After a sell-out run in June this year in which Laura Linney made her London theatre debut, she will return to the Bridge Theatre to reprise the title role in Richard Eyre’s production of My Name is Lucy Barton.
Running from 23 January to 16 February 2019 for a strictly limited 26 performances, this monologue is adapted by Rona Munro from Pulitzer Prize-winning Elizabeth Strout’s 2016 New York Times best-selling short novel of the same name.
Linney and Eyre have worked together twice before – on stage Eyre directed Linney in a Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and on screen he directed her in his and Charles Wood’s adaptation of Bernhard Schlink’s The Other Man.
Also at the Bridge, Joanne Froggatt plays the central role, Frances, in the premiere of Lucinda Coxon’s Alys, Always based on the novel by Harriet Lane. The production, with a cast also featuring Robert Glenister, is directed by Nicholas Hytner and will begin previews at the venue on 25 February with opening night on 5 March and performances until 30 March 2019.
Frances (Froggatt) works on the books pages of a Sunday newspaper. She’s quiet and capable, but nobody takes much notice: her face is pressed to the window, on the outside, looking in. One evening, driving back to London after visiting her infuriating parents, she comes across an upturned car crumpled on the side of the road. She waits with the injured driver, Alys Kyte, until the ambulance arrives. Later, when Alys’s famous family gets in touch, Frances finds herself for the first time ushered into the world on the other side of the window. And she begins to wonder: what would it take to become a player?
Alys, Always was Harriet Lane’s debut novel, published in 2012, and was followed in 2014 with Her. Previously Lane wrote for the Guardian and the Observer as well as Vogue and Tatler.
Hytner will also direct an immersive production of William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream running at the Bridge from 3 June to 31 August 2019 with opening night on 11 June 2019.
Reuniting the creative team who previously presented Julius Caesar at the Bridge earlier this year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will have designs by Bunny Christie, costumes by Christina Cunningham, lighting by Bruno Poet and sound by Paul Arditti. Music will be by Grant Olding.
With seating wrapped around the action, there will also be several hundred immersive tickets at £25 available in advance for each performance with a special allocation of £15 immersive tickets held for Young Bridge, a free scheme for those under 26.
Having previously directed William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Hamlet, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Timon of Athens, Twelfth Night and The Winter’s Tale, Hytner will now direct his first production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
On Broadway, Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning Laura Linney made her debut in Six Degrees of Separation and subsequently played Nina in The Seagull, Thea Elvsted in Hedda Gabler, Yelena Andreyevna in Uncle Vanya, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, La Marquise de Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuses and most recently alternated the roles of Regina Hubbard Giddens and Birdie Hubbard in The Little Foxes for the Manhattan Theatre Club. On film, she made her screen debut in Lorenzo’s Oil and was most recently seen in The Dinner. Her extensive film credits also include The Truman Show, Kinsey, Sully, Primal Fear, Hyde Park on Hudson, You Can Count on Me and Mystic River.
On television Joanne Froggatt played Anna Smith in all six seasons of Downton Abbey for which she was the recipient of a Golden Globe award as well as three Emmy nominations. She is currently filming the feature film of the same period drama. Last year she was seen in Sundance TV and ITV’s Liar which has now been commissioned for a second series. Her previous theatre credits include The Knowledge and Little Platoons at the Bush Theatre, All About My Mother at the Old Vic, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Manchester Royal Exchange, Playhouse Creatures at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Be My Baby for Soho Theatre. On film Froggatt recently played alongside Ed Harris and Rich Sommer in the independent feature A Crooked Somebody.
Robert Glenister can soon be seen in the forthcoming Moonlight and Night School as part of Jamie Lloyd’s Pinter at the Pinter season. His many other theatre credits include Glengarry Glen Ross at the Playhouse Theatre, Great Britain and Blue Remembered Hills for the National Theatre, Noises Off at the Old Vic and Novello, The Late Middle Classes for the Donmar Warehouse, Hedda Gabler for the Theatre Royal, Bath, The Winterling for the Royal Court and Measure for Measure, The Spanish Tragedy and Little Eyolf for the Royal Shakespeare Company. His many television credits include Curfew, Paranoid, The Musketeers, Cold Feet, Close to the Enemy, Vera, The Great Train Robbery, The Café, We’ll Take Manhattan, Hustle and Spooks. Glenister’s film credits include The Aeronauts, Journey’s End, Live by Night, Cryptic, Creation, Laissez Passer, The Visitors, All Forgotten, Secret Rapture and Quadrophenia.