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By Jez Butterworth
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848420502, 96 pages, November 2009


  • Winner, Evening Standard Awards - Best Play 2009
  • Winner, WhatsOnStage Awards - Best New Play 2009
  • Winner, Critics' Circle Awards - Best New Play 2009


Jez Butterworth's hugely acclaimed, prize-winning play - a comic, contemporary vision of life in England's green and pleasant land.

On St George's Day, the morning of the local country fair, Johnny 'Rooster' Byron, local waster and Lord of Misrule, is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants to be taken to the fair, a vengeful father wants to give him a serious kicking, and a motley crew of mates wants his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.


"Unarguably one of the best dramas of the twenty-first century."

- Guardian

"Tender, touching, and blessed with both a ribald humour and a haunting sense of the mystery of things... one of the must-see events of the summer."

- Telegraph

"Show of the year."

- Time Out

"Storming... restores one's faith in the power of theatre."

- Independent

"Jez Butterworth's gorgeous, expansive new play keeps coming at its audience in unpredictable gusts, rolling from comic to furious, from winsome to bawdy."

- Observer