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Laura Linney returns to the Bridge Theatre and My Name is Lucy Barton

Laura Linney as Lucy Barton. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AFTER a sell-out run in June this year in which Laura Linney made her London Theatre debut, she will return to the Bridge Theatre to reprise the title role in Richard Eyre’s production of My Name is Lucy Barton.

Running from January 23 to February 16, 2019, for a strictly limited 26 performances, this haunting dramatic monologue is adapted by Rona Munro from Pulitzer Prize-winning Elizabeth Strout’s 2016 New York Times best-selling short novel of the same name.

Unsteady after an operation, Lucy Barton wakes to find her mother sitting at the foot of her bed. She hasn’t seen her in years, and her visit brings back to Lucy her desperate rural childhood, and her escape to New York. As she begins to find herself as a writer, she is still gripped by the urgent complexities of family life.

Laura Linney and Richard Eyre have worked together twice before – on stage Eyre directed Linney in a Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and on screen he directed her in his and Charles Wood’s adaptation of Bernhard Schlink’s The Other Man.

On Broadway, Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning Laura Linney made her debut in Six Degrees of Separation and subsequently played Nina in The Seagull, Thea Elvsted in Hedda Gabler, Yelena Andreyevna in Uncle Vanya, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, La Marquise de Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuses and most recently alternated the roles of Regina Hubbard Giddens and Birdie Hubbard in The Little Foxes for the Manhattan Theatre Club.

On film, she made her screen debut in Lorenzo’s Oil and was most recently seen in The Dinner. Her extensive film credits also include The Truman Show, Kinsey, Sully, Primal Fear, Hyde Park on Hudson, You Can Count on Me and Mystic River. Her many small screen credits include Tales of the City, The Big C, which she also produced, Frasier and most recently Ozark for Netflix.

Elizabeth Strout’s debut novel was Amy and Isabelle which was subsequently adapted into a film for HBO. Her other writing credits are Abide with Me, Olive Kitteridge, which was adapted into an Emmy award-winning mini-series also for HBO, The Burgess Boys, My Name is Lucy Barton and Anything is Possible.

Rona Munro has written extensively for stage, radio, film and television including the award-winning trilogy The James Plays for the National Theatre of Scotland, the National Theatre and the Edinburgh International Festival. Her other theatre writing credits include Scuttlers for the Royal Exchange Theatre, Iron and The Last Witch for the Edinburgh International Festival and Little Eagles for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Richard Eyre is a multi award-winning theatre, film, opera and television Director. He was Director of the National Theatre from 1988-1997 and alongside his numerous theatrical awards he is also the recipient of the Companion of Honour.

Image: Laura Linney as Lucy Barton. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Tickets: On sale for Priority Members from today (October 12, 2018), for Advance Members from Thursday, October 18 at 10am and for public sale on Friday, October 19 at 10am.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm with Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Also at the Bridge Theatre: the world premiere of Martin McDonagh’s A Very Very Very Dark Matter, starring Jim Broadbent (October 12, 2018 to January 6, 2019).