TLDR: Bridge Theatre new season to include rerun of My Name is Lucy Barton, and Nick Hytner directed Alys, Always and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The Bridge Theatre has announced their next season of work running from January – August 2019. Tickets are available to priority members now, and will open to the general public on 19th October at 10am.
Laura Linney returns for 26 performances of My Name is Lucy Barton.
After a sell-out run in June this year in which Laura Linney made her London Theatre debut, she will return to the Bridge to reprise the title role in Richard Eyre’s production of My Name is Lucy Barton. Running from 23 January –16 February 2019 for a strictly limited 26 performances, this haunting dramatic monologue is adapted by Rona Munro from Pulitzer Prize-winning Elizabeth Strout’s 2016 New York Times best-selling short novel of the same name. Evening performances are Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm with Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets for My Name is Lucy Barton will go on sale for Priority Members today at 10am, for Advance Members on Thursday 18 October 2018 at 10am with tickets released for public sale on Friday 19 October 2018 at 10am.
Unsteady after an operation, Lucy Barton wakes to find her mother sitting at the foot of her bed. She hasn’t seen her in years, and her visit brings back to Lucy her desperate rural childhood, and her escape to New York. As she begins to find herself as a writer, she is still gripped by the urgent complexities of family life.
Laura Linney and Richard Eyre have worked together twice before – on stage Eyre directed Linney in a Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and on screen he directed her in his and Charles Wood’s adaptation of Bernhard Schlink’s The Other Man.
Joanne Froggatt and Robert Glenister in Nicholas Hytner’s production of Lucinda Coxon’s new play Alys, Always.
Joanne Froggatt plays the central role, Frances, in the premiere of Lucinda Coxon’s Alys, Always based on the novel by Harriet Lane. The production, with a cast also featuring Robert Glenister, is directed by Nicholas Hytner and will begin previews at the Bridge on 25 February with opening night on 5 March and performances until 30 March 2019. Evening performances are Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm with weekday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm (check website for details). Further casting for Alys, Always will be announced at a later date. Tickets for Alys, Always will go on sale for Priority Members today at 10am, for Advance Members on Thursday 18 October 2018 at 10am with tickets released for public sale on Friday 19 October 2018 at 10am.
Frances works on the books pages of a Sunday newspaper. She’s quiet and capable, but nobody takes much notice: her face is pressed to the window, on the outside, looking in. One evening, driving back to London after visiting her infuriating parents, she comes across an upturned car crumpled on the side of the road. She waits with the injured driver, Alys Kyte, until the ambulance arrives. Later, when Alys’s famous family gets in touch, Frances finds herself for the first time ushered into the world on the other side of the window. And she begins to wonder: what would it take to become a player? A gripping psychological thriller that excavates the fault line that separates the entitled from the unentitled.
Nicholas Hytner to direct an immersive production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Nicholas Hytner will direct an immersive production of William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream running at the Bridge from 3 June – 31 August 2019 with opening night on 11 June 2019. Evening performances are Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm with weekday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm (check website for details). Tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream will go on sale for Priority Members today at 10am, for Advance Members on Thursday 18 October 2018 at 10am with tickets released for public sale on Friday 19 October 2018 at 10am.
Reuniting the creative team who previously presented Julius Caesar at the Bridge earlier this year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will have designs by Bunny Christie, costumes by Christina Cunningham, lighting by Bruno Poet and sound by Paul Arditti. Music will be by Grant Olding.
Shakespeare’s great comedy plunges its audience into the heart of an enchanted forest, a place of change and infinite possibility. In the Bridge’s immersive production, you sit close up to the action, or follow it on foot into a dream world of feuding fairies and uncontrollable desire.
With seating wrapped around the action, there will also be several hundred immersive tickets at £25 available in advance for each performance with a special allocation of £15 immersive tickets held for Young Bridge, a free scheme for those under 26.
Having previously directed William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Hamlet, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Timon of Athens, Twelfth Night and The Winter’s Tale, Nicholas Hytner will now direct his first production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
For more information, visit the Bridge’s website.