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Bach & Sons

23 Jun to 11 Sep 2021

The Bridge Theatre

Nina Raine's beautiful, profound and funny new play is an anthem to the art that draws us together and sings of our common humanity.
Bach & Sons at The Bridge Theatre

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Show details


Johann Sebastian Bach, irascible and turbulent, writes music of sensuous delight for his aristocratic patrons, and gives voice to his deep religious faith in music for the church.

He's touchy, he's fabulously rude, he has high standards (he stabs a bassoonist for playing badly) and he's constantly in trouble with his employers.

Music is the family business - both his wives and all his children are musicians.

His eldest son, Wilhelm, is brilliant, chaotic and paralysed by his father's genius.

Tense, industrious Carl is less talented than his father but more successful.

As the years pass, their gripping family drama provokes furious arguments about love, God and above all music.

What is it for - to give pleasure, like a cup of coffee in the sun, or to reveal the divine order that gives life its meaning?

Background information, advisory warnings

Age suitability: Not available

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Postal address:
3 Potters Fields Park
London SE1 2SG

Box office tel: 0843 208 1846

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Previews from:Wednesday 23 June 2021

Press night:Tuesday 29 June 2021

Closes:Saturday 11 September 2021

Performance days & times


Monday ‑ 7‑30pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm



Wednesday - 2-30pm

Saturday - 2-30pm


Running time: 2 hrs 30 mins (approx inc interval)


Previews & midweek matinees £59.50, £47.50, £35, £25, £15

£69.50, £57.50, £39.50, £25, £15

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Johann Sebastian Bach - Simon Russell Beale

Carl - Samuel Blenkin

Maria Barbara - Pandora Colin

Katharina - Ruth Lass

Wilhelm - Douggie Mcmeekin

Anna Magdalena - Racheal Ofori

Prince Frederick - Pravessh Rana


Author: Nina Raine
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Set designer: Vicki Mortimer
Costume designer: Khadija Raza
Lighting: Jon Clark
Sound: Gareth Fry


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