Jerusalem returns to West End with Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook

Last Updated on 29 July 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

Sonia Friedman Productions and the Royal Court Theatre are bringing back Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem to London’s Apollo Theatre with Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook

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Mark Rylance in the original production of Jerusalem. Photo: Simon Annand

Jez Butterworth’s award-winning play, Jerusalem, is returning to the West End starring two of its original cast, Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook.

The acclaimed production, again directed by Ian Rickson, will run at the Apollo Theatre from 16 April to 6 August 2022, with the opening night on 28 April.

Rylance and Crook are returning to play Johnny “Rooster” Byron and Ginger – the roles they played when the production premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2009. It transferred to the Apollo Theatre in 2010 and then to Broadway in 2011.

The original creative team will return for the 2022 production: designer Ultz, lighting designer Mimi Jordan Sherin, composer Stephen Warbeck, sound designer Ian Dickinson for Autograph and casting director Amy Ball.

Jerusalem West End is being presented by Sonia Friedman Productions and the Royal Court. Further casting will be announced at a later date.

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Jerusalem is a comic, poignant vision of contemporary life in rural England. On St George’s Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny Byron is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants his dad to take him to the fair, Troy Whitworth wants to wreak his revenge and a motley crew of mates wants his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.


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