Full casting for Bach & Sons at Bridge Theatre

Last Updated on 12 May 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

Cast and creatives have been announced for Nine Raine’s Bach & Sons at London’s Bridge Theatre with Simon Russell Beale

Bach and Sons Bridge Theatre cast

Full casting has been announced for the world premiere of Nine Raine’s new play, Bach & Sons, starring Simon Russell Beale, at London’s Bridge Theatre.

With Russell Beale playing composer Johann Sebastian Bach, the rest of the cast will be Samuel Blenkin as Carl Bach, Pandora Colin as Maria Barbara Bach, Ruth Lass as Katharina, Douggie McMeekin as Wilhelm Bach, Racheal Ofori as Anna Magdalena and Pravessh Rana as Frederick the Great.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, the production will run at the Bridge Theatre from 23 June to 9 September 2021, with opening night on 29 June.  The associate director is James Cousins, with set designs by Vicki Mortimer, costumes designed by Khadija Raza, lighting by Jon Clark, sound by Gareth Fry and music supervised by George Fenton.

The play follows Bach’s turbulent family life and explores the purpose of music. Bach’s 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. The show is described as “an anthem to the art that draws us together and sings of our common humanity”.

Raine’s other plays include Stories, Consent, Tiger Country, Rabbit and Tribes.

Performances of Bach & Sons have gone on sale with socially distanced seating. When government guidelines allow, these performances will move to full seating capacity.  All customers will be notified of any necessary changes to their bookings.


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