London’s largest commercial theatre outside the West End: The Bridge Theatre
The Bridge Theatre was the first commercial theatre to be built in central London since 1973, when the New London Theatre opened its doors. Located outside the city’s West End, the theatre overlooks the iconic River Thames and Tower Bridge, making it a prime destination for theatre-goers in London. The venue is run by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, who both work as the theatre artistic and executive directors. Both men worked together at the National Theatre London for over a decade, and after finishing up there, decided to join efforts in creating the largest commercial theatre not in the West End. The Bridge is easily accessible via public transport, about 10min walking distance from both London Bridge and Tower Hill tube stations. Paid parking is also available nearby the venue, and a discount can be provided if your parking space is pre-booked. Buy or sell The Bridge Theatre tickets today at StubHub.
History of the modern commercial theatre
The Bridge Theatre officially opened its doors in October 2017. The programme began with a performance of Young Marx, a play by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman depicting the early life of Karl Marx, which ran until December of the same year. The venue has a capacity of 900 and is very adaptable, much like the National Theatre’s Doorman space. It allows shows to be presented in end-on, thrust and promenade formats. Other productions that have taken to the stage at The Bridge Theatre, include Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (2018), Nightfall by Barney Norris (2018), My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (2018 and 2019), Allelujah! By Allan Bennett (2018), A Very Very Very Dark Matter by Martin McDonagh (2018), A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespare (2019), Two Ladies by Nancy Harris (2019), and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2020). You can stay up to date with The Bridge Theatre tickets to buy or sell on StubHub.
Noteworthy features of the venue
In its comparatively short life span, the London theatre venue has quickly become one of the city’s favourites. The venue won the Royal Institute of British Architecture London Award in 2018. The Bridge Theatre was designed by renowned architects Steve Tompkins and Roger Watts of Haworth Tompkins Architects. It is also home to the London Theatre Company, which the directors founded following their tenancy at the National Theatre. Production aside, The Bridge Theatre tickets guarantee to leave you happy with the facilities, with the venue having also been praised for its abundance of toilets, which are often a regular grievance among theatregoers. Get your tickets on StubHub today and see why everyone’s raving about this theatre.
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