Bridge House Theatre: Autumn Winter Programme

Bridge House Theatre, the Penge-based theatre, reveals its Autumn and Winter programme

Bridge House Theatre continues to be a theatrical powerhouse in South East London under artistic director Luke Adamson. 

The Autumn / Winter programme boasts a range of entertainment including new writing and a two-week festival.

Here are the themes that have caught The Recs‘ eye:


Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Everybody Wants To Rule The World is writer / director Simon Perrot’s intriguing new work – a sci-fi that looks at an imagined not-too-distant future where the world’s most famous online retailer now offers a “companion” service with just one click. (6-10 September)

Bunker Buddies is a lighthearted, absurd comedy by Dísa Andersen which mines the humour at the end of the world. Joe and Anna are the eponymous bunker buddies sharing a space in the midst of a nuclear war with their mobiles about to run out of juice. (18-22 October)

Mouthful of Fingers takes us even further into the future. Andrew Mapperley’s drama has a rather Beckett-like vibe. It focusses on a family of survivors of an apocalypse many years after the aftermath. Surrounded by ash and radiation, all they do is wait…until a stranger in a colourful coat appears… (8-12 November)

"She Speaks"

Bridge House Theatre is launching a two-week festival dedicated to presenting a series of one-woman shows. Among the Festival are:

Sylvia Vs The Fascists sees Emma Laidlaw playing a woman who is an enemy of sexism, a foe of fascism and an adversary of the State. Her name? Sylvia Pankhurst. Rob Johnson’s play takes us into the heart of the battles of 1930s and Sylvia’s fight for socialism and justice. (22-23 September). 

You Can’t Understand sees Keika signing up for Elon Musk’s latest piece of tech. BOXVIEW is a portal that is able to retrieve and show you memories of your life that you might have forgotten. But are some things meant to be forgotten? (29-30 September)

Sylvia Vs The Fascists

Famous Faces

Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

The brilliant Mark Farrelly who has had sell-out successes with one-man shows Jarman and Howerd’s End. Now the Bridge House favourite returns to Penge with not one but two shows:

Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope sees the famous gay trailblazer looking back over his extraordinary life. (25-29 October)

The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton explores the highs and lows of one of the greatest English writers of the interwar years. Farrelly takes us on a journey as Hamilton’s alcoholism threatens the writer’s talent. (22-26 November)

The Silence of Snow

Literary Adaptations

Hot on the heels of Luke Adamson’s 4-star adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull (see The Recs’ review HERE), there’s another tempting reworking of a literary classic heading to Bridge House Theatre. 

Dracula receives a timely reinterpretation by Andrew and David Hobbs for the 125th anniversary of the timeless Bram Stoker novel’s publication. British Touring Shakespeare deliver their take on the Gothic horror with SP Howarth playing the sinister Count. 

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