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Booking Dates

Associates: 21st June Friends: 23rd June Postal Subscriptions: 30th June Postal: 1st July Online Booking: 3rd July Groups: 4th July Telephone & Counter Bookings: 7th July

Box Office: 01225 448844

June 2014 - January 2015

Saturday Night Fever Saturday Night Fever, 12th 12th--22nd 22nd November November

The egg takes flight

The Queen’s Knickers on tour... 2 Actors 1 Van 31 Venues & 100s of Pairs of Knickers...

After its sell-out World Premiere production at the egg as part of the Theatre Royal’s Family Theatre Festival 2013 and a run at London’s Southbank Centre, The Queen’s Knickers directed by Lee Lyford returns to Bath prior to a 31 venue tour: 20-24 Sep 27 Sep 28 Sep 1 Oct 2 Oct 4 Oct 7 Oct 8 Oct 10 Oct 11 Oct 12 Oct 14 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 21 Oct 23-24 Oct

the egg The Corn Exchange, Dorchester Bridport Arts Centre Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham Redbridge Drama Centre, London Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes The Ark, Borehamwood Felsted School Theatre Helmsley Arts Centre Lincoln Drill Hall Theatre Royal Winchester Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple Wyvern Theatre, Swindon Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot The Kings Hall, Herne Bay EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge

25 Oct 26 Oct 28 Oct 29 Oct 1 Nov 2 Nov 8 Nov 9 Nov 15 Nov 16 Nov 19 Nov 21 Nov 22 Nov 23 Nov 29 Nov 30 Nov

Hertford Theatre The Lowry, Salford The Weston Auditorium, Hatfield Stamford Arts Centre The Met, Bury Jackson’s Lane, London Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea Connaught Theatre, Worthing Theatre Mwldan, Cardigan Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells Wycombe Swan, Town Hall Borough Theatre, Abergavenny The Atkinson, Southport Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax Gulbenkian, Canterbury Westcliff Palace, Westcliff-on-Sea

CHRIS HARRIS 1942 – 2014 On 20th May the auditorium was packed for A Farewell Jollification held at the Theatre Royal in memory of our friend and colleague, Chris Harris. Chris starred here in thirteen consecutive pantomimes between 2001 and 2013. He was much loved by both staff and audiences and will be greatly missed.


SUMMER season 2014

18 June – 5 July

9 – 26 July

30 July – 16 August

Edward Albee’s

Alan Bennett’s

Emile Zola’s

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Directed by Adrian Noble

Cast includes: Clare Higgins, Tim Pigott-Smith

Kafka’s Dick

Thérèse Raquin

Directed by David Grindley

A new version by Helen Edmunson

Cast includes: Matthew Kelly, Samantha Spiro

Directed by Jonathan Munby

Cast includes: Alison Steadman, Pippa Nixon, Desmond Barrit

20 August – 6 September

31 July – 30 August

Noël Coward’s

Joshua Harmon’s

Directed by Lindsay Posner

Directed by Michael Longhurst

Cast includes: Felicity Kendal, Simon Shepherd

Cast includes: Jenna Augen, Ilan Goodman

Hay Fever

Bad Jews


Booking open

SUMMER season 2014 Wednesday 18 June – Saturday 5 July

Clare Higgins, tim pigott-smith, IRIS ROBERTS, NATHAN WILEY in

Edward Albee’s

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Directed by Adrian Noble

“Viciously funny” Guardian “It’s the greatest slanging match in the theatrical canon” Daily Mail “Not just meticulously plotted but psychologically acute … a masterpiece” Daily Telegraph Edward Albee’s scintillating masterpiece takes place during the course of one brutal and hilarious night when George, a college professor, and his wife, Martha, invite a young couple back for late-night drinks after a faculty party. As the alcohol flows, George and Martha’s sadistic game-playing and vitriolic verbal scrapping reaches its climax in a momentous revelation. First staged on Broadway in 1962, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was soon established as one of the great plays in post-war American drama, winner of the Tony and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Play. Its reputation was further enhanced by Mike Nichols’s 1966 film adaptation, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, which won five Oscars. Clare Higgins is one of the greatest actresses of her generation, the winner of three Olivier Best Actress Awards. She won the 2003 Theatre World

Clare Higgins

Tim Pigott-Smith

Award for outstanding major Broadway debut. Tim Pigott-Smith comes to Bath direct from huge acclaim for his performance in Mike Bartlett’s King Charles IIl at the Almeida Theatre which is soon to transfer to the West End. Adrian Noble was the Artistic Director of the RSC from 1990 to 2003. Recent work includes The King’s Speech, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the West End and on Broadway and The Tempest for Theatre Royal Bath’s Summer Season 2012. America’s greatest living dramatist, Edward Albee’s other work includes Three Tall Women and A Delicate Balance. He is the winner of two Tony Awards and three Pulitzer Prizes.

Iris Roberts

Nathan Wiley

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm Press Night Tuesday 24 June 7pm Wednesday Matinees: 25 June, 2 July 2.30pm Saturday Matinees: 21, 28, June, 5 July 2.30pm


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WED 25 june

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THURS 3 july


Booking open

SUMMER season 2014 Wednesday 9 July – Saturday 26 July

Matthew Kelly, SAMANTHA SPIRO, Nicholas burns, Elliot Levey, DANIEL WEYMAN, Barry McCarthystar in

Kafka’s Dick by Alan Bennett Directed by David Grindley

“Unquestionably one of Alan Bennett’s funniest plays...a triumph of comic audacity” Daily Telegraph “I found myself helpless and hopeless with laughter” Evening Standard “Brilliantly entertaining” Sunday Times Insurance man Sydney and his wife Linda are leading perfectly ordinary lives in 1980s suburban Leeds when the esteemed (and long-dead) author Franz Kafka suddenly pitches up. With the great writer is his (also long-dead) friend Max Brod, he who ignored Kafka’s dying wish that all his work should be burned and, as a result, made him one of the best-known writers of the 20th century. Things get even stranger when Kafka’s father, Hermann, arrives and threatens to reveal some very personal details about his son, details that Kafka would prefer kept private... First performed at the Royal Court in 1986, this brilliant flight of fantasy shows Alan Bennett at his most overtly comic. Matthew Kelly is one of the UK’s best-loved actors, winner of an Olivier Award for Of Mice and Men.

