The Road to Jerusalem

The Road to Jerusalem blog will document our journey to opening night on February 15, 2018.
Get a behind-the-scenes peek as The Company Theatre and Outside the March prepare for Kim Coates’s
return to the stage in Jez Butterworth’s epic, modern masterpiece.

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Finding Rooster’s Voice

For Kim Coates and Jerusalem’s creative team, the idiosyncratic Wiltshire accent is key to bringing the play’s rural English setting to life.

Read what Kim and the team have to say about this leg of the journey 

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Director Mitchell Cushman with the trailer

Designing Jerusalem

Deep in the woods, on the outskirts of the town of Flintock, is where Johnny “Rooster” Byron squats, and where his band of misfits gather. 

After nearly two years of dreaming up Rooster’s world—the magical forest, his battered lair—it was time for set designer Nick Blais and director Mitchell Cushman to bring all the pieces together.

On top of transforming the Streetcar Crowsnest into the forest, Blais, Cushman, and the entire Outside the March and Company Theatre teams had to track down the perfect trailer that would be used as Rooster’s home. 

It’s been quite the journey so far. Read all about it here 


Kim Coates’s Pilgrimage to Pewsey, England

Legendary Canadian actor Kim Coates is about to make his return to the stage after twenty-seven years.

After being the youngest Macbeth at Stratford and shouting “Stellaaaaaa” on and off Broadway, Kim found his way to film and television, making a name for himself around the world.

Best known as Tig Trager on Sons of Anarchy, Kim is now turning his attention to the role of Johnny “Rooster” Byron in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem.

First up on his journey to prepare for the role? A visit to Pewsey, England—the small village nearly two hours from London that the fictional town of Flintock in Jerusalem is based on. 

During his six-day trip, Kim got to know the locals, felt the energy of the town, and learned stories about Micky Lay, the legend who was the inspiration for the role of Rooster.

Continue reading about Kim’s journey to Pewsey, England