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The Verdict What Did Critics Think of My Name Is Lucy Barton, Starring Laura Linney? Richard Eyre directs the four-time Tony nominee in the London solo show.
Laura Linney in <i>My Name Is Lucy Barton</i>
Laura Linney in My Name Is Lucy Barton Manuel Harlan

Stage and screen star Laura Linney, last on Broadway in a Tony-nominated turn in The Little Foxes, is currently making her London theatre debut in Elizabeth Strout's My Name Is Lucy Barton, which officially opened June 6 following previews that began June 2.

Directed by Richard Eyre, the production will run through June 23 at the Bridge Theatre.

Critics have begun filing their reviews; read them below.

Financial Times (Ian Shuttleworth)

The Guardian (Michael Billington)

The Hollywood Reporter (Leslie Felperin)

The Independent (Paul Taylor)

Time Out London (Andrzej Lukowski)

Variety (Matt Trueman)

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 also features 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 reunites 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.

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