Buy Jerusalem tickets to see Mark Rylance reprise his career-defining performance in this landmark play
Mark Rylance is set to reprise his award-winning performance in Jez Butterworth’s hugely acclaimed play Jerusalem as it returns to London’s Apollo Theatre, over a decade after its premiere.
Set on St George’s Day, the play follows Johnny “Rooster” Byron, a local waster who is wanted by local officials. The council are waiting to serve Johnny eviction notice, his friends are desperate to get hold of his bounty of alcohol and drugs, a vengeful father is looking for payback and his son just wants to be taken to the county fair. Jerusalem is a searing and hilarious examination of rural English life.
Rylance was awarded an Olivier Award and a Tony Award for his performance as Johnny. He is best known for his Oscar-winning turn in the 2015 film Bridge of Spies and the live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG. He was most recently seen on the West End stage in the 2017 production of Nice Fish, which Rylance co-wrote with Louis Jenkins.
Mackenzie Crook will be joining Rylance from the original London cast, reprising his role as Ginger – a performance that was nominated for a Tony Award, when the play transferred to Broadway. Crook is a BAFTA Award-winning actor, best known for his roles in The Office, Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones and Worzel Gummidge. He is also the creator of the acclaimed BBC Four comedy series Dectorists.
Since its premiere over a decade ago, Jerusalem has been widely heralded as one of the best plays of the 21st century by audiences and critics alike. In 2019, critics at The Guardian ranked the play as “the greatest theatrical work since 2000”, while an audience poll to find the nation’s favourite play saw Jerusalem place in the top 10.
Jez Butterworth is one of the most in-demand playwrights and screenwriters in the UK. His other plays include The Ferryman, Mojo and The River. His work on screen includes several collaborations with his brother John-Henry Butterworth, such as Spectre, Edge of Tomorrow and the as-yet-untitled fifth Indiana Jones film, due for release in 2022.
This timely and powerful revival of one of the most talked-about plays of all time with several of its original stars is sure to be one of the hottest tickets of 2022. Don’t miss Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre from 16th April 2022 for a strictly-limited 16-week season.