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London Theatre Company announces plans to reopen the Bridge Theatre in September

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 10 August 2020, Last Updated 10 August 2020

London Theatre Company (LTC) today announced plans to reopen the Bridge Theatre during September and October, subject to the Government giving the green light to indoor performances with socially distanced audiences.

Following the television broadcast in June this year, eight of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads monologues will be performed in repertoire at the venue with eight of the original actors from the series, reprising their roles. The stars include Monica Dolan, Tamsin Greig, Lesley Manville, Lucian Msamati, Maxine Peake, Rochenda Sandall, Kristin Scott Thomas and Imelda Staunton.


Three monologues – An Evening with an Immigrant, Quarter Life Crisis and Nine Lives – from Inua Ellams, Yolanda Mercy and Zodwa Nyoni will run alongside them, the first two played by their authors, the third by Lladel Bryant.

The company plans to start with David Hare’s passionate monologue Beat the Devil. Performed by Ralph Fiennes (Anthony and Cleopatra, National Theatre, King Lear for RSC), it explores David’s own experience with the Coronavirus and the politics of its handling.

Keeping the audience safety as a priority, the venue will reopen to a capacity of 250 audience members with stringent safety measures.

Tickets are now on sale, and you can rest assured that if the season is delayed, there will be an automatic refund for any performances that can’t go ahead.

To find out more about what will be on, or to book your tickets, click here.


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