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Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth

A triumphant return of the rooster
— Petra Schofield, Guide2Bath
Don’t miss this – even if you do have to queue all night for a ticket
— Bath Chronicle
Highly reccommended
— International Press
Superb! Visceral and poetic, lusty and bucolic… the set couldn’t be more lifelike and immersive, while Tim Evans’ cocksure, charismatic Rooster could square up to Mark Rylance any day.
— Venue

Bath audiences who flocked to see Next Stage’s stunning production in January will be delighted to know that Jerusalem is returning The Mission Theatre and the many people who were disappointed they couldn’t get a ticket now have another chance to see Jez Butterworth’s ground-breaking play this September.

For information on the original production click here.

Next Stage’s acclaimed production of Jez Butterworth’s award-winning smash hit is back in Bath by popular demand, following a sell-out run in January.

It’s St George’s Day, the morning of the local county fair: Johnny “Rooster” Byron, local waster and modern-day Pied Piper, is a wanted man embattled in the Wessex woodland. Facing eviction from his dilapidated mobile home, plying his friends with drink and drugs, ducking and weaving to avoid outraged neighbours, Rooster has little time to enjoy the annual pageant.

Jez Butterworth’s comic, contemporary vision of life in “England’s green and pleasant land” is compelling theatre. Jerusalem gives voice to the dispossessed and the disaffected in the person of Rooster Byron - a shockingly familiar, modern-day Everyman, played again in this production by Next Stage leading actor Tim Evans.

Jerusalem is one of Next Stage’s most ambitious productions placing the company in the vanguard of the movers and shakers in Bath’s theatre world.

WARNING: This play can shock. It contains strong language and scenes of an adult nature.


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