Gielgud Theatre

35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR GB

The Ferryman
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Booking until: Saturday, 19 May 2018

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Suitable for 14+

Booking from:
Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Booking until:
Saturday, 19 May 2018

Welcome to the highly resopected playwright Jez Butterworht's latest offering. What's the story? The Carney farmhouse is a preparing for the annual harvest. After a hard day's work they're looking forward to a traditional Irish night of feasting and celebrations. But this year is going to be very different, thanks to an unexpected visitor.

Skilfully designed by Rob Howell, The Ferryman has been ably and creatively developed by - and co-produced with - the highly respected organisation Sonia Friedman Productions. After a brilliant limited sell-out stint at the Royal Court theatre it is due to play at the Gielgud theatre once the smash hit The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time departs in early June 2017.

Butterworth has a long and illustrious history of collaborating with the Royal Court theatre, following an impressive success with his drama Mojo way back in 1995, a piece that won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy plus a coveted award from the Evening Standard. 2013 saw the play hit the stage again, this time at the Harold Pinter theatre, directed once more by Ian Rickson. But it's Jerusalem that set the writer's name in stone as a serious talent, described as a "contemporary vision of life in England's green and pleasant land" starring the wonderful Mark Rylance as Johnny 'Rooster' Byron. After winning a host of awards it finally opened on Broadway in spring 2011 to rave reviews, attracting a Tony nomination for Best New Play.

In 2012 The River became an equally big hit. Now it's The Ferryman's turn, and the West End is buzzing with excitement. So are audiences. Grab tickets as soon as they come on board - we have it on good authority that this could well be a fast sell-out!

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Press Reviews

Butterworth has done it again. Miss this and you’ve missed a marvel The Telegraph

Butterworth and Mendes deliver a shattering tale of passion and violence. All the performances are invested with the same intense detail. The Guardian

A shattering feast of intricate storytelling Evening Standard

Directed with detailed humane mastery by Sam Mendes. It has the feel of an unearthed, instant classic The Independent

Play of the year Time Out

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based on 52 reviews

Powerful compelling drama

A brilliant story with the just the right mix of black humour and drama. The children were great.

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amazing, very immersive

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A Revelation!

Played out with spirit and humour, this show is a revelation and a must see for anyone who grew tired of atrocities in Ireland headlining the news every day during the 70's and 80's. Illuminating the plight of a good caring family trying to get on with life in troubled times reminds us of the privilege and fragility of peace. Despite the dark subject matter, the production was completely engaging and entertaining, an exuberant joy of living shining through.

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Good idea but a bit overdone

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Intense and compelling

We really enjoyed the play with fantastic script and acting. Gripping throughout.

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A provoking time for some Irish

We enjoyed this Irish family play. Whilst observing the fear, the burden of secrets, & their imprisoned thoughts, but managing to live an apparently happy family life- this cleverly portrays the impact of the IRA. The sound was not always loud enough to hear- unusual these days!

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Play of the year

Fantastic but not suitable for younger children

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Great play

Go and see the Ferryman it’s a great story and well acted , but take a cushion as the seats at the Gielgud theatre are amongst the most uncomfortable I have had the misfortune to occupy

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We were recommend show by a kiwi friend before we left New Zealand and sooo pleased we could get tickets to see it.

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Very good, moving

A good and fair representation of a period of history that I lived.

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High octane comedy

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Too long

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You must have a command of Irish accent

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great Plot

Don’t let the Irish accents put you off or the Irish history this story resonates today and is a masterful production with great acting and meaningful characters.

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Worth seeing

I loved the theater,the story and some of the actors. I think the casting could have been better. The young main guy was way to into himself. A real turn off for me.

