn. Very sweet - but she never does get to the end, as the safety curtain rises to a scene of utter bacchinalia. Raucous music, flashing lights, scantily clad youth - the fairy legs it. This sets the scene for what follows - the morning after the night before, which seems to have hosted the party to end all parties. This is presided over by Mark Rylance, who has a ball playing the life and soul of the party, a gypsy who lives in a caravan and is the go-to for all sorts of drugs and wildness. It is HILARIOUS! Never have the utterings of a troupe of hungover ne'er-do-wells been documented so faithfully. It took me a while to notice, but there is actually a live chicken, in a coop under the caravan - no idea what she thought of proceedings. (A notice I hadn't noticed on the way in assures us that the animals were treated very well indeed.) It's a three-act play - with only one interval though, the second break being but a five-minute pause. During the interval, I felt inspired to get a drink - in solidarity, you know. And during the second, and particularly the third act, things do get darker - never quite abandoning the fun. But we begin to see that this fellow isn't the carefree soul he initially seems - and we begin to meet his enemies. Throughout, our hero stands defiant against the forces that would force him to normality - why, the play ends (in dramatic fashion) with him summoning the old gods.. Plenty to say, then, about defiance of authority, about being true to yourself - but mainly, this is just the best fun! Contains strobe lighting, loud noises, swearing, and a live chicken. Oh, and my advice would be not to sit in the front stalls - when he's cleaning up after the party, he's not too careful about where stuff ends up! You have been warned.. It's primarily Mark Rylance's show, and he well deserved the standing ovation that spread all the way up to the balcony, where I was. So, so glad I saw this - it deserves its reputation, it's excellent! GO SEE IT IF YOU CAN! Fantastic stuff.

u2fancat Top 200 reviewer27 Jul 2022

The acting is amazing, to the point a few times I forgot I was watching a production and a really good... More

rhyswalsh 16 Jul 2022

The acting is amazing, to the point a few times I forgot I was watching a production and a really good cast. The actual decor, scenery and props were mind blowing, and I was surprised at a few bits which I will avoid saying on here incase it spoils the show for someone There was a point in the second 'scene' where I got confusion and lost as to what was going on, but by the end of the show it all clicked together. Definitely a good show for deeper meanings, a lot of it went above my head but imagine if you are into the theatre, it's the norm.

rhyswalsh 16 Jul 2022

Mark Rylance is simply a revelation playing the role of Johnny 'Rooster' Byron in this masterpiece from... More

joc78 Top 10 reviewer10 May 2022

Mark Rylance is simply a revelation playing the role of Johnny 'Rooster' Byron in this masterpiece from Jez Butterworth. It's a long play at 3 hours but it completely flies by. Be warned, there is lots of bad language so it's not one to take your kids to. I felt a whole wave of emotions watching this and completely understand why Mark won the Olivier Award for his performance in the same role 10 years ago

joc78 Top 10 reviewer10 May 2022

Mark Rylance is simply a revelation playing the role of Johnny 'Rooster' Byron in this masterpiece from... More

joc78 Top 10 reviewer10 May 2022

Mark Rylance is simply a revelation playing the role of Johnny 'Rooster' Byron in this masterpiece from Jez Butterworth. It's a long play at 3 hours but it completely flies by. Be warned, there is lots of bad language so it's not one to take your kids to. I felt a whole wave of emotions watching this and completely understand why Mark won the Olivier Award for his performance in the same role 10 years ago

joc78 Top 10 reviewer10 May 2022

A couple of understudies performing, possibly because it was a matinee, but all the cast giving sublime... More

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer30 Jun 2022

A couple of understudies performing, possibly because it was a matinee, but all the cast giving sublime performances. Did get a bit wet - Mark Rylance enyoys throwing things from the stage, but that’s all part of it.

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer30 Jun 2022
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