Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre
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, â€˜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. rv. Jerusalem is not about the green and pleasant land of lazyminded, armchair nationalists. It is flavoured instead by West Country madness and has, at its very core, a performance of rare virtuosity by Mark Rylance. rn. Quentin Letts, Daily Mail, 17 July 2009. Mondays-Saturdays at 7.30pm Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2pm (previously advertised as 2.30pm) Produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Royal Court Theatre Productions and Old Vic Productions, in association with Lee Menzies.
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