With a host of stars, wonderful musicals and exceptional drama. Summer Season shows and the pantomime go on sale with this season…
Postal Booking from 24th March
Online Booking from 26th March
Telephone & Counter Booking from 30th March
The Spring Into Summer Season just announced includes contemporary drama in the form of The Father, one of the most acclaimed plays of 2014; state of the nation drama in David Hare’s The Absence of War, during Election Week; classic comedy prior to the West End in The Importance of Being Earnest; a brand new thriller – Dead Simple; legendary musicals – Oklahoma! and SPAMALOT; operettas The Pirates of Penzance and Die Fledermaus and an ice show – Snow White on Ice.
The 2015 Summer Season comprises two much-loved comedies and the World Premiere of a brand new musical, which will open in Bath prior to a West End run. Lindsay Posner directs Oliver Goldsmith’s SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, a riotous comedy of mistaken identities, which has been delighting audiences since 1773, in which ANITA DOBSON will play Mrs Hardcastle. Alan Bennett’s TALKING HEADS is a chance to see three of the original hugely-acclaimed monologues, directed by Sarah Esdaile.
STEPHANIE COLE will star in A Cream Cracker Under the Settee. The award-winning Terry Johnson has written the book and will direct MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS, a brand new musical starring JANIE DEE, based on the film about the fortunes of the Windmill Theatre during the Blitz, with lyrics by Don Black, winner of two Tony Awards and music composed by George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain, who was the original Music Director on the film. Bath audiences will be seeing the World Premiere of this major production before it opens in the West End.
THE FATHER was one of the most feted productions of 2014, featuring in the top shows of the year in no less than three national newspapers. This new play by the young French writer Florian Zeller, enjoyed rave reviews at its UK premiere in the Theatre Royal’s Ustinov Studio in Autumn 2014. Now, following a run at London’s Tricycle Theatre, the production will return to the Theatre Royal, this time playing for a week in the Main House. KENNETH CRANHAM will reprise his hugely-acclaimed performance as the 80 year old Andre, with CLAIRE SKINNER joining the cast as his daughter Anne and COLIN TIERNEY again playing Pierre. The UK premiere production of Florian Zeller’s earlier play, THE MOTHER, a warmly human comedy about mothers and sons, will be part of the forthcoming WORLD THEATRE SEASON in the Ustinov Studio. The Ustinov’s Artistic Director, Laurence Boswell, will be directing this production.
Sasha Regan’s all male production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE began life at London’s tiny Union Theatre in 2009. Having won the 2010 Best Off-West End Production Award, the show then played Wilton’s Music Hall for six weeks and enjoyed a season touring Australia. This fast and extremely funny production has become a phenomenon and now tours the UK for the first time.
Another chap putting a frock on will be DAVID SUCHET, best-known as Poirot, when he plays Lady Bracknell in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, a new production of Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece which visits Bath prior to the West End and also stars MICHELE DOTRICE and RICHARD O’CALLAGHAN.
CARL ROSA OPERA company is a great favourite with Bath audiences. The company returns with a lavish production of Johann Strauss’s DIE FLEDERMAUS, featuring his famous waltzes and gorgeous costumes based on the original 1875 designs. With a new English translation by Ranjit Bolt, this sparklingly witty comedy is perfect entertainment for a summer’s evening.
Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ is just one of the much-loved songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s wonderfully feel-good classic musical OKLAHOMA! This new production from Music & Lyrics, who brought Fiddler on the Roof to Bath, has been garnering rave reviews. The show stars BELINDA LANG, GARY WILMOT, ASHLEY DAY, CHARLOTTE WAKEFIELD and NIC GREENSHIELDS and is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, whose recent credits include The Sound of Music in Regent’s Park, with choreography by Drew McOnie.
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and direct from three years in the West End, the multi award-winning comedy musical MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT returns to Bath. The tour is hot on the heels of the Monty Python Reunion at the 02 and Eric Idle’s performance of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life at the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony.
