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Closed August 22, 2009

Rylance is an astonishing performance, which confirms that he is one of our finest stage actors

The Evening Standard

Why See Jerusalem?


With a string of reputable awards, numerous extensions and Broadway success, Jez Butterworth's 2009 play Jerusalem has become a modern classic. Taking a look at rural life in contemporary England, Butterworth has created a riotously comic yet mesmerizing blend of nostalgia about past country life and snub of the sterile modern world.

Set in Wiltshire, England, it is morning on St. George's Day and Johnny 'Rooster' Byron ? referred to as a contemporary Pied Piper - is a wanted man. His son, Marky, wants his dad to take him to the country fair, Troy Whitworth wants to give him a beating, the council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, and his friends want to tap into his ample supply of alcohol and drugs.

Directed by Ian Rickson, Jerusalem stars Olivier and Tony Award winning Mark Rylance, who is a playwright as well as actor, stars as hell-raiser Johnny 'Rooser' Byron, while the role of Ginger will be played by Mackenzie Crook, best known for his role as Gareth Keenan in The Office.

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Opening night: 10 July 2009


Jerusalem is suitable for audiences aged 14 and upwards.

Run time

3 hours 10 minutes approximately, including 2 intervals.

Cast and Creative


Mark Rylance as Johnny Byron
Mackenzie Crook as Ginger
Max Baker as Wesley
Alan David as The Professor
Aimee-Ffion Edwards as Phaedra
Johnny Flynn as Lee 
Geraldine Hughes as Dawn
Danny Kirrane as Davey
Charlotte Mills as Tanya
Sarah Moyle as Ms Fawcett
Harvey Robinson as Mr Parsons
Barry Sloane as Troy Whitworth


Director - Ian Rickson
Author - Jez Butterworth
Sound Design - Ian Dickinson for Autograph
Lighting Design - Mimi Jordan Sherin
Design - Ultz
Composer - Stephen Warbeck



Winner of Best Play
Winner of Best Act for Mark Rylance
Nominated for Best Director for Ian Rickson
Nominated for Best Design for Ultz



Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Mark Rylance

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10 reviews, average rating: (4.6 Stars)

4.5 star rating

Anonyomous: “Jerusalem -fantastic”

Best theatre I can remember, engaging at so many levels. And Mark Rylance... more

Simon: “Brilliant”

Saw Jerusalem last week and it was the best play I have ever seen, just... more

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