Screen stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Dev Patel were among the first night guests at the Apollo Theatre last night to celebrate the West End transfer of Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem (See Also Today's Review Round-up).

The epic, multi award-winning play, billed as a “comic, contemporary vision of life in our green and pleasant land”, continues a long association between Butterworth and director Ian Rickson, the former artistic director of the Royal Court.

Rickson also helmed Butterworth’s The Winterling, The Night Heron and his multi award-winning 1995 debut play Mojo, all at the Court, as well as, earlier this year, the European premiere of Butterworth’s Parlour Song at the Almeida.

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In Jerusalem, Mark Rylance is Johnny Byron, a limping, caravan-dwelling ex-stuntman and all-round village rogue and modern-day Pied Piper. It’s St George's Day, the morning of the local county fair, and Johnny is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his children want their dad to take them to the fair, Troy Whitworth wants to give him a serious kicking and a motley crew of mates – including the loyal Ginger (Mackenzie Crook) - want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.