And now for something completely different!… SNOW WHITE ON ICE. The WORLD FAMOUS RUSSIAN ICE STARS tell one of the best-loved fairy stories in this stunning ice spectacular. The Theatre Royal’s stage will be transformed into an ice rink on which the skaters will combine the speed and danger of skating with the elegance of ballet. Playing the role of Fairy Tale Reporter is RUSTIE LEE.
Based on the Sunday Times humour book of the year, DEAR LUPIN stars father and son JAMES FOX and JACK FOX as father and son Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer. This prior to West End production has been adapted by best-selling author Michael Simkins, from the pair’s twenty-five year correspondence which is often hilarious, sometimes touching and always generous. The production will be directed by Philip Franks.
David Hare’s THE ABSENCE OF WAR is about a fictional Labour Party Leader struggling with his image and his colleagues against the background of the 1992 General Election. Visiting Bath DURING ELECTION WEEK 2015, it will offer a fascinating opportunity to consider how much or how little has changed in the intervening years. REECE DINSDALE plays opposition leader George Jones in this Headlong, Rose Theatre Kingston and Sheffield Theatres co-production. The Theatre Royal will be offering tickets on election night (7th May) at 1992 prices!
From the team that brought The Perfect Murder to Bath last spring comes DEAD SIMPLE, which has also been adapted from the work of international million-selling crime thriller writer Peter James by Shaun McKenna. TINA HOBLEY, JAMIE LOMAS and GRAY O’BRIEN star in this gripping thriller, the first of Peter James’ books to feature Detective Roy Grace. Olivier Award winner Ian Talbot directs. The writer PETER JAMES will be in conversation about his work at a Special Event during the week prior to the show.
Adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, the National Theatre’s phenomenal production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME tells the story of fifteen year-old Christopher, exceptional at maths but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. The winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including for Best New Play, this dazzling show is still running in the West End and on Broadway.
The Theatre Royal is delighted to announce that this year’s traditional family pantomime will be JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, starring comic actor extraordinaire JON MONIE as Simple Simon. Further star casting will be announced. For those wishing to secure their favourite seats now, an early booker’s Buy One Get One Free offer applies to certain performances paid for by the end of October. Theatre Sponsor: Bath Chronicle.
Sunday concerts in this season are an evening of stand up comedy and impressions with award-winning entertainers JASPER CARROTT & ALISTAIR McGOWAN and BALLETBOYZ return with theTALENT, a brand new show featuring two new commissions performed by an all male cast of exceptional young dancers.
In addition to Florian Zeller’s THE MOTHER, the Ustinov Studio’s WORLD THEATRE SEASON features two other UK premieres. Sir Michael Boyd returns to the Ustinov after directing The Big Meal in March 2014, to direct THE HARVEST by Belarusian playwright Pavel Pryazhko. This is an ingenious and wickedly funny comedy about a group of young people’s shambolic attempts to pick and box apples. Pryazhko’s work has been performed all over Eastern Europe and he has a cult following in Moscow.
Although set in rural Ireland, OUTSIDE MULLINGAR is by Bronx-born playwright John Patrick Shanley. In 2008 the Reillys and the Muldoons are caught up in a bizarre feud over a strip of land that separates their two farms. JAMES HAYES, who has appeared in no less than 45 productions for the National Theatre, will star in this bittersweet romantic comedy, which has been acclaimed as the author’s finest work since Doubt, winner of both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. Director Sam Yates, recently directed Jane Horrocks in East is East in the West End.
The ENGAGE programme of participatory and educational events for adults features FEMALE TRANSPORT, Steve Gooch’s play about six women living on a transportation ship bound for Australia, which will be presented by Engage performers in the Ustinov Studio; a series of workshop discussions about different aspects of drama from the past sixty years; masterclasses include the power of persuasive language and theatrical make-up; there is a five-week course on acting for radio and Summer Schools in singing and how to make a production happen.
