The new Bridge Theatre in London, will present the world premiere of Nicholas Hytner’s production of Alan Bennett’s Allelujah!, running from July until September.
The show will be opening on 19th July and will run until 28th September. Rehearsals have begun, and tickets are now on sale.
What is the play about?
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.
The cast comprises Samuel Barnett, Sam Bond, Jacqueline Chan, Jacqueline Clarke, Sacha Dhawan, Rosie Ede, Patricia England, Deborah Findlay, Peter Forbes, Julia Foster, Manish Gandi, and Colin Haigh.
They will be joined by Richard Hart, Nadine Higgin, Nicola Hughes, Anna Lindup, Louis Mahoney, David Moorst, Jeff Rawle, Cleo Sylvestre, Gwen Taylor, Sue Wallace, Simon Williams, Duncan Wisbey and Gary Wood.
Allelujah!, designed by Bob Crowley with choreography Arlene Phillips, lighting by Natasha Chivers and music by George Fenton.
Allelujah! will be the tenth collaboration between Bennett and Hytner. They first worked together on Bennett’s adaptation of The Wind in the Willows for the National Theatre in 1990. Then followed The Madness of King George III, The Lady in the Van and The History Boys, all of which were also seen on film, The Habit of Art, People and the double bill Untold Stories.
Group booking information
For bookings of ten or more you can call 0843 208 1847 or fill in an online form.
For more information, visit bridgetheatre.co.uk.