Why See The Ferryman?
Jez Butterworth's newest masterpiece
Following a successful run at The Royal Court, Jez Butterworth's much anticipated new play transfers part and parcel to the West End's Gielgud Theatre. Promising to be as monumental as 2009's Jerusalem, The Ferryman takes us back to 1980's Northern Ireland, into the lives of a rural Derry family on the eve of their harvest supper. When an uninvited visitor arrives with distressing news, they face a stark choice between duty and family, the individual or the whole.
PAY THE TOLL
Set during the height of the Troubles, the story centres on the farming Carney family, residing in rural Derry. As they prepare to bring in the year's harvest, their peaceful idyll is shattered with the arrival of a visitor, just as they settle down for their celebrations. Bringing troubling news of a prison hunger strike in which 10 republican prisoners starved themselves to death, the large family are faced with a choice; to take up the sword in aid of the prisoners or work the fields for the family.
Cast and Creative
Maureen Beattie as Aunt Maggie Far Away
William Houston as Quinn Carney
Glenn Speers as Laurence Malone
Sarah Greene as Caitlin Carney
Fra Fee as Michael Carney
Laurie Davidson as Shane Corcoran
Stuart Graham as Muldoon
Charles Dale as Father Horrigan
Carla Langley as Shena Carney
Mark Lambert as Uncle Pat
Connor MacNeil as Diarmaid Corcoran
Rob Malone as Oisin Carney
Fergal McElherron as Frank Magennis
Catherine McCormack as Mary Carney
Niall Wright as JJ Carney
Written by Jez Butterworth
Directed by Sam Mendes
Design by Rob Howell
Lighting by Peter Mumford
Composition and sound by Nick Powell
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What we thought
Serious BRILLIANT pure
From the very opening of the play I was struck by the feeling that this is what serious theatre strives to be.
The Ferryman is a master class in storytelling, tension and release, with each scene expertly paced.Read full review
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