Dominic West to star in new Jez Butterworth play

The award-winning star of The Wire, Appropriate Adult and The Hour will top the bill in The River, which will open in London during the autumn


Bafta-winning Appropriate Adult star Dominic West has landed a starring role in acclaimed playwright Jez Butterworth’s new stage play.


The River, which also stars Irish actress Laura Donnelly and Vexed star Miranda Raison, is currently shrouded in secrecy but will apparently tell the story of a man and a woman occupying a cabin atop some cliffs.

It’ll be performed at London’s Royal Court theatre and run from Thursday 18 October to Saturday 17 November, after which West will head up to his native Sheffield to play Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at the Crucible theatre.

Butterworth’s last play, Jerusalem, was performed in the West End and on Broadway during 2009, and enjoyed sell-out runs following its debut at the Royal Court in 2008.

However the new play has caused some controversy in the theatrical world after it was announced that tickets would only be made available on the morning of performances, owing to what is expected to be huge demand.


As well as Appropriate Adult, Dominic West is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Detective Jimmy McNulty in gritty US crime drama The Wire.