The first full-scale theatre to be built in London in 80 years opens its doors today. The Bridge Theatre is very near Tower Bridge, although the actual address is 3 Potters Field – a street name which just reeks of history and an era when theatres were so disreutable they were sited far from the city’s centre.
The Bridge, however, is brand new and its focus is on new writing. Of the first eight shows lined up, all but Julius Caesar are new works. It kicks off with a comedy about Karl Marx by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Starring Rory Kinnear, Young Marx runs until New Year’s Eve.
His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.
The threatre will also host one-off events on Monday evenings and Friday lunchtimes. Courtney Pine is performing in November and songwriter Richard Thompson’s October evening is already sold out.
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