Further casting for the world premiere of Stephen Beresford’s The Southbury Child was named earlier this week. The Southbury Child is at the Bridge Theatre from 1 July to 27 August, and The Southbury Child tickets are on sale now. The Southbury Child play centres on David Highland, a vicar who struggles to keep a grip on his parish and finds himself isolated from public opinion. To get on everyone’s good side and be accepted by the town once more, David must fight for everything he stands for....
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Alex Jennings stars in the world premiere of Stephen Beresford’s The Southbury Child play at the Bridge Theatre. The Southbury Child tickets are available on London Theatre now.
As The Southbury Child is a new play, not much is known about the storyline. However audiences can expect a dark comic which explores the connections between families, religions and social identities. The play centres on David Highland, a flashy vicar who doesn’t always behave in the eyes of the Lord. However, his parish remain loyal to him, thanks to his unexpected successful charm.
It’s all called into question though when he deals with a bereaved local and his opinions vary massively from the local community. Soon enough, David is isolated from all those he considers acquaintances and his social life falls apart. Can David rescue his position in the town and society at large?
The three-time Olivier-winning actor Alex Jennings takes the charge at the Bridge Theatre for the first time as David Highland. He’s previously won Oliviers for starring in My Fair Lady, Peer Gynt and Too Clever by Half. Recently, he starred in Hansard at the National Theatre and played Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Now, he’ll play a troubled vicar in Stephen Beresford’s new play.
Stephen Beresford writes The Southbury Child in London. Beresford is best known for the 2014 film, Pride, a LGBTQ+-positive film based on the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign. To date, Beresford’s plays include The Last of the Haussmans, Fanny and Alexander and Three Kings.
Tickets to The Southbury Child are available now. Book your The Southbury Child tickets on London Theatre today.
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.
Three time Olivier winning, Alex Jennings makes his first appearance at The Bridge to lead this eagerly awaited return to the stage by a writer whose work includes The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre and the BAFTA-winning Pride.
July 1st, 2022
August 27th, 2022
Cast and creative
By: Stephen Beresford
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Cast list: Alex Jennings, Holly Atkins, Josh Finan, Jack Greenlees, Jo Herbert, Phoebe Nicholls, Racheal Ofori and Sarah Twomey
Set: Mark Thompson
Costume: Yvonne Milnes
Lighting: Max Narula
Sound: George Dennis
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Alex Jennings will lead the cast of Stephen Beresford's The Southbury Child in London next summer. The Southbury Child will play for a fortnight at the Chichester Festival Theatre, ahead of transferring to the Bridge Theatre from 1 July to 27 August.The Southbury Child centres on David Highland, a coastal parish who deals with issues in the local community with charm and determination. When his family falls apart, David has to focus on keeping his position in society. The three-time Olivier...