My Name is Lucy Barton
The play will be released as an audiobook on 4 Feb, read by Laura Linney.
Unsteady after an operation, Lucy Barton wakes to find her mother sitting at the foot of her bed. She hasn’t seen her in years, and her visit brings back to Lucy her desperate rural childhood, and her escape to New York. As she begins to find herself as a writer, she is still gripped by the urgent complexities of family life.
Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout’s best-selling short novel, a haunting dramatic monologue, captivated readers in 2016.
Lucy Barton will be played by three-time Academy Award and four-time Tony nominee Laura Linney.
“Deeply affecting, heartbreaking. A powerful storyteller immersed in the nuances of human relationships, weaving family tapestries with compassion, wisdom and insight.” The Observer
Laura Linney Photo: Jason Bell
Linney is simply superbThe Times ★★★★★
Elizabeth Strout’s novel works outstandingly on stage.The Guardian ★★★★
A deeply affecting performance of real directness. Richard Eyre's production is exquisitely modulated.Independent ★★★★
Rona Munro has skilfully and faithfully adapted Strout’s novelEvening Standard ★★★★
This is special. A magical performance. Deeply sensitive and beautifully modulated. Extraordinary and wonderful.whatsonstage.com ★★★★★
£65, £50, £35, £25, £15
Premium tickets available
Young Bridge can access an exclusive allocation of £15 tickets (subject to availability)
Monday to Saturday 7.45pm & Saturday 2.30pm
About 90 minutes, with no interval.
From the programme
A conversation between Elizabeth Strout & Rona Munro
RM Hullo Elizabeth. The plan of interviewing you by email sounded like a great idea until I sat down here to start this conversation, I realised there are things I might like to ask you when we meet, and there are certainly things I want to ask …More →
Theatre Laura Linney returned to Broadway this year in the Manhattan Theatre Club’s revival of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, for which she received a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play. She has appeared in many other Broadway productions, most notably Time Stands Still and Sight Unseen, both directed by Daniel Sullivan and written by Donald Margulies. Additional credits include Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (directed by Richard Eyre), Six Degrees of Separation, Honour, Uncle Vanya, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Holiday and The Seagull.
Television She will reprise her role as Mary Ann Singleton in a new 10-episode instalment of Amistead Maupin’s Tales of the City for Netflix. In its second season for Netflix, Linney stars in Ozark, alongside Jason Bateman, which is to be released later in 2018. Linney starred in and produced the series The Big C for four seasons, for which she won several awards. She also won multiple awards for her portrayal of Abigail Adams in the HBO miniseries John Adams, directed by Tom Hooper. She played Kelsey Grammer’s final girlfriend in the last six episodes of Frasier, was directed by Stanley Donen in Love Letters, and starred opposite Joanne Woodward in Blind Spot.
Film includes The Dinner, Nocturnal Animals, Sully, Genius, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Mr Holmes, Hyde Park on Hudson, The Details, Morning, The Savages, The Hottest State, The Squid and the Whale, Kinsey, P.S., Love Actually, Mystic River, The Life of David Gale, The Mothman Prophecies, You Can Count on Me, The House of Mirth, The Truman Show, Absolute Power, Primal Fear, Congo and Lorenzo’s Oil, among
Awards Linney has been nominated three times for an Academy Award, four times for a Tony Award, once for a BAFTA Award, and five times for a Golden Globe. She has won a SAG Award, one National Board of Review Award, two Golden Globes and four Emmy Awards. She holds two honorary Doctorates from her alma maters, Brown University and The Juilliard School.
Theatre includes Hamlet, Kafka’s Dick and Edmond at the Royal Court; Comedians, Guys and Dolls, The Beggar’s Opera, The Government Inspector, The Futurists, The Changeling, The Voysey Inheritance, Racing Demon, Richard III, Night of the Iguana, White Chameleon, Skylight, Napoli Milionaria, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Absence of War, John Gabriel Borkman, The Prince’s Play, Amy’s View, King Lear, The Invention of Love, Vincent in Brixton, The Reporter, The Observer, Welcome to Thebes and Liolà at the National Theatre; The Crucible on Broadway; Mary Poppins in the West End and on Broadway; A Flea in Her Ear at the Old Vic; The Last of the Duchess at Hampstead; The Judas Kiss and The Dark Earth and the Light Sky, and his own adaptations of Les Mains Sales, Hedda Gabler, Ghosts and Little Eyolf at the Almeida; Private Lives, Betty Blue Eyes, Quartermaine’s Terms, Stephen Ward and Mr Foote’s Other Leg in the West End; The Last Cigarette, The Pajama Game and The Stepmother at Chichester; and Long Day’s Journey into Night for Bristol Old Vic and the West End.
Opera includes La Traviata at the Royal Opera House; Le Nozze di Figaro at Aix-en-Provence and the Metropolitan Opera; Carmen, Werther and Manon Lescaut at the Metropolitan Opera.
Television includes The Insurance Man, Country, v, Tumbledown, Suddenly Last Summer, Changing Stages, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, The Dresser and King Lear.
