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Jez Butterworth’s record-breaking play The Ferryman must end on 19 May 2018 at the Gielgud Theatre. Directed by Sam Mendes, the play premiered at the Royal Court becoming the fastest-selling show in the theatre’s history, receiving unanimous critical acclaim.
Northern Ireland, 1981. The Carney family prepare for the annual harvest with a day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebration ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.
Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6AR
- Cancellation Policy
No exchanges or refunds after purchase.
3 hours (with a 15 minute interval)
- Good To Know
Age Guidance 14+ Contains strong language
- How Does It Work
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- Suitable For Children
Age Guidance 14+ Contains strong language.
- Performance Times
20 June 2017 – 19 May 2018
Monday to Saturday 7.00pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees 1.30pm.
- Where Do I Go
Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 6AR
Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6AR
Latest customer reviews
20 May 2018
A very good play but as an Aussie found it very difficult to understand the dialog therefore detracting from the story and enjoyment.
Janice Confirmed ticket purchaser
19 April 2018
A great big rattle bag of a play, about the Ulster Troubles in 1982, showing how they gouged great bleeding lumps out of families and friendships. The piece, which is quite long, but I hardly noticed that, is brilliantly written and designed and the large cast is terrific, including the five or so children.(It must be exhausting to perform). It's hilarious, violent and profane, so if you don't like swearing, don't go, but you'd miss one of the best theatrical experiences of a lifetime. The matinee audience I was part of leapt to its feet at the end and cheered, something I've never seen before at a matinee and if I could afford it, I'd see it again. Wonderful
Ms Alexander Confirmed ticket purchaser
10 April 2018
simply one of the best plays I've ever seen. Made me laugh and gasp. Go see it before it closes.
Helen Style Confirmed ticket purchaser
7 April 2018
The most thought provoking production I have seen. So many layers and perspectives. So much tension and anticipation. Hilariously funny in places. Beautifully written, creative direction and incisively acted. Exceptional performances from all, but the children were noteworthy.
Sarah Confirmed ticket purchaser
5 April 2018
The best play I have seen for ages. Humour, tragedy . politics , relationship complexities and a fascinating insight into the Irish troubles. The acting was brilliant and loved the little extra live surprises ! Strongly recommended.
Nicole Confirmed ticket purchaser
1 April 2018
Absorbing and gripping. Long - note early start. Excellent acting.
Janice Confirmed ticket purchaser
you have to go - Ferryman
31 March 2018
Best acting that I have seen in a long time. Great to see a modern play based on the recent history of Northern Ireland presented in an accessible and interesting way - a long play, but you will not notice the time going by.
Rona Confirmed ticket purchaser
30 March 2018
Heartfelt theatre in every way! Poignant and stirring.... family life against a backdrop of political and personal tragedy with elements of humour carefully interwoven throughout make this a truly remarkable play! Indeed a ‘must-see’!
Chris P. Confirmed ticket purchaser
16 March 2018
30 mins too long. End was good. Baby was a concern as at most performances seemed sedated?
Jacks Confirmed ticket purchaser
Powerful and thought provoking
13 March 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed the play. Certainly drew me in.
Paula Confirmed ticket purchaser
8 March 2018
very entertaining and well acted, I wish all plays were like that.
keith s Confirmed ticket purchaser
A ‘must see’ show
4 March 2018
An outstanding performance- theatre at it’s best.
Nikki Brauer Confirmed ticket purchaser
The Dancing Baby
2 March 2018
Very moving account of the tragedies within an Irish family during 1981. Secrets and the conflicting loyalties and emotions thrust upon the family, threaten to tear their worlds apart. Sad, and some times funny, deeply thought provoking, and a message that we should all learn from history. Excellent multi talented cast, very good child performers, and the best ever dancing baby.
Howard Confirmed ticket purchaser
22 February 2018
The drama kept building throughout this performance and the ending was fabulous. The performances were all excellent and the children particularly stood out. There is quite a lot of strong swearing, but I feel it was in keeping with the drama. The performance did not feel as long as it was, which is a compliment to the acting and direction. I would gladly watch this again. Highly recommended.
Gina Louise Confirmed ticket purchaser
11 February 2018
Some laughs and lots of drama. Cute baby and excellent acting from the goose! A serious subject sensitively handled. The script switched from fast paced and entertaining to poignant and tense and the best lines were shared between the cast.
Tracy Confirmed ticket purchaser
7 February 2018
Absolutely outstanding performance by all involved. Wonderfully intense, thought provoking, and stunning to watch. Do not miss your chance to see The Ferryman.
Felicity Confirmed ticket purchaser
4 February 2018
This was transfixing. I was aware that the show was long and wondered whether my attention would last but I was gripped all the way through. Incredible performances .
keen theatre goer Confirmed ticket purchaser
Ferryman excellent show
19 January 2018
The acting was superb - story well told and a mix of humour and real drama - great evening
Julia Confirmed ticket purchaser
13 January 2018
Dire,desperate tale of Irish woe,far too long,skip it.
Eamonn Confirmed ticket purchaser
Difficult to hear
16 December 2017
From row F in the Dress Circle it was difficult to hear, particularly the children who were unable to project their voices in the way the adults were. The problem was compounded by the strong Irish accents.
Gladers Confirmed ticket purchaser
14 December 2017
Powerful, excellent actimgbaudience enthralled. Negatives, hard to understand (In a little hard of hearing) plus excessive use of f word and one can't help feeling that if they all drank less, theyd spend less time at each other's throats.
