Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook to star in ‘Jerusalem’ West End revival
Jez Butterworth’s acclaimed play will return to the Apollo Theatre in 2022.
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 in Wiltshire on St. George’s Day, Jerusalem follows wanted man Johnny “Rooster” Byron, who is being chased by everyone. Wanted for revenge and his ample supply of drugs and alcohol, Johnny struggles to cope.
Jerusalem made its world premiere at the Royal Court in 2009, and later enjoyed sold out West End runs from 2009 - 2011. Jerusalem then transferred to Broadway in 2011, earning a Tony Award nomination for best play.
Mark Rylance is a multi-award-winning actor, who has recently starred in West End plays including Farinelli and the King and Nice Fish. He’ll be joined by Mackenzie Crook, who is best known for his BBC shows Detectorists and Worzel Gummidge. On stage, he’s starred in The Seagull and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Further casting for Jerusalem is to be announced.
Jez Butterworth is an award-winning playwright, whose recent works include The Ferryman and The River. The original Jerusalem creative team will return for next year's revival, including direction by Ian Rickson, design by Ultz, lighting design by Mimi Jordan Sherin, composition by Stephen Warbeck and sound design by Ian Dickinson.
In a 2010 review of Jerusalem, Peter Brown said: “Jez Butterworth whose hilarious, yet deeply meaningful play has all the hallmarks of a modern classic… A tour de force from all concerned, you'll be kicking yourself for years to come if you don't see it.”
Photo credit: Mark Rylance (Photo by Simon Annand)