A repertoire of twelve one-person plays during September and October,
using the Bridge’s flexible auditorium to provide 250 socially distanced seats.
If the season is delayed, automatic refunds will be given for cancelled performances.

A Very Very Very Dark Matter

12 October - 6 January 2019 Choose Dates & Book

In a townhouse in Copenhagen works Hans Christian Andersen, a teller of exquisite and fantastic children’s tales beloved by millions. But the true source of his stories dwells in his attic upstairs, her existence a dark secret kept from the outside world.

As dangerous, twisted and funny as his National Theatre and Broadway hit The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh’s new play travels deep into the abyss of the imagination.

 

“A magnificent wild-card, possibly McDonagh’s most magnetic work this century.”

Financial Times ★★★★

“It confirms that McDonagh is a genuine original with a talent to disturb.”

The Guardian ★★★★

“It is going to split opinions. I would go again. But, please, don’t take the children.”

The Times ★★★★
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Ticket Prices
£65, £50, £35, £25, £15
Reduced prices for previews & midweek matinees
Premium tickets available

£15 day seats available from 10am at the box office in person – 1 ticket per person

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Performance Schedule
Monday to Saturday 7.45pm, Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

Length
1 hour 30 mins – no interval

Additional Information
Contains strong language, sexual references, explicit violence, gunshots and scenes people may find disturbing

From the programme

The In-Betweener

Fintan O'Toole

When he was 16, Martin McDonagh told his brother John a story based on an old folktale: A lonely little boy is on a bridge at dusk when a sinister man approaches. The man is driving a cart on the back of which are foul-smelling animal cages…

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By the Virtue of the Dark

Marina Warner

During the long nights of the North before electricity, darkness gathered in the forests and below the blind black surface of the fjords; but beyond observable reality, another kind of night reached deep down in the depths, where monsters…

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The Unfree Free State: An Overview of the History of the Congo

Mpalive-Hangson Msiska

One gets a better a sense of the Congo when the territory is seen in terms of its historical formation. Arguably, one of the most determining events for modern Congo was the late 19th-century founding of the Congo Free State by Belgium’s King…

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Cast

Johnetta Eula’Mae Ackles
Marjory
Johnetta Eula’Mae Ackles
Alistair Benson
Charles, Jr
Alistair Benson
Elizabeth Berrington
Catherine
Elizabeth Berrington
Paul Bradley
Press Man
Paul Bradley
Noah Brignull
Charles, Jr
Noah Brignull
Jim Broadbent
Hans Christian Andersen
Jim Broadbent
Phil Daniels
Dickens
Phil Daniels
Regan Garcia
Walter
Regan Garcia
Leo Hart
Walter
Leo Hart
Graeme Hawley
Barry
Graeme Hawley
Audrey Hayhurst
Kate/Ingrid
Audrey Hayhurst
Kundai Kanyama
Ogechi
Kundai Kanyama
Lee Knight
Edvard
Lee Knight
Jamie McKie
Crowd
Jamie McKie
Ryan Pope
Dirk
Ryan Pope
James Roberts
Charles, Jr
James Roberts
Alice Selwyn
Crowd
Alice Selwyn
Anthony Taylor
Crowd
Anthony Taylor
Austin Taylor
Walter
Austin Taylor
Amelia Walter
Kate/Ingrid
Amelia Walter
Annabelle Westenholz-Smith
Kate/Ingrid
Annabelle Westenholz-Smith

Creative Team

Writer
Martin McDonagh
Director
Matthew Dunster
Designer
Anna Fleischle
Lighting
Philip Gladwell
Sound
George Dennis
Illusions
Chris Fisher
Composer
James Maloney
Video Designer
Finn Ross
Wigs and Prosthetic Designer
Susanna Peretz
Fight Directors
Rachel Bown-Williams & Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-Annie Ltd
Voice & Dialect Coach
Hazel Holder