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Simon Russell Beale as Johann Sebastian Bach (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

REVIEW: Bach & Sons, The Bridge Theatre (2021)

We hear about the precarious life of a musician dependent on patronage and the whims of the German nobility.  We hear Bach's acerbic wit and cut to his conducting a choir where we realise he is not just a perfectionist, he has low levels of tolerance.  We see he has a bad temper and is stubborn, so will fall out with those he depends on financially and get into petty quarrels.  We also appreciate the humour of Bach's witty lines and put downs.

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NEWS: Simon Russell Beale to star in Bach & Sons at The Bridge Theatre

Johann Sebastian Bach, irascible and turbulent, writes music of sensuous delight for his aristocratic patrons, and gives voice to his deep religious faith in music for the church. He’s touchy, he’s fabulously rude, he has high standards (he stabs a bassoonist for playing badly) and he’s constantly in trouble with his employers.

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Simon Russell Beale as Henry Lehman, Adam Godley as Mayer Lehman and Ben Miles as Emanuel Lehman - Photo: Mark Douet

REVIEW: The Lehman Trilogy, Lyttelton Theatre (2018)

However as the first act of The Leyman Trilogy is the most brilliantly constructed piece of sublime acting and poetic writing with its rhythmic repetition, it is surely a contender for the best new play awards and Simon Russell Beale and Adam Godley for best actor.

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