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About Jerusalem

Winner: Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2009 - Best Play & Best Actor - Mark Rylance

A comic, contemporary vision of rural life in our green and pleasant land, Jez Butterworth's epic new play is wildly original. In part a lament about the erosion of country life and in part a rebuff to the antiseptic modern world, it features a landmark central performance from Mark Rylance as hellraiser Johnny Byron, ‘a performance so charismatic, so mercurial, so complete and compelling that it doesn't look like acting' (ES), and a superb ensemble cast including Mackenzie Crook who ‘excels' as Johnny's sidekick Ginger.

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, and a motley crew of mates want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.

* * * * * "The must-see event" Daily Telegraph

* * * * * "Fantastic, shocking and fresh" Daily Mail

* * * * "Bold, ebullient and hilarious" The Times

* * * * "This one you have to see" The Independent

***** ‘An instant, modern classic. Mark Rylance gives one of the greatest stage performances I have ever witnessed' - The Daily Telegraph

***** ‘Jerusalem, beautifully directed by Rickson, proves to be even better than its ecstatic publicity suggests....  The cast are uniformly superb but Rylance is in a league of his own.' - The Independent

***** ‘Refreshing, humane, touching and wickedly funny' - Evening Standard

***** ‘A hilarious, enchanting, affecting evening. Rylance, the most exciting stage actor of his generation, playing one of the juiciest roles in living memory' - The Times

***** ‘This play, this production, this performance are sensational' - Financial Times

***** ‘Jerusalem will surely wind up trailing trophies like pots on a tinker's wagon. And it's easy to see why.' - The Daily Mail

***** ‘A riveting hymn to England' - The Daily Express

***** ‘A new play of irrepressibly energy, wonderful wit and wild wonder' - Sunday Express

***** ‘Spellbinding, exuberant and glowingly atmospheric, it teems with faultess performances, central among them Mark Rylance's extraordinary portrayal of Johnny. You'd be mad to miss it.' - Time Out