New 2020/2021 productions at London’s Bridge Theatre will begin with Polly Findlay directing Roger Allam and Colin Morgan in Caryl Churchill’s play A Number at London’s Bridge Theatre. Previews begin on 14 February 2020 with the opening night on 19 February and final performance on 14 March 2020.
How might a son feel to discover that he is only one of a number of identical copies? What happens when a father is confronted by the results of an outrageous genetic experiment?
Designs are by Lizzie Clachan with lighting by Peter Mumford, sound by Carolyn Downing, music by Marc Tritschler and casting by Robert Sterne.
This will be followed by Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage, directed by Nicholas Hytner in Bryony Lavery’s new stage adaptation.
La Belle Sauvage takes place 12 years before Pullman’s epic His Dark Materials trilogy. Previews begin on 11 July with opening night on 23 July. The final performance will be on 10 October 2020.
Designs are by Bob Crowley, video designs by Luke Halls, lighting design by Bruno Poet, puppetry by Barnaby Dixon and music by Grant Olding. The associate directors are Emily Burns and James Cousins who is also movement director. Casting will be announced at a later date.
Marianne Elliott and Steven Hoggett will then direct They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? in Paula Vogel’s new play based on the novel by Horace McCoy.
Previewing at the Bridge Theatre from 31 October 2020 with opening night on 17 November, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? will run until 30 January 2021.
Set design is by Bob Crowley with music by Charlotte and Mike Truman and casting by Charlotte Sutton. Casting will be announced at a later date.
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? is a co-production between London Theatre Company and Elliott & Harper Productions, Brandon Millan and Rick Sparks.
Finally, Simon Russell Beale will play the title role in Henrik Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman. Directed by Nicholas Hytner and in a new version by Lucinda Coxon, John Gabriel Borkman will have its first performance on 11 February 2021 with opening night on 18 February 2021 with the run concluding on 17 April 2021.
Designs are by Vicki Mortimer. Further casting and the full creative team will be announced at a later date.
Simon Russell Beale has most recently been seen on stage in The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre and in the West End with the production due to open on Broadway in March next year.