• A comic, contemporary vision of life in England's green and pleasant land. Winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Play, and the Critics Circle and Whatsonstage.com Awards for Best New Play.
    On St George's Day, the morning of the local country fair, Johnny 'Rooster' Byron, local waster and Lord of Misrule, is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants to be taken to the fair, a vengeful father wants to give him a serious kicking, and a motley crew of mates wants his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.
    Jerusalem premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2009, directed by Ian Rickson and starring Mark Rylance in an astonishing performance as Johnny Byron. It transferred to the West End in 2010.
    'Unarguably one of the best dramas of the twenty-first century' Guardian
    'Tender, touching, and blessed with both a ribald humour and a haunting sense of the mystery of things... one of the must-see events of the summer' Telegraph
    'Jez Butterworth's gorgeous, expansive new play keeps coming at its audience in unpredictable gusts, rolling from comic to furious, from winsome to bawdy' Observer
    'Storming... restores one's faith in the power of theatre' Independent
    'Show of the year' Time Out

  • Anglais The River

    Butterworth Jez

    A remote cabin on the cliffs, a man and a woman, and a moonless night. A bewitching play by Jez Butterworth, author of the global smash-hit Jerusalem. The River was premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2012, starring Dominic West (The Wire).

  • Four full-length plays and two previously unpublished shorts from the multi-award-winning author of Jerusalem. Jez Butterworth burst onto the theatre scene aged twenty-five with Mojo, ‘one of the most dazzling Royal Court main stage debuts in years' (Time Out). This first volume of his Collected Plays contains that play plus the three that followed, as well as two short one-person pieces published here for the first time – everything in fact that precedes Jerusalem, ‘unarguably one of the best dramas of the twenty-first century' (Guardian). Plays One includes: Mojo, The Night Heron, The Winterling, Leavings (previously unpublished), Parlour Song and The Naked Eye (previously unpublished). Introducing the plays is an interview with Jez Butterworth specially conducted for this volume. 'The verbal menace of Harold Pinter [combined with] the physical violence of Quentin Tarantino' The Times on Mojo 'It's funny, it's sad, it's haunting and it is also strangely beautiful. Best of all, it is quite unlike anything you have seen before' Telegraph on The Night Heron 'Dazzling' Guardian on The Winterling 'Wickedly funny' Financial Times on Parlour Song

  • A dark, funny, spellbinding play about a group of outcasts and eccentrics gathered in the Cambridgeshire fens. From the author of the smash-hit Jerusalem. The sighting of a rare bird attracts attention to a remote part of the fens. The visiting birdwatchers cannot know what dangers lie in the freezing darkness of the marshes. In an isolated cabin, Wattmore, bruised and bleeding, is recording the Old Testament onto cassette. Griffin arrives with fish and chips. Salvation is at hand - a cash prize for winning the university poetry competition, plus the arrival of a potential lodger. Meanwhile, the local townsfolk are stirring... 'It's funny, it's sad, it's haunting and it is also strangely beautiful. Best of all, it is quite unlike anything you have seen before' Telegraph

  • A blackly hilarious exploration of deceit, paranoia and murderous desire, as the spirit of the Blues lands in leafy suburbia. Demolition expert Ned lives in a nice new house on a nice new estate on the edge of the English countryside. He loves his job. Barbecues. Car-boot sales. Fitness programmes. Outwardly his life is entirely unremarkable. Not unlike his friend and neighbour Dale. So why has he not slept a wink in six months? Why is he so terrified of his attractive wife Joy? And why is it every time he leaves on business, something else goes missing from his home? Parlour Song was first performed by the Atlantic Theater Company, New York in February 2008, before receiving its UK premiere at the Almeida Theatre, London in 2009. 'blissfully funny... combines the comic, the erotic and the downright disconcerting with superb panache' Telegraph 'exactly captures the mundane madness beneath the bland routine of affluence' Guardian 'wickedly funny' Financial Times

  • A comedy thriller from the author of the Olivier Award-winning Jerusalem. West waits in a burnt-out farmhouse, on Dartmoor, in the depths of winter, for two associates from the city. The wine has been poured and the revolver loaded. But who is waiting upstairs? 'characteristically moreish thanks to its high-definition misfits and clash of casual domesticity and menace' Time Out 'dazzling' Guardian