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Until July 7, 2019

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


Brian d'Arcy James as Quinn Carney 
Holley Fain as Caitlin Carney
Emily Bergle as Mary Carney
Graham Winton as Frank Magennis
Charles Dale as Father Horrigan
Shuler Hensley as Tom Kettle 
Sean Delaney as Micahel Carney
Fionnula Flanagan as Aunt Maggie Far Away
Jack DiFalco as Shane Corcoran
Ralph Brown as Muldoon
Fred Applegate as Uncle Patrick Carney
Julia Nightingale as Shena Carney
Terence Keely as Diarmaid Corcoran
Ethan Dublin as Oisin Carney
Ann McDonough as Aunt Patricia Carney
Glenn Speers as Lawrence Malone
Collin Kelly-Sordelet as James Joseph Carney, 

Audrey Bennett, Peter Bradbury, Trevor Harrison Braun, Will Coombs, Carly Gold, Holly Gould, Matilda Lawler, Michael McArthur, Bella May Mordus, Griffin Osbourne and Brooklyn 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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The Ferryman has twenty-one well-rounded characters feeding this marvellous story and director Sam Mendes has ensured not a beat has been missed.

Having made its way to Broadway after great success in London. Butterworth's new play takes place in the Carney home in 1981, a farmhouse filled with family and love, and ongoing chores to ensure everyone participates in the festivities.

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