Tony Award winner Blair Brown, who was announced to take over the role of Aunt Maggie Far Away in Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman on April 16, has withdrawn from the production due to an injury. Original cast member Fionnula Flanagan has now extended her engagement with the play.
Directed by Sam Mendes, The Ferryman currently features three-time Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James (Next to Normal, Time Stands Still, Spotlight) as Quinn Carney, Holley Fain (Harvey, Gossip Girl) as Caitlin Carney, and Emily Bergl (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Plenty) as Mary Carney, with Fred Applegate (The Last Ship, The Producers) as Uncle Patrick Carney, Ralph Brown (Gemini Man, Withnail and I) as Muldoon, Sean Delaney (Rabbit Hole, The Ferryman in the West End) as Michael Carney, Jack DiFalco (Torch Song, Marvin’s Room) as Shane Corcoran, Ethan Dubin (Bobbie Clearly, Rancho Viejo) as Oisin Carney, Tony winner Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!, The Whale) as Tom Kettle, Terence Keeley (The Ferryman in the West End, Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe) as Diarmaid Corcoran, Collin Kelly-Sordelet (The Last Ship, Somebody’s Daughter) as James Joseph (JJ) Carney, Ann McDonough (Admissions, Dinner at Eight) as Aunt Patricia Carney, Julia Nightingale (Because of Winn Dixie) as Shena Carney, and Graham Winton (Cyrano de Bergerac, The Tempest) as Frank Magennis.
The Ferryman also features original cast members Charles Dale (Father Horrigan), Matilda Lawler (Honor Carney), Michael Quinton McArthur (Declan Corcoran), Willow McCarthy (Mercy Carney), Brooklyn Shuck (Nunu (Nuala) Carney), Glenn Speers (Lawrence Malone), Glynis Bell, Peter Bradbury, Will Coombs, Gina Costigan, Carly Gold, Holly Gould, Trevor Harrison Braun, Bella May Mordus, Griffin Osborne, and four babies who rotate in the role of Bobby Carney.
The Ferryman is set in 1981 rural Northern Ireland, where the Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead, but this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.
Developed by Sonia Friedman Productions and produced with Neal Street Productions and The Royal Court Theatre, The Ferryman opened at The Royal Court in May 2017. The sold-out show transferred to the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End, and ended its thrice-extended, year-long run in May 2018.