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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!
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (43%)
Reviewed on 13 May 2018 by T H, Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed on 09 May 2018 by Spyros, London, United Kingdom
After all the hype and awards I was really hoping for something special. It wasn't. I didn't find the characters in any way convincing and the performance were distinctly ordinary.
Reviewed on 05 May 2018 by Andrew, Beaminster, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 May 2018 by Anita, Kendal, United Kingdom
Outstanding acting. Thought provoking on several levels. Funny, disturbing, intrigue. Awesome ending.Use of swear words fitted in with the context, but makes it unsuitable for children below teens in my opinion.
Reviewed on 27 April 2018 by Antony, Manchester, United Kingdom
Great acting; good story; wonderful characters
Reviewed on 15 April 2018 by Sandra, New York, Ny, United States
Dislike: Strong Irish accent, if you are a foreigner it might not be the best play for you.
Reviewed on 15 April 2018 by Andrea, London, United Kingdom
Wonderful theatre experience high quality production which evokes the place and relationships with an achieved sophistry.Engaging from start to finish the only quibble I would have is the overly dramatic ending which detracted from its overall believability
Reviewed on 11 April 2018 by Niall, Cape Town, United Kingdom
Starts slow and it takes time to understand the Irish accent - but it gets better and ends stunningly !
Reviewed on 03 April 2018 by Sivagnanaratnam, Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed on 31 March 2018 by Theresa, Brussels, Belgium
Reviewed on 30 March 2018 by George, Watertown, United States
The Ferryman is an excellent play and keeps your attention throughout. I enjoyed it but it is on the long side (3 1/2 hrs) and it was very difficult at times to understand what was being said, particularly from the child actors! The accents are very strong and to an unfamiliar ear can be hard to understand which is a pity as we missed some of the humour.
Reviewed on 29 March 2018 by Gillian, Teddington, United Kingdom
Very strong story-line . gripping and intense, but also some comedy.Language might put off some people but not a major issue.
Reviewed on 29 March 2018 by Mairi, High Wycombe, United Kingdom
You’d think at some point in 3hrs your mind might wander but not with this show. This is an intense, superbly directed production with excellent acting. Couldn’t recommend this enough.
Reviewed on 29 March 2018 by Leigh, Plymouth, United Kingdom
A brilliant story with the just the right mix of black humour and drama. The children were great.
Reviewed on 17 March 2018 by David, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 11 March 2018 by Joanna, Cambridge, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 06 March 2018 by Jackie, Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 04 March 2018 by Andrew, Charlotte, United States
Reviewed on 18 February 2018 by Martha, Aberdare, United Kingdom
We really enjoyed the play with fantastic script and acting. Gripping throughout.
Reviewed on 28 January 2018 by Joanne, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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!
Reviewed on 18 January 2018 by Michael, Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Fantastic but not suitable for younger children
Reviewed on 10 January 2018 by Ian Christopher, Hatfield, United Kingdom
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
Reviewed on 14 December 2017 by Roly, Wellington, United Kingdom
We were recommend show by a kiwi friend before we left New Zealand and sooo pleased we could get tickets to see it.
Reviewed on 10 December 2017 by Andrea, Christchurch, New Zealand
A good and fair representation of a period of history that I lived.
Reviewed on 10 December 2017 by John, Eastrea, Whittlesey, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 08 December 2017 by Peter, Broad Oak Rye, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 07 December 2017 by Marc, Durban, South Africa
You must have a command of Irish accent
Reviewed on 28 November 2017 by Denise, Geneve, Switzerland
Reviewed on 16 November 2017 by Rosanna, Toronto, Canada
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.
Reviewed on 12 November 2017 by Nyall, Stanmore, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 06 November 2017 by Amy, Riverside, United States
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!
Reviewed on 01 November 2017 by Ian, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Just a great show. Lively. Humorous. Dark. Has it all!
Reviewed on 26 October 2017 by John, Peppermint Grove, Australia
Reviewed on 15 October 2017 by William, New York, United States
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 .
Reviewed on 12 October 2017 by Thomas, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Excellent acting. Very well written.
Reviewed on 08 October 2017 by Miriam, London, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 07 October 2017 by Cara, Guildford, United Kingdom
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!
Reviewed on 23 September 2017 by Alexa, San Rafael, United States
A spellbinding absorbing play. Funny, evocative, intriguing & amazing
Reviewed on 05 September 2017 by Mike, Southampton, United Kingdom
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........
Reviewed on 30 August 2017 by Marion, Balmain, Sydney Nsw, Australia
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.
Reviewed on 24 August 2017 by John, London, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 23 August 2017 by Menaka, Bromley, United Kingdom
show was excellent and very helpful minimising steps to stalls as my wife is disabled
Reviewed on 20 August 2017 by John, Beccles, United Kingdom
I loved this play. So evocative, well cast, funny, human, and beautifully done.
Reviewed on 17 August 2017 by Rosie, Birmingham, United Kingdom
excellent theatre and very good performances by all.
Reviewed on 13 August 2017 by Ian, Sandton, South Africa
Riveting story, wonderful directing by Sam Mendes and brilliant acting, by a faultless cast!
Reviewed on 16 July 2017 by Jillian, Palm Beach, United States
Sensitive narrative. Family centred.
Reviewed on 14 July 2017 by Susan, Coogee, Australia
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.
Reviewed on 09 July 2017 by Carol, Bromley, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 June 2017 by Fran, London, United Kingdom
Great performances but the writing is perhaps slightly too tragic. However, very thought provoking and God portrayal of the Troubles
Reviewed on 28 June 2017 by Keith, Addlestone, United Kingdom
Totally gripping-great acting and storyline. One of the best plays I've seen in a long time.
Reviewed on 26 June 2017 by Brendan, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 June 2017 by Alison, London, United Kingdom
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
Reviewed on 25 June 2017 by Eileen, London, United Kingdom
A very absorbing, at times funny, very emotional wonderful play.
Reviewed on 25 June 2017 by Colette, Orchid, United States
by Phil Willmott | Thursday, February 9 2017, 16:11
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.The Ferryman heads to the West End