“English rebellions by their very nature are generally bloodthirsty affairs.”
Hear ye, hear ye: Johnny “Rooster” Byron is back in town. Widely heralded as ‘the 21st Century’s best play,’ (Guardian) Jez Butterworth’s legendary classic will explode once again into the West End with its original creative team, led by director Ian Rickson, a decade after its last record-breaking, sell-out run. Mark Rylance revives ‘one of the greatest stage performances ever witnessed’ (Telegraph) as “Rooster” Byron, alongside the “superb” (Time Out) Mackenzie Crook as his loyal sidekick Ginger, in this extraordinary lament for a lost England.
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, Troy Whitworth wants to wreak his revenge and a motley crew of mates wants his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.
JERUSALEM returns to its original West End home, the Apollo Theatre, for a strictly limited 16 week run following record-breaking, critically-acclaimed runs at the Royal Court Theatre, Apollo Theatre and Broadway’s Music Box Theater.
“Come, you giants!”
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Booking until Wednesday 10 August 2022
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Training: RADA (BA in Acting).
Theatre includes: Living Newspaper: Edition 7 (Royal Court).
Film includes: Death on the Nile (dir. Kenneth Branagh).
Television includes: The Third Day Live (HBO).
Other work includes: Kemi is also a professionally trained dancer for artists and venues such as Glastonbury and Brixton O2 Academy.
Mackenzie Crook is a multi-award-winning actor, writer and director. His awards include two BAFTAs, a Writers Guild Award and a Rose D’Or Award. He was nominated for a Tony Award and an Olivier Award when he first co-starred in Jerusalem in 2011. Crook received huge critical acclaim as a writer, director and actor for his BBC shows Detectorists and Worzel Gummidge. His other theatre credits include Ian Rickson’s Royal Court production of The Seagull in the West End and on Broadway, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest at the Garrick Theatre and The Exonerated at Riverside Studios. His film credits include three Pirates of the Caribbean films, Brothers Grimm, Finding Neverland, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, City of Ember, Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll and The Adventures of Tin Tin to name but a few. His other television credits include The Office, Merlin, Skins, Little Dorritt, Demons and Britannia (as actor, writer and director).
Theatre includes: Jerusalem (Royal Court, Apollo, Music Box, Broadway), Road, Apples, Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Panic, The Genius and Shallow End (Royal Court), Under Milk Wood, Captain of Kopernick, Dido, Queen of Carthage, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Volpone (National Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Old Vic), Brand, Hamlet, The Prisoner’s Dilemma, School for Scandal, Henry V, Nicholas Nickleby (London and Broadway), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It (RSC), The Tempest, Coriolanus and Richard II (Almeida), The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne).
Film includes: Dream Horse, The Oxford Murders, Death Defying Acts, The Painted Veil, The Man Who Cried and Wimbledon.
Television includes: Les Miserables, The Crown, Gavin and Stacey, The Hollow Crown, Endeavour, Doctor Who, The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister, The Green Green Grass, Empire and The Merchant of Venice.
Radio includes: The Dark Earth and the Light Sky, Othello, Dr Zhivago, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Wooden Overcoat, In the Company of Men, Time Added on for Injury, Only a Matter of Time and Fred Freud is Dead.
Training: The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (winner of The Peter O’Toole Prize 2019).
Theatre includes: Magic Goes Wrong (Apollo Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Bristol Old Vic), The Place At The Bridge (Tobacco Factory), The Railway Children (Kings Cross Theatre) and Regenerate (Bunker Theatre). TV/Radio credits: Temple – Series 2 (Sky 1), The Runner (Wulf Runner Films), The Flock (Narrative Podcast) and was recently the voice of Mathias for You won’t believe what happens at this Pentecost Party! (BBC Teach).
Theatre whilst training: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Bristol Old Vic); Let The Right One (Circomedia); Mr Maglump (Bristol Old Vic, Weston Studio); Kingdom or The Anthroposcene (Bristol Old Vic, Weston Studio); Mrs Beeton Says (The Redgrave Theatre – Original Cast); The Mill on The Floss (West Country Tour); Beowulf (Edinburgh Fringe).
