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Starring three time Olivier Award-winner Alex Jennings.
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About The Southbury Child

Raffish, urbane and frequently drunk, David Highland has kept a grip on his remote coastal parish through a combination of disordered charm and high-handed determination.

But when his faith impels him to take a hard line with a bereaved parishioner, he finds himself dangerously isolated from public opinion. As his own family begins to fracture and his marriage falls apart, David must face a future that threatens to extinguish not only his position in the town, but everything he stands for.

Stephen Beresford’s darkly comic new play is an exploration of family and community, the savage divisions of contemporary society and the rituals that punctuate our lives.

Three time Olivier winning, Alex Jennings makes his first appearance at The Bridge to lead this eagerly awaited return to the stage by a writer whose work includes The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre and the BAFTA-winning Pride.

Start date

1st July, 2022

End date

27th August, 2022


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34 Reviews



557 Reviews | 136 Followers
Witty, Moving, Great acting

See it if you like beautifully written smart plays with rich, complicated characters dealing with questions of faith, conviction, conscience and loss

Don’t see it if you're looking for a comedy or lighter fare. This play is genuinely laugh-out-loud funny at times, but is also heartbreaking and unsettling.

Pedro N

Pedro N

113 Reviews | 8 Followers
Gripping, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny

See it if You enjoy a good comedy. Alex Jennings delivers as promised.

Don’t see it if You don't like comedies or religion.

Finlay 3057

Finlay 3057

28 Reviews | 2 Followers
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Fab set and fab story. Loved every part of this and can't believe I forgot to write a review at the time !

Don’t see it if You are uncomfortable about death and the themes that surround it.



12 Reviews | 0 Followers
Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy dark comedies and nuanced family dynamics - excellent. Such a well balanced play.

Don’t see it if N/A

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The Southbury Child cast and creative team

By: Stephen Beresford
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Cast list: Alex Jennings, Holly Atkins, Josh Finan, Jack Greenlees, Jo Herbert, Phoebe Nicholls, Racheal Ofori and Sarah Twomey
Set: Mark Thompson
Costume: Yvonne Milnes
Lighting: Max Narula
Sound: George Dennis


3 Potters Fields Park, London, United Kingdom, SE1 2SG


Location: Fringe/Off West End
Railway station: London Bridge or Waterloo
Bus numbers: (Tower Bridge - Stop L) 42, 78, 343

More information about The Southbury Child

The Bridge Theatre welcomes the world premiere of Stephen Beresford’s The Southbury Child. Book The Southbury Child tickets on TodayTix.

At the start of The Southbury Child play, audiences meet David Highland. He’s an outlandish vicar who manages to keep a grip on his community through his unrivalled charm and ability to connect with people. But as he deals with a bereaved local, David is quickly ousted from those around him. Friends, family and the wider community struggle to associate themselves with him. Throughout The Southbury Child, David must rescue his position and stand up for everything he believes in.

As Stephen Beresford’s The Southbury Child is a new play, it’s difficult to ascertain the full storyline. However, press material promises a dark comedy play which highlights the harsh divisions in our society, and the daily, mundane rituals that plague us.

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What to Watch For:

  • Alex Jennings plays David Highland in The Southbury Child play. He’s a three-time Olivier-winning actor who previously took on the role of Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • Stephen Beresford is a leading playwright in British theatre, however he hasn’t been around for that long! Beresford made his playwriting debut in 2012 with The Last of the Haussmans.
  • The playwright stated that The Southbury Child setting is a fictionalised version of the seaside area he grew up in.


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