Talking Heads take to the stage

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London’s Bridge Theatre is to stage eight of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads monologues, shown on TV in June, as part of its post-Covid re-opening season, its normal capacity of 900 seats reduced to 250.

While the Bridge, named for Tower Bridge which it stands next to, was closed in April and May the resident London Theatre Company worked with the BBC to produce the monologues. Now eight of them are to be staged in a series of double bills, with the same actors as appeared in the television versions.

Monica Dolan, Tamsin Greig, Lesley Manville, Lucian Msamati, Maxine Peake, Rochenda Sandall, Kristin Scott Thomas and Imelda Staunton will each recreate the sometimes melancholy, sometimes hilarious and sometimes pathetic characters in Bennett’s ingenious scripts.

Bennett and the actors, directors, producers and senior crew of the TV series of Talking Heads donated their fees to NHS Charities Together, generating over £1m.

The shows will run between September 7 and October 2.

But the Bridge’s season will open on August 29 with a new play by David Hare, Beat the Devil, another monologue starring Ralph Fiennes based on the playwright’s own experiences of suffering with Covid-19.


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