Douglas Hartley Confirmed ticket purchaser
14 December 2017
Brilliant show. We were captivated from beginning to dramatic end.
Caroline Confirmed ticket purchaser
5 December 2017
I thought this play was over-rated, despite excellent performances. The family set-up seemed cliched and somewhat sentimental- the small children and animals predictably getting the 'Aahs!' from the audience. Our seats were at the back of the stalls (Row V) and it was extremely difficult to hear. A great pity since the family relationships were for some while hard to understand. A disappointing and over-priced evening.
Ruth S. Confirmed ticket purchaser
A fine piece of drama!
17 November 2017
Beautifully written and directed, this long play manages to be absorbing and convincing throughout. It runs the gamut of emotions through fear via menace to black humour, love, sorrow and revenge, with a backdrop of the dreadful situation in Northern Ireland around the time of the hunger strikers while Margaret Thatcher was prime minister. I am not a culture buff and I rarely go to the theatre but this was recommended and I am very pleased to have seen it.
Penny St. Lawrence Confirmed ticket purchaser
A family in crisis. The Ferryman
16 November 2017
The ferryman was a powerful and moving piece of story telling. The performances were heart wrenching, full of humour and despair. The talent of the younger members of the cast was a revelation too. There were a lot of characters to follow and it took a while to work out the dynamics and relationships but the strength and power of the script drew me in and I was not aware of how much time had passed. It gave a harsh and bleak reflection of Ireland in the 1980s and how conflict can tear a family apart. It kept me guessing the whole time and the longing and tension between the two main protagonists was felt through out. I would certainly recommend this play.
Sarah D Confirmed ticket purchaser
16 November 2017
This play is not for the faint hearted. It’s gritty, dramatic, sad, funny and poignant. The acting is superb - how those actors put in such effort every night must be emotionally exhausting. A fabulous night out.
LW Confirmed ticket purchaser
A Must See Show
14 November 2017
The performances were wonderful...the play is beautifully written with twists and turns throughout. Just a fantastic evening overall...if you can get tickets you must see the show!!
DGH Confirmed ticket purchaser
Great acting/directing but no story
1 November 2017
Great acting/directing but no story- three hours that felt long with characters telling endless stories that did not add anything really to the plot.very disappointing
LoisPeter Confirmed ticket purchaser
4 October 2017
Amazing,we eere gripped with the power of the narrative and the excellent acting.
Lynn Confirmed ticket purchaser
A powerful work of Shakesperean Breadth
9 September 2017
We were rivetted by the power and sense of the always threatened and fateful doom. The classical allusions and setting of the play together with the occasional parallels to Lear and, indeed, Lughnasa, gave depth and sense of timelessness to the theme and the tragic position of the protagonists. It was remarkable to see a London audience so fulsomely deliver a standing ovation for a play and production which so sharply recalls a painful recent period in the mutual history of these islands.
Denis McSweeney Confirmed ticket purchaser
I agree with Sean
8 September 2017
Critics loved The Ferryman. But I’m from Northern Ireland, and it doesn’t ring true Sean O'Hagan Without wanting to denigrate the effort and skill that went into this production, which was clearly aimed at a theatre-going generation too young to remember the 'Troubles', I fully agree with Sean O'Hagan that it rings false all the time. It relies on stereotyped characters and imagined scenarios of a kind likely to appeal to an English public. One longs for some verisimilitude, and in the end I was longing for the curtain to fall! So was my equally half-Irish sister who watched the play with me. Patricia Wheeler
Patricia Wheeler Confirmed ticket purchaser
5 September 2017
The play was excellent. Thought provoking, amazing acting, huge cast and although 3 hours, which seems very long, went so quickly as I was so enggaged and gripped by the story and action!
Rachel Confirmed ticket purchaser
3 September 2017
Fully enjoyed The Ferryman ~ humour, romance, intrigue, history, and amazing performances by the entire cas.
Karin Confirmed ticket purchaser
Too much vulgar language.
26 August 2017
I didn't think that the vulgar language added anything to the impact of the play. Plot was good and the acting good, especially the children. Muldoon was so, so.
Frank Confirmed ticket purchaser
Don't sit upstairs
25 August 2017
I had to work out from visual clues what was going on. In the first scene a priest was being interrogated, so I assumed that Protestants had the upper hand in that scene. I never worked out the family relationships of the main Catholic family - see below.
Disappointed Confirmed ticket purchaser
26 July 2017
I'm not a regular theatre goer. I was blown away by the authenticity of the play. The dialogue, set, lighting and careful direction were all brilliant. The characters and story line felt very real and the experience was intimate. The child actors were absolutely amazing and it was clear that the adult actors were skilled in enabling them to perform so naturally. Thank you. I loved it.
Min Confirmed ticket purchaser
Thought provoking and moving
20 July 2017
A thought provoking script and a brilliant ensemble cast. West end theatre does not get better than this !
Susan Frost Confirmed ticket purchaser
Latest critic reviews
THE 22-STRONG ENSEMBLE RESPOND WITH A TAPESTRY OF BEAUTIFUL DETAILED PERFORMANCES'
THE HOTTEST OF HOT TICKETS. THE LATEST FROM JEZ BUTERWORTH ARRIVES IN THE WEST END'
EASILY THE BEST NEW PLAY OF THE YEAR'
A SHATTERING FEAST OF INTRICATE STORYTELLING'
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