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About My Name is Lucy Barton

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.

Lucy Barton will be played by three-time Academy Award and four-time Tony nominee Laura Linney.

Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout’s best-selling short novel, a haunting dramatic monologue, captivated readers in 2016.

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Performed by three-time Academy Award and four-time Tony Award nominee Laura Linney and based on the “deeply affecting” best-selling novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout, “My Name is Lucy Barton” is the epitome of a critically acclaimed play. The moving drama depicts the intimate struggle of a writer whose stay at the hospital challenges her sense of stability, leaving her reflecting the current state of her life. Everything shifts suddenly, however, when Lucy wakes to find her long-estranged mother sitting at the foot of her hospital bed.

Adapted for the stage by Rona Munro, “My Name is Lucy Barton” is a poignant rumination on fraught mother-daughter relationships and the challenge of repairing a long broken bond. Linney’s skillful performance affirms she has “mastered the art of public solitude and gives you the uncanny feeling that you are listening not to an invented story but a slice of lived experience,” according to The Guardian. Fair warning: Anyone attending this reprisal production may want to bring along a pack of tissues.

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What To Watch For

  • “My Name is Lucy Barton” premiered in June 2018 at the Bridge Theatre. The production marked Laura Linney’s debut on a London theatre stage.
  • Elizabeth Strout’s novel was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award.
  • Director Richard Eyre has won five Olivier Awards for directing as well as an Olivier Lifetime Achievement Award. The Independent call his work on “My Name is Lucy Barton” “exquisitely modulated.”
  • “Amy and Isabelle,” Elizabeth Strout’s first novel, was a critical success and later adapted to a film for HBO. Her subsequent novel “Olive Kitteridge” was also made into an Emmy Award-winning HBO mini-series.

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Run Time

1hr 30min (no interval)

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Bridge Theatre

3 Potters Fields Park, London, SE1 2SG

Returning January 2019

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