Alex Jennings to lead the world premiere of Stephen Beresford’s ‘The Southbury Child’

Three-time Olivier award-winner Alex Jennings will lead the cast in the world premiere of THE SOUTHBURY CHILD, the new play by BAFTA winner Stephen Beresford.

Directed by Nicholas Hytnerthe production will run at Chichester Festival Theatre from 13 to 25 June 2022, before transferring to The Bridge Theatre, London from 1 July to 27 August 2022.


Raffish, urbane and frequently drunk, David Highland 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.

Stephen Beresford’s darkly comic new play is an exploration of family and community, the savage divisions of contemporary society and the rituals that punctuate our lives.


THE SOUTHBURY CHILD has set designs by Mark Thompson, costume design by Yvonne Milnes, sound design by George Dennis and lighting design by Max Narula.

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