9 February 2018



A new play by Jez Butterworth

Directed by Sam Mendes

On Broadway, October 2018

On-Sale March 5

Sonia Friedman Productions and Neal Street Productions will transfer Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman, directed by Sam Mendes, to Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W 45th St, New York) in October 2018.

Developed by Sonia Friedman Productions and produced with Neal Street Productions and The Royal Court Theatre, The Ferryman opened at the Royal Court Theatre in May 2017 to huge critical acclaim.  The sold-out transfer to the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End will end its twice-extended, year-long run on May 19, 2018 following 410 performances, prior to opening on Broadway in the Fall.

Tickets for the Broadway transfer of The Ferryman will go on-sale March 5 through

Full production schedule and the 30-plus member cast for The Ferryman will be announced at a later date.

Winner of the Evening Standard Awards for Best Play and Best Director, The Ferryman was also chosen recently as the Best New Play at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards in London.

Jez Butterworth, whose plays include Jerusalem, Mojo and The River, previously collaborated with Sam Mendes on the scripts for Spectre and Skyfall from the James Bond franchise.  Sam Mendes’ New York stage productions include Cabaret and The Blue Room on Broadway, and Richard III, As You Like It, The Tempest, The Cherry Orchard and The Winter’s Tale as part of the Bridge Project at BAM.

The Ferryman is set in rural Northern Ireland in 1981. 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.

The Ferryman is designed by Rob Howell, with lighting by Peter Mumford, and sound and original music by Nick Powell. The associate director is Tim Hoare and UK casting is by Amy Ball CDG. Other members of the Broadway creative team will be announced shortly.

The Ferryman was originally produced at the Royal Court Theatre, followed by an immediate transfer to the Gielgud Theatre, by Sonia Friedman Productions, Neal Street Productions & Royal Court Theatre Productions with Rupert Gavin, Gavin Kalin Productions, Ron Kastner and Tulchin Bartner Productions.

The Ferryman received 24 ☆☆☆☆☆ reviews in London


 ‘Fiercely gripping’

New York Times


‘A shattering feast of intricate storytelling’

Evening Standard


‘A class of its own’

The Times (UK)


‘Miss this and you’ve missed a marvel’

The Telegraph


‘An instant classic’

The Independent


‘Irresistible storytelling’

Sunday Times (UK)


‘Epic family drama’

The Guardian


‘Magic runs through Butterworth’s brilliant new play’

The Observer


‘A richly absorbing and emotionally abundant play, directed with detailed humane mastery by Sam Mendes’

The Independent


‘The Ferryman leaves you overwhelmed by the power of great theatre’

Huffington Post