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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

The story behind the best British play ever: a ThinkIn with Jez Butterworth

The story behind the best British play ever: a ThinkIn with Jez Butterworth

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

Easter special: in-person and digital tickets tickets are available to all members for this ThinkIn.

Since its original 2009 production, Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth has been repeatedly hailed as one of the greatest theatrical works of the century.

This examination of English identity and rural life through the story of Johnny “Rooster” Byron, is fuelled by hedonism, defiance, a lot of swearing and a catalogue of tall tales.

As Mark Rylance returns to his career-defining role as Rooster Byron in the long-awaited revival of Jerusalem, join us for a very special ThinkIn with Jez Butterworth where we’ll explore how this masterwork is still relevant today, and what it says about modern Britain. What would Rooster make of a post-Brexit UK, preoccupied with covid, culture wars and partying politicians? Is he the anti-hero we need now more than ever?

editor and invited experts

James Harding
Co-Founder and Editor

Jez Butterworth
Award-winning Playwright, Screenwriter, and Film Director