Jez Butterworth's Night Heron , will open at the Royal Court Downstairs on 17th April 02, following previews from 11th April 02, for a limited run to 11th May 02.

The play features Ray Winstone, Roger Morlidge, Paul Ritter and Jessica Stevenson.

It is directed by Ian Rickson, designed by Ultz with lighting by Mick Hughes.

The sighting of a rare bird attracts the world's 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 and a possible lodger. Meanwhile, outside the town is stirring.

Night Heron is Jez Butterworth's second play for the Royal Court, commissioned following his first play, MOJO (1995). Jez Butterworth won 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 for MOJO. Other work includes a film version of MOJO and his latest film BIRTHDAY GIRL to be released in 2002.


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