Laura Linney Will Make London Theatre Debut in Solo Show

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Richard Eyre will direct four-time Tony nominee Linney in My Name Is Lucy Barton.
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Stage and screen star Laura Linney, on Broadway last season in a Tony-nominated turn in the The Little Foxes, will make her London theatre debut this summer in Elizabeth Strout's My Name Is Lucy Barton.

Directed by Richard Eyre, the production will run June 2–23 at the Bridge Theatre with an official opening set for June 6.

The monologue play is adapted by Rona Munro from Strout’s 2016 New York Times best-selling short novel of the same name. The limited engagement will also feature designs by Bob Crowley.

Unsteady after an operation, Lucy Barton wakes to find her mother sitting at the foot of her bed. She hasn’t seen her in years, and her visit brings back her desperate rural childhood and her escape to New York. As she begins to find herself as a writer, she is still gripped by the complexities of family life.


The production will reunite Linney and Eyre following their previous collaborations: Eyre directed Linney in a Broadway revival of The Crucible (for which she earned a Tony nod) and in his and Charles Wood’s film adaptation of Bernhard Schlink’s The Other Man.

Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Linney was also Tony-nominated for her performances in Time Stands Still and Sight Unseen.

In other Bridge Theatre news, Claire Skinner will join the previously announced Ophelia Lovibond, Ukweli Roach, and Sion Daniel Young in Barney Norris’ Nightfall. Directed by Laurie Sansom, the world premiere will now run at the London theatre April 28–May 26 with an official opening May 8.

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