Jez Butterworth's hit London play The Ferryman will transfer to Broadway

Following sold-out runs at the Royal Court and Gielgud Theatres in London, The Ferryman begins performances on Broadway in October 2018.

The Ferryman

After much speculation, Jez Butterworth's smash hit West End play The Ferryman will officially transfer to Broadway and begin performances in October 2018 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

The Ferryman opened to 5-star reviews at London's Royal Court Theatre in May 2017 - (Read our review by Mark Shenton on our London Theatre Guide sister site) - and subsequently transfered to the Gielgud Theatre in the West End, where it is currently enjoying a twice-extended, year-long run through to May 19, 2018.

The production is directed by Sam Mendes, who has previously collaborated with Mr. Butterworth on the scripts for the hit 007 films "Skyfall" and "Spectre" and has also previously directed the Broadway productions of Cabaret (1998 and 2014 revivals), The Blue RoomGypsy (2003 revival), and The Vertical Hour. Jez Butterworth previously earned a Tony Award nomination for "Best Play" in 2011 for Jerusalem (starring Mark Rylance), and was most recently represented on the Great White Way by the Hugh Jackman-led production of The River from November 2014 to February 2015.

Synopsis: "The Ferryman is set in rural Northern Ireland in 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor."

The creative team features scenic design by Rob Howell, lighting design by Peter Mumford, and sound design & original music by Nick Powell.

Casting for the Broadway transfer will be announced at a later date, however, the original London cast included Paddy Considine as Quinn Carney and Laura Donnelly as Caitlin Carney.

The Ferryman is produced on Broadway by Sonia Friedman Productions and Neal Street Productions.


Laura Donnelly & Paddy Considine in The Ferryman
(Photo by Johan Persson)