Talking Heads: Playing Sandwiches & Lady of Letters

Talking Heads: Playing Sandwiches & Lady of Letters

A repertoire of twelve one-person plays during September and October, using the Bridge’s flexible auditorium to provide 250 socially distanced seats. If the season is delayed, automatic refunds will be given for cancelled performances.

“Each of the short plays that make up Talking Heads is a perfectly distilled masterpiece, sometimes disturbing, often hilarious and always profoundly humane”


During April and May, while the Bridge Theatre was closed, we worked with the BBC to produce Alan Bennett’s landmark Talking Heads monologues. They were broadcast on BBC1 in June. Now, nine of them come to the stage in a series of unique double bills, all of them with the same leading actors whose performances were universally acclaimed on television.

Playing Sandwiches:

Wilfred is a parks attendant with a fondness for liquorice allsorts. After he befriends a seven-year-old girl and her mother on the bandstand, it starts to become clear why his employers can’t trace his records. Lucian Msamati plays Wilfred.

Lady of Letters:

Irene Ruddock spends her life dashing off letters of complaint. When she’s not writing, she’s keeping an eye on the couple opposite and a little girl with bruises. But when the police come by, it’s Irene whose life is turned upside down. Imelda Staunton plays Miss Ruddock.

Critic reviews

Alan Bennett's portraits of loneliness turn out to love nothing better than company

The Arts Desk

Date & time

Show ended
Mon 28 Sep - Sat 31 Oct, 2pm, 5pm & 8pm
Runtime: 1 hr 4 mins


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