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West End transfer announced for Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman

Paddy Considine. Photo: HatTrick/ITV.

New Jez Butterworth play The Ferryman has announced a West End transfer before it has even premiered at London’s Royal Court.

The play will star Paddy Considine, with other cast members including Laura Donnelly and Genevieve O’Reilly. The cast also includes Fra Fee, Brid Brennan and Niall Wright.

Directed by Sam Mendes, the play opens at the Royal Court from April 24 to May 20.

It will transfer to the Gielgud Theatre for 16 weeks from June 20.

More than 20,000 seats for the show will be priced at less than £25.

It is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, with Neal Street Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions.

Friedman said: “When it first went on sale at the Royal Court, it sold out in record time. It became clear to us even then that there was a far larger demand to see the play than the Court run could ever accommodate. We have therefore worked at speed to find the production another home as quickly as possible, which is no mean feat, and we are very grateful to the company for helping us make this happen.”

She added: “It is thrilling to know that wider audiences will now have a chance to see this extraordinary new work from one of our most important writers.”