About Jerusalem

Apollo Theatre, London
Booking to 16 August 2022
No longer booking

“The greatest British play of the century… a masterpiece” – The Telegraph

Jezz Butterworth’s acclaimed West End and Broadway hit Jerusalem returns to the West End in 2022 with Mark Rylance reprising his starring role of ‘Johnny “Rooster” Byron alongside Mackenzie Crook reprising the role of ‘Ginger’.

Considered one of the finest actors of his generation, Rylance’s performance as the whizz-dispensing Wiltshire Falstaff ‘Johnny “Rooster” Byron’ garnered him an Olivier and Tony Award for Best Actor with Crook (The Office, Pirates of the Caribbean) also Tony nominated for his performance.

Jez Butterworth’s award-winning play premiered at the Royal Court in 2009; it transferred to the West End for record-breaking sold-out runs in 2009, 2010 and 2011 followed by a critically acclaimed season at the Music Box Theater on Broadway in 2011.

Jerusalem tickets are available from 6 April 2022 until 6 August 2022 at the Apollo Theatre, London.

What is Jerusalem about?

On St George’s Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny Byron is a wanted man. The Council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants his dad to take him to the fair, Troy Whitworth wants to wreak his revenge and a motley crew of mates wants his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.

Who in the cast of Jerusalem?

The cast is lead by Oscar, BAFTA, Tony and Olivier award-winning actor Mark Rylance (The Trial of the Chicago 7, Ready Player One, The BFG, Bridge of Spies) and Mackenzie Crook (The Office, Pirates of the Caribbean, Worzel Gummidge).

Joining them are Kemi Awoderu (Pea), Alan David (The Professor), Shane David-Joseph (Mr Parsons), Gerard Horan (Wesley), Ed Kear (Davey), Charlotte O’Leary (Tanya), Indra Ové (Dawn), Jack Riddiford (Lee), Barry Sloane (Troy Whitworth), Niky Wardley (Linda Fawcett) and Eleanor Worthington-Cox (Phaedra). Kobe Champion-Norville, Jesse Manzi and Matteo Philbert will share the role of Marky and joining as understudies are Abigail Green, Amanda Gordon, Callum Sheridan-Lee, Greg Snowden and Anthony Taylor. Final casting will be announced at a later date.

Creative Team

Written by Jezz Butterworth with direction by Ian Rickson. Set & costume design by Ultz, lighting design by Mimi Jordan Sherin, composer Stephen Warbeck, sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph and casting by Amy Ball CDG.

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 16 August 2022
Age restrictions
14+ years
Running time
3 hours (including 2 intervals)

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Reviews

Previous reviews of this production

"The greatest British play of the century... a masterpiece" - The Telegraph
"Ian Rickson’s expertly calibrated production" - Hollywood Reporter
"An enthralling production" - New York Times
"Jez Butterworth's gorgeous, expansive new play keeps coming at its audience in unpredictable gusts" - The Observer
"A theatrical treat" - The Stage
"The triumph belongs to Rylance for perfectly embodying Butterworth's vision" - The Guardian

Venue Information

Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo line, Piccadilly line)
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News about Jerusalem

