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You can catch The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre, showing Until May 19, 2018

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The Ferryman

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Closed May 20, 2017

Butterworth and Mendes deliver shattering tale of passion and violence

The Guardian

Why See The Ferryman?

Reunited for a new play!

This production is now sold out. Click here to see tickets for the show's Gielgud Theatre transfer starring Paddy Considine.

Pioneering theatre and film director Sam Mendes makes his Royal Court debut as he reunites with Jerusalem playwright Jez Butterworth for a new play set in Derry during the Troubles. Having won an Olivier Award and Tony for Jerusalem starring British legend Mark Rylance, the return of the dream duo to the stage has already launched whispers of a West End transfer. Mendes' most recent work includes helming two successful Bond movies, Skyfall and then Spectre, however he will be concentrating further on theatre rather than returning to the 007 franchise.

Set during the height of the Northern Irish 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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Opening night: 24 April 2017


Suitable for ages 12+

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Elise Alexandre as Mercy Carney
Sophia Ally as Honor Carney
Brid Brennan as Aunt Maggie Far Away
Paddy Considine as Quinn Carney
Turlough Convery as Lawrence Malone
Darcey Conway as Mercy Carney
Grace Doherty as Honor Carney
Laura Donnelly as Caitlin Carney
Fra Fee as Michael Carney
Tom Glynn-Carney as Shane Corcoran
Stuart Graham as Muldoon
John Hodgkinson as Tom Kettle
Gerard Horan as Father Horrigan
Carla Langley as Shena Carney
Des McAleer as Uncle Pat
Conor MacNeill as Diarmaid Corcoran 
Rob Malone as Oisin Carney
Michael McCarthy as Declan Corcoran 
Dearbhla Molloy as Aunt Pat
Xavier Moras Spencer as Declan Corcoran 
Clara Murphy as Nunu Carney
Angel O'Callaghan as Nunu Carney
Eugene O'Hare as Frank Magennis
Genevieve O'Reilly as Mary Carney
Niall Wright as JJ Carney


Written by Jez Butterworth
Directed by Sam Mendes
Produced by Sonia Friedman productions
Designed by Rob Howell
Lighting Designed by Peter Mumford
Composer and Sound Designed by Nick Powell

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