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The Ferryman

Closed May 19, 2018

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.

Sonia Friedman, Producer

Why See The Ferryman?

Winner Of Three Olivier Awards!

Must end May 19

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.


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.

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Previews from: 10 June 2017

Opening night: 29 June 2017

And before you stop reading

Johan Persson Used under Creative Commons License

Cast and Creative


Maureen Beattie as Aunt Maggie Far Away
William Houston as Quinn Carney 
Glenn Speers as Laurence Malone
Rosalie Craig 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


2018 Olivier Awards

Best Actress - Laura Donnelly
Best Director - Sam Mendes 
American Airlines Best New Play

Olivier Awards, 2018 - Nominations

Best Actor in Supporting Role - John Hodgkinson
Best Actress in Supporting Role - Brid Brennan, Dearbhla Molloy
Best Actor - Paddy Conisdine
Best Actress - Laura Donnelly
Best Director - Sam Mendes
Best New Play
Best Set Design

2018 What's On Stage Award Wins

Best Direction (Sam Mendes)
Best New Play
Best Supporting Actor in a Play (Fra Fee)

2018 What's On Stage Award Nominations

Best Supporting Actor
Best New Play
Best Direction

2017 Evening Standard Theatre Awards

Best Play- Winner
Best Director - Winner

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.

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