About the Book



June 2011
Trade Paperback · 96 Pages
$14.95 U.S.
ISBN 9781559364089
Theatre Communications Group


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A Comic, contemporary vision of rural life in England’s green and pleasant land.

On the morning of the local county fair, Johnny Byron is a wanted man. Local officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants his full attention, and his motley crew of friends wants his ample supply of booze…

Premiered in 2009 at the Royal Court Theatre, London, Jerusalem won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play in 2009, and transferred to the West End in 2010. It opened on Broadway in April 2011 at the Music Box Theatre, with Mark Rylance reprising his award-winning performance as Byron.

“An instant modern classic” – Daily Telegraph

“One of the most exciting new plays in ages” – New York Times

“Jez Butterowrth’s gorgeous, expansive new play keeps coming at its audience in unpredictable gusts, rolling from comic to furious, from winsome to bawdy” – Observer

About the Author

Plays include Mojo, The Night Heron, The Winterling and Jerusalem. Mojo, The Night Heron and Parlour Song have been produced in New York in acclaimed productions at Atlantic Theater Company. He has written and directed two films: Mojo (1998) and Birthday Girl (2002). In 2009 he wrote and produced Fair Game. In 2014 he co-wrote the screenplays for Edge of Tomorrow and Get on Up. He is writing the screenplay for London Calling, about the British punk rock band, the Clash. He has won two Evening Standard Awards and Olivier, Critics’ Circle, Writers’ Guild and George Devine Awards. In 2007, he received the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.