IT’S PROBABLY one of the most overused words when it comes to describing London landmarks, but ‘iconic’ seems to fit the bill for Tower Bridge.
It attracts millions of tourists a year, was recently used in the new Paddington 2 movie and it’s become the backdrop for Chinese wedding photo shoots.
It’s this enviable location which is about to take centre stage as the new Bridge Theatre flings its doors open to theatre goers this month.
The 900-seat theatre, which sits next to City Hall and overlooks Potters Fields Park, will be the first new commercial theatre of this scale to open in the capital in the last 80 years and the first ever built outside the West End.
Its riverside location at the foot of Tower Bridge is right next to City Hall and it’s only a 5-10 minute walk from the transport hub of London Bridge, whose new concourse opens onto Tooley Street in spring 2018.
We’re expecting theatre royalty to grace the SE1 postcode in the coming months.
We’re not going to deny it, we feel pretty honoured.
Founder and director Nicholas Hytner has said that he wants to make “bold popular theatre” which meets the expectations that audiences have for a really good night out.
The upcoming bill looks promising.
The first show starts on 18 October and it’s called Young Marx - a new comedy by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, starring Rory Kinnear. There’s also a production of Julius Caesar with Ben Whishaw on the way too (you’ll probably recognise him as the voice of Paddington Bear, he also starred in Skyfall).
Monday nights at the Bridge Theatre will feature a series of intimate gigs and conversations on food, fashion, politics and science.
Of course, with a fabulous new theatre comes a cluster of post-show restaurants including The Ivy, Rosa’s Thai and Tom Simmons – all with those spectacular views over the Thames and Tower Bridge.
The old saying goes…”Build it and they will come”. It seems they’re on their way to SE1…