Matthew Kelly

Samantha Spiro

Nicholas Burns

Samantha Spiro is the winner of Olivier Awards for Merrily We Roll Along at the Donmar Warehouse and for Hello, Dolly! at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Daniel Weyman, who plays Kafka, played the lead role in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby for Chichester Festival Theatre and Albany in King Lear in the Summer Season 2013. One of the UK’s best-loved playwrights, Alan Bennett’s work includes The Madness of George III, The History Boys, Enjoy, The Lady in the Van and Talking Heads. David Grindley is one of the most prolific directors in the UK. His recent credits include Daytona, The American Plan and A Steady Rain.

Elliot Levey

Daniel Weyman

Barry McCarthy

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm Press Night Tuesday 15 July 7pm Wednesday Matinees: 16, 23 July 2.30pm Saturday Matinees: 12, 19, 26 July 2.30pm Mon – Fri eves and Sat mat:

£19.00 £24.50

£26.50 £29.50


Sat eve:

£21.50 £25.50

£27.50 £30.50


Wed mat:

£17.50 £23.00

£25.00 £29.00


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THURS 24 july


Booking open

SUMMER season 2014 Wednesday 30 July – Saturday 16 August

ALISON STEADMAN, Pippa Nixon, DESMOND BARRIT, Michael Mears, Charlotte Mills, Hugh Skinner in

Thérèse Raquin by Emile Zola in a new version by Helen Edmundson Directed by Jonathan Munby

Written in 1867, Zola’s Thérèse Raquin is a story of lust, madness and destruction set in the backstreets of Paris. The beautiful but doomed heroine is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. Every Thursday evening she watches her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin, play dominoes...until one day her husband brings along an old friend, the handsome Laurent. As Thérèse and Laurent embark on an illicit affair, a turbulent passion is unleashed that drives them ultimately to violence and murder. Pippa Nixon plays Thérèse. Her many highly acclaimed performances for the Royal Shakespeare Company include Titania in Nancy Meckler’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rosalind in Maria Aberg’s As You Like It and Ophelia in David Farr’s Hamlet. Alison Steadman who plays Madame Raquin, is one of the UK’s best-loved actresses, recently

Alison Steadman

Pippa Nixon

Desmond Barrit

known for her role in Gavin & Stacey. She is soon to be seen in the new BBC sitcom Grey Mates. On stage she created the role of Beverly in Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party and starred in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, for which she won an Olivier Award. She was last in Bath in the huge hit, Alan Bennett’s Enjoy. Desmond Barrit is an Olivier Award-winning actor whose last appearance in Bath was as Falstaff in Peter Hall’s Henry IV Parts I and 2. Director Jonathan Munby has worked extensively in both the UK and the USA. Recent productions include the RSC’s hugely acclaimed Wendy and Peter Pan and Julius Caesar for Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theatre. Helen Edmundson’s extensive work with Shared Experience includes War and Peace, Mary Shelley, the award-winning adaptations of The Mill on the Floss and Anna Karenina and Coram Boy for the National Theatre.

Michael Mears

Charlotte Mills

Hugh Skinner

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm Press Night Thursday 7 August 7pm Wednesday Matinees: 6, 13 August 2.30pm Saturday Matinees: 2, 9, 16 August 2.30pm


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THURS 14 aug


Booking open

SUMMER season 2014 Wednesday 20 August – Saturday 6 September

Felicity Kendal and SIMON SHEPHERD star in

Hay Fever

by Noël Coward Directed by Lindsay Posner “Transforms triviality into comic perfection” Daily Telegraph “The flawless structure of the crisply precise dialogue” Guardian “Sheer comic bliss...a symphony of near continuous laughter” Sunday Express “A high-class giggle” Independent on Sunday The Bliss family - Judith, the once glittering star of the London stage; David, an egocentric novelist; and Sorel and Simon, their two Bohemian adult children – are incapable of sharing the spotlight. Unconventional, risqué, and often downright rude, they are everything a respectable English family should not be.

Born into a theatrical family, Felicity Kendal is one of the UK’s most popular actresses. She shot to fame in The Good Life on television and has won numerous awards for her stage work. Her recent visits to Bath have included Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking, Beckett’s Happy Days and Coward’s Fallen Angels and The Vortex.

When each member of the family invites a guest to their rural retreat, the unassuming visitors are thrown into a living melodrama. Misjudged meetings, secret seductions and scandalous revelations proliferate during one outrageous weekend in Berkshire.

Simon Shepherd’s many credits include ITV’s Peak Practice, the West End productions of Posh, The Duck House, The Secret Rapture and Art and Born in the Gardens in the 2008 Peter Hall Company Season in Bath.

Noël Coward’s hilarious comedy of bad manners has been a favourite amongst theatregoers ever since it first dazzled London’s West End in 1925.

Felicity Kendal

Simon Shepherd

Alice Orr-Ewing

One of the UK’s greatest directors of comedy, Lindsay Posner directs Coward for the first time with this production. Recent successes include Noises Off, Abigail’s Party and Relatively Speaking.

