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One of the most ferociously rewarding climaxes of my playgoing experience. That sensation, of a tension released by consummate storytelling, is what a theater lover lives for

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Winner Of Three Olivier Awards!

After storming London's West End, and earning eight Olivier Nominations in the process, Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman is heading to the bright lights of Broadway! Set in 1980s Ireland, The Ferryman has set London alight with its thrilling plot and incredible script and now aims to bring its resounding success to Broadway this fall.

From the writer that brought you Jerusalem, The Ferryman has already started sweeping up awards across the pond, winning Best Play and Best Director (Sam Mendes) at London's Evening Standard Awards as well as being bagging three Olivier Awards for Best Actress, Best Director and American Airlines Best New Play! In this dark tale, The Ferryman takes us back to a turbulent past as one rural family come face to face with the troubles that grip the nation.

What's The Ferryman about?

Set during the height of the 'Troubles', the story centres on the farming Carney family, residing in rural County Derry. As they prepare to bring in the year's harvest, their peaceful idyll is shattered with the arrival of a visitor. Bringing troubling news of a prison hunger strike in which 10 republican prisoners starved themselves to death, the large family are faced with a choice; to take up the sword in aid of the prisoners or work the fields for the family.

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Previews from: 2 October 2018

Opening night: 21 October 2018

Run time

Three hours and 15 minutes, with one intermission and one five minute pause between acts 2 and 3

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Images taken from West End production

Cast and Creative


Paddy Considine as Quinn Carney
Laura Donnelly as Caitlin Carney
Genevieve O'Reilly as Mary Carney
Dean Ashton
Glynis Bell
Gina Costigan
Charles Dale
Justin Edwards
Fra Fee
Fionnula Flanagan
Tom Glynn-Carney
Stuart Graham
Mark Lambert
Carla Langley
Connor MacNeill
Colin McPhillamy
Rob Malone
Dearbhla Molloy
Glenn Speers
Niall Wright

Audrey Bennett, Peter Bradbury, Trevor Harrison Braun, Will Coombs, Carly Gold, Holly Gould, Matilda Lawler, Michael McArthur, Bella May Mordus, Griffin Osbourne and Brroklyn Shuck.


Written by Jez Butterworth
Directed by Sam Mendes
Designed by Rob Howell


Olivier Awards, 2018 - Wins

Best Actress - Laura Donnelly
Best Director - Sam Mendes 
American Airlines Best New Play

Olivier Awards, 2018 - Nominations

Award for Best Set Design - Rob Howell
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - John Hodgkinson
Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Brid Brennan and Dearbhla Molloy
Best Actor - Paddy Considine 
Best Actress - Laura Donnelly
Best Director - Sam Mendes
American Airlines Best New Play - The Ferryman

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What we thought

Serious BRILLIANT pure

From the very opening of the play I was struck by the feeling that this is what serious theatre strives to be.

Our West End reviewer, Teia, saw this production of The Ferryman when it ran in London. Here's what she thought! "The Ferryman is a master class in storytelling, tension and release, with each scene expertly paced. A true benchmark of the West End's mode

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