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Rylance, Crook to star in 'Jerusalem'

Rylance, Crook to star in 'Jerusalem'
British actor Mackenzie Crook attends the "Empire Film Awards" at Grosvenor House in London on March 29, 2009. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad) | License Photo

NEW YORK, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- British actor Mark Rylance is to bring his award-winning portrayal of Johnny "Rooster" Byron to Broadway in Jez Butterworth's play "Jerusalem," producers said.

The New York staging of the Royal Court Theatre production will be directed by Ian Rickson and co-star Mackenzie Crook, representatives for the show said Tuesday.

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Most of the original Royal Court cast will also make the transition from the West End to Broadway, but full casting is to be announced at a later date.

Described in a synopsis as a "comic elegy for a disappearing way of life in rural England," the play is to open on Broadway April 21 at the Music Box Theatre. Previews are scheduled to begin April 2. The production will play a limited 16-week engagement.

"Jerusalem" opened at the Royal Court Theatre in July 2009 to critical acclaim. The production played an extended sold-out run at the Royal Court before moving in January 2010 to the Apollo Theatre in the West End, where it received five-star reviews from 12 London newspapers.

"Jerusalem" won the 2009 Evening Standard and London Critics' Circle Awards, as well as the 2010 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Play. Rylance won 2009 Olivier, Evening Standard and London Critics' Circle Best Actor Awards for his performance.

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