Edward Franklin

James Corrigan

Sara Stewart

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm Press Night Wednesday 27 August 7pm Thursday Matinees: 28 Aug, 4 Sep 2.30pm Saturday Matinees: 23, 30 Aug , 6 Sep 2.30pm Mon – Fri eves and Sat mat:

£19.00 £24.50

£26.50 £29.50


Sat eve:

£21.50 £25.50

£27.50 £30.50


Wed mat:

£17.50 £23.00

£25.00 £29.00


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THURS 4 sept


Booking open

SUMMER season 2014 Thursday 31 July – Saturday 30 August

Jenna Augen and ILAN GOODMAN in

Bad Jews

by Joshua Harmon Directed by Michael Longhurst “Delectably savage humor…supremely funny…crackles with energy” New York Times “Will resonate with anyone… a dark comedy that will have you laughing uncontrollably” Huffington Post

“One of the unforgettable laugh riots of the season…You don’t need to be Jewish to “get” Bad Jews — Harmon has crafted a universal story … you’re bound to recognize some aspect of yourself in this play” Theatremania Prepare for a night like no other when this uproarious hit, hailed by the New York Times as ‘the best comedy of the season’, makes its UK premiere in Bath.

Theatre and played the lead role in the short film Josephine and the Roach which won awards across the USA including at the Sundance/Slamdance Film Festival.

A beloved grandfather has died, and a treasured family heirloom with religious significance is up for grabs. But who is most deserving of it? Bossy, overbearing, fanatically religious Daphna? Her wealthy cousin Liam, who’s just returned from skiing with his non-Jewish girlfriend Melody? Or Jonah, his brother, who would prefer not to get involved in the fight?

Ilan Goodman starred in the Ustinov Studio’s acclaimed 2013 American Season production of Red Light Winter and appears in Lynn Nottage’s multi-award-winning Intimate Apparel.

A Manhattan apartment becomes the setting for a viciously hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy as the contenders set at each others’ throats on the night after the funeral. Jenna Augen starred in the acclaimed prodution of Chicken Soup With Barley at the Royal Court

Jenna Augen

Michael Longhurst directed Jake Gyllenhaal in his American stage debut in Nick Payne’s If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet. His Royal Court production of Payne’s Constellations starring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall transferred to the West End, winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Play 2012 and receiving four Olivier nominations. His production of Adam Brace’s Stovepipe featured in the Sunday Times ‘Best Theatre of the Decade’ list.

Ilan Goodman

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm Press Night Tuesday 12th August 7pm Thursday Matinees 2.30pm (not 31st July), Saturday Matinees 2.30pm £19.50 / £14.50 Discounts Preview Performances: 31st July - 9th August and Mondays: All seats £13 12

matinee THURS 21 aug


Box Office: 01225 448844 BOOKING OPEN Monday 8th September – Saturday 20th September

The National Theatre’s award-winning comedy GAVIN SPOKES, SHAUN WILLIAMSON, EMMA BARTON, JASMYN BANKS, ALICIA DAVIES star in

One Man, Two Guvnors

by Richard Bean, based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Nicholas Hytner


“One of the funniest productions in the National’s history “ Guardian


 “You leave the theatre with aching ribs and a huge, goofy smile on your face “

Daily Telegraph


“I suspect you would had to have had a humour by-pass not to enjoy it “ Guardian


 “Audience members clutch their chests with pained laughter. I thought I was going to keel over “ Daily Mail


Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother – who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers – but to prevent discovery, he must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. Gavin Spokes (1984, One Man Two Guvnors West End), takes the central role of loveable chancer, Francis Henshall, with Shaun Williamson (The Ladykillers, EastEnders, Life’s Too Short) as Charlie Clench. Emma Barton (Chicago, Annie, EastEnders) will play Dolly with Jasmyn Banks (recently seen as Alice Branning in EastEnders) as Pauline Clench and Alicia Davies (One Man Two Guvnors World Tour) as Rachel Crabbe.

Photos: Johan Persson

“A deliriously daft and diabolically joke stuffed entertainment“ Independent

The National Theatre’s award-winning comedy One Man, Two Guvnors has been seen by over one million people worldwide. This internationally acclaimed smash-hit now plays Bath for the first time. It is a glorious celebration of British comedy – a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners.

Monday – Wednesday 7.30pm  Thursday – Saturday 8pm  Matinees Wednesdays & Saturdays 2.30pm Mon – Fri eves and Sat mats: £23.50 £29.00

£31.00 £34.00


Sat eves:

£26.00 £30.00

£32.00 £35.00


Wed mats:

£22.00 £27.50

£29.50 £32.50



schools Discounts apply

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WED 17 sept

THURS 18 sept

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Monday 22nd September – Saturday 27th September

Rosalind Ayres, Niall Buggy, Patrick Godfrey, NIGEL HAVERS, Martin Jarvis, Christine Kavanagh, Cherie Lunghi, SiÂn Phillips star in

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Directed by Lucy Bailey

“A trivial play for serious people” Oscar Wilde

This new production of one of the best-known and best-loved of all comedies, boasts one of the most star-studded casts ever seen on the Theatre Royal stage. The Importance of Being Earnest will visit Bath direct from a West End run over the summer. The dependable John Worthington, J.P., is in love with prim-and-proper Gwendolyn Fairfax. His friend, the upper-class playboy, Algernon Moncrieff, is in love with Cecily Cardew. But both Gwendolyn and Cecily are in love with Ernest. Add the magnificently imposing Lady Bracknell, a nanny with a dubious story about a handbag and the result is a delightful entertainment as fresh and funny as when it was first performed in 1895 with a plot that twists and fizzles with some of the finest dialogue to be found in theatre. Nigel Havers and Martin Jarvis revisit the roles of Algernon Moncrieff and John Worthing, J.P respectively having played these parts in Sir Peter Hall’s 1982 production of The Importance of Being Earnest at the National Theatre. Siân Phillips joins them to play Lady Bracknell having recently performed the role to excellent reviews in Washington.