Jerusalem cancels performances as Mark Rylance attends funeral of brother
Jerusalem cancels performances as Mark Rylance attends funeral of brother
The producers of Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre have announced that the show will be cancelled this weekend, Saturday 11 June and Sunday 12 June, because of the absence of lead actor Mark Rylance, who plays Johnny Rooster in the play. Mark Rylance's brother Jonathan Waters tragically died in the US on 28 May 2022 from a bicycle accident, and Rylance is taking the weekend off to attend his funeral in California. Waters was hit by a car while making a left turn at about 10.30pm on May 27, according to Oakland Police. He died in hospital the next morning. The 18-year-old driver was spoken to by officers at the scene but will not be charged with any offence. His brother Jonathan had been wine director at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, which has been ranked as one of the best restaurants in the world. In a statement, Mark Rylance said: "I am so sorry to tell you that on the 28th of May my dear brother Jonathan Waters was knocked from his bicycle and tragically died of his injuries. In order to attend his funeral in California, I unfortunately have to miss three performances of Jerusalem over Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th June. As I have no understudy to play the role Rooster Johnny Byron, sadly these performances have been cancelled. Sonia Friedman Productions, together with Nimax, are arranging additional performances at the end of the scheduled run to try and accommodate everyone who will be affected. I hope you understand my need to grieve my beloved brother and thank you for your support at this time. I hope you will be able to attend another performance of Jerusalem." Additional performances have been added on Tuesday 9 August 2.30pm & 7.30pm and Wednesday 10 August 1.30pm and all affected customers will be contacted to rebook tickets. Jez Butterworth's play has been a huge hit at the Apollo, revived for its 10th anniversary with original leads Mark Rylance as ‘Johnny “Rooster” Byron and Mackenzie Crook as ‘Ginger’. The play was running until 6 August 2022 until these extra dates were added. Everyone at WestendTheatre.com sends Mark Rylance and his family our deepest condolences. More about Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre
Jerusalem Reviews at the Apollo Theatre London starring Mark Rylance 2022 ★★★★★
Jerusalem Reviews at the Apollo Theatre London starring Mark Rylance 2022 ★★★★★
One of the highlights of the theatrical year, the return of Mark Rylance in Jez Butterworth's acclaimed play Jerusalem, has opened at the Apollo Theatre in London. The cast includes the original award-winning duo of Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook, who reprise their acclaimed roles as Johnny “Rooster” Byron and Ginger. Also in the cast are Kemi Awoderu (Pea), Alan David (The Professor), Shane David-Joseph (Mr Parsons), Gerard Horan (Wesley), Ed Kear (Davey), Charlotte O’Leary (Tanya), Indra Ové (Dawn), Jack Riddiford (Lee), Barry Sloane (Troy Whitworth), Niky Wardley (Linda Fawcett) and Eleanor Worthington-Cox (Phaedra). Kobe Champion-Norville, Jesse Manzi and Matteo Philbert share the role of Marky and understudies are Abigail Green, Amanda Gordon, Callum Sheridan-Lee, Greg Snowden and Anthony Taylor. The original creative team have returned too, including director Ian Rickson, designer ULTZ, lighting designer Mimi Jordan Sherin, composer Stephen Warbeck, sound designer Ian Dickinson for Autograph and casting director Amy Ball CDG. The return of Jerusalem further anchors Mark Rylance as one of, if not the, greatest living British actor, a theory backed up by plenty of the critics. Read reviews from the Times, Telegraph, Guardian, TimeOut and more.  Jerusalem plays the Apollo Theatre until 7 August 2022. Jerusalem is sadly sold out for its run at the Apollo Theatre, but read more about Jerusalem here.
‘Jerusalem’ with Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook set for West End run in 2022
‘Jerusalem’ with Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook set for West End run in 2022
Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook will star in the West End revival Jerusalem, it has been confirmed. Jezz Butterworth’s acclaimed West End and Broadway hit Jerusalem returns to the West End in 2022 with Rylance reprising his starring role of 'Johnny “Rooster” Byron, with Crook reprising the role of Ginger. The show will play a limited run at the Apollo Theatre from 16 April 2022 until 6 August 2022, with the opening night schedule for 28 April 2022. There will be over 800 seats at £15 or under each week across the house throughout the run. Considered one of the finest actors of his generation, Rylance’s performance as the whizz-dispensing Wiltshire Falstaff ‘Johnny "Rooster" Byron’ garnered him an Olivier and Tony Award for Best Actor with Crook also being nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. Crook is best known for his performances in The Office, Pirates of the Caribbean films, the HBO series Game of Thrones, and the title role of Worzel Gummidge. He is also the creator and star of BBC Four's Detectorists, for which he won two BAFTA awards. His theatre credits include Jerusalem at the Royal Court, West End and on Broadway; The Seagull opposite Kristin Scott Thomas; One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest opposite Christian Slater; and The Recruiting Officer at the Donmar. Further casting is to be revealed. Directed by Ian Rickson, Butterworth’s haunting study of a changing England combines the dreamy, idealised place of popular imagination with bus stop-drinking, new estates, over-zealous district councils, the hedonism and debauchery of fair day, drugs and drink. Alongside director Ian Rickson, the original creative team will return for this 2022 production, including designer Ultz, lighting designer Mimi Jordan Sherin, composer Stephen Warbeck, sound designer Ian Dickinson for Autograph and casting director Amy Ball CDG. The play originally ran at the Royal Court Theatre in 2009 before transferring to the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End in 2010, then to Broadway in 2011 and returning to the Apollo where it concluded its run in 2012. The West End revival is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.
