Bach & Sons

Bach & Sons

Johann Sebastian Bach, irascible and turbulent


Bach 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.

Music is the family business – both his wives and all his children are musicians. His eldest son, Wilhelm, is brilliant, chaotic and paralysed by his father’s genius. Tense, industrious Carl is less talented than his father but more successful. As the years pass, their gripping family drama provokes furious arguments about love, God and above all music. What is it for – to give pleasure, like a cup of coffee in the sun, or to reveal the divine order that gives life its meaning?

Nina Raine’s beautiful, profound and funny new play is an anthem to the art that draws us together and sings of our common humanity.

Critic reviews

Deeply flawed script that is elevated by the strength of its performers

· A Younger Theatre

Offers a tetchy take on the Baroque composer

· Broadway World

Simon Russell Beale was born to play the great composer

· The Independent

I’ll willingly suspend many layers of disbelief to watch Beale

· Evening Standard

There's a lot to strike a chord with music aficionados

· WhatsOnStage

Volcanic stuff

· The Times

Humorous and deeply intelligent

· The Arts Desk

Simon Russell Beale brings the Baroque to life

· The Telegraph

Rich in musical theory

· The Stage

Hits a flat note

· The Guardian


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Date & time

Show ended
Wed 23 Jun - Sat 11 Sep, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 2 hrs 30 mins


One Tower Bridge SE1 2SD London, UK · Get Directions
Photo by Manuel Harlan
Photo by Manuel Harlan
Photo by Manuel Harlan
Photo by Manuel Harlan
Photo by Manuel Harlan
Photo by Manuel Harlan
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