The River

By Jez Butterworth

The River
Paperback, 64 pages Online Price:
ISBN: 9781848422896
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 18th October 2012
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Category: Drama, Full length plays, Modern drama (post-1945), Romance, Small cast (3-6 performers)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

Cast Notes: 3f 1m

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Staging: The cabin on the cliffs, above the river
Amateur rights performance fee: £75.00 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

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Downloadable Guide Sheet: The_River.pdf

On a moonless night in August when the sea trout are ready to run, a man brings his new girlfriend to the remote family cabin where he has come for the fly-fishing since he was a boy. But she's not the only woman he has brought here – or indeed the last.

A bewitching story from the author of global smash hit Jerusalem.

'Bewitchingly strange - watery and wild but deftly crafted.'

- Evening Standard

'Strange, eerie, tense... Butterworth possesses a singular talent.'

- Guardian

'Teasing, haunting and hushed... this subtle, troubling piece is likely to nag away in the memory.'

- Telegraph

'As taut as a wire and as tense as a thriller.'


'One of the best productions of the year... a magnetically eerie, luminously beautiful psychodrama.'

- Time Out

'A delicately unfolding puzzle... all of it is wrapped in marvellous language... extraordinary.'

- The Times

Jez Butterworth's playwriting debut, Mojo, was staged at the Royal Court in 1995, and was acclaimed as 'one of the most dazzling Royal Court main stage debuts in years' (Time Out). Since then his plays have been premiered at the Royal Court, at the Almeida Theatre and at the Atlantic Theater in New York. Jerusalem ran for two hit seasons in the West End, as well as on Broadway. His films include Birthday Girl, Fair Game and an adaptation of Mojo.

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