The venue has announced a programme of socially distanced shows during September and October, using the Bridge’s flexible auditorium to provide 250 socially distanced seats.

(c)Phillip Vile

In a statement, the London theatre said: “As you’ll know, the Government is embarked on a phased return for the performing arts. We are hoping that we will get the green light to open with a reduced capacity of 250 seats and stringent safety measures, and we are inviting audiences from today to book seats with the assurance that, of course, if the season is delayed there will be automatic refunds for any performances that can’t go ahead.”

Running through September and October, the season will see Ralph Fiennes making his Bridge Theatre debut in David Hare’s Beat The Devil from the end of August. This new monologue is about Covid-19 and will run at 50 minutes long.

This newly announced programme will also see Yolanda Mercy will perform her one-woman play Quarter Life Crisis, directed by Jade Lewis for six performances across October. Poet and playwright Zodwa Nyoni’s Nine Lives will be performed by Lladel Bryant and directed by Alex Chisholm, with seven performances being mounted at the end of October.

Elsewhere, the venue will also present live versions of its recently recorded series of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, which is available to watch now on iPlayer.

The Bridge Theatre will also show Inua Ellams’ and Fuel’s production of An Evening with an Immigrant five times at the end of September, with music selection by DJ Sid Mercutio.

For more information and to book tickets visit: https://bridgetheatre.co.uk/