The Ferryman, directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes, is the fastest-selling show at the Royal Court theatre. Sarah Riches finds out how to get tickets
TheFerryman – the latest show by James Bond director Sam Mendes – comes to the Royal Court Theatre.
Sam Mendes – who is best known for his work on the James Bond films Spectre and Skyfall and the Oscar-winning drama American Beauty – is turning his attention to a new play.
Mendes started his career in the theatre, and by the age of 25 he was the artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden, directing a series of classic revivals including Cabaret and The Glass Menagerie. His last show in the West End was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and he now returns with The Ferryman at the Royal
Court Theatre (from 24 Apr). Written by Jez Butterworth, who worked with Mendes on the scripts for Spectre and Skyfall, the play is set to repeat the success of Butterworth’s acclaimed play Jerusalem.
Sonia Friedman, who brought the hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to the West End stage, has co-produced the show. She is so confident of The Ferryman’s success that she is transferring it to the Gielgud Theatre this summer (from 20 Jun). Set in 1981 in rural Derry in Northern Ireland,
The Troubles form a backdrop to the story, which follows the Carneys as they busily prepare for an annual harvest and family reunion at their farmhouse. After a hard day of farming, multiple generations are gathered to prepare for a traditional night of feasting and celebrations – just as an unexpected guest from the family’s past arrives.
The 23-strong cast is led by Paddy Considine ( The Bourne Ultimatum), Genevieve O’Reilly (from the StarWars franchise) and Laura Donnelly, who worked with Butterworth on his last play, The River, also at the Royal Court.
The Ferryman is the fastest-selling play in the history of the Royal Court, so it’s already sold out. You may, however, still be able to bag return tickets on the day – and it’s worth doing so if you can before it begins its West End run. But if you miss your chance to see the show now or in the summer, rumour has it that the play will then transfer to Broadway. Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS. T: 020-7565 5000. www.royalcourttheatre.com