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

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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

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