The Bridge Theatre has announced its 2020/21 Season, which includes plays by Caryl Churchill and Philip Pullman and directors including Marianne Elliott.
Polly Findlay will direct Roger Allam and Colin Morgan in Caryl Churchill’s play A Number at the Bridge Theatre. Previews begin on 14 February 2020 with the opening night on 19 February and final performance on 14 March 2020. Booking opens today to Bridge Priority members; public booking opens at 10am on 22 November 2019.
Designs are by Lizzie Clachan with lighting by Peter Mumford, sound by Carolyn Downing, music by Marc Tritschler and casting by Robert Sterne.
How might a son feel to discover that he is only one of a number of identical copies? What happens when a father is confronted by the results of an outrageous genetic experiment?
A Number won Best Play at the 2002 Evening Standard Drama Awards.
Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage will be directed by Nicholas Hytner in Bryony Lavery’s new stage adaptation. Designs are by Bob Crowley, video designs by Luke Halls, lighting design by Bruno Poet, puppetry by Barnaby Dixon and music by Grant Olding. The associate directors are Emily Burns and James Cousins who is also movement director. Casting will be announced at a later date.
Previews begin on 11 July with opening night on 23 July. The final performance will be on 10 October 2020. Booking opens today for Priority members and public booking opens at 10am on 22 November 2019.
La Belle Sauvage takes place twelve years before Pullman’s epic His Dark Materials trilogy.
Two young people and their dæmons, with everything at stake, find themselves at the centre of a terrifying manhunt. In their care is a tiny child called Lyra Belacqua, and in that child lies the fate of the future. And as the waters rise around them, powerful adversaries conspire for mastery of Dust: salvation to some, the source of infinite corruption to others.
La Belle Sauvage was published in 2017 and was followed last month by The Secret Commonwealth. His Dark Materials, which had a ground-breaking production sixteen years ago by Hytner at the National Theatre, is currently being broadcast on BBC1. Philip Pullman was knighted this year for his services to literature.
Marianne Elliott and Steven Hoggett will direct They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? in Paula Vogel’s new play based on the novel by Horace McCoy. Previewing at The Bridge Theatre from 31 October 2020 with opening night on 17 November, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? will run until 30 January 2021. Booking opens today to Bridge Priority members and public booking opens at 10am on 22 November 2019.
Set design is by Bob Crowley with music by Charlotte and Mike Truman and casting by Charlotte Sutton. Casting will be announced at a later date.
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? is a co-production between London Theatre Company and Elliott & Harper Productions, Brandon Millan and Rick Sparks.
The real-life dance marathons of Depression-era America could last weeks, even months. Paula Vogel’s new play is based on Horace McCoy’s classic story of ambition, desperation and determination. In Marianne Elliott and Steve Hoggett’s production, the Bridge will be transformed into a 1930s dance hall. Seating in the pit will offer audience the chance to join the dance via a ballot.
Simon Russell Beale will play the title role in Henrik Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman at the Bridge Theatre. Directed by Nicholas Hytner and in a new version by Lucinda Coxon, John Gabriel Borkman will have its first performance on 11 February 2021 with opening night on 18 February 2021 with the run concluding on 17 April 2021. Designs are by Vicki Mortimer. Booking opens today for Bridge Priority members and public booking is from 10am on 22 November 2019. Further casting and the full creative team will be announced at a later date.
John Gabriel Borkman, once an illustrious entrepreneur, has been brought low by a prison sentence for fraud. As he paces alone in an upstairs room, bankrupt and disgraced, he is obsessed by dreams of his comeback. Downstairs, his estranged wife plots the restoration of the family name. When her sister arrives unannounced, she triggers a desperate showdown with the past.