After a sell out performance in 2017, Yolanda Mercy is back with her hit theatre and radio show Quarter Life Crisis at the Bridge Theatre. Alicia is a hot mess. She doesn’t know what she’s doing with her life. Swiping left, swiping right to find the perfect match. Even though she’s a Londoner, born and bred, the scent of Lagos peppers her existence in the ends. Everyone around her seems to know where they’re going in life, but she’s just trying to find ways to cheat growing up and keep her 16-25 railcard. What does it mean to be an adult and when do you become one? Quarter Life Crisis mixes addictive baselines and spoken word. Winner: Underbelly Untapped Award Featured: British Council Artist to Watch list Book tickets
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Presented by Inua Ellams and Fuel; An Evening with An Immigrant at the Bridge Theatre. Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England in 1996 aged 12, moved to Ireland for three years, before returning to London and starting work as a writer and graphic designer. Part of this story was documented in his autobiographical Fringe First Award-winning play The 14th Tale, but much of it is untold. Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, Inua tells his ridiculous, fantastic,poignant immigrant-story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, experiencing prejudice and friendship in Dublin, performing solo at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all the while without a country to belong to or place to call home. Book tickets
Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads live at the Bridge Theatre. During April and May, while the Bridge Theatre was closed, the Bridge Theatre worked with the BBC to produce Alan Bennett’s landmark Talking Heads monologues. They were broadcast on BBC1 in June. Now, eight of them come to the stage in a series of unique double bills, all of them with the same leading actors whose performances were universally acclaimed on television. Each of the short plays that make up Talking Heads is a perfectly distilled masterpiece, sometimes disturbing, often hilarious and always profoundly humane. For these performances at The Bridge, Alan Bennett has generously waived his royalty. Book tickets
Ralph Fiennes stars in Beat The Devil; a covid monologue directed by Nicholas Hytner at the Bridge Theatre. Covid-19 seems to be a sort of dirty bomb, thrown into the body to cause havoc. On the same day that the UK government finally made the first of two decisive interventions that led to a conspicuously late lockdown, David Hare contracted Covid-19. Nobody seemed to know much about it then, and many doctors are not altogether sure they know much more today. Suffering a pageant of apparently random symptoms, Hare recalls the delirium of his illness, which mixed with fear, dream, honest medicine and dishonest politics to create a monologue of furious urgency and power. Book tickets
At a time when we aren’t able to visit venues or local theatres, National Theatre have been streaming a selection of world-class theatre for all to enjoy. On the 25th June, the nation will be able to relive the magic of the Bridge Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. You can watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of National Theatre at Home from Thursday 25 June at 7pm on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel, then on demand for one week until 7pm on Thursday 2 July, but you’ll need to start watching by 4pm on 2 July to see it all. A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences. Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, One Man, Two Guvnors, Twelfth Night, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (Barber Shop Chronicles, ‘Master Harold’… and the boys) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream saw the Bridge Theatre become a forest in 2019 – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.
Step through the wardrobe this winter into the magical kingdom of Narnia for the most mystical of adventures in a faraway land. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they wave goodbye to wartime Britain and say hello to a talking Faun, an unforgettable adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. “A theatrical miracle” – THE TIMES This critically acclaimed Leeds Playhouse production reunites director Sally Cookson with designer Rae Smith, writer in the room Adam Peck, movement director Dan Canham, puppetry director Craig Leo, lighting designer Bruno Poet, sound designer Ian Dickinson and music by Benji Bower all of whom originally brought the show to life in 2017 breaking box office records. Book tickets
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
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.