Butterworth play has eye on Broadway as well
LONDON — Producer Sonia Friedman has confirmed that Jez Butterworth’s hit play “Jerusalem,” which starred Mark Rylance in its Royal Court debut earlier this summer, will transfer to London’s West End in January with an eye toward Broadway.
The ambitious three-act play has been the subject of transfer talk since Ian Rickson’s production bowed in July to superlative reviews. Centering on a morally dubious spinner of tall tales, played by Rylance, the rural tragicomedy is an oblique state-of-the-nation assessment set on the day of a Wiltshire county fair.
While no theater or dates have been announced, Friedman said the entire cast and creative team are onboard for the West End engagement. The Royal Court cast also included Mackenzie Crook, Tom Brooke, Alan David and Lucy Montgomery.
Friedman picked up consecutive Tonys for play revival this year for “The Norman Conquests” and in 2008 for “Boeing-Boeing,” which also landed Rylance the award for lead actor in a play.
She also was lead producer on the Broadway transfer of Rickson’s staging for the Royal Court of “The Seagull,” starring Kristin Scott Thomas.