Tony Kushner's A Bright Room Called Day To be Revived at London's Southwark Playhouse

By Mark Shenton
08 May 2014

Tony Kushner's early play A Bright Room Called Day, first workshopped in New York in 1985 before premiering in San Francsico in 1987, is to be revived at London's Southwark Playhouse, beginning performances July 23 prior to an official opening July 25, for a run through Aug. 16.



It will play in Southwark's second "Little Space" studio, produced by Secret Heart, a new company set up by Sebastian Harcombe, former Head of Acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, that aims to support graduates of U.K. drama schools to work as part of a repertory ensemble at the outset of their professional careers.

Harcourt will direct the play. His directorial credits at RADA include Ladybird, Cleansed, La Dispute, Herakles, Criminals, Mysteries and, most recently, Blood Poetry. At Southwark Playhouse he has previously directed The Illusion and Billy Budd.

According to press materials, the play "examines the darkest reaches of the human heart. Set in Berlin on New Year's Eve 1932, a group of artists and communists throw a decadent party to celebrate the night, blissfully unaware of the political changes to come. But as the country succumbs to the seduction of Nazism they are forced to choose between integrity and survival."

Casting and further creative details are still to be announced.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7407 0234, or visit www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk.