NEWS: Jasper Britton to play lead role in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem at the Watermill Theatre

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Jasper Britton will play the irrepressible Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron in the first major revival of Jez Butterworth’s multi award-winning, West End and Broadway hit Jerusalem which plays at the Watermill Theatre from 21 June to 21 July 2018 (press night is 25 June).

Britton (RSC, National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe) will be joined by Adam Burton (Luke Parsons/Troy Whitworth), Peter Caulfield (Ginger), Richard Evans (The Professor), Robert Fitch (Wesley), Rebecca Lee (Tanya), Nenda Neurer (Pea/Phaedra), Santino Smith (Davey), Sam Swann (Lee) and Natalie Walter (Linda Fawcett/Dawn).

Directed by Lisa Blair, Jerusalem paints a defiant, alternative vision of life in the idyllic English countryside and is a perfect fit for The Watermill Theatre’s rural setting, adjoining the county of Wiltshire where the play is set.

Inciting his own special brew of anarchy, Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron fights against the hypocrisy of modern suburban life and embodies the spirit of England’s legendary giants of myth.

Jerusalem is designed by Frankie Bradshaw, with lighting design by Christopher Nairne, and sound design by Tom Attwood who also takes on the role of musical director.


Jasper Britton (Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron). Theatre includes: Scrooge (Leicester Curve Theatre); The Blinding Light (Jermyn Street Theatre); What The Butler Saw (Leicester Curve); The Libertine (Theatre Royal Bath/Theatre Royal Haymarket); Richard II (Royal Shakespeare Company London & New York); Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company); The Jew of Malta (RSC); Amygdala (The Print Room); Race (Hampstead Theatre); Mother Adam (Jermyn Street Theatre); The Picture of Dorian Gray (Abbey Theatre Dublin); Marat/Sade (RSC); The Beggars Opera (Regent’s Park Open Air); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Crucible Sheffield); Fabrication (The Print Room); The Visit (Complicite/NT); Macbeth (Shakespheare’s Globe); King Lear (Old Vic); Private Lives (Hampstead Theatre); The Last Cigarette (Chichester/West End); Fram (NT); Oedipus (NT); Plague Over England (Finborough Theatre); Rhinoceros (Royal Court); Bedroom Farce (Aldwych Theatre, West End); Little Shop of Horrors (Menier Chocolate Factory); Paradise Lost (Headlong); The Father (Chichester Festival); Becket (Theatre Royal Haymarket); The Taming of the Shrew (RSC).

Adam Burton (Luke Parsons/Troy Whitworth). Theatre includes: My Brilliant Friend (Rose Theatre); The Tempest (Norwich & Norfolk Festival); Calculating Kindness (Undercurrent Theatre); The Hairy Ape (Old Vic); Everyman (NT); Titus (The Theory of Everything); The Drowned Man (Punchdrunk); All My Sons (The Watermill); The Orphan Of Zhao, Boris Godunov, A Life Of Galileo (all RSC); The Tempest (RSC in a Suitcase); American Trade, King Lear, Antony And Cleopatra, The Winter’s Tale, The Drunks and Julius Caesar (RSC); Timon Of Athens and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Globe); Masque Of The Red Death and Faust (Punchdrunk); As You Like It (Derby Playhouse); Baggage (Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre); The Adding Machine (Rogue State/ Courtyard Theatre); The Waiting Game (Courtyard and King’s Head); Heart Of A Dog (Rogue State/Assembly Rooms).

Peter Caulfield (Ginger). Theatre includes: The Lion, The With and The Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Enron (West End); Obama-ology (Finborough Theatre); One Man, Two Guvnors (West End); Man of Mode (National Theatre); The Wild Duck (Donmar Warehouse); The Tempest (Southwark Playhouse); Lark Rise to Candleford Parts 1 & 2 (Finborough Theatre); Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith); Eric’s (Liverpool Everyman); The Merchant of Venice (Derby Playhouse); White Liars (Etcetera Theatre); King Herod in the Olivier Award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Into The Woods (Royal Opera House); A Funny Thing Happened on The Way To the Forum (National Theatre); Follies (National Theatre); member of original cast of Our House.

Richard Evans (The Professor). Theatre includes: The Cacophony of Change, Wordsworth (Theatre by the Lake); The Prince and The Pauper (Unicorn Theatre); Hope Light & Nowhere (Underbelly Edinburgh); Dear Father Christmas (Oxford Playhouse); Hamlet (Northern Broadsides national tour); Saturn Returns (The Finborough); The Crucible (Bolton Octagon); Burial at Thebes (Nottingham Theatre and US Tour); As You Like It (Derby Playhouse); No Shame No Fear (Jermyn Street Theatre); Macbeth and Robin Hood (Creation Theatre); As You Like It, Antony and Cleopatra (Michael Bogdanov’s English Shakespeare Company National Tour and Perth Festival, Australia); Beowulf (English Shakespeare Company); As You Like It (Greenwich Playhouse); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmonds); two seasons at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Romeo and Juliet (London Bubble); Pickwick Papers and Unlawful Killing (Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich); Much Ado About Nothing (Oxford Stage Company); Julius Caesar (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); The Secret Garden (Library Theatre, Manchester and National Tour); Moll Flanders (Bristol Old Vic); Dominic Cooke’s The Weavers (Gate Theatre); Richard IV (Northcott Theatre); Blavatsky’s Tower (The Flying Machine) and Under the Greenwood Tree (Vaudeville Theatre).

Robert Fitch (Wesley). Theatre includes: Much Ado About Nothing (Mercury Theatre Colchester); Journey’s End (The Watermill Theatre); Oberon/Theseus (Stafford Festival Shakespeare); Anne Boleyn (The Globe and ETT); Edward II (The Rose); Terms of Endearment (York Theatre Royal and tour); The Wings of the Dove (tour); Dangerous Corner and Ten Times Table (Theatre Royal Windsor); Marrying the Mistress (tour): Intimate Exchanges, Stage Struck, Absurd Person Singular, Deadly Nightcap, One For The Pot (Theatre Royal Windsor); Over The Moon (The Old Vic) Wait Until Dark (The Garrick).

Rebecca Lee (Tanya) trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has been nominated for the Ian Charlson Award 2017. Theatre includes: The First Man (Jermyn Street Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night (Watermill Theatre)

Nenda Neurer (Pea/Phaedra) graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2017. She represented Rose Bruford at the 2017 Sam Wanamaker Festival, playing Vittoria in The White Devil. Theatre includes: The Borrowers (Watermill Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Orange Tree Theatre).

Santino Smith (Davey). Theatre includes: The Unemployed Actors Union (The White Bear Theatre); The Real Thing (Theatre Royal Bath/Cambridge Arts/Rose Theatre Kingston); All That I AmThe NarrativeThe RoverIn Arabia We’d All Be KingsThe Taming of the Shrew (all Richard Burton Theatre Company).

Sam Swann (Lee)Theatre includes:Oil (Almedia Theatre);Pomona (National Theatre/The Orange Tree Theatre);Greenland; The Kitchen (National Theatre); Wendy & Peter Pan (RSC); Dunsinane (Hampstead Theatre/RSC) Primetime (Royal Court); Prom Kween (Edinburgh Festival Fringe); Dr Korczak’s Example; A Winter’s Tale (Unicorn Theatre); Mercury Fur (Trafalgar Studios);Anne & Zef (Salisbury Playhouse);The Butcher Of Distinction (Cock Tavern/King’s Head); Powder Monkey (Royal Exchange, Manchester).

Natalie Walter (Linda Fawcett/Dawn). Theatre includes: Fox on the Fairway (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); A Little Hotel On The Side (Bath); Smash (Menier); Lingua Franca (Finborough); 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Bush); The 39 Steps (Criterion); Hayfever (Chichester); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC); Love Labour’s Lost (RSC); Whipping It Up (Tour); Twelfth Night (Theatre Royal, Northants); Soap (Theatre Royal Northants); Piano/Forte (Royal Court); Dead Funny (West Yorks Playhouse); Flanders Mare (Sound Theatre); As You Like It (Theatre Royal, Bath/US Tour); The Constant Wife (Lyric, West End); Noises Off (National Theatre); The Recruiting Officer (Chichester Festival Theatre); Habeus Corpus (Donmar Warehouse); Genghis Among The Pygmies (Royal Court); Ten Minutes of Human Rights (Royal Court); The Brazen Age (Shakespeare’s Globe).

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