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The Ferryman

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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. Read More >

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 current company of The Ferryman includes Owen McDonnell (Single-Handed, RTÉ/ ITV; Paula, BBC) playing father figure Quinn Carney, Rosalie Craig (As You Like It, The Threepenny Opera, The Light Princess and London Road, National Theatre) in the role of Caitlin Carney, and Justin Edwards (The Thick Of It, BBC; The Man Who Invented Christmas; The Death Of Stalin) as Tom Kettle. The full company comprises 37 performers: 17 main adults, 7 covers, 12 children on rota – and 1 baby.

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, receiving overwhelming demand and further rave reviews from audience members.

The Ferryman must end on 19 May 2018 at the Gielgud Theatre. Don’t miss your chance to visit the Carney Farmhouse. Book your tickets now.

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.

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Age Recommendation: 14+. Contains strong language. i

Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 20/06/2017

Opening Night: 29/06/2017

Closing Night: 19/05/2018

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

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Cast & Creative


Mercy Carney - Elise Alexandre, Darcy Jacobs, Scarlett Jolly

Honor Carney - Sophia Ally, Matilda Blake, Amy Jayne

Aunt Maggie Far Away - Stella McCusker

Father Horrigan - Charles Dale

Shane Corcoran - Francis Mezza

Michael Carney - Sean Delaney

Muldoon -  Declan Conlon

Caitlin Carney - Rosalie Craig

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

Declan Corcoran - Thomas Harrison, Jack Nuttall, Alex Warburton

Quinn Carney - Owen McDonnell

Tom Kettle - Justin Edwards

Uncle Patrick Carney - Mark Lambert

Shena Carney - Saoirse-Monica Jackson

Mary Carney - Catherine McCormack

Frank Magennis - Dean Ashton

Diarmaid Corcoran - Terence Keeley

Oisin Carney - Laurie Kynaston

Aunt Patricia Carney -  Siân Thomas

Lawrence Malone - Glenn Speers

James Joseph Carney -  Kevin Creedon



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


About Gielgud Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London, United Kingdom, W1D 6AR

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