Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman to transfer to West End

Sam Mendes directs the highly anticipated new play. Tickets on sale Friday.


West End transfer confirmed for Jez Butterworth’s new Royal Court play The Ferryman.

Jez Butterworth’s highly anticipated new play The Ferryman, is to transfer to the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End following its Royal Court premiere.

Set in rural Northern Ireland in 1981, the height of the troubles; The Ferryman is a mighty family epic with generations of one family crammed into its dynamic world.

Directed by Sam Mendes, the play will feature Paddy Considine, Laura Donnelly and Genevieve O’Reilly in a company of 38.

Such is the buzz around The Ferryman, it sold-out the limited Royal Court run in one day, becoming the fastest-selling production in the 60-year history of the theatre.

Following the speed in which the play sold-out, West End producer Sonia Friedman said ‘It became clear to us even then that there was a far larger demand to see the play than the Court run could ever accommodate. We have therefore worked at speed to find the production another home as quickly as possible, which is no mean feat, and we are very grateful to the company for helping us make this happen.’ She added that ‘It is thrilling to know that wider audiences will now have a chance to see this extraordinary new work from one of our most important writers. The scope, scale and ambition of Jez’s new play deserves this opportunity.’

Butterworth’s plays include Mojo and Jerusalem – the latter of which was of the most popular of recent years and won its lead actor, Mark Rylance, an Olivier in London and a Tony in New York.

General tickets for the West End run of The Ferryman go on sale Friday 10 February 2017. Producers confirmed over 20,000 tickets for the West End run will be on sale at less than £25, with tickets at all performances from £12, and all preview performances will be a a reduced rate.

Over 20,000 tickets for the West End run will be on sale at less than £25, with tickets at all performances from just £12. All tickets for previews will be at reduced prices.

The Ferryman will play a limited 16 week run from 20 June 2017 at the Gielgud Theatre.

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