Nigel Havers is familiar to television audiences thanks to recent roles in Downton Abbey and Coronation Street. Siân Phillips has starred on stage in Cabaret, The Age of Innocence and Marlene for which she was nominated for the Olivier and Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Martin Jarvis is well-known for Endeavour and Law & Order: UK. The notable cast also includes Rosalind Ayres (Outnumbered, New Tricks), Niall Buggy (Uncle Vanya, Dead Funny), Christine Kavanagh (Basket Case, Vera), Cherie Lunghi (Passion Play, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) and Patrick Godfrey (A Room with a View, The Remains of the Day, Ever After) who played Merriman in the 2002 film adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest. The production is directed by Lucy Bailey (King Lear, Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season 2013; Fortune’s Fool, Dial M for Murder, Titus Andronicus for The Globe ), designed by William Dudley (King Lear, The Mysteries, Fortune’s Fool, Fings Ain’t Wot They Used To Be) and the company writer is Simon Brett (the Charles Paris and Fethering series of novels, The Strangling on the Stage).

Monday - Wednesday 7.30pm Thursday - Saturday 8pm Matinees Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm Mon – Fri eves and Sat mat:

£21.50 £27.00

£29.00 £32.00


Sat eve:

£24.00 £28.00

£30.00 £33.00


Midweek mats:

£20.00 £25.50

£27.50 £31.50


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Box Office: 01225 448844 Tuesday 30th September – Saturday 4th October

BATH LIGHT OPERATIC GROUP presents An amateur production by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd

Jesus Christ Superstar by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber Directed by Tristan Carter Inspired by the relationship between Judas and Jesus, this spectacular musical follows the last week of Jesus’ life, beginning with the preparations for his arrival in Jerusalem and ending with his crucifixion.

Bath Light Operatic Group makes its annual visit to the Theatre Royal after recent successful productions including South Pacific, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and The Sound of Music.

Originally written as a rock opera album by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar exploded onto the Broadway stage in 1971, where it earned five Tony Award nominations. The show transferred to the West End the next year where it ran for eight years and went on to become one of the greatest and most enduring musicals of its time.

“Blog has across-the-board talent…a great night out“ Bath Chronicle on South Pacific, “Every member of the cast sang their hearts out“ Wiltshire Times on The Sound of Music, 2012

“A hugely enthusiastic cast give their all in every number“ Gloucestershire Gazette on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, 2011

“Impressive performances in the leading roles“ Bristol Post on Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 2010

Photos from previous BLOG productions

Featuring numerous catchy tunes in many different styles, from the upbeat Everything’s Alright and Hosanna, Mary Magdalene’s soulful love song I Don’t Know How To Love Him, the comedy number King Herod’s Song to the renowned title song Superstar, this emotional and stirring musical continues to move audiences forty years on from its first triumph.


Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm  Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm Tues – Fri eves and Sat mat:

£15.00 £17.00

£23.50 £27.00


Sat eve:

£15.00 £17.50

£25.00 £29.00


Wed mat:

£15.00 £16.00

£19.50 £23.00


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Box Office: 01225 448844 PRiOR TO WEST END Wednesday 8th October – Saturday 18th October Theatre Royal Bath Productions presents


The Hypochondriac by Moliere in a new translation by Richard Bean Directed by Lindsay Posner

“Magnificently hilarious” Daily Mail “Richard Bean’s sharp, spirited new version…has one laughing like a drain” Daily Telegraph

Richard Bean, the adaptor of One Man, Two Guvnors (see page 14) turns Moliere’s medicinal masterpiece into a riotous farce in this brand new production starring Tony Robinson. The penny-pinching Argan is healthy, wealthy and completely obsessed by a list of imaginary ailments. Confusion is piled upon hilarious confusion as a gang of eccentric quacks and Argan’s treacherous wife, endeavour to fleece him of his fortune, whilst his lovesick daughter, her dashing lover and an astute maid, attempt to set him straight.

Lindsay Posner is one of the uK’s greatest directors of comedy. His recent successes include Noises Off, Abigail’s Party, Relatively Speaking and he directs Hay Fever in the Theatre Royal Bath’s Summer Season. This is a brand new production of a comedy he directed to huge acclaim at the Almeida Theatre in 2005.

“Brought up to date as a rollicking farce without losing the savagery of the original” Express “Superlatively silly”

Mail on Sunday

“An evening to relish”

The Times

in 1673, during a production of this, his final play, Molière, was taken ill while playing the part of the hypochondriac Argan. Although he finished the performance he died a few hours later. Tony Robinson is one of the uK’s best-loved actors. He is best-known for playing Baldrick in Blackadder and for hosting Channel 4’s Time Team and The Worst Jobs in History. He was knighted in 2013.

Tony Robinson


Monday - Wednesdays 7.30pm Thursdays -Saturdays 8pm Matinees Thursdays & Saturdays 2.30pm Press Night Wednesday 15th October 7pm Mon – Fri eves and Sat mats: £20.00 £25.50

£27.50 £30.50


£22.50 £26.50

£28.50 £31.50


£18.50 £24.00

£26.00 £30.00


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Box Office: 01225 448844 Monday 20th October – Saturday 25th October

Agatha Christie’s

The Mousetrap A classic. A landmark. A legend. The legendary, record-breaking, Box Office smash hit thriller returns! The Mousetrap is famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre, with over 25,000 performances. Now the 60th anniversary production is back in Bath by popular demand following a record breaking sell out week in 2013. The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.

 “ The cleverest murder mystery of British theatre “ Telegraph  “A truly entertaining classic thriller “ The Sunday Times

“Deservedly a classic among murder thrillers“ Observer “A marvellous mystery… a dizzying play of suspense and paranoia… which will have you thumbing your finelytrimmed Belgian moustache with intrigue“ WhatsOnStage

Photos of previous cast

In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate

plot where murder lurks around every corner.

