The Ferryman (play)

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The Ferryman
The Ferryman artwork.jpg
Official production artwork
Written by Jez Butterworth
Date premiered 24 April 2017
Place premiered Royal Court Theatre
Original language English
Genre Drama
Setting Rural Derry, 1981

The Ferryman is a 2017 play by Jez Butterworth. Set during The Troubles, it tells the story of the family of a former IRA activist, living in their farmhouse in rural County Armagh, Northern Ireland in 1981[1].

It had its world premiere at the Royal Court Theatre on 24 April 2017 running to 20 May, directed by Sam Mendes.[2] It was the fastest-selling play in Royal Court Theatre history.[3] The cast included Paddy Considine, Laura Donnelly (the disappearance of her real-life uncle, Eugene Simons, was the inspiration for Butterworth's plot),[4] Genevieve O'Reilly, Bríd Brennan, Fra Fee, John Hodgkinson, Stuart Graham, Gerard Horan, Carla Langley, Des McAleer, Conor MacNeill, Rob Malone, Dearbhla Molloy, Eugene O'Hare and Niall Wright.[5]

The production transferred to the Gielgud Theatre, opening on 29 June 2017, following previews from 20 June.[3] A cast change took place on 8th January 2018, featuring Rosalie Craig, Owen McDonnell (as Quinn Carney), Laurie Kynaston (as Oisin Carney) and Justin Edwards.[6] The production closed on 19 May 2018.

The production will transfer to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Broadway, beginning previews from October 2, 2018. Casting is to be announced.[7]

Cast and Characters[edit]

Role Royal Court / Gielgud cast Original Broadway Cast
Aunt Maggie Far Away Brid Brennan Fionnula Flanagan
Lawrence Malone Turlough Convery Glenn Spears
Michael Carney Fra Fee Fra Fee
Muldoon Stuart Graham Stuart Graham
Tom Kettle John Hodgkinson Justin Edwards
Shena Carney Carla Langley Carla Langley
Diarmaid Corcoran Conor MacNeill Conor MacNeil
Aunt Pat Dearbhla Molloy Dearbhla Molloy
Mary Carney Genevieve O'Reilly Genevieve O'Reilly
Quinn Carney Paddy Considine Paddy Considine
Caitlin Carney Laura Donnelly Laura Donnelly
Shane Corcoran Tom Glynn-Carney Tom Glynn-Carney
Father Horrigan Gerard Horan Charles Dale
Uncle Pat Des McAleer Mark Lambert
Oisin Carney Rob Malone Rob Malone
Frank Magennis Eugene O'Hare Dean Ashton
JJ Carney Niall Wright Niall Wright
Mercy Carney Elise Alexandre / Darcey Conway / Darcy Jacobs Audrey Bennett
Honor Carney Sophia Ally / Grace Doherty Matilda Lawler
Nunu Carney Clara Murphy / Angel O'Callaghan Brooklyn Shuck
Declan Corcoran Michael McCarthy / Xavier Moras Spencer / Jack Nuttall Michael Quinton McArthur

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2017 Evening Standard Theatre Awards[8] Best Play Jez Butterworth Won
Best Director Sam Mendes Won
Best Actress Laura Donnelly Nominated
Emerging Talent Award Tom Glynn-Carney Won
2018 WhatsOnStage Awards[9] Best New Play Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Play Fra Fee Won
Best Director Sam Mendes Won
Laurence Olivier Awards[10] Best New Play Won
Best Actor Paddy Considine Nominated
Best Actress Laura Donnelly Won
Best Actor in a Supporting Role John Hodgkinson Nominated
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Bríd Brennan Nominated
Dearbhla Molloy Nominated
Best Director Sam Mendes Won
Best Set Design Rob Howell Nominated


  1. ^ Billington, Michael. "The Ferryman review – Butterworth and Mendes deliver shattering tale of passion and violence". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 14 August 2018. 
  2. ^ Hewis, Ben (October 31, 2017). "Sam Mendes to direct Jez Butterworth play in new Royal Court season". Retrieved April 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman transfers to The Gielgud Theatre". London Theatre. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Dex, Robert (4 May 2017). "How The Ferryman was inspired by true life story from one of the cast". Evening Standard. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  5. ^ "Cast and West End transfer confirmed for Sam Mendes' The Ferryman". February 8, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Casting Update for The Ferryman - Royal Court". Royal Court. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2018-03-13. 
  7. ^ "Tickets Released for Broadway Transfer of Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman - Royal Court". Royal Court. 2018-03-05. Retrieved 2018-03-13. 
  8. ^ Hemley, Matthew. " 'The Ferryman' triumphs at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards" The Stage, 3 December 2017
  9. ^ "Winners of the 18th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards announced: David Tennant and Olivia Colman win". Retrieved 2018-03-13. 
  10. ^ "Olivier Awards 2018: the nominations in full". The Stage. 2018-03-06. Retrieved 2018-03-13. 

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