Film includes The Ploughman’s Lunch, Iris, Stage Beauty, Notes on a Scandal, The Other Man and The Children Act.
Writing Utopia and Other Places – a memoir; National Service – a journal of his time at the National Theatre; Talking Theatre – conversations with theatre people; What Do I Know? – a collection of essays; and Place to Place – a collection of poems.
He was Director of Nottingham Playhouse from 1973 to 1978; Producer of Play for Today for BBC TV from 1978 to 1981; and Director of the National Theatre from 1988 to 1997. He has received numerous theatre and film awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was knighted in 1997 and was made a Companion of Honour in 2017.
Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge; the number one New York Times bestseller My Name Is Lucy Barton (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016); The Burgess Boys, a New York Times bestseller; Abide with Me, a national bestseller and Book Sense pick; and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. Her most recent book, Anything is Possible, was a New York Times bestseller and named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review, USA Today, and The Washington Post, among other publications. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction (now the Women’s Prize for Fiction) in the UK. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine. Elizabeth Strout lives in New York City. The sequel to Olive Kitteridge – Olive, Again – will be published in September 2019.
Theatre includes The James Plays, a trilogy of award-winning plays produced by National Theatre Scotland, the National Theatre of Great Britain and Edinburgh International Festival; Scuttlers for the Royal Exchange, Manchester; Little Eagles for the RSC; The Last Witch for Edinburgh International Festival; and Iron for the Traverse, Edinburgh, for which she won the John Whiting Award in 2003.
Television includes the BAFTA-nominated Bumping the Odds and Rehab. She is the only writer so far to have contributed episodes to both the classic and contemporary series of Dr Who.
Film includes Ladybird, Ladybird and Oranges and Sunshine.
Radio includes several dramas for The Stanley Baxter Playhouse.
Theatre includes, recently, Alys Always, My Name is Lucy Barton and Allelujah! for The Bridge; The Inheritance at the Young Vic, in the West End and on Broadway; Sing Street for New York Theatre Workshop; The Moderate Soprano in the West End; An American in Paris on Broadway, in London and Paris; Skylight in London and on Broadway; Aladdin for Disney in Toronto and on Broadway; The Glass Menagerie for American Repertory Theatre, USA, and on Broadway; The Audience in London and on Broadway; Once in London, on Broadway and US tour; and The Dark Earth and the Light Sky at the Almeida.
He has designed many productions for the National Theatre including People, Pinocchio, Travelling Light, Collaborators, King James Bible, Juno and the Paycock (also at the Abbey, Dublin), The Habit of Art, The Power of Yes, Phèdre, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Gethsemane, i (which he also co-directed with Tony Harrison), The History Boys (also on Broadway), His Girl Friday and Mourning Becomes Electra; more than 25 productions for the RSC, including Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Plantagenets; and for the Donmar Warehouse: Into the Woods and Orpheus Descending.
Other theatre includes Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward, on UK tour and on Broadway; Disney’s Aida on Broadway; Disney’s Tarzan (which he also directed) on Broadway, in Germany and the Netherlands; The Year of Magical Thinking on Broadway and at the NT; The Coast of Utopia in New York; Carousel in New York; The Seagull at the Public Theatre New York; Paul Simon’s The Capeman, and The Sweet Smell of Success.
Opera & ballet designs include Strapless, The Winter’s Tale, Pavane, Anastasia, The Knot Garden, La traviata and Alice in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House; Great Scott at Dallas Opera; Don Carlos at the Metropolitan Opera; and The Cunning Little Vixen at le Châtelet.
Film includes Othello, Tales from Hollywood starring Jeremy Irons and Alec Guinness, Suddenly Last Summer directed by Richard Eyre and starring Maggie Smith, and Costume Design for the film of The Crucible starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder.
Awards Seven Tony awards, two Olivier awards, the Royal Designer for Industry Award and Robert LB Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design at the TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards in New York.
Peter Mumford works as a lighting, set and projection designer.
Theatre includes My Name is Lucy Barton at The Bridge and in New York; Far Away and The Way of the World at the Donmar Warehouse; Eight Hotels and The Stepmother at Chichester; The Ferryman, Long Day’s Journey into Night, 42nd Street, Top Hat and Stepping Out in the West End; The Children at the Royal Court and Escaped Alone at the Royal Court and in New York; King Kong (Helpmann and Green Room Awards for Best Lighting); Global Creatures in Australia; The Slaves of Solitude, Wild Honey and Wonderland at Hampstead; High Society at the Old Vic; Ghosts at the Almeida/Trafalgar Studios and in NY; Bull at the Young Vic; Sucker Punch (Knight of Illumination Award) at the Royal Court; and John, Scenes from an Execution, Twelfth Night, All’s Well that Ends Well, The Hothouse, The Reporter, The Invention of Love, Vincent in Brixton, Bacchai (Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design), The Merchant of Venice and Summerfolk at the National Theatre.
