The River
Paperback, 64 pages ISBN: 9781848422896Publication Date:
18 Oct 2012
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook, 64 pages ISBN: 9781780011868Publication Date:
8 Nov 2012
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
First Staged:
Royal Court Theatre, London, 2012

The River

By Jez Butterworth

Paperback £10.99£8.79

Ebook £10.99£8.79

On Stage at:
Greenwich Theatre, London
From Tue 1 Oct 2024 to Sun 27 Oct 2024

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, Jez Butterworth's play The River was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in October 2012.

The River is also available in the collection Jez Butterworth Plays: Two.

Q&A Podcast: listen to a Q&A with Jez Butterworth about The River, recorded in March 2021 as part of the NHB Playgroup series...

Press Quotes

'Bewitchingly strange - watery and wild but deftly crafted'

Evening Standard

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


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


'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
Paperback,64 pages ISBN: 9781848422896Publication Date:
18 Oct 2012
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook,64 pages ISBN: 9781780011868Publication Date:
8 Nov 2012
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)

Also by Jez Butterworth:

The Hills of California
The Ferryman
The Clear Road Ahead
The Winterling
Jez Butterworth Plays: Two
The Naked Eye
The Night Heron
Jez Butterworth Plays: One
Parlour Song

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