Jez Butterworth’s Multi Award Winning Jerusalem Returns To London For Strictly Limited 14 Week Season
Jez Butterworth’s Multi Award Winning Jerusalem Returns To London For Strictly Limited 14 Week Season
MARK RYLANCE TO REPRISE CELEBRATED ROLE OF JOHNNY “ROOSTER” BYRON DIRECTED BY IAN RICKSON Ian Rickson’s Royal Court Theatre production of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem will return to London’s West End for a strictly limited 14 week engagement hot on the heels of a triumphant Broadway run. Mark Rylance will reprise his Olivier and Tony award-wining performance as Johnny “Rooster” Byron, directed by Ian Rickson. Previewing at the Apollo Theatre from 8 October 2011, with press night on 17 October, Jerusalem is booking until 14 January 2012. Designs are by Ultz, with lighting by Mimi Jordan Sherin, sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph and music by Stephen Warbeck. Jerusalem is produced in the West End by Royal Court Theatre Productions and by Sonia Friedman Productions. Jerusalem is a comic, contemporary vision of life in our green and pleasant land. On St George's Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny Byron is a wanted man. The Council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants his dad to take him to the fair and Troy Whitworth wants to give him a serious kicking. Jez Butterworth’s award-winning play returns to the West End following record-breaking sold-out runs at the Royal Court and the Apollo Theatres in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Jerusalem is currently enjoying a critically acclaimed extended run at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway where it plays until 21 August 2011. Jerusalem has now won over ten theatre awards internationally, culminating in the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Play going to Mark Rylance earlier this year. The 2011 West End cast includes Mark Rylance (Johnny “Rooster” Byron) and Mackenzie Crook (Ginger) as well as Max Baker (Wesley), Alan David (The Professor), Aimeé-Ffion Edwards (Phaedra), Johnny Flynn (Lee), Geraldine Hughes (Dawn), Danny Kirrane (Davey), Charlotte Mills (Tanya), Sarah Moyle (Ms Fawcett) and Harvey Robinson (Mr Parsons). Jerusalem will offer 20 best price seats at £10 each, which will go on sale from the Box Office, in person only, from 10am on the day of each performance. Multi award-winning actor Mark Rylance was last in the West End playing Valere in La Bête at the Comedy Theatre, a role he reprised on Broadway. Before the West End run of Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre, he was recently on stage playing Hamm in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame at the Duchess Theatre and Robert in Boeing-Boeing at the Comedy Theatre and on Broadway where he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. His other theatre work includes many productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Glasgow Citizens as well as True West for the Donmar Warehouse, Bloody Poetry for the Royal Court and The Maids for Shared Experience and Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing directed by Matthew Warchus, for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor. As Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre his work as an actor included the title roles in Henry V and Hamlet as well as Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra and Olivia in Twelfth Night. His film and television work includes The Other Boleyn Girl, Prospero’s Books, Angels and Insects, Leonardo and David Kelly in C4’s The Government Inspector for which he won the BAFTA Best Actor Award. Jez Butterworth’s first play Mojo opened at the Royal Court in 1995 and subsequently won five drama awards including the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Most Promising Playwright and the Olivier Award for Best Comedy. He returned to the Royal Court in 2002 with The Night Heron and The Winterling in 2006. His films Mojo, starring Harold Pinter, and Birthday Girl, starring Nicole Kidman, were both shown at the Venice Film Festival prior to general release. In 2007 he received the E.M. Forster Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2009 his play Parlour Song received its British premiere at the Almeida Theatre, directed by Ian Rickson. 2010 saw the international release of his feature film Fair Game starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts. Ian Rickson’s most recent West End credits include Harold Pinter’s Betrayal which completes its run at the Comedy Theatre on 20 August and Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour. He was Artistic Director of the Royal Court from 1998-2006 where his many productions included Krapp’s Last Tape which he also directed for BBC4, Fallout which he also directed as a film for Channel 4 and The Weir and Mojo both of which transferred to the West End and Broadway. He has directed Jez Butterworth’s The Winterling, The Night Heron, Mojo and Parlour Song as well as Jerusalem. For the National Theatre he has directed The Hothouse and The Day I Stood Still. Release issued by: Premier PR LINKS Book tickets to Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre starring Mark Rylance

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