Following unanimous, five-star critical acclaim and a thrice-extended, year-long run in London, Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman has finally arrived on Broadway. And if last night’s reviews are any indication, this instant classic is at the top of the Tony list.
“Glorious is not too strong a word for director Sam Mendes's production of Jez Butterworth's heartbreaker of a play, The Ferryman. Flawless ensemble work by a large and splendid cast adds depth to the characters in this sprawling drama that is at once a domestic calamity and a political tragedy.” Variety
“The Ferryman takes your breath away. This thrilling, glorious, magnificent drama has a generosity of substance and spirit rarely seen on the stage anymore. With this play, Mr. Butterworth assesses the chokehold of a nation's past on its present. Now, it is Northern Ireland at the height of the politically fraught period known as the Troubles." Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Northern Ireland, 1981.
Ten years ago, Caitlin Carney and her son were forced to live with her brother-in-law Quinn, his fragile wife, and their extended, eccentric clan after her husband, an IRA activist, disappeared. Today, the Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. 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. When the body of Caitlin’s husband turns up, preserved and still wearing his wedding ring, it’s clear that—after a lot of dancing, drinking, betrayal, and thwarted romantic longing—there will be blood. The Ferryman bursts at the seams with characters and story lines marked by author by Butterworth’s hallmark humor, ambition, and a feel for how history and myth live on in the present.
“To be clear: Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman is a rollicking, moving, enveloping masterpiece, an emphatic herald of the strength and power of original playwriting on Broadway. It is deserving of every single award it won in London prior to coming to New York, and every award it should deservedly win while on Broadway. Rarely is theater so beautifully written, brilliantly acted and directed and impressively mounted. You leave the play wishing either to watch hours more of it or hope it births a sequel and movie.” The Daily Beast
“When it comes to ensemble performing, every member here has at least one - and very often more - opportunities to become his or her own spotlight. You've seen outstanding ensembles during Broadway's glorious past, but none surpasses this one. Watch for any number of Tony nominees to come from this cast.” The Clyde Fitch Report
"This is a mighty play full of magic and poetry — of passionate people forged out of conflicts that rise up from history to shatter the idylls of the present; of disappearances both physical and abstract, that cast long shadows of grief; of enmity handed down across generations, turning boys into hate-filled would-be warriors; and of bittersweet yearning for loves destined to remain forever out of reach. But it's also a work almost bursting with joy and celebration, with dance and song exploding out of fierce cultural identity, and with rambunctious humor and eccentricity." Hollywood Reporter
Saturday, December 15 @ $404.00 (Sold Out)
Please note this show begins at 1:00 pm and has a running time of 3 hour, 15 minutes.
THE BEST WAY TO GET THERE!
Departing at 7:00 am on Saturdays and 6:30am on Saturdays in December and all Wednesdays. (See our Directions page for a map and detailed driving directions.) Diversions’ guides serve a selection of fruit juices, yogurt, muffins, bagels with assorted cheeses, chocolate apricots, coffee, tea and more. En route, you will hear background information on theater, art, cultural events and restaurants in Manhattan. Around 10:15am, our coach stops at the New York Palace on Madison Ave., between 50th & 51st St and then at 57th and Madison. You are free to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city until the 2:00pm matinee. At approximately 5pm, the coach picks you up at a designated theater. On the return to Baltimore, we serve an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a Zabar’s dinner accompanied by a compelling video. We estimate an 8:30pm arrival at home.