The Ferryman, a new play by Jez Butterworth, is Broadway bound with an opening planned at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in October of 2018. The production will be helmed by Sam Mendes (Cabaret, The Blue Room). Butterworth, whose plays include Jerusalem, Mojo and The River, previously collaborated with Sam Mendes on the scripts for Spectre and Skyfall from the James Bond franchise.
Winner of the Evening Standard Awards for Best Play and Best Director, The Ferryman was developed by Sonia Friedman Productions and produced with Neal Street Productions and The Royal Court Theatre, opening at the Royal Court Theatre in May 2017 to critical acclaim. The sold-out transfer to the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End will end its twice-extended, year-long run on May 19, 2018 following 410 performances, prior to opening on Broadway in the fall.
“The Ferryman is set in rural Northern Ireland in 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. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.”
The play features a design by Rob Howell, with lighting by Peter Mumford, and sound and original music by Nick Powell. A 30-plus member cast will be announced at a later date, along with the full production schedule.
Tickets for the Broadway transfer of The Ferryman will go on sale March 5.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
Photo by Johan Persson.