The production will run at the Bridge Theatre from the 22nd April.

It has been announced that Alex Jennings is set to make his Bridge Theatre debut in the world premiere of Stephen Beresford’s new play The Southbury Child.

This production sees Alex Jennings reuniting with director Nicholas Hytner who has previously directed him in Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, Collaborators, The Habit of Art, The Alchemist, The Winter’s Tale and The Importance of Being Earnest amongst others.  He was last on stage in Hansard at the National Theatre where he has worked extensively as well as at the Royal Shakespeare Company.  

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.

As well as being directed by Nicholas Hytner, the creative team includes designs by Mark Thompson with sound by George Dennis and lighting by Max Narula. Further casting is to be announced soon.

The Southbury Child will run at the Bridge Theatre from the 22nd April until the 27th June.