The Ferryman
Drama

Royal Court

The Ferryman

24 Apr 2017 - 20 May 2017

Pro reviewers rating
15 reviews

4.9 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

  • Synopsis
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Vanishing. It’s a powerful word, that. A powerful word.

Rural Derry, 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.

Ages 14+

The run is already sold out, but a transfer to the Gielgud has been announced.

Royal Court [Off West End]

“Featuring the stage debut of the fiercely uncompromising Paddy Considine, it’s a triumphant show that fully justifies the hype.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Stunning, sprawling and richly written... The acting is pretty spectacular all round... Compelling even in its quiet moments.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Rich, serious, deeply involving... Shattering force... Caitlin, beautifully played by Laura Donnelly... Terrific production.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Huge in the scale of its cast, of its ambition, of its rich themes... massive in its capacity to hold an audience rapt.”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Enthralling... a hell of a piece: theatrical, engrossing... Fizzes of humour, surprise and shock dart through it... Immense.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Enormous, shattering eruption of a play... Mendes controls everything with a powerful restraint... Nothing feels wasted.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“You would think it might be something special, and you would be right... Crackling with life. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Butterworth has done it again, this time with another rural drama of mighty magnitude set across a single, darkening day.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“All the fuss was largely justified... A richly absorbing and emotionally abundant play, directed with detailed humane mastery.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“A magnificent new play that uses, brilliantly, the vitality of live theatre to express the deadly legacy of violence. ”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Ulster's agony, sectarian violence cascading down the generations, is caught lyrically... Timely. Superb. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Profligate, boisterous, far-reaching... Butterworth makes skittles out of the near-stereotypes with caustic comedy... Astute.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Sharp and idiosyncratic... For all the violence of the play, both real and implicit, what distinguishes it is a deep humanity.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“The extended family never seems to stop talking and Butterworth’s control of his characters is remarkable... Richly rewarding.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“A breathtakingly ample hot ticket, a story that heaves with narratives and with incidents, with jokes and with surreal moments.”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

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