Opera includes The Mask of Orpheus at ENO; Beauty and Sadness at Chamber Opera, Hong Kong; Werther, Faust, Carmen and Peter Grimes at the Metropolitan, New York; Manon Lescaut at Baden Baden and Metropolitan, New York Met; The Damnation of Faust at ENO/Berlin/Palermo/De Vlaamse; Madame Butterfly at ENO/New York Met; Pelléas et Mélisande at the Mariinsky; Eugene Onegin for LA Opera and ROH; La Traviata at Glyndebourne; Fidelio and The Ring for Scottish Opera; The Midsummer Marriage at Chicago Lyric Opera; The Bartered Bride for the ROH; Faust at Vilnius City Opera; and Butterfly and Andrea Chénier for Opera North.
Dance includes Within the Golden Hour and Corybantic Games for the ROH; Carmen for ROH/Texas Ballet Theater/Queensland Ballet/Carlos Acosta; The King Dances, Faster, E=mc2,and Take Five for Birmingham Royal Ballet; Carmen for Miami City Ballet/Richard Aston; and Ein Reigen for Vienna State Ballet.
In addition to his lighting design work, Peter Mumford designed the sets for Dying City at the Royal Court and Carmen at Miami City Ballet. He has also directed and designed concert stagings of The Ring Cycle (which won the South Bank Sky Arts Opera Award 2017), The Flying Dutchman for Opera North, Fidelio for Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and Otello for Bergen National Opera.
John Leonard started work in theatre sound 46 years ago, during which time he has provided soundtracks for theatres all over the world. His most recent theatre includes: Sleeping Beauty at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, Corrido: A Ballad for the Brave at the Victoria & Albert Museum; Mood Music at the Old Vic, Long Day’s Journey into Night at Bristol Old Vic, West End, New York & Los Angeles; My Name is Lucy Barton at Bridge Theatre, Present Laughter and In Praise of Love at Bath Theatre Royal & Ustinov Studio & The Real Thing for Bath Theatre on tour; The Stepmother at Minerva Theatre, Chichester; The Retreat, Beirut and The Other Place at the Park Theatre; All Our Children, at the Jermyn Street Theatre; Duet for One, UK tour; Consent, Waste, Detroit, Grief, Untold Stories: Cocktail Sticks, 2000 Years, England People Very Nice, Much Ado About Nothing, London Assurance and Rocket to the Moon at the National Theatre; The Heresy of Love for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe; The Dark Earth and the Light Sky, The Master Builder, Little Eyolf and Ghosts (also West End and New York) at the Almeida; Into the Woods at the Royal Exchange, Manchester; The BFG at Birmingham Rep; Birthday and Tribes at the Royal Court; Prism, Cell Mates, The Firm, Mother Christmas, Stevie, Farewell To The Theatre, Lawrence After Arabia, Ken and Mr. Foote’s Other Leg (also West End) at Hampstead; Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Libertine, Dead Funny, Hand To God, The Duck House, Just Jim Dale, Firebird and McQueen (West End).
He has written an acclaimed guide to theatre sound, is the recipient of Drama Desk, LDI Sound Designer Of The Year and USITT Distinguished Career awards and is a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, a Companion of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.
Theatre includes My Name Is Lucy Barton (also on Broadway), Alys Always, Talking Heads and A Christmas Carol at The Bridge; The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre (also West End and Broadway); Everyone’s Talking About Jamie, The Moderate Soprano and Frozen in the West End; 2071, The Nether (also West End), Linda and Girls & Boys at the Royal Court; Miss Saigon in Japan, New York and UK tour; Man and Superman, Ugly Lies the Bone, and The Great Wave at the National Theatre; Desire Under the Elms at Sheffield Crucible; Elegy for Young Lovers at Theatr an der Wien; Oil at the Almeida; Half a Sixpence at Chichester; Mary Poppins on tour; Hamlet and The Master and Margarita at the Barbican; and I Can’t Sing at the Palladium.
Opera includes The Cunning Little Vixen, Don Giovanni and Król Roger at ROH; The Cunning Little Vixen, Don Giovanni and Der Freischütz for Danish Royal Opera; Otello for Metropolitan Opera, New York; Zeitgest at the Coliseum; Das Liebesverbot at Teatro Real, Madrid; The Flying Dutchman for Finland National Opera; West Side Story at Malmo Opera (2020 Drama Desk Award); Don Giovanni for Barcelona Opera; Marco Polo for Guangzhou Opera House; Carmen for Bregenzer Festspiele; and next year Don Giovanni at Houston Grand Opera; and Porgy and Bess at National Opera, Amsterdam.
Ballet includes Malgorzata Dzierzon for Ballet Rambert; and Connectome for the Royal Ballet.
Other work includes projections for Adele, Rihanna, Paris Fashion Week, Robbie Williams, Pet Shop Boys, The Sessions, The Band, Olympic and Paralympic 2012 closing ceremonies, ‘Concert for Diana’ at Wembley Stadium, George Michael, the Rolling Stones, Genesis, Darren Hayes, Elton John, U2, Muse, and Nitin Sawhney.
Awards Knight of Illumination awards for 2014, 2015 and 2016; BAFTA for The Cube.