New Butterworth Play Set for Royal Court, April 17

News   New Butterworth Play Set for Royal Court, April 17

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

Directed by Ian Rickson, this is Butterworth's second play for the Royal Court, the first being Mojo in 1995. Mojo won Butterworth a clutch of awards, including an Olivier for Best Comedy and the 1995 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright.

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...

The production is supported by the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation and the American Friends of the Royal Court.

—by Theatrenow