Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem returns to the West End from October 2011 - tickets on sale now
Posted: 12th July 2011
Jez Butterworth's take on contemporary English rural life is returning to the West End for a third run, having collected sensational reviews and numerous awards in 2009 and 2010. In 2011/12, the tragi-comic tale returns to the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, its 2010 home.
Jerusalem is set in the green, unpleasant shadows of the English countryside on St George's Day, on the morning of the county fair. Johnny 'Rooster' Byron is a marked man, variously sought by the council (to serve an eviction notice), by his son (to take him to the fair), by nemesis Troy Whitworth (to draw blood) and by 'mates', who want Johnny's drugs and alcohol, of which he has plenty.
After rave London reviews, Jerusalem moved to Broadway in early 2011, quickly earning a Tony award nomination (eventually losing out to Michael Morpurgo's War Horse).
Mark Rylance is back as the hellraiser Byron with Mackenzie Crook perfectly cast as Johnny's sidekick Ginger. Rylance's performance as Byron has been highly acclaimed, with the Evening Standard calling it 'so charismatic, so mercurial, so complete and compelling that it doesn't look like acting'.
A veteran of the RSC, Rylance has won two Olivier and two Tony awards (including one of each for his turn as Johnny Byron) and also received a BAFTA for his 2005 portrayal of British weapons expert David Kelly, whose high profile death was dramatized in the Channel 4 production, 'The Government Inspector'.
Edgy, exciting, fast-paced and funny, Jerusalem sold out nearly every night of its 2010 residency at the Apollo and tickets for the 2011/12 dates are in high demand.
Jerusalem is at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue from 8th October 2011 to 14th January 2012. We have tickets available now, starting at £32.50 for balcony seats, rising to £75 for the very best stalls.