Bridg­ing the gap

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LON­DON’S new Bridge Theatre will open its first sea­son in Oc­to­ber with a new com­edy about Karl Marx’s youth, it was an­nounced last week. The 900-seat theatre next to City Hall, near Tower Bridge, is a joint ven­ture from Sir Ni­cholas Hyt­ner and Nick Starr, for­mer artis­tic and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tors re­spec­tively of the Na­tional Theatre, who founded the Lon­don Theatre Com­pany to­gether in 2015.

They in­tended to cre­ate a ‘bold, pop­u­lar’ venue to cater to the 25% in­crease in au­di­ences over the past 15 years and The Bridge has been billed as the first wholly new theatre of scale to be added in the cap­i­tal for 80 years and the first to be built beyond the West End.

It cost £12 mil­lion, backed by a group of ven­ture-cap­i­tal in­vestors, and Mr Starr calls it the ‘new in­de­pen­dent on the scene, driven by both a mis­sion and a bot­tom line’. ‘We’ve com­mis­sioned am­bi­tious plays and we’ve built an en­vi­ron­ment for them that is ex­cit­ing, wel­com­ing and flex­i­ble: a theatre that can be changed to suit the show,’ says Sir Ni­cholas.

Young Marx (Oc­to­ber 18 to De­cem­ber 31) will be di­rected by Sir Ni­cholas, as will Julius Cae­sar (Jan­uary 20 to April 15, 2018), star­ring Ben Whishaw. These will be fol­lowed by an­other new play, Night­fall by Bar­ney Nor­ris (April 28 to June 3, 2018), and pub­lic book­ing for all three opens to­mor­row (from £15 to £65, www.bridge theatre.co.uk).

Rory Kin­n­ear as the young Karl Marx

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