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Jez Butterworth’s new play The Ferryman plays at the Gielgud Theatre, following a sold out run at the Royal Court earlier in the year. Directed by the acclaimed Sam Mendes (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), the play opened to acclaim from audiences and critics alike, hailing it as 'the play of the year'.

Jez Butterworth's new play continues to wow London audiences at the West End's Gielgud Theatre. Directed by Sam Mendes, The Ferryman transferred after an immensely popular sold-out run at the Royal Court Theatre. The Ferryman plays an extended run at the Gielgud Theatre until 6 January 2018.

The Ferryman is the first play to feature the Gielgud Theatre, following the extensive run of the National Theatre's smash-hit The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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 are 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, 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.

Casting includes Owen McDonnell as Quinn Carney, opposite Rosalie Craig as Caitlin Carney. Further casting features Dean Ashton, Declan Conlon, Kevin Creedon, Charles Dale, Sean Delaney, Justin Edwards, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Terence Keeley, Laurie Kynaston, Mark Lambert, Catherine McCormack, Stella McCusker, Francis Mezza, Glenn Speers and Sian Thomas.

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 hottest West End plays this year, running at the Gielgud Theatre until 6 January 2018.

Performance dates:
18 May 2018 - 19 May 2018
Running time:
3 hours including an interval.
Gielgud Theatre (See map)
Age recommendation:
Suitable for ages 14+
Audience Notes:
The Ferryman is perfect for anyone who loved Jez Butterworth’s previous smash hit play Jerusalem, especially with the exciting pairing with acclaimed director Sam Mendes. If you wanted to see The Ferryman during its sell out Royal Court run but were not lucky enough to get tickets, this is the perfect opportunity to catch it during this exciting West End transfer.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: The Stalls generally are some of the best tickets with the best views at the Gielgud Theatre, however due to the height of the stage the front few rows can miss some of the action. The section has a good rake, however an overhang from the Dress Circle can cut off the rear of the stage from Row M backwards.

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.

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