They are no less than 900 locations. The first big brand new commercial theater to be built in London at 80 years and the first to do it outside the West End. The Bridge Theatre, which opens its doors this season, surrounded by a great expectation, is the ambitious project of two heavyweights of the British scene. Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr were for 10 years artistic and executive Director, respectively, of the National Theatre. They took the English National company to an unprecedented commercial, creative and financial success. When they left it, in 2015, they already warned that they would continue producing theatre in the commercial sector, but they wanted to create something new.
Its creature is the Bridge Theatre, located on the south Bank of the Thames, next to the Tower of London, and draws attention to its focus on new dramaturgy. A proposal that will be welcomed as a complement to a West End more and more focused on Broadway musicals and shows. Of the eight productions announced, all except a Julius Caesar are new works. There are no shortage of good rooms in London that compete in that league, but none as the Bridge offers such a large auditorium. A healthy invitation to new playwrights to think big.
It will inaugurate the first season of the Bridge, on October 17, a comedy titled Young Marx, of Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, on the years of the author of the capital, which is hidden from the authorities in London Soho. It is directed by the Hynter itself and counts in the role of Karl Marx with Rory Kinnear, habitual actor of its stage in the National. Hynter referred to the assembly as "a provocative, forceful and amusing declaration of intent" of the new theatre.
Starr assured, during the presentation of the project a few months ago, that the increase of the public in the London theatres makes viable a project like that which Hynter and it rushes. "London is a great city to make and see theatre, as shown by 25% growth in the public in the last 15 years," he explained. "We believe there is room for a new and independent player on the scene."
' Young Marx ', by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Bridge Theatre. London. From October 17th to December 31st.