New in 2018 In rural Northern Ireland in 1981, the annual harvest is interrupted by a visitor in a new play by Tony nominee Jez Butterworth.
From the producers: "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.
Playwright Jez Butterworth had his first major success with his play "Mojo," which premiered at London's Royal Court Theatre in 1995, winning the 1996 Laurence Olivier and Evening Standard awards. His play "Jerusalem," Butterworth's fourth play at the Royal Court, was a box-office and critical success. The production transferred to Broadway in 2011 and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. His play "The River" also transferred to Broadway from the Royal Court in 2014 starring Hugh Jackman.
"The Ferryman," transfers to Broadway following a sold-out engagement at London's Royal Court as well as a twice-extended run at West End's Gielgud Theatre. The play has become the fastest-selling production in the 60-year history of the Royal Court. Winner of the Evening Standard Awards for Best Play and Best Director, "The Ferryman" was also chosen as the Best New Play at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards in London and won the What’s On Stage Awards for Best Play and Best Director. Tony nominee Sam Mendes ("Cabaret," "Gypsy") directs.
Thrilling...with a generosity of substance and spirit rarely seen on the stage anymore. Endlessly vibrant...directed with sweeping passion and meticulous care. As unlikely as it seems, you'll have no trouble keeping these characters apart. Butterworth has taken pains to define every one of them, and the cast repays him with performances that blaze unconditionally in the moment. Mendes endows these vignettes with a master craftsman's artisanal detail....magnificent.
AM New York
Explosive...themes of family tension, sexual heat, divisive politics and betrayal come to climax in an unsparing finale. Masterfully directed by Mendes...In lesser hands, "The Ferryman" may have come off as pure hokum, but Mendes makes it absolutely entrancing, bringing out many intense, full-bodied performances. Many other plays are opening on Broadway this fall, but they are unlikely to match the excitement and finely-tuned ensemble acting of "Ferryman."