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Extensions for The Ferryman and Stomp in the West End

Wednesday, 19th Jul 2017

The Ferryman - Gielgud Theatre

Once again we turn our attention to those shows popular enough to extend their stay in London’s West End. This time around it is the new Jez Butterworth play The Ferryman and the long-running musical Stomp that find themselves in the spotlight.

The Ferryman is a new addition to the West End that extends its stay at the Gielgud Theatre until January 2018, whilst Stomp has been running at the Ambassadors Theatre since 2007 and extends to April 2018.

Anyone familiar with Jez Butterworth’s work will know that it is not surprising that his latest play has been popular enough to add new dates to the New Year. His work has included shows like the worldwide success story Jerusalem and 1995 hit Mojo, meaning that he is held in high regard in the writing world.

The production has an extra source for excitement too as Sam Mendes, best known for helming recent James Bond films and the musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is directing Butterworth’s script.

The Ferryman is set in Derry in the early 1980s and focuses on the annual harvest and the way in which the celebrations are changed by the arrival of a visitor.

It opened at the Gielgud Theatre last month and thanks to the new booking extension is now running there until at least Saturday 6th January 2018.

Meanwhile, Stomp is Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas’s long running percussive musical that sees performers utilise a range of household instruments to create a unique soundscape.

It has been running in the West End since 2002, though it was seen in the capital and in other locations before that, where it opened at the Vaudeville Theatre and its run at the Ambassadors Theatre has since been seen by countless crowds of people. It is one of many west end shows that seems to go from strength to strength, with no signs of slowing down.

Stomp continues at its home of the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre and is now booking there for performances up to Sunday 15th April 2018.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.