Laura Linney returns to Bridge Theatre for 26 performances only

Laura Linney as Lucy Barton, photo by Manuel Harlan

Laura Linney as Lucy Barton, photo by Manuel Harlan

Next week, from 23 January 2019, and after a sell-out run in June last year Laura Linney returns to the Bridge to reprise the title role in Richard Eyre’s production of My Name is Lucy Barton.   For a strictly limited 26 performances until 16 February 2019, this haunting dramatic monologue is adapted byRona Munro from Pulitzer Prize-winning Elizabeth Strout’s 2016 New York Times best-selling short novel of the same name.  Evening performances are Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm with Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

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.

Laura Linney and Richard Eyre have worked together twice before – on stage Eyre directed Linney in a Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and on screen he directed her in his and Charles Wood’s adaptation of Bernhard Schlink’s The Other Man.

 On Broadway, Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning Laura Linney made her debut in Six Degrees of Separation and subsequently played Nina in The Seagull, Thea Elvsted in Hedda Gabler, Yelena Andreyevna in Uncle Vanya, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, La Marquise de Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuses and most recently alternated the roles of Regina Hubbard Giddens and Birdie Hubbard in The Little Foxes for the Manhattan Theatre Club. On film, she made her screen debut in Lorenzo’s Oil and was most recently seen in The Dinner. Her extensive film credits also include The Truman Show, Kinsey, Sully, Primal Fear, Hyde Park on Hudson, You Can Count on Me and Mystic River.  Her many small screen credits include Tales of the City, The Big C, which she also produced, Frasier and most recently Ozark for Netflix.

Elizabeth Strout’s debut novel was Amy and Isabelle which was subsequently adapted into a film for HBO.  Her further writing credits are Abide with Me,Olive Kitteridge, which was adapted into an Emmy award-winning mini-series also for HBO, The Burgess BoysMy Name is Lucy Barton and Anything is Possible.

Rona Munro has written extensively for stage, radio, film and television including the award-winning trilogy The James Plays for the National Theatre of Scotland, the National Theatre and the Edinburgh International Festival. Her other theatre writing credits include Scuttlers for the Royal Exchange Theatre,Iron and The Last Witch for the Edinburgh International Festival and Little Eagles for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Richard Eyre is a multi award-winning theatre, film, opera and television Director.  Eyre was Director of the National Theatre from 1988-1997 and alongside his numerous theatrical awards he is also the recipient of the Companion of Honour.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Address:                           Bridge Theatre, 3 Potters Fields Park, London, SE1 2SG

Box Office:                        0333 320 0051 or [email protected]

Tickets are priced from £15 to £69.50 with a limited number of premium seats available.   A special allocation of £15 tickets are held for Young Bridge, a free scheme for those under 26.

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