England’s green and pleasant land.
St George’s Day. It’s the day of the Flintlock Fair and the day Kennet and Avon Council want to see the back of Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron for good. The new estate want the maverick local boy evicted, but Johnny has other plans.
At his ramshackle caravan kingdom, the charismatic hellraiser entertains his band of ‘undesirable’ scallywags with outlandish tales, unbelievable antics and an ample supply of booze and drugs. Infamous for holding the most riotous parties this side of the Wiltshire border, Johnny is a hero to many but a villain to others. Pursued by the authorities, threatened by the local thug and reprimanded by his ex, Johnny is not a man to be beaten down.
Inciting his own special brew of anarchy, Johnny fights against the hypocrisy of modern suburban life and embodies the spirit of England’s legendary giants of myth. A raucous, earthy contemporary classic, Jerusalem paints a rebellious alternative vision of the idyllic English countryside.
Following enormous success in the West End and Broadway, Jez Butterworth’s startling, multi award-winning play is brought to life in its first major revival since its London premiere.
This production contains especially strong language throughout. Age guidance 16 and upwards. Parental discretion advised.
‘A wonderful, rollicking, dark comedy about contemporary life in rural England’ Financial Times
‘Fantastic, shocking and fresh’ Daily Mail
Jerusalem in the West End, 2011.
Directed by Lisa Blair
Designed by Frankie Bradshaw
Lighting designed by Christopher Nairne
Sound designer and Musical Director Tom Attwood