Monday – Wednesday 7.30pm Thursday – Saturday 8pm Matinees Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm Mon – Fri eves and Sat mats: £23.00 £26.00

£29.50 £31.50


Sat eves:

£26.00 £29.00

£32.50 £34.50


Wed & Thur mats:

£18.00 £20.50

£24.50 £26.50


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Box Office: 01225 448844 Monday 27th October – Tuesday 28th October


A Season of Baroque Opera Life on the Moon by Joseph Haydn Ottone by George Frideric Handel

2014 OLiViER AWARD WiNNERS FOR OUTSTANDiNG ACHiEVEMENT iN OPERA to finish“ independent on ETO’s Spring 2014 production of Britten’s Paul Bunyan

Fresh from winning the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, in a category which included Placido Domingo and Joyce DiDonato, English Touring Opera returns to Bath with another season of baroque splendour. These two masterpieces by Handel and Haydn are wildly different. One is lofty and heartbreaking, the other a razor-sharp comedy. Both are performed with the Old Street Band, ETO’s acclaimed baroque period orchestra.

Ottone Handel’s sophisticated comedy Flavio was a recent hit for ETO in Bath. Now the company presents one of the composer’s most successful serious operas, Ottone. Written for the greatest italian singers of the day, Ottone dazzled London with tearful and brilliant arias, many of which are regularly performed in concert. The romantic and tragic tale of a German Emperor in Rome, overcoming battles on land and sea to wed his Byzantine bride, features unusual psychological complexity and a dramatic sea cave setting.

Life on the Moon in its day, fast-moving comedy Life on the Moon (Il mondo della luna) was the most popular of Haydn’s many operas, matching the composer’s virtuosic music with the mischievous wit of Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni.

“English Touring Opera have a sure touch in choosing repertoire: their exhumations of neglected works are always successful” independent on ETO’s

To trick a lecherous miser, an ‘astronomer’ sets up an elaborate charade and tricks him into believing he has flown to the moon. There he is fitted-up and fleeced, to the delight of his family and friends.

”This joyous production by English Touring Opera…makes the most of the music, the characters, and the alternately hilarious and unsettling plot of Handel’s early masterpiece”

Cal McCrystal, the comedy director behind the National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors (see page 14), directs this new production.

Autumn 2013 season.

Bachtrack on ETO’s 2013 production of Handel’s Agrippina

Life on the Moon Monday 27th October 7.30pm Ottone Tuesday 28th October 7.30pm Evenings

£22.50 £28.50

£32.00 £34.00

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Previous cast photo

 “Flawless from start


Box Office: 01225 448844 Thursday 30th October – Saturday 1st November




The rock’n’roll swagger of the Rolling Stones is brought thrillingly to life in Rooster, Christopher Bruce’s electrifying celebration of the swinging sixties. Sharp-suited, snake-hipped men and strong, sassy women perform virtuoso courtship dances to some of the Stones’ most famous tunes, including Not Fade Away, Paint It Black and Little Red Rooster. Four Elements by dance legend Lucinda Childs mixes serene elegance with Jennifer Bartlett’s surreal designs and Gavin Bryars’ hypnotic score. Childs’ minimalist choreography has been described as ‘amplified simplicity, so cleverly does she take a straightforward movement … and weave it into a complex pattern’ (The Times).

Completing the programme is The Strange Charm of Mother Nature, a brand new work by Rambert’s Artistic Director Mark Baldwin. in three movements representing the origin of the cosmos, the dancers fizz with the energy of the miniscule building blocks that created life, the universe and everything. Accompanied by live orchestral music, ranging from JS Bach to igor Stravinsky, this exhilarating programme showcases the diversity and brilliance of Britain’s national dance company.

“Powerful and taut“ independent

“Exhilaratingly entertaining“ Daily Telegraph

“irresistible“ Guardian

Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7.30pm Matinees Friday & Saturday 2.30pm Thurs – Fri eves and Sat mat: £16.50 £21.50

£24.50 £28.50


£18.00 £23.00

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£13.50 £18.50

£21.50 £23.50


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FRiDAy 6.30PM


PRE-SHOW TALK See page 51


Photos: Hugo Glendinning, Benedict Johnson, Tristram Kenton

“The supreme contemporary dance company“ Daily Telegraph


Box Office: 01225 448844 Tuesday 4th November – Saturday 8th November

Royal Shakespeare Company presents

Henry IV Parts I & II by William Shakespeare Directed by Gregory Doran

 “Shakespeare’s two greatest plays” Guardian

Direct from Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company brings its epic and critically acclaimed Henry IV Parts I & II to Bath, the only venue in the South West.

Antony Sher returns to Bath after great acclaim in Theatre Royal Bath’s 2012 production of Hysteria, to play the infamous comic knight Falstaff. He is joined by Jasper Britton as Henry IV and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal.

  “Antony Sher’s magnificent,

Directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran this is a large-scale, comic and thrilling vision of a nation in turmoil, complete with stunning costumes and awe-inspiring battles.

magnetic Falstaff“ Guardian

With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Part I sees Henry prepare for war and his son, Prince Hal, face up to responsibilities of family and throne. Continuing with Part II, King Henry’s health is fading and Hal must choose between duty and loyalty to an old friend in Shakespeare’s heart-breaking conclusion to this epic pairing of plays.

recommended“ Independent

  “A comic delight“ The Times   “Sublime... strongly 

Guardian, Daily Mail, Independent, The Times, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Financial Times,

Part 1: Tuesday 7.30pm, Thursday 2pm, Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 2pm Part 2: Wednesday 7.30pm, Thursday 7.30pm, Saturday 7.30pm Tues – Fri eves and Sat mat:

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Wednesday 12th November – Saturday 22nd November Theatre Royal Bath Productions in association with the Robert Stigwood Organisation presents

Saturday Night Fever Featuring songs by The Bee Gees Chreographed by Andrew Wright Directed by Ryan McBryde

