Ralph Fiennes set to portray David Hare in Beat the Devil in which playwright details how he coped with COVID19. The Play directed by Nicholas Hytner forms a proposed season of monologues that the Bridge Theatre hope to stage from late August.
Yolanda Mercy ‘s Quarter Life Crisis, Zodwa Nyoni ‘s Nine Lives and Inua Ellam's An Evening With An Immigrant also included in the hoped for season of monologues which will also include stage versions of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads remakes shown on BBC once it has been determined which actors are available to reprise their performances.
zahidf True - hopefully just a temporary delay rather than the sign of things to come; would be nice to still hope for a Sept/Oct start, especially since that's when open air theatre is likely to become less feasible.
The rehearsal process for a monologue might seem like something that can be done quickly - but learning a solo piece takes time for most actors. So if they are cast now, they can get learning ahead of any formal rehearsal activity. But, of course, some actors don't like to learn ahead of rehearsals and some directors actively prefer their actors not to be off book at the start of the process (too many decisions can be made in the learning process that take a lot of undoing in the rehearsal room)