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`Come, you drunken spirits. Come, you battalions. You fields of ghosts who walk these green plains still. Come, you giants!' When Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2009, it served notice of an astonishing development in the career of a writer whose debut, Mojo, had premiered on the same stage nearly fifteen years before. Unearthing the mythic roots of contemporary English life, and featuring Mark Rylance in an indelible central performance as Johnny `Rooster' Byron, the play transferred to the West End and then to Broadway, before returning to the West End in 2011. `Storming... restores one's faith in the power of theatre' Independent. `Unarguably one of the best dramas of the twenty-first century' Guardian. Jerusalem was followed by the bewitching chamber play The River (Royal Court, 2012), a `magnetically eerie, luminously beautiful psychodrama' Time Out. `A delicately unfolding puzzle... all of it is wrapped in marvellous language... extraordinary' The Times. This volume concludes with the multi-award-winning The Ferryman (Royal Court and West End, 2017; Broadway, 2018), an excavation of lives shattered by violence, set in a farmhouse in Northern Ireland in 1981. `A richly absorbing and emotionally abundant play... an instant classic' Independent. `A magnificent play that uses, brilliantly, the vitality of live theatre to express the deadly legacy of violence' Financial Times. Also included here is the screenplay for the short film The Clear Road Ahead (2011), published here for the first time, and an edited transcript of a conversation between Butterworth and the playwright Simon Stephens.
County Armagh, Northern Ireland, 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... Developed by Sonia Friedman Productions, The Ferryman premiered to huge acclaim at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in April 2017, before transferring to the West End. The production was directed by Sam Mendes. It went on to win the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play and the Critics' Circle, Olivier and WhatsOnStage Awards for Best New Play.
An updated edition of the smash-hit debut play from the author of Jerusalem. In the seedy gangster underworld of the rock'n'roll scene, club owners fight for control of Johnny Silver, the latest young sensation.
On a moonless night in August when the sea trout are ready to run, a man brings his new girlfriend to the remote family cabin where he has come for the fly fishing since he was a boy. But she's not the only woman he has brought here ' or indeed the last. A bewitching story from the author of global smash hit Jerusalem, Jez Butterworth's play The River was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in October 2012. 'Bewitchingly strange watery and wild but deftly crafted' - Evening Standard 'Strange, eerie, tense... Butterworth possesses a singular talent' - Guardian 'Teasing, haunting and hushed... this subtle, troubling piece is likely to nag away in the memory' - Telegraph 'As taut as a wire and as tense as a thriller' - Whatsonstage.com 'One of the best productions of the year... a magnetically eerie, luminously beautiful psychodrama' - Time Out 'A delicately unfolding puzzle... all of it is wrapped in marvellous language... extraordinary' - The Times
Jez Butterworth burst onto the theatre scene aged twenty-five with Mojo, 'one of the most dazzling Royal Court main stage debuts in years' (Time Out). This first volume of his Collected Plays contains that play plus the three that followed, as well as two short monologues published here for the first time. Everything that precedes Jerusalem, 'unarguably one of the best dramas of the twenty-first century' (Guardian).
'My dad said he jumped buses. Horseboxes. Jumped an aqueduct once. He was gonna jump Stonehenge but the council put a stop to it.' 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. Jez Butterworth's new play is a comic, contemporary vision of life in our green and pleasant land. His previous plays for the Royal Court include The Winterling , The Night Heron and Mojo . The key British theatre work of the last decade. Time Out 2012. An Instant Modern Classic. A comic, contemporary vision of life in our green and pleasant land. BEST PLAY Evening Standard Awards BEST PLAY Critics Circle Awards.
Two couples live side by side in identical houses. On the outside Ned is a confident demolitions expert: on the inside he's a mess. He is the victim of increasingly bizarre but recurrent theft, and his marriage to Joy is running out of steam. He also suffers a recurring nightmare. Eventually he is usurped by his neighbour, and Joy deserts him - literally and metaphorically. His nightmare? He is encased in a room just like the one he lives in - Laugh-out-loud funny to start with, Jez Butterworth's new play, Parlour Song , gets darker and more surreal as it unfolds. For fans of Mojo or The Winterling , this is vintage Butterworth: a compound of comedy and menace, not unlike his mentor, Harold Pinter (who played the gangster boss in the film of Mojo ).The UK premiere is at the Almeida Theatre, Islington, in February 2009, directed by Ian Rickson, who has staged all Butterworth's plays so far. It has also been seen in New York.
In rural Devon, one man in a barn is visited by two men from London, intent on dealing with some unfinished business. Only two men will leave the barn. This is Butterworth's third play to be directed by Ian Rickson at the Royal Court - and as always, something wonderful is guaranteed...His debut play Mojo , about the gangster underworld of the rock'n'roll scene in 1950s Soho, caused a sensation at the Court in 1995. It marched off with all the awards - including the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, the George Devine Award and the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright - transferred to the West End, and was filmed with a cast including Harold Pinter, directed by Butterworth himself.
Anarchic new play for the Royal Court starring Ray Winstone by the author of the Olivier Award-winning rock'n'roll hit, Mojo, and the upcoming Nicole Kidman movie, Birthday Girl The sighting of a rare bird attracts attention to a remote part of the Fens. The visiting birdwatchers cannot know what dangers lie in the freezing darkness of the marshes. In an isolated cabin, Wattmore, bruised and bleeding, is recording the Old Testament onto cassette. Griffin arrives with fish and chips. Salvation is at hand - a cash prize for winning the university poetry competition plus the arrival of a possible lodger. Meanwhile, outside the town is stirring...The Night Heron is Jez Butterworth's second play following his astonishing debut with Mojo, which won him the 1995 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, the Writers' Guild New Writer of the Year Award, the Evening Standard Award for the Most Promising Playwright and the Olivier Award for Best Comedy. The Night Heron premieres at the Royal Court in April 2002, in a production by the Court's Artistic Director, Ian Rickson.