The West End engagement of Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman has extended its run at the Gielgud Theatre. The production, directed by Sam Mendes, will now run through January 6, 2018, instead of the previously announced October 7. The West End run opened officially June 29.
The play received its world premiere at London's Royal Court earlier this year; the run sold out in a single day and became the fastest-selling show in the theatre's history.
The cast of 38 is led by Paddy Considine, Laura Donnelly, and Genevieve O’Reilly as Quinn Carney, Caitlin Carney, and Mary Carney, respectively.
The company, featuring 12 children and one baby, also includes Elise Alexandre, Sophia Ally, Bríd Brennan, Meibh Campbell, Turlough Convery, Grace Doherty, Fra Fee, Oliver Finnegan, Tom Glynn-Carney, Stuart Graham, Isla Griffiths, John Hodgkinson, Gerard Horan, Amy Jayne, Scarlett Jolly, Carla Langley, Des McAleer, Michael McCarthy, Conor MacNeill, Rob Malone, Dearbhla Molloy, Clara Murphy, Jack Nuttall, Angel O’Callaghan, Eugene O’Hare, and Niall Wright.
The play is set in Northern Ireland in the early '80s during the Carney farmhouse's annual harvest celebration and feast. The festivities are halted, however, by an unexpected visitor.
Butterworth's additional plays include The River and Jerusalem, both of which premiered at the Royal Court before receiving Broadway engagements.