Paddy Considine in The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre
Some particularly exciting news comes out of the West End today as the work of Jez Butterworth returns to Theatreland in the guise of his new play The Ferryman.
Anyone familiar with Butterworth’s work will know that this is cause for celebration particularly considering the widespread success of his play Jerusalem, but their excitement will be amplified by some of the names that have been attached to the upcoming production at the Gielgud Theatre.
Because whilst the names Jez Butterworth alone is enough to create great anticipation, the show can also boast a director in Sam Mendes and star in Paddy Considine. They reprise their work from the Royal Court Theatre run in April.
The Ferryman is set in Derry in 1981 with the annual harvest on the horizon. The focus is on the Carney family as they prepare for the harvest with work and traditional activities. However, the evening will not go like the others as a visitor is going to interrupt the proceedings.
Sonia Friedman produces and spoke about the West End transfer, saying “We are delighted that we have made it possible to transfer Jez Butterworth's new play The Ferryman, which will move to the Gielgud Theatre almost immediately after its run at the Royal Court Theatre finishes.
“When it first went on sale at the Court, it sold out in record time. It became clear to us even then that there was a far larger demand to see the play than the Court run could ever accommodate.
“…The scope, scale and ambition of Jez’s new play deserves this opportunity and I am delighted that together with Royal Court Theatre Productions and Neal Street Productions we are in the privileged position to make it happen.”
The show will ensure that the presence of Same Mendes’ work remains in the capital, with his production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ending at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane last month after nearly four years in the capital. Mendes is also well known as a film director, helming American Beauty and the James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre.
Meanwhile, Paddy Considine is a well known collaborator with director Shane Meadows and has appeared in many of his films alongside the likes of Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.
The Ferryman runs at the Gielgud Theatre from Thursday 29th June 2017 (previews from Tuesday 20th June 2017) to Saturday 7th October 2017.