The world premiere of Nina Raine’s new play will begin performances at the Bridge Theatre from the 23rd June.

(c)Manuel Harlan

Rehearsal images have been released for the upcoming production of Bach & Me, which is the opening production in the Bridge Theatre’s new season beginning performances on the 23rd June.

(c)Manuel Harlan

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, the production is set to star: Simon Russell Beale as Johann Sebastian Bach,  Samuel Blenkin as Carl, Pandora Colin as Maria Barbara, Ruth Lass as Katharina, Douggie McMeekin as Wilhelm, Racheal Ofori as Anna Magdalena and Pravessh Rana as Frederick the Great.

(c)Manuel Harlan.

Johann Sebastian Bach, irascible and turbulent, writes music of sensuous delight for his aristocratic patrons, and gives voice to his deep religious faith in music for the church.  He’s touchy, he’s fabulously rude, he has high standards (he stabs a bassoonist for playing badly) and he’s constantly in trouble with his employers.  Music is the family business – both his wives and all his children are musicians.  His eldest son, Wilhelm, is brilliant, chaotic and paralysed by his father’s genius.  Tense, industrious Carl is less talented than his father but more successful.  As the years pass, their gripping family drama provokes furious arguments about love, God and above all music.  What is it for – to give pleasure, like a cup of coffee in the sun, or to reveal the divine order that gives life its meaning?  Nina Raine’s play is an anthem to the art that draws us together and sings of our common humanity.

(c)Manuel Harlan.

The creative team for the production includes: associate director James Cousins, with set designs by Vicki Mortimer, costumes designed by Khadija Raza, lighting by Jon Clark, sound by Gareth Fry and music supervised by George Fenton. 

Bach & Sons is the new play from Nina Raine, whose previous plays include: Stories, Consent, Tiger Country, Rabbit and Tribes as well as an adaptation of The Drunks by the Durnenkov Brothers.

(c)Manuel Harlan

Bach & Sons will play at the Bridge Theatre from the 23rd June until the 9th September.