The Southbury Child

22 April - 27 June 2020 Choose Dates & Book

After advice from the Prime Minister asking theatres to close, we are cancelling performances of I Remember It Well and The Southbury Child.

We intend to re-schedule both productions as soon as we can. We’ll let you know about this as quickly as possible and hope very much that you will re-book. In the meantime, you are of course entitled to a refund – but you can, if you wish, choose for it to be refunded as a credit to your account. (That would be very helpful.)

If you have any questions about any of this, you can be in touch with us at As you can imagine, we will have a lot of emails to respond to in the next few days, so we appreciate your patience as we process each one.

On a personal note, take care of yourself and the people around you. Stay well, and we’ll be back for our next production, The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage, in July.


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.

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 
£62.50 – £15
Premium tickets available

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

Approx 2hr 20mins – inc an interval

Access Performances 
Saturday 20 June 2.30pm – Captioned
Wednesday 24 June 2.30pm – Audio Described


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Alex Jennings
David Highland
Alex Jennings

Creative Team

Stephen Beresford
Nicholas Hytner

Nicholas Hytner co-founded London Theatre Company with Nick Starr. For the Bridge Theatre he has directed Young Marx, Julius Caesar, Allelujah!, Alys, Always, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Ladies, Beat the Devil, The Shrine, Bed Among the Lentils and A Christmas Carol.  Previously he was Director of the National Theatre from 2003 to 2015. His book Balancing Acts is published by Jonathan Cape.

August 2020

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

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

Casting Director
Robert Sterne
Props Supervisor
Lily Mollgaard