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Troubles drama The Ferryman named 'best play' at awards

Jez Butterworth and the cast and crew of The Ferryman accepts the award for Best Play at the 2019 Tony Awards in New York
Jez Butterworth and the cast and crew of The Ferryman accepts the award for Best Play at the 2019 Tony Awards in New York

By Ellie Cullen

A Northern Ireland stage drama has picked up the prestigious accolade for best play at the Tony Awards, while its director Sam Mendes was also honoured.

The Ferryman, penned by James Bond co-writer Jez Butterworth, tells the tale of a former IRA man in rural Co Armagh during The Troubles.

It was transferred to Broadway with much of the same cast after a sold-out year in the West End.

The drama, which also earned three Olivier awards, beat four other nominees - including fellow British playwright James Graham's Ink - to scoop the best play honour.

Accepting the award in New York, Butterworth dedicated the gong to all the families who had lost loved ones in the Troubles.

Earlier, Mendes was named winner in the best direction of a play category to scoop his first directing Tony Award.

Despite not attending the ceremony, a message from Mendes was posted on The Ferryman's Twitter page, in which he said it was "an absolute privilege" to tell stories for a living.

The production also picked up two other awards, for best scenic design and best costume design.

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