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Jenna Russell to star in Trevor Nunn's The Bridges of Madison County at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Jenna Russell has been cast as Francesca in Trevor Nunn's new staging of The Bridges of Madison County, which opens at the Menier Chocolate Factory for previews on 13 July and is booking until 14 September. Tickets are on sale now.

Jenna Russell to star in Trevor Nunn's The Bridges of Madison County at the Menier Chocolate Factory
Jenna Russell has been cast in The Bridges of Madison County

Jenna Russell to play Francesca Johnson in The Bridges of Madison County

On being cast in the role of Francesca Johnson, Russell stated that the Menier Chocolate Factory's Artistic Director David Babani had told her about The Bridges of Madison County musical a few years ago. But it wasn't until she met up with Babani last year in New York City when the two decided to take on the musical production, having told Babani that she couldn't stop thinking about it.

Jenna Russell, who claims to love Jason Robert Brown's music, expressed her excitement in trying a different form of singing than what she is accustomed to. The Bridges of Madison County marks her third return to the Menier Chocolate Factory and is 'like a home from home' for her. The actress also pointed out the venue's intimate theatre space, which she felt could help put the spotlight on the story's delicate subject matter. 

The Bridges of Madison County musical synopsis

Marsha Norman and Robert Brown's musical was adapted from the bestselling Robert James Waller book of the same name. It is set in the 1960s and follows an Italian immigrant housewife named Francesca who lives happily with her family on a farm in Iowa. But when her family leaves for the weekend to attend the Iowa State Fair, she meets Robert Kincaid, a National Geographic photographer who is shooting pictures of covered bridges. A seemingly innocent friendship turns into an all-out affair, which reaps horrible consequences for both of them.

The original 1995 film starred Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, who also directed.

The Bridges of Madison County creative team

The Menier Chocolate Factory production of The Bridges of Madison County features design by Jon Bausor, lighting by Tim Lutkin, musical direction by Tom Murray, and sound by Gregory Clarke.

The Bridges of Madison County London theatre tickets on sale now!

Tickets to see this sure-fire West End hit of the summer are on sale now at affordable prices. You don't want to miss The Bridges of Madison County at London's Menier Chocolate Factory. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

🎫 Purchase your London theatre tickets for The Bridges of Madison County at the Menier Chocolate Factory.


Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels

Ephram is a jack of all trades and enjoys attending theatre, classical music concerts and the opera.


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