Stephen Beresford’s darkly comic new play has its world premiere at the Bridge Theatre in London this summer.
An exploration of family and community, the savage divisions of contemporary society and the rituals that punctuate our lives, The Southbury Child stars multi-award winning actor Alex Jennings, and is directed by Nicholas Hytner.
The Southbury Child runs from the 1 July to 27 August 2022 at the Bridge Theatre in London.
What’s The Southbury Child about?
Raffish, urbane and frequently drunk, David Highland (Alex Jennings) has kept a grip on his remote coastal parish through a combination of disordered charm and high-handed determination.
But when his faith impels him to take a hard line with a bereaved parishioner, he finds himself dangerously isolated from public opinion. As his own family begins to fracture and his marriage falls apart, David must face a future that threatens to extinguish not only his position in the town, but everything he stands for.
The cast of The Southbury Child
The Southbury Child stars three time Olivier Award winner Alex Jennings (The Crown), who is making his debut at The Bridge theatre with this play.
Also in the cast, Holly Atkins plays Joy Sampson, Josh Finan as Lee Southbury, Jack Greenlees as Craig Connor, Jo Herbert as Susannah Highland, Phoebe Nicholls as Mary Highland, Racheal Ofori as Naomi Highland and Sarah Twomey as Tina Southbury.
The Creative Team
The Southbury Child is written by acclaimed playwright Stephen Beresford, a writer whose work includes The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre and the BAFTA-winning movie Pride.
The play is directed by BAFTA, Olivier and Tony award winner Nicholas Hytner, artistic director of The Bridge and formerly The National Theatre. Set design is by Mark Thompson, costume design by Yvonne Milnes, lighting design by Max Narula and sound design by George Dennis.
Reviews of The Southbury Child★★★★★ "Hugely cathartic, this is the play of the year so far... blissfully funny and ineffably touching" - Daily Telegraph
★★★★ "Our thespian prayers answered" - The Times
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday
Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.
Venue InformationBridge Theatre, 3 Potters Fields Park, London, SE1 2SG
Nearest Tube or Train: London Bridge (National Rail, Northern and Jubilee lines)
Nearest Buses: RV1, 47, 343, 381, 42, 78, 188