In her award-winning Tribes, the British playwright Nina Raine examined a dysfunctional Jewish family and the struggle to pass on its values, beliefs, and language to the children, one of whom is deaf and has been trained to read lips rather than sign. In Bach & Sons, whose world premiere is the first full-fledged play to be produced at London’s Bridge Theatre since lockdown, Raine returns to another struggling tribe, but here the impediment is genius.

The paterfamilias in question is the dynamo Johann Sebastian Bach: music teacher, choirmaster, arranger, instrumentalist (keyboard and violin), and composer of more than 200 works for the organ and harpsichord, most of them masterpieces.