We Anchor In Hope at The Bunker

London theatre news: Tuesday 27 August 2019

Off-West End - Shows

Chris Sonnex's first production at The Bunker since being appointed as the theatre's Artistic Director will be 'We Anchor In Hope' by the award-winning writer Anna Jordan - due from 25 September.
We Anchor In Hope at The Bunker

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Chris Sonnex's first production at The Bunker since being appointed the theatre's Artistic Director in 2018 wil be We Anchor In Hope by award-winning writer Anna Jordan (Killing Eve, Sid Gentle Films Ltd; Succession, HBO).

Written between the Brexit vote and Trump's Presidential victory, We Anchor in Hope captures a moment of deep uncertainty in recent history and the characters' lives when local pub, The Anchor, closes for good.

The show will feature Valentine Hanson (Orpheus Descending, Theatr Clwyd and Menier Chocolate Factory; Handfast, Summerhall Edinburgh Festival), Alex Jarrett (Aisha, Old Red Lion, King's Head and Tristan Bates; Les Misérables, BBC), Daniel Kendrick (Ding Dong the Wicked and Vera Vera Vera, Royal Court; Coalition, Theatre503), David Killick (Pressure, Ambassadors Theatre; The Importance of Being Earnest, Vaudeville Theatre and Tour) and Alan Turkington (Antony & Cleopatra, National Theatre; Hamlet, Donmar at Wyndham's Theatre).

Since 2001 a quarter of all UK pubs have disappeared, with two still closing every day.

Like The Anchor, these pubs are likely to become private flats.

For regulars the pub is many things: a haven, a burden, a family, a home.

The play was commissioned by Chris Sonnex as part of the Royal Court Theatre's Beyond the Court project.

Originally performed script-in-hand it is a fictional piece inspired by interviews and drinking sessions Anna Jordan carried out in and around Pimlico.

The playwright commented ...

This play is very special to me for various reasons.

I started the interviews in July 2016.

It was two months after my mother had died and I was very raw.

Three months later we were performing the play in a pub in Pimlico - script in hand.

I almost didn't do it, but I'm so glad I did.

It saved me in many ways.

I'll never forget those few months and the kindness and light brought to me by many people.

And the play - so much about memory and love and loss - is a tribute to my mum.

I think she would have liked it.

I bloody hope she would."

Chris Sonnex said ...

"This play is rooted in my soul.

I grew up in a council estate in Pimlico and spent childhood and teenage years running around pubs; absorbing the culture, playing too many games of pool and spending one pound coins to hear the new "Now That's What I Call Music!" album on the jukebox.

Pubs created a community and provided theatre for me before I even knew what both were, and that led me to commission Anna to write this play when I was working with The Royal Court community programme in Pimlico.

I'm happy that I get to represent that important part of my life on stage with all the joy, rage, love, heartbreak and sarcastic mocking that has shaped part of who I am."

Show listing information


“This is a locals pub.

And what's the problem with locals?

They die.

Inconsiderate bastards.”

All over London public houses become private flats.

Tomorrow The Anchor closes for good.

It's the end of an era, but Kenny and the gang are going out with a bang.

There's a blow-up sheep, karaoke and a lot of Campari.

There's secrets and grudges and forgotten dreams.

As the front doors are locked and the bar is drunk dry, there's a lot more to lose than just a pub.


Valentine Hanson - Kenny

Alex Jarrett - Pearl

Daniel Kendrick - Bilbo

David Killick - Frank

Alan Turkington - Shaun


Author: Annie Jordan
Director: Chris Sonnex
Designer: Zoe Hurwitz
Lighting: Jess Bernberg
Sound: Emily Legg
Movement: Louise Kempton
Production: The Bunker and W14 Productions present in association with the Royal Court


The Bunker
53a Southwark Street


From: Wednesday 25 September 2019

Closed: Saturday 19 October 2019




Unwaged: £3.00 (10 per preview performance)

Standard: £18



Under 30s: £10.00 (10 per performance)


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