Gielgud Theatre

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

The Ferryman

The Ferryman Tickets

based on 14 reviews

Gielgud Theatre

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Booking from: Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Booking until: Saturday, 6 January 2018

Tickets from £14.50
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Booking from:
Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Booking until:
Saturday, 6 January 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!

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 14 reviews

great show but the end was totally unexpected

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

London Box Office customer

Wonderful, immersive and clever

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

London Box Office customer

excellent theatre and very good performances by all.

London Box Office customer

The best play of the 21st Century

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

London Box Office customer


Sensitive narrative. Family centred.

London Box Office customer


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.

London Box Office customer

Fabulous heartwarming and poingnant

London Box Office customer

tragic but great

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

London Box Office customer

Brilliant play

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

London Box Office customer

Astoundingly good.

London Box Office customer


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

London Box Office customer

3 hours never went so fast!

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

London Box Office customer

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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  • Air cooled
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Member of Q-Park scheme
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair/scooter access

Theatre Info

  • Capacity: 970
  • Year built: 1906

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