Award-Winning Jerusalem, with Mark Rylance, Will Likely Arrive on Broadway In the Spring

News   Award-Winning Jerusalem, with Mark Rylance, Will Likely Arrive on Broadway In the Spring
Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem, which won the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play, will likely arrive on Broadway in the spring with its original star, Mark Rylance, according to the New York Times.

Mark Rylance in Jerusalem
Mark Rylance in Jerusalem Photo by Simon Annand

Tony winner Rylance, who is currently back on Broadway in the limited engagement of La Bête, told the Times that both his Jerusalem director and co-star, Ian Rickson and Mackenzie Crook, respectively, are on board for the New York run pending approval by Actors' Equity.

Rylance won the 2010 Olivier Award and the 2009 London Evening Standard Theater Award for his performance in Jerusalem.

"It’s all moving ahead well for Jerusalem, especially now that Mackenzie is coming over, because I wasn’t sure I could do it without him," Rylance told the Times. "Everyone seems on board for the spring, the final arrangements seem underway. The plan is to start rehearsals for Broadway three or four weeks after La Bête finishes up."

No official announcement about the production has been made.

Jersusalem is described as "a comic, contemporary vision of life in our green and pleasant land" and is set on St. George's Day on the morning of a 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.

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