When John Travolta walked on to the dance floor in the smash hit film Saturday Night Fever, it changed the way we dance for all time. The date is 1976 and in Brooklyn, New York, Tony Manero, a young man with a dead-end job and an extraordinary ability to dance, has only one ambition in life - to become the disco king. When he meets Stephanie, who also dreams of a world beyond Brooklyn, and they decide to train together for a dance competition, their lives begin to change forever. This brand new production of Saturday Night Fever, one of the most loved dance stories of all time, is packed with legendary hits from the Bee Gees including the classics Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, Jive Talking, You Should Be Dancing and How Deep is Your Love? A large and hugely talented cast of actormusicians will play instruments, dance and sing in this spectacular new musical production. Co-producer Robert Stigwood is one of the world’s leading impresarios and entertainment entrepreneurs whose stage shows have

included Hair, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar and whose films have included Grease and the phenomenally successful film of Saturday Night Fever. Andrew Wright won Best Choreographer at the WhatsOnStage Awards 2013 and was nominated for Best Choreographer at the 2012 Olivier Awards and Broadway World 2011 Awards for his choreography of Cameron MackIntosh’s production of Singin’ in the Rain. Director Ryan McBryde has worked extensively in Europe. His previous productions include the RSC’s 50th Aniversary Gala, Spring Awakening: The Musical, The Full Monty: The Musical and Hamlet - The Musical.

“Unforgettable songs and big choreographic set pieces“ Daily Telegraph “Irresistible“ The Times “Sheer orchestrated magic“ Daily Mail

Monday – Wednesdays 7.30pm, Thursdays 8pm, Fridays 5pm & 8.30pm, Saturdays 4pm & 8pm Mon – Fri eves and Sat 4pm: £24.50 £27.50

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Wednesday 26th November – Sunday 30th November

SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW Celebrating 20 years delighting UK audiences Enter a joyous dream-like world, unlike anything you have seen before, a world in which a cobweb envelops the audience and one tiny piece of paper begins a heart-stopping blizzard of snow... A combination of theatrical clowning and stunning visual spectacle, SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW is performed by a worldrenowned company of clowns led by Slava Polunin, who was recently appointed Artistic Director of the St Petersburg Circus. SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW is the internationally acclaimed winner of the Time Out, Olivier and Drama Desk awards for most unique theatrical experience. Since its 1994 UK premiere, it has toured all over the country, delighting audiences of all ages and winning an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment.

“Theatrical brilliance“ Sunday Times  “Simply unforgettable comedy masterpiece“ Independent  “Unmissable – a classic show of rare theatrical beauty”The Times  “Pure magic. An evening of enchantment and fun“ Daily Express “Utterly breathtaking, the stage effects are dazzling“ Daily Mail

The show’s popularity overseas has seen it performed in 120 cities in 30 countries to more than 3 million spectators in over 4000 performances, Influenced by artists such as Chaplin and Marcel Marceau, Slava and his company have taken clowning out of the world of circus, and brought it to theatre lovers and families worldwide. Recommended for children 8 years and over. No children under 3 will be admitted.

Wednesday 2.30pm & 7.30pm Thursday 7.30pm Friday 5pm & 8pm Saturday 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sunday 2.30pm Wed-Fri eves, Sat & Sun mats: £21.00 £26.50

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Monday 1st December – Saturday 6th December


Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense A new play adapted from the works of P.G. Wodehouse by The Goodale Brothers Directed by Sean Foley

2014 Olivier Award winner for Best New Comedy Join James Lance (I’m Alan Partridge, Teachers, The Book Group ) as the effervescent, aristocratic fool Bertie Wooster and John Gordon Sinclair (The Producers, The Ladykillers West End) of Gregory’s Girl fame as his dutiful valet Jeeves. This hilarious production which is one of the West End’s biggest hit comedies of recent years, layers joke on joke, joy on joy, in a delightful evening of theatrical absurdity featuring P G Wodehouse’s iconic double act. When a country house weekend takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker, but also to steal a silver cow creamer from Totleigh Towers. Naturally, the ever-dependable Jeeves is there to prevent Bertie from making a fool of himself in front of a cast of Wodehouse’s finest characters.

Laugh out loud funny, Perfect Nonsense is the comedy of the year and perfect for a preChristmas treat.

  “ I suspect that Wodehouse himself would have loved this production ... it captures the dotty, sunlit innocence of his work with panache. “ Daily Telegraph   “Devour every last drop of this Wooster sauce with relish “ Sunday Telegraph

  “An inventive evening of

slightly bonkers, genial comedy“ Daily Mail

Enjoy an evening of raucous comedy in the company of Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassett, Sir Watkin Bassett, Dahlia Travers, Roderick Spode and Constable Oates!

  “It’s bliss...A triumph “

Sean Foley’s West End credits include the five-times Olivier nominated production of The Ladykillers (including nomination for Best Director) and the Olivier Award winning The Play What I Wrote (Best Comedy 2002).

escapsism “ Mail on Sunday

Daily Express

“An evening of exquisite

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Box Office: 01225 448844 Thursday 11th December 2014 – Sunday 11th January 2015



The greatest pantomime of them all! with DAVID BALL and BYRON MONDAHL as the Ugly Sisters and dancers from the Dorothy Coleborn School of Dance

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After 2013’s record-breaking pantomime, Peter Pan, we are delighted to present the best-loved pantomime of them all, Cinderella, starring one of children’s TV’s most popular performers, Dani Harmer. With its enchanting story, side-splitting comedy, lavish settings and adorable miniature ponies, Cinderella is perfect entertainment for the festive season and this truly traditional production will ensure that every member of the family has a ball.

