Opening in October 2017 next to Tower Bridge and Potters Fields Park, the Bridge Theatre has announced the programme for its first season.
After an acclaimed 12 years at the National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr have formed the London Theatre Company and their new venue Bridge Theatre occupies an enviable riverside setting in London Bridge.
The first production of the season will be Young Marx. Richard Bean and Clive Coleman’s new play about German philosopher Karl Heinrich Marx will star Rory Kinnear in the title role alongside Oliver Chris as Engels. Directed by Nicholas Hytner it will have designs by Mark Thompson and music by Grant Olding. The show will run from 18 October to 31 December.
This will be followed by Julius Caesar directed by Hytner in promenade. The production, which runs from 20 January to 15 April will star Ben Whishaw (Bakkhai, Skyfall) as Brutus alongside David Calder as Caesar. Michelle Fairley will play Cassius and David Morrissey will star as Mark Antony.
The 900-seat theatre will be the first new commercial theatre of this scale to open in the capital in the last 80 years and the first ever built outside the West End.