Jerusalem stormed London’s West End in 2010 and 2011 receiving 5 star reviews as well as Olivier and Tony Awards.
In 2021 – IT WILL BE BACK!
Sonia Friedman Productions confirmed with a ‘Happy St George’s Day’ message, that Jerusalem will return next year with Mark Rylance again playing Rooster Byron – the role which won him accolades and critical acclaim.
We are yet to find out performance dates or which venue it will be in but we are excited! Sign up to keep up to date with any announcements.
What is Jerusalem about?
It is the day of the local county fair, it is also St George’s Day. Jonny ‘Rooster’ Byron is the local pied piper – he sells drugs and alcohol to the young people of the town – and lives in a caravan just outside of the village. His children want him to take them to the fair, his mates want their supplies and his enemies want something else entirely.
However, his reign is coming to an end. The locals have fashioned a petition to have him evicted and the council is acting. Jerusalem is a modern classic which gives a witty and fresh look at English rural life.
Cast and Creatives
Mark Rylance is reprising his role of Rooster and Ian Rickson will return to direct.
Further cast and crew will be announced soon.
History of Show
Jerusalem is by Jez Butterworth and debuted at Royal Court Theatre in 2009. The run was extended due to sell out performances and great reviews before transferring to West End in 2010. It then played Broadway and West in 2011, San Francisco in 2014 and Toronto in 2018.
The character of Rooster was based on a retired builder, Micky Lay, who lived in a caravan in Wiltshire. Rylance met with him before taking on the role and based his performance around his characteristics. Rylance subsequently gave Lay the Tony Award he won for her performance in the role.
The title of the play is taken from the song ‘Jerusalem’ by William Blake, the lyrics of which are referred to many times throughout the text.