Casting has been announced for Alan Bennett’s upcoming play Allelujah! at the Bridge Theatre, which opens in July. The play, which is directed by Nicholas Hytner who opened the venue last year, is about a hospital in a small town in the Pennines threatened with closure as the NHS looks to improve efficiency. Peter Forbes (Follies, National Theatre), Deborah Findlay (The Children, Royal Court) and Samuel Barnett (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Menier) will star in the production alongside Sacha Dhawan (The History Boys), David Moorst, Nicola Hughes, Gwen Taylor and Simon Williams.
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).
Alan Bennett’s new play is as sharp as The History Boys and as funny as The Lady in the Van.