PREVIEW: Brideshead Revisited at Theatre Royal, Brighton

The first ever large scale stage production of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel Brideshead Revisited, adapted by Bryony Lavery, visits Theatre Royal Brighton this summer.

Thursday, 19th May 2016, 1:08 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 3:11 am
Brideshead Revisited comes to the Theatre Royal, Brighton. Photo by Mark Douet.
Brideshead Revisited comes to the Theatre Royal, Brighton. Photo by Mark Douet.

It comes in the 50th anniversary year since Waugh, who attended Lancing College, died.

It’s 1943 and, finding himself in familiar territory within the English countryside, Charles Ryder confronts memories of his first youthful encounter with Brideshead Castle and its assortment of eccentric inhabitants.

In acclaimed playwright Bryony Lavery’s sparkling new reimagining of the classic novel, the past and the present blur as Charles recalls those heady days at Brideshead and Lord and Lady Marchmain, along with their offspring, Julia, Cordelia, Bridey and Sebastian Flyte re-emerge...

Bryony Lavery previously collaborated with English Touring Theatre on her play Thursday in 2013. Her recent work includes an adaptation of Treasure Island for the National Theatre and a new play Queen Coal which ran at the Sheffield Crucible Studio in 2014. 

Her other plays include Frozen, The Believers, Beautiful Burnout, Last Easter, Stockholm, Yikes, A Wedding Story, Ophelia, Nothing Compares To You and Flight.  Damian Cruden directs Christopher Simpson as Sebastian, Brian Ferguson as Charles and Rosie Hilal as Julia. Nick Blakeley, Caroline Harker, Samantha Lawson, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Paul Shelley and Shuna Snow complete the company.

The show runs from Tuesday, June 7, to Saturday, June 11, at 7.45pm, with matinees on Thursday and Staurday at 2.30pm.

For tickets, visit or call 0844 871 7650. Booking fees apply.