PRICES Stalls/Royal Circle:£29 Dress Circle: £24 Grand Circle: £19 Boxes £105(4 people)/ £65 (3 people) Gallery & Standby seats £9 (sold in advance - no discounts) Wheelchair spaces: £10 (accompanying person pays ½ full price)

Cinderella is treated as a servant by her wicked (not to mention ugly) stepsisters. She’ll need all the magic her fairy godmother can muster, along with help from her best friend, Buttons, if she is to meet her Prince Charming and find true love before the clock strikes midnight…

Group Discounts - on Purple Performances ONLY: For 20+ - 20% discount NOT available on Green or Red performances

BAFTA nominated Dani Harmer plays Cinderella. She is known to millions of children as the legendary Tracy Beaker in the CBBC dramatisation of Jacqueline Wilson’s much-loved novels. She was also, of course, a finalist on the 2012 series of Strictly Come Dancing. Melanie Walters, who is best-known for playing Stacey’s mum, Gwen in the much-loved sitcom, Gavin & Stacey, will be the Fairy Godmother. Bath pantomime favourite, hilarious local comedian Jon Monie, will be playing Buttons, immediately after taking his acclaimed stand-up show to the Edinburgh Festival. Playing the Ugly Sisters will be David Ball and Byron Mondahl, and Bath’s Dorothy Coleborn Dancers are back by popular demand. godmother’s Extra – Group Discount An additional £2 off per ticket for parties of 20+ on all Purple/ Red performances if tickets are booked and paid for before 31st October 2014. (Not applicable for schools). NOT available on Green performances

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE One FREE ticket with every full-priced adult ticket booked and paid for before 31st October applies to 11th, 12th 16th and 17th December and 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th January 2015. Maximum of FOUR free tickets may be claimed per booking. No additional discounts apply. Subject to availability.


DISCOUNTS Discounts apply on Purple Performances ONLY: Children (under 14), Senior Citizens, JSA Claimants, Registered disabled patrons, Students: £3 off

GREEN PERFORMANCES No discounts apply RED PERFORMANCES All seats £19/£16/£14 Boxes £66(4 people)/ £36(3 people) Gallery & Standby seats £8 (sold in advance - no discounts) Wheelchair space £10 (accompanying person pays ½ full price) SCHOOLS PRICES for 8+ STUDENTS Red and Purple performances only Grand Circle £8/ Dress Circle £10/ Royal Circle £15 GRAND CIRCLE FAMILY SAVER 4 seats £65/£55/£40 No additional discounts apply Mon




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Box Office: 01225 448844 DiRECT FROM WEST END Monday 12th January – Saturday 17th January Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre presents

To Kill A Mockingbird Based on the novel by Harper Lee Adapted by Christopher Sergel

 “Magnificent“ Daily Express  “Terrific retelling of

Harper Lee’s classic makes dramatic gold“ The Times

Set in the Deep South, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel sees racial injustice envelop a small-town community. Through courage and compassion, lawyer Atticus Finch seeks the truth, and his feisty daughter, Scout - a young girl on the cusp of adulthood - brings new hope to a neighbourhood in turmoil. This utterly enchanting and enthralling production from London’s award-winning Regent’s Park Theatre captures the warmth and poignancy of this best-loved classic with genuine heart and emotional depth. A story as moving and magical as you could ever hope to find.

“Some productions have the power effortlessly to win you over and this enchanting heartfelt adaptation... is one of them“ Mail on Sunday “its real triumph is in perfectly capturing its warmth and childish wonder“ Time Out

 “Superb“ Daily Telegraph Monday – Saturday 7.30pm Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm Mon – Fri eves and Sat mat:

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The egg Christmas show

guess. my. Name.

A New Musical Book and lyrics by Matt Harvey Composed by Thomas Hewitt-Jones Thursday 27th November - Sunday 4th January Rumpelstiltskin is a family musical theatre show telling the mesmerising tale of a vindictive scoundrel called Rumpelstiltskin. When he saves the life of the miller’s pure-hearted daughter, he makes good her father’s boast that she can spin straw into gold, but attempts to extract a terrible price in return. years later, the daughter, now with child, has to face this terrible man one more time and honour his hopeless deal, unless, of course, she can… Guess. His. Name. This newly-commissioned fantasy tells of of magic, mischief and menace, of loose tongues and of the power of names. it is a thrilling modern take on the traditional Grimm tale filled with deliciously witty lyrics and melodic music.


Writer Matt Harvey has been a familiar voice on Radio 4 as regular poet on Saturday Live, a host of The Wondermentalist Cabaret, and has made frequent appearances on programmes such as Word of Mouth and Off the Page. His children’s books include Shopping With Dad (made into a film by CBBC) and Beastie and the Boys. Thomas Hewitt Jones is an award-winning composer, winner of the 2003 BBC young Composer Competition. He composed and produced the music for the four animated Mascot Films for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.







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£17 adults / £12 children & students All tickets £12 Schools discounts apply - £8 plus one free teacher for every 10 tickets booked Preview all tickets £10

Age 8+


Box Office: 01225 448844 SUNDAY concerts Sunday 19th October

Al Murray, The Pub Landlord: One Man, One Guvnor

Twenty years ago Britain’s favourite publican Al Murray, The Pub Landlord, embarked on his one man mission to hold back a tide of bottled beer and nanny state nonsense. To celebrate this milestone, join this British icon with his brand new show. NB: Both performances will be filmed for commercial release. Purchase of tickets and entry to the auditorium grant permission for the producers to use any footage in which the audience may feature. There is no support act so please arrive in good time as latecomers will not be permitted.

booking open

Tickets: £27.50 3.30pm and 7.30pm

Sunday 26th October

Fascinating Aida: Charm Offensive Following a sold-out 2013 tour, three Olivier Award nominations and over 10 million YouTube hits for Cheap Flights (their infamous anthem to budget air travel), Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and Liza Pulman continue to celebrate over 30 years of Fascinating Aïda with their new show. Expect topical new songs hot off the press, plus some outrageous old favourites, as Fascinating Aïda continue to grow old disgracefully!

