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The Southbury Child

1 July - 27 August 2022 Choose Dates & Book

In a co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre

Raffish, urbane and frequently drunk, David Highland has kept a grip on his remote coastal parish through a combination of disordered charm and high-handed determination.

But when his faith impels him to take a hard line with a bereaved parishioner, he finds himself dangerously isolated from public opinion. As his own family begins to fracture and his marriage falls apart, David must face a future that threatens to extinguish not only his position in the town, but everything he stands for.

Stephen Beresford’s darkly comic new play is an exploration of family and community, the savage divisions of contemporary society and the rituals that punctuate our lives.

Three time Olivier winning, Alex Jennings makes his first appearance at The Bridge to lead this eagerly awaited return to the stage by a writer whose work includes The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre and the BAFTA-winning Pride.

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Ticket prices
£15, £25, £39.50, £55, £65
Premium tickets £95
Reduced prices for midweek matinees

Performance schedule
Monday – Saturday: 7.30pm
Wednesdays & Saturdays: 2.30pm

TBD, will include interval

Access performances
Audio Described: Saturday 30 July 2022, 2.30pm
Captioned: Tuesday 9 August 2022, 7.30pm


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Alex Jennings
David Highland
Alex Jennings


Stephen Beresford
Nicholas Hytner

Nicholas Hytner is Co-Director of The Bridge Theatre where he has directed Young MarxJulius Caesar, Allelujah!, Alys, Always, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Ladies, Beat the Devil, The Shrine, Bed Among the Lentils, A Christmas Carol and Bach & Sons. From 2003 to 2015, he was Director of the National Theatre where his productions included Henry V, His Dark Materials, The History BoysStuff Happens, Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2, Much Ado About Nothing, One Man, Two GuvnorsCollaborators, Timon of Athens and Othello.

Film includes The Madness of King George and The Lady in the Van.

Television includes Talking Heads for the BBC.

Opera includes Handel’s Xerxes for English National Opera and Giulio Cesare for Paris Opera; Mozart’s Magic Flute for ENO and Cosi Fan Tutte at Glyndebourne; and Verdi’s Don Carlo at the ROH.

November 2021

Set Designer
Mark Thompson

Theatre includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (London/New York), Mamma Mia!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Art (all worldwide), A Raisin the Sun (NY), God of Carnage and Bombay Dreams (London/Broadway), La Bête (London/NY), Doctor Doolittle (Hammersmith Apollo), and The Children’s Hour and The Lady in the Van in the West End. For the National Theatre: Three Days in the Country, One Man, Two Guvnors (also West End/Broadway), London Assurance, She Stoops to Conquer, England People Very Nice, What the Butler Saw, The Rose Tattoo, The Madness of George III, The Alchemist, The Duchess of Malfi, Life x 3, Arcadia, Once in a Lifetime, Henry IV parts 1 & 2, and The Wind in the Willows. For the Donmar Warehouse: Welcome Home Captain Fox, The Blue Room (also Broadway), Company (also West End), Insignificance, The Front Page and Uncle Vanya/Twelfth Night (costumes only, also BAM/NY). For the Royal Court: Tribes, Birthday, Mouth to Mouth, Wild East, Hysteria, Six Degrees of Separation and The Kitchen. Other theatre includes Electra (Old Vic); Rope, Betrayal, Party Time and Volpone (Almeida); The Unexpected Man, Measure for Measure, Hamlet, The Wizard of  Oz, Much Ado About Nothing and The Comedy of Errors for the RSC; and Funny Girl at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Opera includes Macbeth and The Queen of Spades (Metropolitan, NY); The Mikado (Lyric, Chicago); Peter Grimes (Opera North); Montag aus Licht (Costumes – La Scala, Milan); Hansel and Gretel (Sydney Opera House); Carmen (Opera Comique, Paris); and  Don Quixote (Royal Ballet Company).

Films include Costume Design for The Madness of King George.

Awards Five Olivier Awards; two Critics’ Circle Awards and five nominations for Tony Awards.

October 2017

Costume Designer
Yvonne Milnes
Lighting Designer
Max Narula
Sound Designer
George Dennis

Theatre includes A Very Very Very Dark Matter at The Bridge; The Deep Blue Sea and The Norman Conquests at Chichester; Sweat at the Donmar Warehouse and West End; Venice Preserved for the RSC; Three Sisters at the Almeida; Hedda Tesman, Richard III and Spring Awakening for Headlong; A Slight Ache/The Dumb Waiter, The Lover/The Collection, One for the Road/A New World Order/Mountain Language/Ashes to Ashes at the Harold Pinter; The Importance of Being Earnest in the West End; Nine Night at the National Theatre and Trafalgar Studios; An Octoroon at the Orange Tree/National Theatre; The Homecoming at Trafalgar Studios; Frost/Nixon and Tribes at Sheffield Crucible; Much Ado About Nothing, Imogen and The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare’s Globe; Harrogate, Fireworks and Liberian Girl at the Royal Court; The Mountaintop and The Island at the Young Vic; Baskerville at Liverpool Playhouse; The Secret Garden at Theatre by the Lake/York Theatre Royal; Poison and German Skerries at the Orange Tree; Guards at the Taj and Visitors at the Bush; Killer (Off-West End Award for Best Sound Design) and The Pitchfork Disney at Shoreditch Town Hall (co-designed with Ben and Max Ringham); The Convert, In the Night Time and Eclipsed at the Gate; Noises Off at Nottingham Playhouse and UK tour; Mametz for National Theatre Wales; and Moth for HighTide/Bush.

September 2019