Theatre includes: Strictly Ballroom (Picadilly), The Ferryman (Royal Court/Gielgud), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse), The Christmas Truce (RSC), Downfall (Royal Court), All That Fall (Jermy Street Theatre), One Man Two Guvnors (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Jerusalem (Royal Court), A Miracle (Royal Court), Insignificance (Sheffield Lyceum), Richard III (Sheffield Crucible), The Weir (Royal Court), Blue Remembered Hills (National), The Plough and the Stars (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Coriolanus, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Look Back in Anger, Public Enemy (Renaissance), Man and Superman (Citizens Glasgow), Rat in the Skull (Public Theatre New York), A Whistle in the Dark, Saved/The Pope’s Wedding, Built on Sand, Up to the Sun (Royal Court), and That Day We Sang (Manchester Opera House).
Film includes: Belfast, Artemis Fowl, All is True, Murder on the Orient Express, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Gambit, The Bank Job, As You Like It, Oliver Twist, Bright Young Things, Nicholas Nickleby, The Last Great Wilderness, Les Miserables, Allelujah!, My Beautiful Launderette, In the Bleak Midwinter, Immortal Beloved, Frankenstein, Midnight Movie and Much Ado About Nothing.
Television includes: His Dark Materials, The Outlaws, Settling, Des, The Dectorists, Little Boy Blue, Outlander, Da Vinci’s Demons, Mr Sloane, The Grass Arena, The Singing Detective and London’s Burning.
Ed is making his West End debut in Jerusalem.
Film includes: Cruella (Disney), Venom 2 (Columbia/Marvel) and The Batman (Warner Bros.).
Television includes: Dodger (BBC), After Ever After (Sky), Dead Pixels (Channel 4), Plebs (ITV), Crims (BBC), Please Help Me (Tiger Aspect) and DCI Banks (BBC)
Other work includes: Ed is also an experienced screen writer and comedian.
Theatre includes: Shandyland (Northern Stage), When the Sea Swallows Us Whole (The Vaults), Mission Control (National Theatre Wales), On the Other Hand We’re Happy, Daughterhood, Dexter and Winter’s Detective Agency, Island Town, Sticks and Stones, How to Spot an Alien (Paines Plough/Theatr Clwyd), Under Milk Wood (The Watermill), Hush (Paines Plough), Three Days in the Country, Dying for It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Three Sisters (Richard Burton Theatre Company).
Television includes: Bang and The Witcher.
Radio includes: Her Story, An Accident That Wasn’t Your Fault, Torchwood.
Theatre includes: #WeAreArrested (Arcola), Richard II (The Globe), The Claim (Shoreditch Town Hall), The Ugly One (Park Theatre), Torn (Royal Court).
Film includes: Finding Your Feet, Interview with the Vampire.
Television includes: Suspicion, The Interview, Breeders, Sex Education, Unforgotten, Marcella, Dark Heart, Flack, Requiem, Glue, Holby City, The Fifth Element, Resident Evil and The New Worst Witch.
Theatre includes: The Duchess of Malfi (Almeida), The Inheritance (Noel Coward), Macbeth, A View from the Bridge, Hot Air (Tobacco Theatre) and Junkyard (Headlong).
Film includes: Guns Akimbo, Journey’s End and Dunkirk.
Television includes: Deceit (Channel 4), McDonald & Dodds (ITV), Doc Martin (BBC) and Poldark (BBC).
JOHNNY 'ROOSTER' BYRON
Mark Rylance’s career has so far earned him an Academy Award, three Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, three BAFTAs and one SAG Award. Rylance was the artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London for 10 years (1996-2006). In 2018, he returned to The Globe to play Iago in Othello, directed by Claire van Kampen and previously in 2015, to play King Philippe V in Farinelli and the King, written by van Kampen, which then moved to the West End, garnering six Olivier Award nominations, before the play moved to Broadway. Recently announced was the debut run of a radical new play, Dr Semmelweis co-written by Rylance and Stephen Brown, with Rylance playing the lead role at the Bristol Old Vic in January 2022. Additional theatre roles include Ron in Nice Fish, which he also co-wrote with Louis Jenkins; Countess Olivia in Twelfth Night; Richard III; Valere in La Bete and Robert in Boeing-Boeing. He won Best Actor Tony Awards for Twelfth Night, Jerusalem and Boeing-Boeing; Best Actor Olivier Awards for Jerusalem and Much Ado About Nothing. Throughout his career, he has acted in more than 50 productions by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Rylance shot to worldwide fame with his foray into major films and TV, most notably his Oscar and BAFTA-winning performance as Rudolf Abel in Bridge of Spies and the critically acclaimed Wolf Hall, directed by Peter Kosminsky. His portrayal of Thomas Cromwell garnered a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor, Limited Series or Movie and an Emmy nomination. Other film credits include Dunkirk, The Trial of the Chicago 7, The BFG, and Ready Player One. His latest roles in Terrence Malick’s The Last Planet, Craig Roberts’ The Phantom of The Open and Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up!, are to be released later in the year or 2022. He recently finished filming in Graham Moore’s The Outfit, and Luca Guadagnino’s Bones and All. ca Guadagnino’s Bones and All.
