Ralph Fiennes is to lead the cast of Straight Line Crazy - a new David Hare play which will receive its world premiere in London at the Bridge Theatre in 2022. Straight Line Crazy will begin previews from March 16th, with its opening night scheduled for March 23rd and performances set to run until June 18th.
Fiennes takes the role of Robert Moses in the play, an American public official who created bridges and parks to try and improve the lives of workers in New York City. he faces fierce opposition though, as at the same time, several grass-root protests are being organised opposed to his schemes and the increased use of motor cars.
Fiennes is no stranger to The Bridge Theatre, and has previously starred in Beat the Devil, and will now team up and work with director Nicholas Hytner again, following their collaboration on King Lear for the RSC. Fiennes is also set to star in Four Quartets at the Harold Pinter Theatre this November.
Full casting for Straight Line Crazy and its creative team is yet to be announced, however, the Bridge Theatre is also to stage another exciting production later this year as the stage adaptation of Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage (which is set 12 years before His Dark Materials) is to showcase at the venue from December for a limited season. The Book of Dust follows the fortunes of two young people who have to care for Lyra Belacqua, who holds the future.
The cast of The Book Of Dust is made up of Wendy Mae Brown, Sky Yang, Julie Atherton, Heather Forster, Holly Atkins, Pip Carter, Ella Dacres, Sid Sagar, Ayesha Dharker, John Light, Naomi Frederick, Dearbhla Molloy, Tomi Ogbaro, Richard James-Neale, Samuel Creasey and Nick Sampson.
The Book Of Dust will be co-directed by James Cousins and Emily Burns, and feature scenic design by Bob Crowley, lighting design by Jon Clark sound design by Paul Arditti, and puppetry by Barnaby Dixon.
The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage will begin previews at the Bridge Theatre on December 2nd, with an opening night on December 14th and performances will run until February 19th 2022.