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The Ferryman

Starring Rosalie Craig, Owen McDonnell and Justin Edwards. 

Jez Butterworth’s record-breaking play The Ferryman must end on 19 May 2018 at the Gielgud Theatre. Directed by Sam Mendes, the play premiered at the Royal Court becoming the fastest-selling show in the theatre’s history, receiving unanimous critical acclaim.
Northern Ireland, 1981. The Carney family prepare for the annual harvest with a day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebration ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.

Don’t miss your chance to visit the Carney Farmhouse. Book your tickets now.


Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6AR

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Starring Rosalie Craig as Caitlin Carney, Owen McDonnell as Quinn Carney, and Justin Edwards as Tom Kettle. 

They are joined by Stella McCusker as Aunt Maggie Far Away, Siân Thomas as Aunt Pat, Declan Conlon as Muldoon, Dean Ashton as Frank Magennis, Terence Keeley as Diarmaid Corcoran, Sean Delaney as Michael Carney, Francis Mezza as Shane Corcoran, Kevin Creedon as JJ Carney, Laurie Kynaston as Oisin Carney and Saoirse-Monica Jackson as Shena Carney.

Catherine McCormack continues in her role as Mary Carney, and Charles Dale as Father Horrigan, Mark Lambert as Uncle Pat and Glenn Speers as Lawrence Malone.

The full company comprises 37 performers: 17 main adults, 7 covers, 12 children on rota and 1 baby.


The Play is 3 hours long and has 2 short intervals.

Good To Know

Age Guidance 14+ Contains strong language

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Suitable For Children

Age Guidance 14+ Contains strong language.

When Can I Go

20 June 2017 – 19 May 2018

Monday to Saturday 7.00pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees 1.30pm.

Where Do I Go

Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 6AR

Gielgud Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6AR

Latest customer reviews

  • Amazing

    25 February 2018

    Acting was superb. Cast enthralled us all throughout and would highly recommend! Best show i've seen.

    Wayne walsh Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Irish in the Eye of English play review by Malaysian

    25 February 2018

    I have been living in Wales for over 12 years, emigrated from Malaysia. Really love the cast and storyline based about the IRA back in 1980s the trouble years. The play with 20 casts, adults, children, a goose (really cute it kept nibbling an actor’s collar made us laught) a rabbit & a few months old baby! Good performance and great punch lines. But feeling very uneasy about lots of sweat words even from the young girls age from 6 to 12 of the casts. I know some Irish and have been to Dublin. Really like their sense of humour and no nonesense characters. Is not fair to stereotype Irish like that, it is overplayed. Overall enjoyed the play and wish they didn’t swear that much. Thumbs up!

    Celveen Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • The Ferryman

    25 February 2018

    Very good play, well produced. Difficulty hearing some of the actors at times especially the very young actors.

    Saraka Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Bit disappointing

    25 February 2018

    Thought Rosalie Craig was weak - poor accent and we couldn’t hear her properly because she wasn’t projecting. Several other accents just weren’t sustained, which I found surprising. Being of Irish extraction, with a grandfather associated with the Easter rising, I’ve read a fair bit about the time - and we were often in Ireland with family at the height of the troubles in the 70s/80s. I found Butterworth had gone for a fair bit of cliche in his overall presentation of the history. I don’t believe the IRA leaders were really gangster-like in the way they come across in the play. They might have been cruel and single-minded to a point of delusion, but they shouldn’t have come across like something out of a mafia film. I’ve never heard of rural families (like my mother’s relations, who are farmers ‘up country’) still having harvest celebrations only 30 years ago. I cringed when Aunt Maggie went on about the banshees. Don’t get me wrong, the drama has pace and is engaging, but I went away feeling I’d been slightly conned. There is one very memorable scene with the starry eyed youngsters in the second half, which is excellent and the conflict between the generations is put into sharp relief in an almost tragicomedic way. The Hagrid English figure baffles me. I just couldn’t believe he’d exist in that situation. Not everything Sam Mendez directs turns to gold I’m afraid.

    Fergal Confirmed ticket purchaser

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