The power of music meets the power of theatre in this new play about Johann Sebastian
Simon Russell Beal leads a magnificent ensemble cast, directed by Nicholas Hytner. Nina Raine’s beautiful, profound and funny new play is an anthem to the art that draws us together and sings of our common humanity.
Bach & Sons is booking until 17 December 2021 at the Bridge Theatre, London.
What is Bach & Sons about?
Johann Sebastian Bach, irascible and turbulent, writes music of sensuous delight for his aristocratic patrons, and gives voice to his deep religious faith in music for the church. He’s touchy, he’s fabulously rude, he has high standards (he stabs a bassoonist for playing badly) and he’s constantly in trouble with his employers.
Music is the family business – both his wives and all his children are musicians. His eldest son, Wilhelm, is brilliant, chaotic and paralysed by his father’s genius. Tense, industrious Carl is less talented than his father but more successful. As the years pass, their gripping family drama provokes furious arguments about love, God and above all music. What is it for – to give pleasure, like a cup of coffee in the sun, or to reveal the divine order that gives life its meaning?
Who is in the Bach & Sons cast?
The cast is features Simon Russell Beale, Zara Tomkinson, Harry Weston, Pravessh Rana, Racheal Ofori, Douggie McMeekin, Ruth Lass, Ardan Hennelly, Al Coppola, Pandora Colin, Samuel Blenkin, Teddy Button, William Barker and Nick Barclay.
Written by Nina Raine, directed by Nicholas Hytner with set design by Vicki Mortimer, costume design by Khadija Raza, music supervision by George Fenton, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Gareth Fry, associate director and movement director James Cousins and casting director Robert Sterne.
★★★★ “Simon Russell Beale gives a volcanic performance” The Times
★★★★★ “A blissful evening”METRO
★★★★ “A hymn to the power of music” Daily Telegraph
Venue InformationBridge Theatre, 3 Potters Fields Park, 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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