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The Ferryman

Gielgud Theatre

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Jez Butterworth’s epic new play The Ferryman, a taut and tense thriller which won widespread critical acclaim in the Royal Court, is directed in the West End by Sam Mendes.

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Jez Butterworth’s epic new play The Ferryman, a taut and tense thriller, is directed in the West End by Sam Mendes (best known for his direction of Bond film Skyfall).

You can’t bury the past.” In Rural Derry, 1981, the Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead, and the atmosphere is a jovial one. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor, and dark secrets will be unearthed.

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 Ferryman won widespread critical acclaim when it opened at the Royal Court earlier in 2017, earning 15 five star reviews. It became the fastest selling show in the theatre’s history before transferring to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre, where, due to overwhelming demand and further rave reviews from audience members, The Ferryman is booking until 19 May 2018.

Please note that performances for The Ferryman begin earlier than usual: Monday-Saturday 7pm, Wednesday & Saturday 1.30pm.

Please refrain from arriving with large bags as they will not be permitted inside the auditorium and may not be able to be stored in the Gielgud Theatre cloakroom.

Please note the animals which appear in this production are highly trained and experienced in being onstage, and are expertly cared for by a team of certified trainers, who ensure their welfare is safeguarded at all times. The producers work with the trainers and veterinary specialists to ensure the highest standards of wellbeing for the animals, following animal charity guidelines.

From 8 January 2018, Rosalie Craig will play Caitlin Carney, Owen McDonnell will play Quinn Carney and Justin Edwards will play Tom Kettle. Also joining the company will be Stella McCusker as Aunt Maggie Far Away, Siân Thomas as Aunt Pat, Declan Conlon as Muldoon, Dean Ashton as Frank Magennis, Terence Keeley as Diarmaid Corcoran, Sean Delaney as Michael Carney, Francis Mezza as Shane Corcoran, Kevin Creedon as JJ Carney, Laurie Kynaston as Oisin Carney and Saoirse-Monica Jackson as Shena Carney. Catherine McCormack will continue in her role as Mary Carney, as will Charles Dale as Father Horrigan, Mark Lambert as Uncle Pat and Glenn Speers as Lawrence Malone.  


Age Recommendation: 14+. Contains strong language.

Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 20/06/2017

Opening Night: 29/06/2017

Booking Until: 19/05/2018

Running time: 3h15 inc. interval and five minute pause

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.

Cast & Creative


Mercy Carney - Elise Alexandre, Darcy Jacobs, Scarlett Jolly

Honor Carney - Sophia Ally, Matilda Blake, Amy Jayne

Aunt Maggie Far Away - Maureen Beattie

Father Horrigan - Charles Dale

Shane Corcoran - Laurie Davidson

Michael Carney - Fra Fee

Muldoon - Stuart Graham

Caitlin Carney - Sarah Greene

Nunu (Nuala) Carney - Isla Griffiths, Clara Murphy, Angel O’Callaghan

Declan Corcoran - Thomas Harrison, Jack Nuttall, Alex Warburton

Quinn Carney - Will Houston

Tom Kettle - Ivan Kaye

Uncle Patrick Carney - Mark Lambert

Shena Carney - Carla Langley

Mary Carney - Catherine McCormack

Frank Magennis - Fergal Mcelherron

Diarmaid Corcoran - Conor Macneill

Oisin Carney - Rob Malone

Aunt Patricia Carney - Dearbhla Molloy

Lawrence Malone - Glenn Speers

James Joseph Carney - Niall Wright



Director - Sam Mendes

Producer - Sonia Friedman Productions, Neal Street Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions

Designer - Rob Howell

Choreographer - Scarlett Mackmin

Lighting Designer - Peter Mumford

Sound - Nick Powell

Author - Jez Butterworth

Music By - Nick Powell

Fight Director - Terry King

Dialect Coach - Majella Hurley

Associate Director - Tim Hoare

Vocal Coach - Barbara Houseman

Production Manager - Matt Towell

Associate Designer - Ben Davies

Associate Costume Designer - Lucy Gaiger

Props Supervisors - Lisa Buckley & Kathy Anders


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