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The Dress Circle also provides very good views, even towards the rear, however the section does curve round the stage making it quite side on, with Row A being particularly affected. The Grand Circle is the highest section in the theatre and can feel quite distant and the safety rail can impair the front two or three rows, but can provide some of the cheapest tickets.
The Ferryman is the first play to reopen the Gielgud Theatre following the extensive run by the immensely popular The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.
Set in rural Derry in 1981, the play tells the story of the Carney family as their household prepares for the annual harvest on their farm. With a day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of celebration ahead, all is to look forward to, but this year they will be interrupted by an unusual visitor.
Jez Butterworth is one of the country’s most acclaimed playwrights and screenwriters. He is best known for his work at the Royal Court Theatre, including the much loved Mojo in 1996, Parlour Song in 2008 and The River most recently in 2012, as well as his work as a screenwriter on hugely successful blockbuster films such as Spectre, Black Mass and Edge of Tomorrow.
His most celebrated work to date was his 2009 comedy Jerusalem which opened at the Royal Court with a sell out run, starring Mark Rylance as Johnny Byron and Mackenzie Cook as Ginger, before transferring for a West End run in 2010 and a Broadway run in 2011. Jerusalem won the Evening Standard Theatre Award and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for best play.
The Ferryman is directed by Sam Mendes, the prolific director for stage and screen who makes his Royal Court debut. Mendes has won countless awards for his stage productions, including Olivier Awards for Best Director for The Glass Menageries (1995), Company (1995), Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night (2003). He is perhaps best known however for his work as a film director, having made acclaimed movies such as American Beauty, Revolutionary Road and the recent James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre.
The cast stars the acclaimed screen and stage actor, Paddy Considine as Quinn Carney, best known for his incredibly performances in This Is England, Pride and Macbeth having also accumulated a range of awards including an Evening Standard British Film Award, Empire Award and Thessaloniki Film Festival Awards, as well as eight other award nominations. The cast will also feature Bríd Brennan as Aunt Maggie Far Away, best known for her acclaimed performances of Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa for which she won a Tony Award, as well as recent productions of All My Sons at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Sweet Bird of Your at the Old Vic.
They are joined by Genevieve O’Reilly as Mary Carney and Laura Donnelly as Caitlin Carney, as well as a star cast that includes 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
With the unbeatable pairing of Jez Butterworth and Sam Mendes and following a sold out opening run at the Royal Court, The Ferryman is one of the most hotly anticipated West End tickets this year, with playing an extended run at the Gielgud Theatre on 20th June 2017 until 6 January 2018.
Age Recommendations: Suitable for ages 14+