Gielgud Theatre
35 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 6AR
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Opened: 20 Jun 2017
Booking from: 23 Sep 2017
Booking until: 06 Jan 2018
Duration: 3 hours

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  • braintree 155cm female 33 reviews 5 helpful votes
    80% total rating The Ferryman, 26th June 2017
    This production is a hot ticket, with a critically acclaimed writer in Jez Butterworth (Mojo, Jerusalem) and a household name theatre and award winning film director (trust me this is a rarity) Sam Mendes at the helm was it going to be anything else. Even before Paddy Considine was cast as Quinn, patriarch of a large Catholic family in Northern Ireland whose foundations are rocked by the discovery of his brother’s body who disappeared 10 years before. I will be blunt; I am utterly baffled by the 5 * reviews and even more baffled when I read them. There are clear flaws, acknowledged by some reviewers, yet it is treated as a ‘perfect’ production. This is an interesting work, made more poignant as Northern Ireland finds itself in the news as the DUP become a ‘partner’ in British Government but spectacular it is not. THE FERRYMAN Laura Donnelly and Paddy Considine The issue is that it wants to be this epic, with 20 characters it certainly achieves that but it feels like Butterworth wrote lots of different plays; a man in love with his sister-in-law, a generation who never recovered from the Easter Uprising, The Northern Irish relationship with the English and with each other, Young Catholics finding their place in a war zone, the hunger strike, a marriage breaking down and on it goes feeling more and more disjointed as the 3 hours (yes) go on. I saw many cuts I would have made, certain characters as well as certain storylines and relationships but I appreciate and understand why Butterworth needs so much. The story of the disappeared, which sadly gets lots amongst the kitchen sink drama, is a story rarely told, the psychological impact of your side turning against you and keeping quiet for an easier life as Caitlin, Quinn’s sister in law and wife of Seamus his disappeared brother played beautifully by Laura Donnelly, who I adore in Outlander. This is not only Donnelly’s play but Donnelly’s story as her own uncle disappeared. There are some stunning support from Brid Brennan and Dearbhla Molloy as Quinn’s elderly, spinster aunts who present a look at early twentieth century Northern Ireland with their unrequited loves and militant tendencies. Molloy’s rage against Thatcher provides some understandable but uncomfortable viewing and Tom Glynn-Carney as Shane, one of Quinn’s nephew, who provides a glimpse into what drew young men to the Republican cause and why it created such loyalty to characters such as Stuart Graham’s Mr Muldoon. My only complaint is that Muldoon wasn’t played by Pierce Brosnan as a sexy Gerry Adams. Ultimately, I found the play disappointing. Considine’s Quinn doesn’t have the presence (and to be super harsh struggles with a consistent Northern Irish accent, especially in a cast so dominated by Irish/Northern Irish natives) or anything interesting about him. Even his relationship with the IRA is skirted over and his performance and character are completely upstaged by the younger cast members, including a well-behaved baby with additional live animals but on the whole the older children feel underwritten and Butterworth seemed so keen to show a large family he failed to question their role in an already fragmented play. Staging wise it is a stunning use of the Gielgud space, not losing its intimacy yet feeling open to all that is going on. It isn’t a bad play at all but I can’t agree with 5*. It has its flaws, major ones, that make this a work that is difficult to warm to.
    Comfort is aided by being on the end row. I may be incredibly short but I still appreciate an aisle seat. The comfort levels are not helped by the long show but there are two breaks-a standard interval and a short scene change, where you can get up and move your bottom and back.
    H14 Grand Circle - Gielgud Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Grand Circle H14
  • katierose 5"7 female 58 reviews 1 helpful vote
    100% total rating The Ferryman, 14th September 2017
    Such a strong, powerful, moving play which displayed every emotion possible. loved every minute of watching the talented 20 plus cast including kids, adults, goose, and a rabbit! Northern Ireland 1981, in the heart of the IRA and Hunger strikes, The Ferryman focuses on the Carney’s in the middle of their harvest on their well run farm. The whole play is set in the Carney’s family Kitchen with children, parents, aunts and uncles and the occasional friend and animals running through. But in amongst this busy room a past has risen with Quinn’s long lost brother, and Caitlin’s husband body is discovered. This discovery unlocks the secrets of the past, with many hidden stories within the family, keeping the audience at the edge of their seat. It was hart to put a fault to this play, the direction, the set, performers, animals, not one. I was so happy that I managed to see it, having heard very good things about it and now understand why. It is one that defiantly stays with you, with its many stories that displays history, love, and loss all within a kitchen and a huge cast. The Ferryman completely achieves what it has set out to do to its many audiences whom I am sure will agree.
    Sat in Stalls L4
    Really good seats even with being at the end of the row. no restrictions and faces fully visible throughout. Legroom was OK but was a little cosy. Has opened me up to trying end of rows in the future.
    L4 Stalls - Gielgud Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls L4
  • joc78 5"4 female 178 reviews 2 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Ferryman, 23rd August 2017
    Wow! That is all I can say about this show. (The Ferryman). This is the second time I've seen this show and it's just as good as first time around. Having seen Jez Butterworth’s recent productions of ‘Mojo’ and ‘Jerusalem’ I was very keen to see ‘The Ferryman’ particularly as it was also directed by Sam Mendes and starred Paddy Considine. And boy….it didn’t disappoint. From the start I was engrossed, captivated, wondering where the next twist or turn will occur. The acting is outstanding particularly from the children in the cast, the dialogue is very funny and heart-warming. You probably need to know your Irish history before watching it as some events may not mean much given their context (i.e. the Easter Rising of 1916, the hunger strikers of 1981). Overall, I was blown away by the performances, the direction and the acting. At over 3 hours 20 mins long, it felt like half the time as it was so good.
    This is a very central seat located in the dress circle and has an excellent view of the stage. The raking is good so that you can see over the person in front of you and the seats are very comfortable with good legroom. I would definitely sit here again!
    E17 Dress Circle - Gielgud Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle E17
  • jamesatwill 178 male 63 reviews 1 helpful vote
    80% total rating The Ferryman, 23rd August 2017
    I didn't really know much about this show apart from the great reviews that it had received, and I really enjoyed it. A huge, talented cast (including kids and animals!), and a gripping story that was all tied together really nicely. I don't really know much about the history of the troubles in Ireland, and I feel like I should have read a bit more about it in the programme before the show started, as there were quite a few storylines or references that I didn't understand until I read up about them afterwards, then things made more sense. Definitely recommended!
    Sat in Stalls T6
    Even though this seat is towards the back of the stalls I thought the view was great. There is a good rake, and the seats are completely offset from the row in front so the view was clear. The overhang from the circle above does cut off the top of the stage, but this wasn't an issue for the production I saw (The Ferryman). The legroom is good, but the seat was a bit uncomfortable - it took about 15 minutes of walking around after the show for the feeling to come back in my legs! But I don't think this seat was any different to the others in this part of the theatre.
    T6 Stalls - Gielgud Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls T6
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.
Gielgud Theatre, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
The new play by Jez Butterworth, directed by Sam Mendes, The Ferryman receives a transfer to the West End after an immensely popular sold out run at the Royal Court Theatre. The Ferryman plays an extended run at the Gielgud Theatre, from 20th June 2017 to 6 January 2018.

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.
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.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for ages 14+