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First Look Rehearsal Photos Of Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis And Louisa Harland In David Ireland’s ULSTER AMERICAN

17 November 2023

Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis and Louisa Harland star in David Ireland’s award-winning social satire.

Directed by Jeremy Herrin, Ulster American will preview at Riverside Studios from 4 December 2023 - 27 January 2024 with opening night on Wednesday 13 December 2023.

Tickets are on sale now with front row seats available for £30 for every performance via a daily lottery.

Second Half Productions has today released rehearsal images for their new production of award-winning playwright David Ireland’s (Cyprus Avenue, The LoversUlster American directed by Jeremy Herrin (A Mirror and Best of Enemies).

Ulster American will run at Riverside Studios for 8 weeks with previews from 4 December and opening night on 13 December. Tickets are available from Ulster American with front row seats at £30 for every performance via a daily lottery. 


Louisa Harland (Ruth Davenport), Woody Harrelson (Jay Conway) and Andy Serkis (Leigh Carver)  in rehearsals for Ulster American © Johan Persson.

Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award -nominee Woody Harrelson (True Detective, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) returns to the London stage for the first time in almost two decades, to play Oscar-winning American actor Jay Conway. BAFTA and Emmy award winner Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Batman) will star as English director Leigh Carver and Louisa Harland (Derry Girls, Dancing at Lughnasa) will star as Northern Irish playwright Ruth Davenport in David Ireland’s brutally funny play. 

Ulster American will feature set and costume design by Max Jones, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, sound design by Emma Laxton, casting by Jessica Ronane CDG with Nicky Allpress as Associate Director.



An Oscar -winning American actor, an English director and a Northern Irish playwright are about to begin rehearsals for a new play — one that could transform each of their careers. But when it turns out that they’re not on the same page, the night threatens to spiral out of control.

Power dynamics, cultural identity and the perils of being a woman in the entertainment industry; nothing is off limits in this pitch-black comedy.

Ireland’s critically acclaimed play received its world premiere in 2018 at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. It is the recipient of the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award and the Scotsman Fringe First Award.


Second Half Productions present
Ulster American

Written by David Ireland

Directed by Jeremy Herrin

Find Ulster American on Facebook: @ulsteramericanplay, X (formerly Twitter): @SecondHalfProdsInstagram: @ulsteramericanplay and TikTok: @ulsteramericanplay.

Riverside Studios

101 Queen Caroline St, London W6 9BN

First Preview: 4 December 2023, 7.30pm

Opening Night: 13 December 2023, 7pm
Final Performance: 28 January 2024, 7.30pm

Monday - Saturday at 7.30pm

Box Office

At every performance there will be front row tickets available for £30 via a daily lottery in partnership with TodayTix.



About Second Half Productions
Second Half Productions is an entertainment company founded by Jeremy Herrin, Alan Stacey and Rob O’Rahilly in 2021 to generate innovative productions for stage and screen. By commissioning world leading artists to create new work and by breathing new life into classic stories, we invigorate audiences in London, the UK and beyond. Our ambition is to produce entertainment that engages the broadest range of people and in doing so creates meaningful opportunities for those who are currently underrepresented in the sector. We’re a company of creatives, producers and general managers and we’re driven and inspired by the artists that we work with. Recent productions include The Glass Menagerie at the Duke of York’s Theatre and Best of Enemies, Noël Coward Theatre. 

Our team is co-founder and directors, Jeremy Herrin, Alan Stacey and Rob O’Rahilly; Casting Director, Jessica Ronane CDG; Creative Associate, Lucie Lovatt, Production Coordinator, Grace Nelder and Finance Manager, Sophie Wells.

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