Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem

Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem

Old Red Lion Theatre · 03 MAY - 25 MAY

"I loved the bones of Yeh then and I love them now."

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25 April 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Back in 2017 Alice Birch’s ‘Anatomy of a Suicide’ at the Royal Court explored whether trauma can be passed on via DNA. Now another new piece, this time by emerging playwright Rachel Tookey, considers how mental illness affects multiple generations through the stories of one family from 1948 to the present day. I’m not familiar with the playwright’s work but it sounds interesting, is inspired by the playwright’s own family history and has already won a prize previous scooped by Jack Thorne. So, I’d say worth a look.”


Christmas Eve. 1948. Deep in the heart of Galway, Eamonn, the fattest baby you’ve ever seen, is found abandoned in a manger.

70 years later, after struggling to make amends with his estranged daughter Sarah and grandson Ben, one final and fateful action leaves the next two generations of his family reeling.

Winner of the Methuen Drama and Marlowe Society Other Prize 2017, Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem, is a visceral and candid new play about the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.

Starring Dan Mullane (Medea, Almeida; Three Sisters, Royal Court), Madeleine Bowyer (Black Mirror, Emmerdale, Holby City) and Daniel Rainford (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama graduate).

Age Recommendations: 12+

Critic reviews

A strong show with a large amount of potential, perfect for those who wish to watch a tragedy which dives deep into important issues such as suicide, depression and toxic family relationships

The Upcoming

A play that gives the audience an intense, sometimes bumpy ride ultimately wins through with superior storytelling

Everything Theatre

Sensitive, intelligent exploration of estrangement and depression

The Stage

Date & time

Show ended
Fri 3 May - Sat 25 May, 3pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 1 hr 20 mins


Old Red Lion Theatre
418 St John St EC1V 4NJ London, UK · Get Directions

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