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Bridge Theatre cancels Young Marx performance due to technical difficulties with stage revolve

Rory Kinnear and the cast of Young Marx at Bridge Theatre, London. Photo: Manual Harlen Rory Kinnear and the cast of Young Marx at Bridge Theatre, London. Photo: Manual Harlen
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Last night’s performance of Young Marx at the new Bridge Theatre in London was cancelled at the interval after technical difficulties.

According to a spokesperson for the theatre, a power issue affected the stage revolve, which meant the performance was unable to continue.

The spokesperson explained: “There was an eight-minute show stop about half an hour into the performance of Young Marx at the Bridge Theatre last night. The show then continued as normal to the interval.

“The team endeavoured to resolve the problem which led to a longer than usual interval. The audience was then informed of technical problems.

“About 15 minutes later, once the issue had been identified, the company manager and leading actor Rory Kinnear addressed audience members to let them know that due to a power issue that affected the stage revolve, the performance was not able to continue.”

All patrons at the affected performance have been offered refunds or exchanges.

However, some audience members complained of a long wait during the interval, and reported a lack of communication from front-of-house staff about the technical issue.

Several people were reported to have left in frustration, and one Twitter user who attended the performance said: “Hope they learn if there’s a next time that more communication would be helpful.”

The 900-seat venue, London’s first new commercial theatre for almost half a century, is run by former National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner and former National Theatre executive director Nick Starr.

The purpose-built venue opened last month with Young Marx, which looks at the life of Karl Marx, written by Richard Bean and starring Rory Kinnear.