Andrew Marr interviews Alan Bennett

Sunday 15 July 2018

Authors, playwrights & plays - Shows

Andrew Marr's interview with Alan Bennett about his new play, Allelujah! at The Bridge Theatre, is available on BBC iPlayer.
Allelujah! at The Bridge Theatre

Image: The Bridge Theatre

Opening next Wednesday at The Bridge Theatre, Alan Bennett's new play is entitled Allelujah! and focuses on The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital, serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, that is threatened with closure as part of an NHS efficiency drive.

A 25-strong cast bring this much-anticipated new play to life under the direction of Mr Bennett's long-term collaborator, Sir Nicholas Hytner.

The play is scheduled to run at The Bridge until 29 September 2018.

The BBC's Andrew Marr interviewed Mr Bennett earlier this week in advance of the play's upcoming press night and the seven minute interview is available in its entirity at this address.

Allelujah! is the tenth collaboration between Mr Bennett and Nicholas Hytner.

They first worked together on Bennett's adaptation of The Wind in the Willows for the National Theatre in 1990.

Then followed The Madness of King George III, The Lady in the Van and The History Boys, all of which were also seen on film, The Habit of Art, People and the double bill Untold Stories.

Look-out for reviews of the play from late Wednesday evening this coming week.


The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an NHS efficiency drive.

Meanwhile, a documentary crew eager to capture its fight for survival follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people's choir (newest member: the Pudsey Nightingale). 


COLIN - Samuel Barnett

ALEX - Sam Bond

MOLLY - Jacqueline Chan

MRS MAUDSLEY - Jacqueline Clarke

VALENTINE - Sacha Dhawan


MAVIS - Patricia England

GILCHRIST - Deborah Findlay

SALTER - Peter Forbes

MARY - Julia Foster

RAMESH - Manish Gandhi

ARTHUR - Colin Haigh

GERALD - Richie Hart

CLIFF - Nadine Higgin

PINKNEY - Nicola Hughes

RENEE - Anna Lindup

NEVILLE - Louis Mahoney

ANDY - David Moorst

JOE - Jeff Rawle

CORA - Cleo Sylvestre

LUCILLE - Gwen Taylor

HAZEL - Sue Wallace

AMBROSE - Simon Williams

MR EARNSHAW - Duncan Wisbey

FLETCHER - Gary Wood


Author: Alan Bennett
Composer: George Fenton
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Designer: Bob Crowley
Musical direction: Richie Hart
Choreography: Arlene Philips
Lighting: Natasha Chivers
Sound: Mike Walker
Production: London Theatre Company


The Bridge Theatre
One Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge Road


From: Wednesday 11 July 2018

Closed: Saturday 29 September 2018


Previews: Reduced prices for previews and midweek matinees (check ticket link for details)


£65, £50, £35, £25, £15

Premium tickets available


Show website
ActDrop full listing for Allelujah!

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