The Bridge Theatre becomes the forest – Shakespeare’s dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels. The seating is wrapped around the action while immersive tickets allow the story to be followed on foot. Gwendoline Christie, Oliver Chris, David Moorst and Hammed Animashaun lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom. The production also reunites the team responsible for last year’s smash-hit Julius Caesar. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. Find out more/ book tickets
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The poetry curator Allie Esiri and special guest actors, Helena Bonham Carter, Helen McCrory and Josette Simon take us on a journey through the history of women’s writing at The Bridge Theatre. From Eneheduanna, the world’s first known poet, via Sappho, this special evening showcases some of the most powerful, illuminating and entertaining women’s writing of today including Maya Angelou and Carol Ann Duffy. The poems are taken from Allie Esiri’s hugely successful anthologies published by Macmillan – A Poem for Every Day of the Year and A Poem for Every Night of the Year. Allie Esiri is an accomplished host of live and recorded poetry events and has worked with readers such as Harry Enfield, Tom Hiddleston, Sheila Atim, Damian Lewis, Simon Russell Beale, Giles Terera and Emma Watson. Evening Standard, on the audiobook of A Poem for Every Day of the Year (poems read by Helena Bonham Carter and Simon Russell Beale): “As well as classics that we all know and love, the anthology includes…poems by women and BAME writers”. Find out more >
Maggie Smith returns to the theatre for the first time in 12 years in the world premiere of Christopher Hampton’s play A German Life at The Bridge Theatre. The play, drawn from the life and testimony of Brunhilde Pomsel is directed by Jonathan Kent and will have a limited 5 week run. “I had no idea what was going on. Or very little. No more than most people. So you can’t make me feel guilty.” Brunhilde Pomsel’s life spanned the twentieth century. She struggled to make ends meet as a secretary in Berlin during the 1930s, her many employers including a Jewish insurance broker, the German Broadcasting Corporation and, eventually, Joseph Goebbels. Christopher Hampton’s play is based on the testimony she gave when she finally broke her silence to a group of Austrian filmmakers, shortly before she died in 2016. Tickets will be available to the general public from 10am on Tuesday 26 February. Find out more / book tickets
Three-time Academy Award and four-time Tony nominee Laura Linney makes her London debut as Lucy Barton in The Bridge Theatre’s June production. 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. Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout’s best-selling short novel, a haunting dramatic monologue, captivated readers in 2016. “Deeply affecting, heartbreaking. A powerful storyteller immersed in the nuances of human relationships, weaving family tapestries with compassion, wisdom and insight.” The Observer Book tickets.
Joanne Froggatt and Richard Glenister star in Alys, Always, premiering at the Bridge Theatre on 25th February. Lucinda Coxon, the writer behind 2015 film The Danish Girl, adapts Harriet Lane’s debut novel in this gripping psychological thriller. 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? Book tickets
Kansas Smitty’s House Band are coming to the Bridge Theatre for a special performance on the 9th December. This tight-knit outfit makes jazz inclusive with an emphasis on camaraderie, spontaneity and joy. Book tickets The eight-piece group were brought together from diverse backgrounds by American woodwind player, Giacomo Smith. Grounded in a shared love for the whole jazz tradition, the group is perpetually inventing new music with the aim that no two shows ever be the same, premiering new music at each show. 2018 has been a landmark year so far. The House Band was recently nominated for Best UK Jazz Act by Jazz FM and has appeared at the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican.
Lea DeLaria, ‘Big Boo’ on Orange is the New Black, brings her live show to the Bridge Theatre for one night only. ‘(DeLaria) swings hard, and scats and bends notes in a style that suggests a no-frills Betty Carter on steroids.’ (The New York Times) Known for her frank outspoken politics and big personality, DeLaria is not one to shy away from comedy that will bite hard and elicit gales of laughter. Her new show features hits from her latest album House Of David: delaria+bowie=jazz. and shows off not just DeLaria’ s comic genius but her spectacular vocal range in songs such as ‘Fame’, ‘Young Americans’ and ‘Let’s Dance’. With a velvet-smooth voice contrasting perfectly with razor-sharp wit and sassy stage presence, this will be a spectacular performance. Tickets: £39.50 & £25 Book here.
The Bridge Theatre presents a new production: ‘A Very Very Very Dark Matter’. A world premiere by Martin McDonagh. In a townhouse in Copenhagen works Hans Christian Andersen, a teller of exquisite and fantastic children’s tales beloved by millions. But the true source of his stories dwells in his attic upstairs, her existence a dark secret kept from the outside world. As dangerous, twisted and funny as his National Theatre and Broadway hit The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh’s new play travels deep into the abysses of the imagination. More Info/ Book Tickets
When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown-up, award-winning journalist, former Sunday Times dating columnist and host of iTunes #1 podcasts, Love Stories and The High-Low, Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. Glittering with wit and insight, heart and humour, Dolly Alderton’s bestselling début book, Everything I Know About Love, weaves together personal stories and satirical observations that resonate with women of every age. Interviewed live on stage at the Bridge Theatre by best friend and long-time collaborator, Lauren Bensted, expect wildly funny, and sometimes heart-breaking, stories about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way. With a reading from the author herself, and your chance to ask Dolly your own searching questions, this is a night not to be missed. Tickets: £30, £25, £15 Running Time approx: 1 hr 45 mins (inc a 20 min interval) Priority members on sale – Thursday 5 July, 10am General public on sale – Friday 6 July, 10am
The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an NHS efficiency drive. Meanwhile, a documentary crew eager to capture its fight for survival follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir (newest member: the Pudsey Nightingale). Alan Bennett’s new play is as sharp as The History Boys and as funny as The Lady in the Van. Ticket information