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Time Out says

London's newest major theatre is a shiny-floored home for director Nick Hytner's dreams and schemes

Occupying a spot of prime real estate opposite Tower Bridge, this brand spanking new London theatre is a 900-seater space that's been dreamt up by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr's London Theatre Company. During his long reign over the National Theatre, Hytner found a winning formula of updates on classics and blockbusting new writing, and he's tried to apply the same approach to his new gaff, albeit with less immediate success. His rabble-rousing interactive take on 'Julius Caesar' wowed critics, but although this new space has attracted a roster of leading playwrights like Barney Norris, Martin McDonagh and Richard Bean, they haven't always done their best work here. 

Still, the Bridge Theatre does excel in providing a level of comfort and spaciousness that you won't get at the West End's charming-but-cramped historic playhouses. It has a grassy terrace with views of the Thames, a vast foyer perfect for sipping wine in a leisurely fashion, and a cafe-bar that makes much of its freshly baked madeleines. Oh, and if you've ever spent the whole interval waiting to spend a penny, know that Bridge Theatre has the most commodious toilets in all of theatreland.

Its 900-seater auditorium is fully flexible, meaning it can swap from a trad proscenium arch set-up to a promenade arrangement that lets audiences members move around. With some of the UK's most exciting writers under commission, there's still room for Bridget Theatre to brew a hit to rival Hytner's old stamping ground the National Theatre, just a few miles upstream.

Bridge Theatre says
The Bridge is the first theatre run by London Theatre Company founded by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr in 2017.

The new 900-seat auditorium is designed to be flexible and can be adapted for a variety of performance styles, resulting in hugely successful immersive theatre as well as more traditional end on and thrust- stage shows.

The Bridge focuses on the commissioning and production of new shows, as well as staging the occasional classic.

So far the stage has been filled with the likes of Maggie Smith, Ben Whishaw, Laura Linney, Jim Broadbent, and Gwendoline Christie drawing audiences from overseas as well as local areas.

Whether you’re a returning regular or making your first visit, we hope you’ll find yourself inspired and entertained. Welcome to The Bridge.

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3 Potters Fields Park
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What’s on

A Christmas Carol (Bridge Theatre)

  • Drama

After its run was cut short in 2020, the Bridge’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ returns for 2022 with Simon Russell Beale and Eben Figueiredo rejoining the cast alongside newbie Lyndsey Marshal. This review is from 2020, though we weren’t actually giving stars to things at that point, too many weird Covid vibes. Yeah, the Pfizer vaccine is a miracle of science – but has anybody tried injecting people with ‘A Christmas Carol’? In the toughest year for London theatres since Oliver Cromwell shut them all down, adaptations of Charles Dickens’s beloved ghost story seem to have remained steadfastly immune to the ravages of 2020: between online and IRL productions, there are at least a half-dozen ‘Carols’ in London this year. This three-hander from the redoubtable Bridge – one of the star theatres of the year, having pulled off a 12-play rep season in the original gap between lockdowns –  doesn’t make any tenuous case for the story as a Covid-era parable.  But you bung three of the best actors around – bonafide legend Simon Russell Beale, rising star Patsy Ferran, and hotly-tipped newcomer Eben Figueiredo – put the great Nicholas Hytner on directing duties, and combine with one of the most popular stories ever written, and you’re not going to go far wrong. In a zippy lo-fi production, the trio share the story’s numerous characters, with Beale mostly rooted in place as a surly, emotionally numb Ebeneezer Scrooge. But despite the modern-ish dress and a couple of cute contemporary gags airlifted

Guys and Dolls

  • Musicals

For 2023 the Bridge is betting the farm on a massive immersive production of Frank Loesser’s all-time classic musical ‘Guys and Dolls’, which will start an open-ended run from February. It’s a potentially seismic change for Nicholas Hytner’s theatre, possibly spurred on by the likely opening of the Bridge’s new sister theatre in Kings Cross. Hytner directs the exuberant tale of lovelorn gangsters in Prohibition-era New York City, which follows on from his superb immersive takes on Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. As with the other shows, you can opt to sit and spectate, or stand and take part in the action.

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