The London Theatre Company has this morning announced that Nicholas Hytner will direct the world premieres of two new plays at The Bridge Theatre later this year, beginning with the world premiere of Alan Bennett’s anticipated new play, Allejujah!, which runs from 18 July to 28 September, 2018 (previews from 11 July).
Allejujah!, is designed by Bob Crowley, and will have lighting by Natasha Chivers and music by George Fenton. Casting will be announced shortly.
Allejujah! will mark the tenth collaboration between Bennett and Hytner.
The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an NHS efficiency drive. Meanwhile, a documentary crew eager to capture its fight for survival follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir (newest member: the Pudsey Nightingale).
Tickets will go on sale at 10am today for priority members with public booking opening on Friday 2 March 2018 at 10am.
This will be followed by the world premiere of Lucinda Coxon’s Alys, Always, based on the novel by Harriet Lane.
Alys, Always will preview at the Bridge Theatre from 23 January with opening night on 30 January and will run to 30 March 2019.
Alys, Always is a gripping psychological thriller that excavates the fault line that separates the entitled from the unentitled.
Frances works on the books pages of a Sunday newspaper. She’s quiet and capable, but nobody takes much notice: her face is pressed to the window, on the outside, looking in. One evening, driving back to London after visiting her infuriating parents, she comes across an upturned car crumpled on the side of the road. She waits with the injured driver, Alys Kyte, until the ambulance arrives. Later, when Alys’s famous family gets in touch, Frances finds herself for the first time ushered into the world on the other side of the window. And she begins to wonder: what would it take to become a player?
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