Jez Butterworth’s 2009 tragicomedy Jerusalem, starring Mark Rylance as Johnny “Rooster” Byron, has long been heralded as among the greatest plays of the decade, if not century. So, does this feverishly anticipated revival – once again led by Rylance and Mackenzie Crook as sidekick Ginger, and directed by Ian Rickson – cement its place in theatre history? In short: hell yes. Like all great state-of-the-nation epics, it feels different, but just as potent, in this new context. It can certainly be...
The Rooster is back. Ian Rickson's acclaimed production of Jez Butterworth's play Jerusalem returns to London's West End for a limited run, with original stars Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook reprising their roles. Jerusalem tickets will be available on London Theatre soon.
Johnny "Rooster" Byron is a wanted man. Local council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his friends want his ample supply of alcohol and drugs, his son wants to take him to the county fair, and Troy Whitworth wants to settle a score. It's a lot for one man, living out in the woods in a caravan, to handle. How does The Rooster do it?
Jerusalem first premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2009, in the downstairs Jerwood Theatre. Butterworth's play was an instant sell-out sensation and received critical acclaim. Rickson's production quickly transferred to the West End in 2010, then to Broadway in 2011, and then to the West End again later in 2011. Rylance and Crook played Johnny "Rooster" Byron and Ginger respectively in all four productions. The pair now return to those two legendary roles.
Jerusalem was showered with awards upon its initial staging. Rylance won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Play, and the play was nominated for six Olivier Awards overall. The following year, Rylance won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, and Jerusalem again received six nominations total. The Independent described the play in a 2019 article as "the greatest British play of the century."
Jerusalem returns to London's West End twelve years after its premiere as the continued reigning champion of British theatrical drama. The Rooster is back at it again.
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Cast and creative
By: Jez Butterworth
Songs by: Stephen Warbeck
Director: Ian Rickson
Cast list: Mark Rylance, Mackenzie Crook, Kemi Awoderu, Alan David, Shane David-Joseph, Gerard Horan, Ed Kear, Charlotte O’Leary, Indra Ové, Jack Riddiford, Barry Sloane, Niky Wardley, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Kobe Champion-Norville, Jesse Manzi, Matteo Philbert, Abigail Green, Amanda Gordon, Callum Sheridan-Lee, Greg Snowden and Anthony Taylor
Lighting: Mimi Jordan Sherin
Sound: Ian Dickinson for Autograph
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Ahead of Jerusalem returning to the West End this spring, the full cast is now revealed. Jerusalem begins previews at the Apollo Theatre on 16 April, ahead of an opening night on 28 April and performances to 7 August. Mark Rylance will reprise his Olivier-winning and Tony-winning performance as Johnny “Rooster” Byron. Mackenzie Crook also returns to Jerusalem as Ginger. The Jerusalem cast includes Kemi Awoderu as Pea, Alan David as The Professor, Shane David-Joseph as Mr Parsons, Gerard Horan as...
Following the teased news that a West End revival of Jerusalem was in the works, further details on Jerusalem have been confirmed. Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem will return to the West End, playing at the Apollo Theatre from 16 April - 6 Aug. 2022.Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook will reprise their roles as Johnny "Rooster" Byron and Ginger respectively. Rylance and Crook both starred in Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre a decade ago, which was nominated for best new play at the Olivier Awards.Set...
UPDATE: Jerusalem starring Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook will open at the Apollo Theatre in April 2022. Find out more about Jerusalem in London here.Sonia Friedman has used social media to tease that Jez Butterworth's play Jerusalem is set to return to London next year.Directed by Ian Rickson, the play premiered at the Royal Court in 2009, and starred Mark Rylance as Johnny "Rooster" Byron, a wanted man who is being searched for by the council while his son wants to take him to the local...