The world premiere production in Stephen Beresford’s play will run at the Chichester Festival Theatre from 13th to 25th June 2022 before playing at the Bridge Theatre from the 1st July to 27th August 2022.

Further casting has been announced for the upcoming production of The Southbury Child, which will be making its World Premiere at Chichester Theatre and the Bridge Theatre later this year. Joining the previously announced Alex Jennings in the production will be Holly Atkins, Josh Finan, Jack Greenlees, Jo Herbert, Phoebe Nicholls, Racheal Ofori and Sarah Twomey – final casting will be announced soon.

Sharp-witted, wilful and frequently drunk, David Highland has kept a grip on his parish through a combination of disordered charm and high-handed determination. But when his conscience forces him to take a hard line with a parishioner who wants Disney balloons at a family funeral, he finds himself dangerously isolated from public opinion. As his own family begins to fracture, David must face a future that threatens to extinguish not only his position in the town, but everything he stands for.

Alex Jennings (David Highland) will make his Bridge Theatre debut in The Southbury Child reuniting him with 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. During his theatre career, he has been the recipient of three Olivier awards. His many screen credits include Prince Charles in The Queen, Alan Bennett in The Lady in the Van (alongside Maggie Smith and directed by Hytner), the Duke of Windsor in The Crown, Stephen Frears’ A Very English Scandal and This is Going to Hurt  on BBC1.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, the production’s creative team includes: Set designs by Mark Thompson with costume by Yvonne Milnes, sound by George Dennis and lighting by Max Narula.