Last Updated on 15th June 2022
Production images have been released for the World Premiere of Stephen Beresford’s The Southbury Child.
Joining Alex Jennings in Stephen Beresford’s The Southbury Child are Holly Atkins, Josh Finan, Jack Greenlees,Hermione Gulliford, Jo Herbert, Phoebe Nicholls, Racheal Ofori and Sarah Twomey. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, The Southbury Child will run at Chichester Festival Theatre from 13 to 25 June 2022, with press night on 17 June and then at the Bridge Theatre from 1 July to 27 August 2022. Set designs are by Mark Thompson with costume by Yvonne Milnes, sound by George Dennis and lighting by Max Narula.
Sharp-witted, wilful and frequently drunk, David Highland has kept a grip on his parish through a combination of disordered charm and high-handed determination. But when his conscience forces him to take a hard line with a parishioner who wants Disney balloons at a family funeral, he finds himself dangerously isolated from public opinion. As his own family begins to fracture, David must face a future that threatens to extinguish not only his position in the town, but everything he stands for.
Stephen Beresford’s very funny new play is a deeply humane exploration of family, faith, tradition and tolerance in a rapidly changing world.
Photos by Manuel Harlan