Theatre includes: Jerusalem (Royal Court, Apollo, Music Box, Broadway), Blood Brothers (UK Tour).
Film includes: Noah (Paramount), Penthouse North (Lionsgate Films), In His Life – The John Lennon Story (NBC Studios).
Television includes: The Bay, Revenge, Litvinenko, Six, Longmire, Shameless, The Whispers, Bluff City Law, DCI Banks, The Mark of Cain, Pleasureland and Brookside.
Other work includes: Call of Duty – Modern Warfare (Video game).
Theatre includes: Grandpa’s Great Escape (Tour), The Catherine Tate Show: Live (Wyndhams, UK Tour, Australia/New Zealand Tour), Mayfly (Orange Tree) Twelfth Night, A Small Family Business (National), The Same Deep Water as Me (Donmar Warehouse), Bedroom Farce (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Much Ado About Nothing (National), Tickled Pink (Royal Albert Hall), Hello You (Riverside Studios), Making Waves (Stephen Joseph Theatre), The Three Sisters (Bath Theatre Royal), Our Country’s Good (Southampton Nuffield Theatre) and A Servant to Two Masters (Young Vic/RSC/World Tour).
Film includes: The Nan Movie, This Weekend Will Change Your Life, Nativity 3, Hello You, The Affair of the Necklace and Really.
Television Includes: Hard Cell, Call the Midwife, Still Open All Hours, Home From Home, Citizen Khan, Are You Being Served, Catherine Tate’s Nan Specials, Asylum, The Spa, Love and Marriage, In With the Flynns, Coronation Street, Little Crackers, Shameless, Life of Riley, All the Small Things, Parents of the Brand, How Not to Live Your Life, Peep Show, Chikipedia, Benidorm, The Bill, My Family Christmas Special, Love Soup, Funny Cuts, Silent Witness, Comic Relief, Holby City, The Complete Guide to Parenting, Eastenders, Royal Variety Show, The Catherine Tate Show, The History of the Novel, The Hidden City and Casualty.
Theatre includes: Matilda: the Musical (RSC, Olivier award winner), To Kill A Mockingbird (Regents Park Theatre), Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith), Tom Cat (Southwark Playhouse).
Film includes: Maleficent, Action Point.
Television includes: Britannia, The Irregulars, The Dark Outside, The Enfield Haunting, Cucumber and Hetty Feather.
UNDERSTUDY PHAEDRA, PEA AND TANYA
Training: Mountview and The BRIT School.
Credits include: Cat in Dick Whittington (Princes Theatre, Aldershot).
UNDERSTUDY LEE AND DAVEY
Training: The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. (LIPA)
Television includes: Grantchester (ITV) and The Nevers (HBO).
UNDERSTUDY GINGER AND TROY WHITWORTH
Theatre includes: For the Sake of Argument (Bridewell Theatre), My Mind is Free (UK Tour), Journeys End (Ypres, Belgium) Flutter (Soho Theatre) Common (National Theatre).
Television includes: Coronation Street, Emmerdale, 999 Killer on the Line.
Film includes: Transhuman, Skulls, and 31 North 62 East.
UNDERSTUDY THE PROFESSOR AND WESLEY
Training: Central School of Speech & Drama.
Theatre includes: A Very Very Very Dark Matter (Bridge Theatre), Macbeth (Northumberland Th Co), Danger: Memory (Theatro Technis), Shipwrecked (Brockley Jack), Waiting for Godot (Compass Th), The Caretaker (Hamburg), An Ideal Husband (Lamplit), Much Ado About Nothing (The Globe), Tartuffe (Arcola), Oleanna (Catford Broadway), All My Sons (York), Blood Brothers (York), The Country Wife (York) Taming of the Shrew (Strange Fish), As You Like It (Sprite), Measure for Measure (Theatre Set-up).
Television includes: Marilyn Monroe Biopic (ITV), The Vet, Five Children & It, London to Brighton in 4 Minute, The Caretaker (BBC), Stick With Me Kid (Buena Vista).
Film includes: Charismata, Hackney Downs and Silver-Plated Lining.