Jerusalem extends by four weeks

The Broadway production of The Royal Court Theatre’s Jerusalem, the critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning play by Jez Butterworth, starring Tony and Olivier Award-winner Mark Rylance, has extended its run at the Music Box Theatre by four weeks and will now play through to 21 Aug 2011.

Jerusalem opened at the Music Box Theatre on 21 Apr 2011, following previews from 2 Apr, and was originaly scheduled to play a limited 16-week engagement ending on 24 Jul 2011.

Jerusalem: On St George's Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny Byron, local waster and modern day Pied Piper, is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his children want their dad to take them to the fair, Troy Whitworth wants to give him a serious kicking and a motley crew of mates want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.

The play opened to mostly excellent reviews: It is not a play. It is a myth in full reveal. (newyorktheatreguide); Magnificent (NY Times); The best play of the season (Bloomberg); Funny if disconcerting play (Variety).

Jerusalem has been nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Actor (Mark Rylance) and Best Featured Actor in a Play (Mackenzie Crook). The production is the winner of the NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play and star Mark Rylance has won NY Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for his performance.

Jez Butterworth's dark comic-drama Jerusalem, enjoyed an extended run at London's Royal Court Theatre from 10 Jul - 22 Aug 2009, before transferring to the West End's Apollo Theatre where it played from 28 Jan - 24 Apr 2010.

Mark Rylance recreates his multi award-winning performance as 'Johnny "Rooster" Byron' foe which he won critical acclaim in London. He is joined by original London cast member Mackenzie Crook as 'Ginger,' Alan David as 'The Professor,' Aimeé-Ffion Edwards as 'Phaedra,' Danny Kirrane as 'Davey,' Charlotte Mills as 'Tanya,' Sarah Moyle as 'Ms. Fawcett,' Harvey Robinson as 'Mr. Parsons' and Barry Sloane as 'Troy Whitworth.' Aiden Eyrick and Mark Page alternate in the role of 'Marky.'

New cast members for the Broadway prduction are led by Tony Award-winner John Gallagher, Jr. (Spring Awakening, American Idiot) as 'Lee', who is joined by Max Baker (Cyrano de Bergerac) as 'Wesley,' Geraldine Hughes (Translations) as 'Dawn' and Molly Ranson (August: Osage County) as 'Pea.'

Jerusalem’s Olivier Award-winning design is by Ultz, with lighting design by Mimi Jordan Sherin and sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph. Composer is Stephen Warbeck.

Jerusalem is produced on Broadway by Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott Rudin, Stuart Thompson and Roger Berlind. Other producers include Bob Bartner/Norman Tulchin, Royal Court Theatre Productions, Broadway Across America, Jon B. Platt, Barry Weissler, 1001 Nights/Stephanie P. McClelland, Dede Harris/Jacki Florin/Adam Blanshay, Carole L. Haber/Rupert Gavin.

Mark Rylance as
Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron
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