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The Ferryman set

The Ferryman set

Watch: The secrets behind The Ferryman’s spectacular set

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson Published 16 March 2018

In the first episode in the four-part Road To The Oliviers series, the stage management team of Jez Butterworth’s epic play The Ferryman invited us to take an exclusive look at its spectacular Olivier Award-nominated set.

Designed by Rob Howell, and packed with stunning features, culinary craft – not to mention mind-blowing attention to detail – it was a fascinating insight into the centrepiece of the critically acclaimed West End play. Take a look below.


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Inspired by real events connected to one of the production’s original cast members, The Ferryman explores fallout from The Troubles (the Northern Ireland conflict of the late 20th century), in particular the events surrounding the deaths of IRA hunger strikers. The show transports audiences to a farmhouse in festive mood – but destined to be overshadowed by the ghosts of the past.

The show is directed in the West End by Sam Mendes, and ends its run on 19 May 2018 ahead of its transfer to Broadway.

See the stunning set for yourself – book The Ferryman tickets here!


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