About the show
See the world premiere of Martin McDonagh’s play A Very Very Very Dark Matter at the Bridge Theatre.
A Very Very Very Dark Matter chronicles the life of one of the world’s most famous storytellers: Hans Christian Andersen.
Hans Christian Andersen is famous across the world as the author of many of the best-known and most beloved fairy tales. His works include The Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Snow Queen, The Ugly Duckling and Thumbelina. Like the Grimm Brothers’ output, many of Andersen’s stories contain a mixture of the magical and the macabre.
A Very Very Very Dark Matter delves behind the author’s stories and looks at what inspired his writing. The answer: a woman in the attic. In a plot twist that fans of Jane Eyre will appreciate, the secret to Andersen’s stories is the presence of a woman living in the same house as him who cannot be known to the world.
Jim Broadbent leads the cast as the Danish author. The acclaimed actor starred in films including Paddington, Vera Drake and also Iris, winning an Oscar for his performance in the latter. He also recently appeared as Archmaester Ebrose in Game Of Thrones. He previously appeared in McDonagh’s The Pillowman when it premiered at the National Theatre.
Johnetta Eula’Mae Ackles, Alistair Benson, Elizabeth Berrington, Paul Bradley, Noah Brignull, Jim Broadbent, Phil Daniels, Regan Garcia, Leo Hart, Graeme Hawley, Audrey Hayhurst, Kundai Kanyama, Lee Knight, Jamie McKie, Ryan Pope, James Roberts, Alice Selwyn, Austin Taylor, Amelia Walter and Annabelle Westenholz-Smith complete the cast.
McDonagh’s previous work includes Hangmen, a show full of gallows humour that played to critical acclaim at the Royal Court Theatre before transferring to the West End. He also wrote The Lieutenant Of Inishmore, which returns to the London stage in 2018.
Matthew Dunster directs A Very Very Very Dark Matter. He previously directed McDonagh’s Hangmen. He most recently adapted A Tale Of Two Cities for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
Book early for this one – it’s likely to prove popular.
A Very Very Very Dark Matter runs from 10 October – 29 December 2018 at the Bridge Theatre.
Map & Location
The Bridge Theatre
One Tower BridgeLondonSE1 2SD