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Mark Rylance Wins Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance in JERUSALEM and LA BETE





“JERUSALEM is magnificent.
Mark Rylance’s performance threatens to level the Music Box Theatre!”

Ben Brantley, NEW YORK TIMES

“Jez Butterworth’s JERUSALEM is a hymn to the wild at heart.  Mark Rylance makes you believe
not only that giants exist but that he is one of them.  And he is.”


Anyone who cares about thrilling world class theatre
must see this play!”


“The best play of the season!”


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Tony nominee Mark Rylance has won the Drama League Distinguished Performance Award for his performances this season in JERUSALEM and La Bête.

JERUSALEM is the winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play, and star Mark Rylance received a special citation for his critically acclaimed performances in both JERUSALEM and La Bête on Broadway this season.  JERUSALEM is nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Play, Best Actor (Mark Rylance), Best Featured Actor (Mackenzie Crook), Best Scenic Design for a Play (Ultz), Best Lighting Design for a Play (Mimi Jordan Sherin) and Best Lighting Design for a Play (Ian Dickinson for Autograph). 

JERUSALEM, a new play by Jez Butterworth and starring Tony and Olivier Award-winner Mark Rylance opened April 21 at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street), in a production directed by Ian Rickson.  JERUSALEM is playing a limited 16-week engagement. 

JERUSALEM originally opened at the Royal Court Theatre in July, 2009 with critics praising Jez Butterworth for his beautiful and comic elegy for a disappearing way of life in rural England and actor Mark Rylance, who was lauded as delivering one of the great stage performances of our time.  The production played an extended sold out run at the Royal Court, before moving to the Apollo Theatre in the West End in January, 2010, where it received an unprecedented set of five-star reviews from 12 London newspapers. 

JERUSALEM won the 2009 Evening Standard and London Critics’ Circle for Best Play.  Rylance won the 2010 Olivier and 2009 Evening Standard and London Critics’ Circle Best Actor Awards for his performance. 

Joining Rylance and Tony nominee Mackenzie Crook as Ginger are Tony Award-winner John Gallagher, Jr. (Spring Awakening, American Idiot) as Lee, Max Baker (Cyrano de Bergerac) as Wesley, Geraldine Hughes (Translations) as Dawn and Molly Ranson (August: Osage County) as Pea, alongside seven members of the original Royal Court and West End company: Alan David as The Professor, Aimeé-Ffion Edwards as Phaedra, Danny Kirrane as Davey,Charlotte Mills as Tanya, Sarah Moyle as Ms. Fawcett, Harvey Robinson as Mr. Parsons and Barry Sloane as Troy Whitworth.  Aiden Eyrick and Mark Page alternate in the role of Marky. 

In the woods of South West England, Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron (Mark Rylance), former daredevil motorcyclist and modern-day Pied Piper, is a wanted man.  The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants to be taken to the country fair, a stepfather wants to give him a serious kicking and a motley crew of friends wants his ample supply of drugs and alcohol. 

JERUSALEM’s Olivier Award-winning design is by Ultz, with lighting design by Mimi Jordan Sherin and sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.  Composer is Stephen Warbeck.

Performances are Tuesday at 7:00 PM, Wednesday at 2:00 and 8:00 PM, Thursday and Friday at 7:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 PM and Sunday at 3:00 PM.   Tickets are available at  


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