Crook and Horan Will Join Rylance in Jerusalem at the Royal Court

News   Crook and Horan Will Join Rylance in Jerusalem at the Royal Court Mackenzie Crook (seen last year on Broadway in the Royal Court's production of The Seagull) and Gerald Horan will join the previously announced Mark Rylance in the premiere of Jez Butterworth's latest play, Jerusalem, which begins performances at the Royal Court's Jerwood Theatre Downstairs July 10.

The production will officially open July 15 for a run through Aug. 15.

The play is directed by Ian Rickson, former artistic director of the Royal Court, returning there for the first time since he directed The Seagull, the final production of his tenure. The production is designed by Ultz, with sound by Ian Dickinson and music composed by Stephen Warbeck.

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.

Rylance, previously artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe from 1995 to 2005 where his roles included the title role in Richard II and Olivia in an all-male production of Twelfth Night (winning the Olivier for Best Actor), won last year's Tony Award for reprising his West End performance in Boeing-Boeing on Broadway. He has also won a BAFTA for "The Government Inspector" and an Olivier for playing Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing at the Queen's Theatre. He has appeared in the films "The Other Boleyn Girl," "Intimacy," "Prospero's Books" and "The Grass Arena" (Radio Times Award for Best newcomer).

Crook made his debut at the Royal Court in 2007 in Ian Rickson's production of The Seagull, subsequently transferring to Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre. His other stage work includes One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (West End) and The Exonerated (Riverside Studios), while his screen work includes three "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, "The Office" (BBC TV) and "Little Dorrit" (BBC TV). He is currently filming "The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn" (directed by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson). Horan was previously seen at the Royal Court in A Miracle and The Weir. His extensive TV and film credits include appearances in "The Singing Detective," "London's Burning," Lovejoy," "Heartbeat," "Harbour Lights," "Dalziel and Pascoe," "The Bill," "Casualty," "Doctor Who," "Lark Rise to Candelford" and "Kingdom."

Butterworth's previous plays at the Royal Court include The Winterling, The Night Heron and Mojo. His most recent play Parlour Song was originally seen at New York's Atlantic Theater Company and was staged this year in a different production at London's Almeida. In 2007 he received the E.M Forster award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2008 he wrote and produced "Fair Game."

Rickson's previous productions for the Royal Court include The Seagull, Krapp's Last Tape, The Winterling, Alice Trilogy, The Sweetest Swing In Baseball, Fallout, The Night Heron, Boy Gets Girl, Mouth to Mouth (also West End), Dublin Carol, The Weir (also West End and Broadway), The Lights, Pale Horse, Mojo and Some Voices. Since leaving the Royal Court, he has directed Parlour Song (Almeida), The Hothouse (National Theatre) and screen adaptations of "Fallout" and "Krapp's Last Tape."

To book tickets, contact the box office at 020 7565 5000 or visit www.royalcourttheatre.com.