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Strong family drama

I'd highly recommend this show to anyone except under-12's. It's an excellent drama, well-acted and holding the interest throughout. It starts as a happy-go-lucky family knock-about but the inner tensions (spread across the generations) soon emerge. There is humour, passion, sadness and lots of other emotions thrown in. The cast is large but I didn't think there was a weak link. Although the early 1980's and the Troubles in NI form the backdrop, it's really a tale of loyalty, family, bravery and cowardice which could have been set at many historical points or even in the present day. An excellent night out!

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Just a great show. Lively. Humorous. Dark. Has it all!

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Very powerful show

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I was drawn to the play due to it’s Director ( Sam Mendes ). I thought his touch would make for a more enriched production . Overall , I thought The Play , most enjoyable . It has a good and interesting tale to tell ( it is set in Northern Ireland , amongst the sectarian troubles , in the early Eighties ) and was a well acted and well produced production , written by an extremely competent playwrite . Enjoyable to all ... I would recommended .

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Very good

Excellent acting. Very well written.

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Witty, charming and devastating

It is a stunning show, starting with wit and Irish charm, gradually revealing undercurrents of family breakdown, disloyalty, betrayal and families wrenched apart by politics The chasm between Irelands divided communities become apparent in the family itself. The acting, movement on stage and stage set are all sublime. Such a shame the theater is so dated and uncomfortable.

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Incredible Show!

As a new visitor to London, we saw "The Ferryman" on the recommendation of a friend--and it was so, so worth it. The acting is incredible, and the story deftly turns from family dynamics to current political developments in a very smart and captivating way. A must-see!

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The River Styx

A spellbinding absorbing play. Funny, evocative, intriguing & amazing

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I am visiting from Australia and booked my ticket on line. I looked at the best plays now performing in London and was not disappointed. Fabulous acting; I am not particularly up with the IRA story and was worried about not understanding the Irish accents. A couple of things I missed but it was a special night of a fine play by fine performers. Come to Sydney........

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All in the Family

A powerhouse play with twists and turns, laughter and heartache. Beautifully acted by a large ensemble. Playwright Jez Butterworth has written another masterpiece. Beautifully directed by Sam Mendes. I didn't think that a 3 hour + production could hold my attention. But it did and had me on the edge of my seat much of the time.

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A must see

It was an excellent theatrical performance; brilliant acting, sets and costumes. The theme was very well executed, enhancing the story line. A treat for the enthusiastic theatre- goer.

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great show but the end was totally unexpected

show was excellent and very helpful minimising steps to stalls as my wife is disabled

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Wonderful, immersive and clever

I loved this play. So evocative, well cast, funny, human, and beautifully done.

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excellent theatre and very good performances by all.

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The best play of the 21st Century

Riveting story, wonderful directing by Sam Mendes and brilliant acting, by a faultless cast!

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Sensitive narrative. Family centred.

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I don't think I actually breathed during the first act. I cried during the second. This play requires you invest your total attention for nearly 3 hours. If you do, you will come out a changed person. I cannot recommend this enough.

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Fabulous heartwarming and poingnant

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tragic but great

Great performances but the writing is perhaps slightly too tragic. However, very thought provoking and God portrayal of the Troubles

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Brilliant play

Totally gripping-great acting and storyline. One of the best plays I've seen in a long time.

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Astoundingly good.

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It was every emotion whilst watching the Show happy, sad, angry. Could not take my eyes off the action for a minute so much happening. Very funny at times laugh out loud and then you wanted to cry.The young actors were brillant I did not know anything about this play as I did not have a chance to read any reviews but really enjoyed it I would go again

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3 hours never went so fast!

A very absorbing, at times funny, very emotional wonderful play.

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The Ferryman heads to the West End

09 Feb 2017 in New Shows

The Ferryman It’s great that enlightened producers are still producing new plays in the West End so all credit to Sonia Friedman Productions, Neal Street Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions who’ve announced that they’re transferring Jez Butterworth’s THE FERRY MAN to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre, even before its premiere at the Royal Court on 24th April.

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Gielgud Theatre
35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR GB

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  • Capacity: 970
  • Year built: 1906

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