The Theatre and Films of Jez Butterworth

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Jez Butterworth is the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful new British dramatist of the 21st century: his acclaimed play Jerusalem has had extended runs in the West End and on Broadway. This book is the first to examine Butterworth's writings for stage and film and to identify how and why his work appeals so widely and profoundly. It examines the way that he weaves suspenseful stories of eccentric outsiders, whose adventures echo widespread contemporary social anxieties, and involve surprising expressions of both violence and generosity. This book reveals how Butterworth unearths the strange forms of wildness and defiance lurking in the depths and at the edges of England: where unpredictable outbursts of humour highlight the intensity of life, and characters discover links between their haunting past and the uncertainties of the present, to create a meaningful future.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages240
ISBN (Electronic)9781408184288 , 9781408184486
ISBN (Print)9781408183601, 1408183609, 9781408183953
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2015

Publication series

NameMethuen Critical Companions


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