When we interviewed the playwright back in 2015 he hinted at a new work, developed, he said, 'in collaboration with our most prestigious partner yet... if that cooks up into something we can announce, that will feel momentous'.
Well, the moment is here and partners don't come much more prestigious that former heads of the National Theatre Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr. The inaugural season of their new 900-seat Bridge Theatre features a new play written by Norris. What's more, Laurie Sansom – former artistic director of the Royal and Derngate, as well as the National Theatre of Scotland – directs.
Nightfall crystallises Norris's trademark themes of love, loss and fading rural ways of life. It revolves around a family on a farm near Winchester. Jenny is widowed after an incident with a Labrador and a shotgun. Her son Ryan is struggling to earn enough through farming. Her daughter Lou returns home to grieve. But when Lou's wealthy boyfriend Pete turns up, the family equilibrium shifts.
Rising star Ophelia Lovibond (W1A, BBC; The Libertine, Theatre Royal Haymarket) plays Lou opposite TV regular Claire Skinner (Outnumbered, BBC) as Jenny.
|What||Nightfall, Bridge Theatre|
|Where||Bridge Theatre, One Tower Bridge, London, SE1 2UP | MAP|
|Nearest tube||London Bridge (underground)|
28 Apr 18 – 26 May 18, 7:45 PM – 9:45 PM
|Price||£15 - £65|
|Website||Click here to book via the Bridge Theatre|