The egg’s own Christmas productions are always filled with flair and theatricality. This year for the first time they will be co-producing an Easter production - LITTLE SURE SHOT – a new play about sharpshooter Annie Oakley, told with death-defying shootouts and live Country and Western music. Other shows taking place at the Theatre Royal’s award-winning egg theatre for children, young people and their families include, for younger children, THE FEATHER CATCHER, a non-verbal play about mischievous feathers; PUSS IN BOOTS, which stars CBeebies PATRICK LYNCH in Lyngo Theatre’s new version of the classic furry tale; GLOW, an interactive performance for children aged from just three months; NO SWEETS, a hilarious show filled with slapstick from Action Transport Theatre; THE BOCKETY WORLD OF HENRY AND BUCKET, a poetic and humorous story of friendship; HOME from one of Italy’s most acclaimed companies producing work for young theatregoers, La Baracca Testoni Ragazzi and BIG RED BATH, a vibrant adaptation of Julia Jarman and Adrian Reynolds’ popular picture book.
For slightly older children, Broken Spectacle Theatre Company presents HEAD IN THE CLOUDS which tells the incredible true story of Marie Marvingt, one of France’s first female aviators; DANNY CHAMPION OF THE WORLD has been adapted by David Wood from Roald Dahl’s much-loved story; DON Q, is a fast and furious reimagining of Cervantes’ classic tale of Don Quixote and KID CARPET AND THE NOISY NEIGHBOURS, stars ED PATRICK, a Bristol-based theatre-maker who tells the story of what it’s like to move into a new house. Bamboozle Theatre presents DOWN TO EARTH, a magical multi-sensory show for audiences of children with profound disabilities and their families.
The egg will also be hosting its first pop up theatre festival – FREE RANGE – which features work presented in unusual and exciting spaces. Events include RED THREADS, aerial acrobatics in a woodland park; a GARDEN PARTY for under 5s; urban adventures for young explorers in YOU’RE GETTING WARMER; young children can cheer on their favourite between THE WIND AND THE SUN and over 8s can advise three astronauts from 1974 who are about to be woken from their hypersleep about life in 2015. The egg’s Young People’s Theatre reveal places in and around Bath which are of especial significance to them and talk about where they think the future will take us.
This year’s STORM ON THE LAWN will be THE TEACUP POISONER, an original musical by Mark Powell and Ben Occhipinti, which tells the true story of Graham Young, who used his friends, family and work colleagues as guinea pigs for his experiments with poison sometimes with fatal effect. Sixty young people working with the egg’s professional team, will present this WORLD PREMIERE production in the 18th century Ball Court at Prior Park College as the culmination of a three-week long summer school.
Special Events in the season include SINCLAIR McKAY talking about DUNKIRK, a new book which tells the story of the extraordinary evacuation which has been written after fresh interviews with the veterans; comedian and best-selling writer TONY HAWKS talks about village life in ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST…COUNTRY; Countrywise presenter PAUL HEINEY recounts the extraordinary sea voyage he took after his son committed suicide in ONE WILD SONG; SONIA PURNELL tells the inspiring story of one of the most important women in modern history in FIRST LADY: The Life and wars of Clementine Churchill; archeologist MIKE PITTS introduces STONEHENGE; CHARLES SPENCER discusses his new work, KILLERS OF THE KING, about the men who executed Charles I, and Moonstone Theatre Company return after selling-out with their Fawlty Towers lunches with LUNCH AT CAFÉ RENE, a tribute to the classic TV comedy ‘Allo, ‘Allo.
Events staged by the Theatre’s Fundraisers – and open to the general public – will include a Bluegrass Country and Western evening with ANEIRIN JONES and JOE TOZER and trips to the Whitechapel and Spitalfields areas of East London, an evening cruise through Avon Gorge and a trip to see the restored Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory.
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