The London Theatre Company has announced the first productions at the new Bridge Theatre which opens in October.
The theatre opens on 26 October 2017 (previews from 18 October) with a new comedy, Young Marx by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, directed by Nicholas Hytner with Rory Kinnear in the title role. This is followed in January byJulius Caesar, staged in promenade by Nicholas Hytner, with Ben Whishaw as Brutus. Other shows announced include Nightfall, by rising playwright and novelist Barney Norris, and a new play by Lucinda Coxon based on the novel Alys, Always by Harriet Lane.
London Theatre Company, which was founded by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr on leaving the National Theatre after twelve years.
Nicholas Hytner said: “We want to make bold popular theatre. We’ve commissioned ambitious plays that reach out to embrace the audience, and we’ve built an environment for them that is exciting, welcoming and flexible: a theatre that can be changed to suit the show. We reckon that London needs new theatres, designed for the shows that people make in the 21st century and the expectations that audiences have for a really good night out.”
Nick Starr said: “After the National Theatre, it was time for something new and scary. London is a brilliant city for making and seeing theatre, evidenced by the 25% increase in audiences over the last fifteen years. We think there’s room for a new independent on the scene, driven by both a mission and a bottom line. We hope that will resonate with artists and audiences, and are hugely looking forward to welcoming them to The Bridge.”
Priority booking opens today with general onsale from 27 April. Visit bridgetheatre.co.uk for more information.