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Mark Rylance to star in new revival of Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Mark Rylance is to star in a new revival of Jez Butterworth's play Jerusalem.

Ian Rickson, who oversaw the original production, will direct the new revival in 2021.

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A synopsis of Jez Butterworth's piece reads: "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."

Originally debuting at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2009, Jerusalem went on to enjoy runs in both the West End and on Broadway, picking up numerous accolades. It last ran in the West End in 2011 before productions in San Francisco and Toronto.

Mark Rylance, who picked up both a Tony and Olivier Award for his role of Byron in the original run, will return to the cast.

Sonia Friedman Productions made the announcement of the revival today (April 23) on Twitter.

Further casting, dates and a venue are to be confirmed.

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