New Bridge Theatre

The London theatre has always been a balancing act between art and show business; we know that the most exciting shows can be both challenging and popular.

Sir Nicholas Hytner

A new theatre has opened in London right next to Tower Bridge, the first big commercial theatre to open in the capital for 80 years. With ex-National Theatre boss Sir Nicholas Hytner at the helm and a starry line-up for its inaugural season, it's likely to be the hot destination for the winter season.

The 900-seat venue is showing mainly new work to start with, opening with a play that reunites the team behind One Man, Two Guvnors about Karl Marx's life in exile in 1850s London. The play stars Rory Kinnear (who has played both Iago and Hamlet for Hytner at the National), with Oliver Chris (who starred in Two Guvnors) as Engels.

In the new year, the theatre has Julius Caesar starring Ben Whishaw as Brutus and David Morrissey as Marc Anthony, a promenade performance where the audience is right in the middle of the action. This is followed from the end of April 2018 by Nightfall by the young writer Barney Norris, about the struggle to survive on a family farm.

Next summer will see a number of new plays — one by Lucinda Coxon based on the novel Alys; Always, by Nina Raine about JS Bach, starring Simon Russell Beale; as well as plays by John Hodge and Sam Holcroft. Also on will be Carmen Havana, based on Bizet's opera, by Lucy Prebble.

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Dates

Young Marx — to 31 December
Julius Caesar — 20 January to 15 April 2018
Nightfall — 28 April to 3 June 2018

Location

The Bridge Theatre
One Tower Bridge
London SE1 2SD