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Mark Rylance in Jerusalem

‘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.


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