The Ferryman announces US National Tour following 9 Tony Awards nominations


Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman, directed by Sam Mendes – the most acclaimed new play of the 2018-2019 Broadway season according to Show Score – is planning a major U.S. National Tour in 2020-2021. It has received more awards nominations than any other play this year.

Winner of the Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award for Best New Play and Best Direction in London, the Broadway production has just been nominated for nine Tony Awards including Best Play.

The show’s producers Sonia Friedman and Caro Newling have confirmed that discussions are underway for engagements in Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Hartford, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, San Francisco, Schenectady, Seattle, Tampa, Toronto, Washington and other markets.

They have also confirmed that advanced discussions are underway for an Australian production.
The Ferryman is playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W. 45th Street) on Broadway through July 7, 2019. It has received the following nominations:

9 Tony Award Nominations:
Best Play
Best Direction of a Play – Sam Mendes
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play – Paddy Considine
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play – Laura Donnelly
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play – Fionnula Flanagan
Best Scenic Design of a Play – Rob Howell
Best Costume Design of a Play – Rob Howell
Best Lighting Design of a Play – Peter Mumford
Best Sound Design of a Play – Nick Powell


4 Drama Desk Award Nominations:
Outstanding Play
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play – Tom Glynn-Carney
Outstanding Director of a Play – Sam Mendes
Outstanding Sound Design in a Play – Nick Powell
5 Outer Critics Award Nominations:
Outstanding New Broadway Play
Outstanding Director of a Play – Sam Mendes
Outstanding Scenic Design (Play or Musical) – Rob Howell
Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical) – Rob Howell
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play – Fionnula Flanagan


2 Drama League Award Nominations:
Outstanding Production of a Play
Paddy Considine – Distinguished Performance Award


A New York Times’ Critics Pick, Ben Brantley called the show “The Broadway production of the year” and said, ‘This astonishing, glorious, magnificent drama takes your breath away. The Ferryman is an endlessly vibrant work, directed with sweeping passion and meticulous care by Sam Mendes. This is theater as charged and expansive as life itself.’

The New Yorker’s Cynthia Zarin said, ‘This play is that rare thing: as you sit in the audience, you know you are watching theatre history happen.’

The Daily Beast’s Tim Teeman wrote, ‘The Ferryman sets a gold standard for Broadway plays. A rollicking, moving masterpiece, and an emphatic herald of the strength and power of original playwriting on Broadway. Rarely is theater so beautifully written, brilliantly acted and brilliantly directed. Do whatever you can to see it.’

Peter Marks of The Washington Post called it ‘A riveting work of art. The evening is a meticulous unfolding of plot and character that builds to one of the most ferociously rewarding climaxes of my playgoing experience. This explosive, exhilarating drama is what a theater lover lives for.’

The Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones said ‘Epic and extraordinary, with a howling roar of cacophonous humanity. You feel like you’re watching human destiny play out before your eyes.’

David Rooney in The Hollywood Reporter wrote, ‘A gloriously entertaining new work that positively thrums with life and love and leaves you shocked and breathless. The Ferryman is a crackling thriller that will shake up the Broadway season with tornado-like force.’

The Ferryman is set in rural Northern Ireland in 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.

The Ferryman is produced on Broadway by Sonia Friedman Productions & Neal Street Productions with Ronald Frankel, Gavin Kalin Productions, Roy Furman/Benjamin Lowy, Scott M. Delman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Ron Kastner, Starry Night Entertainment, Kallish Weinstein Creative, Scott Landis, Steve Traxler, Richard Winkler, Rona Delves Broughton/Bill Damaschke, 1001 Nights, Burnt Umber Productions, Rupert Gavin, Scott Rudin, Jamie deRoy/Catherine Adler, Sam Levy/Lauren Stevens, and Ramin Sabi/Christopher Ketner.