The Ferryman to close in the West End ahead of Broadway transfer

Elias Hubbard
February 10, 2018

The West End transfer, written by Jez Butterworth and directed by Sam Mendes, will play at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

Directed by Sam Mendes, the show opened at London's Royal Court in May 2017, receiving rave reviews (including 24 five-star reviews) with WhatsOnStage critic Sarah Crompton describing the piece as "a triumphant, bold piece of theatre, an old-fashioned play full of life and heart and passion". It's scheduled to close May 19, after 410 performances.

Victor of the Evening Standard Awards for Best Play and Best Director, The Ferryman was also chosen recently as the Best New Play at the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards in London.

The Ferryman is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Neal Street Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions.

"The Ferryman", a British play about a sprawling family in rural Northern Ireland that starts to unravel in a crush of heartbreaking secrets, painful resentments and revelations of past crimes, is coming to Broadway.

Set in 1981, it evokes the sweeping state-of-a-nation themes of Mr. Butterworth's other epic-like work that reached Broadway, "Jerusalem".

An Oscar victor for American Beauty, Mendes' Broadway directing credits include David Hare's The Blue Room, with Nicole Kidman; the 2003 revival of Gypsy, starring Bernadette Peters; and the long-running Cabaret revival, co-directed by Rob Marshall.

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