The Southbury Child at the Bridge Theatre London

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Bridge Theatre, London
Booking to 27 August 2022
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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

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 27 August 2022
Age restrictions
To be confirmed
Running time
To be confirmed
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.

Venue Information

Bridge 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

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The Southbury Child – inside the rehearsal room
Rehearsal images are in for The Southbury Child starring Alex Jennings. Stephen Beresford’s funny new play is a deeply humane exploration of family, faith, tradition and tolerance in a rapidly changing world. When David Highland (Alex Jennings) - sharp witted, wilful and frequently drunk - takes a conscientious stand against the wishes of a parishioner he find himself dangerously isolated from public opinion. A three-time Olivier award-winner Alex Jennings is known for his many tv appearances including Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor, in the Netflix series The Crown acting opposite Claire Foy; as Prince Charles in Stephen Frears' film The Queen (2006) opposite Helen Mirren;  the ITV series Victoria (2016–2019) opposite Jenna Coleman; and Stephen Frears' A Very English Scandal (2018) alongside Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw. Joining Jennings in The Southbury Child are Holly Atkins, Josh Finan, Jack Greenlees, Hermione Gulliford, Jo Herbert, Phoebe Nicholls, Racheal Ofori and Sarah Twomey.  Directed by Nicholas Hytner, the production features Set designs by Mark Thompson, costume design by Yvonne Milnes, sound design by George Dennis and lighting design by Max Narula.  The Southbury Child will run at Chichester Festival Theatre from 13 to 25 June 2022, with press night on 17 June and then at the Bridge Theatre from 1 July to 27 August 2022. Book tickets for The Southbury Child here. [ngg src="galleries" ids="799" display="pro_tile"]

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