Set in Rural Derry, 1981, the Carney farmhouse is bustling with activity as preparations for the annual harvest begin. First there must be a day of hard work on the land, followed by a traditional night of celebrations and feasting. But this year, festivities are interrupted by an unexpected visitor.
Multi-award winning director and actor Paddy Considine (The World’s End, The Bourne Ultimatum, Hot Fuzz) makes his theatre debut in The Ferryman, alongside Laura Donnelly (The River), and Genevieve O’Reilly (Star Wars). Further casting includes Brid Brennan, Turlough Convery, Fra Fee, Tom Glynn-Carney, Stuart Graham, Gerard Horan, Carla Langley, Des McAleer, Conor MacNeill, Rob Malone, Dearbhla Molloy, Eugene O’Hare and Niall Wright.
With a cast that will comprise 38 performers, including 12 children and a baby, The Ferryman is directed by Sam Mendes, with design by Rob Howell, lighting design by Peter Mumford and sound design and music by Nick Powell.
Jez Butterworth’s previous plays include Jerusalem, The River and Mojo. The Ferryman premieres at the Royal Court before transferring to the Gielgud Theatre for a run playing June 20th to October 7th 2017.