About the show
London’s newest venue, Bridge Theatre, opens with Young Marx.
Karl Marx is best remembered as the author of The Communist Manifesto, arguably the most influential book of the 20th century. The opening play of London’s newest venue, Bridge Theatre, has a slightly different take on this historical figure.
Written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, Young Marx is about the lesser-known escapades of Marx when the revolutionary was in hiding in Soho. With direction by Nicholas Hytner, former Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Young Marx reunites the creative team behind One Man, Two Guvnors.
Set in 1850, Young Marx sees the amazingly talented but broke intellectual largely up to no good. He’s a wanted man by creditors, rival revolutionaries and more. But whilst his only hope of making money seems like a job on the railways, Marx has other ideas. He’s going to party.
Rory Kinnear play Karl Marx, while Oliver Chris takes on the role of Friedrich Engles. Kinnear is a regular performer at the National Theatre where he most recently starred in The Threepenny Opera. In 2013, he won an Olivier Award for his portrayal of Iago in Othello. He returns to the National in 2018 for Macbeth. Chris is also a regular performer on the London stage. He previously worked with Bean and Hytner in One Man, Two Guvnors.
Nancy Carroll, Laura Elphinstone, Eben Figueiredo, Nicholas Burns, Tony Jayawardena, Miltos Yerolemou, Duncan Wisbey, Scott Karim, Alana Ramsey, Sophie Russell, Fode Simbo, William Toughton and Joseph Wilkins complete the cast.
Bridge Theatre is a new venture by Hytner and Nick Starr. The 900-seat theatre near Tower Bridge has a commitment to staging new plays. Along with Young Marx, the theatre is producing an immersive version of Julius Caesar and a new work by Barney Norris as part of their opening season.
Young Marx runs from 18 October – 31 December 2017 at Bridge Theatre.
Map & Location
The Bridge Theatre
One Tower BridgeLondonSE1 2SD