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About The Ferryman

Directed by Sam Mendes, the play premiered at the Royal Court becoming the fastest-selling show in the theatre’s history, receiving unanimous critical acclaim.

Northern Ireland, 1981. The Carney family prepare for the annual harvest with a day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebration ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.

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'A shattering feast of intricate storytelling.' - Evening Standard. Written by Jez Butterworth, The Ferryman is an intimate period drama, set against the political backdrop of the early eighties in Northern Ireland. Directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes, the play has London critics raving about the stunning performances and high emotions the story provokes.

Quinn, a former IRA activist, finds his new life as a farmer is threatened when his missing brother’s body is finally discovered, and a strange visitor arrives at his home. On the day of the yearly harvest, this stranger is an unwelcome guest who upsets the festivities for Quinn and his family. In a country torn apart by religion, politics and history, the past lives and allegiances of one family are brought to the surface once again. The play expertly deals with one man’s inescapable history and how one decision can have a ripple effect across the years.

Quinn’s life is turned upside by revelations about his past, but he still has hope that the women in his life will stay by his side. A gripping, emotional drama, The Ferryman transports audiences effortlessly to the Northern Irish countryside, into the heart of a community in the throes of the Troubles. A triple threat of powerful writing, great direction and naturalistic performances makes this one of the best plays to come along in recent years.

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What To Watch For

  • At the 2018 Olivier Awards, The Ferryman won three awards, including Best Actress, Best Play and Best Director.
  • Laura Donnelly, who won the Olivier for Best Actress, was in a relationship with the writer of The Ferryman, Jez Butterworth. She was performing in his previous play The River, when Jez began writing The Ferryman.
  • Laura’s personal experience was the inspiration for the play. When the IRA ‘disappeared’ a person, as they did in the play, a person’s family is left wondering if they could still be alive - this tragic event happened to Laura’s family with the death of her uncle Eugene.

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Run Time

3hrs 15min (including interval and a pause)

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Jez Butterworth and Sam Mendes deliver a shattering tale of passion and violence
Guaridan
Miss this and you’ve missed a marvel
Daily Telegraph
A feast of intricate storytelling
Evening Standard

Gielgud Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR

The theatre was designed by W.G.R. Sprague and opened on 27 December 1906 as the Hicks Theatre, named after Seymour Hicks, for whom it was built. The first play at the theatre was a hit musical called The Beauty of Bath co-written by Hicks. Another big success was A Waltz Dream in 1908. In 1909, the American impresario Charles Frohman became manager of the theatre and renamed the house the Globe Theatre – a name that it retained for 85 years. 

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