‘Cabaret heaven’ Metro Tickets: £17.50/ £19.50 4pm and 7.30pm

Sunday 2nd November

Eric And Little Ern

Created and performed by Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens Featuring classic material by Eddie Braben, Dick Hills and Sid Green Direct from an Olivier Award nomination, this is an affectionate and fantastically funny homage to the greatest comedy double act that Britain has ever seen. Recreating some of the finest moments of Morecambe and Wise’s TV and stage performances, cherished moments from the archives sit alongside new material created by the performers.

‘Wonderfully funny... beautifully played’ Herald Tickets: £17.50/ £19.50/ £22.50 4pm and 7.30pm

Sunday 7th December

Frank Skinner: Man In A Suit After selling out UK-wide, Frank Skinner extends his critically acclaimed new stand-up tour. One of the biggest names in British comedy, Frank Skinner has enjoyed success, both as a phenomenally popular standup comic and with his hit TV series, Room 101, The Frank Skinner Show, Fantasy Football, Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned and his sitcom Shane.

‘Exquisite and and surprising...

highly accomplished and very funny’ Independent All Tickets: £29.50 7.30 pm


“With his revelatory seasons... Laurence Boswell, its artistic director, has decisively established Bath’s Ustinov Studio as a powerhouse” independent

THREE BLACK COMEDIES The ustinov Studio is building a phenomenal national reputation for its seasons of uK premieres under Artistic Director, Laurence Boswell. For the American Season 2014:


“michael Boyd directs a brilliantly paced staging…A superb company” independent on The Big Meal


”david grindley directs a production that vibrates with menace and boasts performances of tense conviction” The Times on A Steady Rain


Boswell has found another beauty ... tender and illuminating” The Times on Intimate Apparel

This season of Three Black Comedies has been especially commissioned by the ustinov Studio for production in Autumn 2014. Three of the uK’s finest directors will be working alongside three of the very best translators to present three original and compelling dramas from some of the greatest names in European drama. The black comedies are Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s Play Strindberg, Florian Zeller’s The Father and Eugène ionesco’s modern classic, Exit the King. Greg Hicks, one of the uK’s leading classical actors, has already been confirmed to star in Play Strindberg.

“I am proud to programme this season. It is original, diverse and bold. In fact I would go as far as to say any theatre in the land would be proud to present such a programme of work”

Laurence Boswell, Artistic Director, ustinov Studio

The ustinov Studio is one of Britain’s most thrilling venues for excellent drama and it’s right here on your doorstep. if you’ve never visited – do try it – the intimate setting makes for a unique theatre-going experience - and if you have been before, we look forward to welcoming you back this Autumn.

Saturday 6th September 11am 1805 ROOMS - FREE EVENT

BEHiND THE SCENES AT THE USTiNOV Meet the creative team behind the ustinov Studio’s hugely successful productions of uK premieres. See the costume and set designs for the new Three Black Comedies season and find out more about the shows. This event will be led by Laurence Boswell, Artistic Director of the ustinov, with other leading members of the creative teams. This event is FREE but tickets must be booked in advance. Details and tickets from the Box Office 01225 448844. 43


UK PREMIERE Thursday 11th September – Saturday 11th October

PLAY STRINDBERG by Friedrich Dürrenmatt in a new translation by Alistair Beaton Commissioned by the Ustinov Studio Starring Greg Hicks Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.45pm

Thurs Matinees: 2.30pm (not 11th September) Sat Matinees: 2.30pm

Press Performance: Wednesday 17th September 7pm Post Show Discussion: Thursday 2nd October after evening performance Tickets: £19.50 / £14.50 Discounts 44

Preview Performances 11th - 16th September and Mondays: All seats £10

The 25-year marriage of Alice, a resting actress, and Edgar, an old soldier, would be perfect - if they didn’t want each other dead. The vicious cat and mouse games they play on the desolate island outpost which is their home, are interrupted by the arrival of Alice’s cousin, and former lover, Kurt.

Nancy Meckler was Artistic Director of Shared Experience for 22 years where her work included the award-winning productions of Anna Karenina and War and Peace. She was the first woman director at the National Theatre with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and has worked extensively with the RSC.

in Dürrenmatt’s gleefully spiteful black comedy, written in 1968, he takes the characters and situations from Strindberg’s classic, Dance of Death, and transposes the brutally funny sparring to a boxing ring.

20th century master Friedrich Dürrenmatt is best-known for The Visit, which won the New york Drama Critics Award as the best foreign play in 1958.

Greg Hicks is one of the uK’s leading classical actors. He has worked extensively for the National Theatre and the RSC, for whom he recently played King Lear. He won the 2003 Critics’ Circle Award and received an Olivier Best Actor nomination for playing Coriolanus at the Old Vic. Alistair Beaton is regarded as Britain’s leading political satirist. His work for television includes the award-winning A Very Social Secretary and The Trial of Tony Blair. He is the author of the hit West End play Feelgood, which won the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award in 2001.

Greg Hicks

Directed by Nancy Meckler Designers Max Jones and Ruth Hall Lighting Designer Tina MacHugh Sound Designer Andrea J Cox 45


UK PREMIERE Thursday 16th October – Saturday 15th November

THE FATHER by Florian Zeller in a new translation by Christopher Hampton Commissioned by the Ustinov Studio


Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.45pm

Thurs Matinees: 2.30pm (not 16th October)

Sat Matinees: 2.30pm

Press Performance: Wednesday 22nd October 7pm Post Show Discussion: Thursday 30th October after evening performance Tickets: £19.50 / £14.50 Discounts 46

Preview Performances 16th - 21st October and Mondays: All seats £10

Photo credit: ian Muir

Now 80 years old, Andre was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pyjamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control. Author of this intriguing and compelling black comedy, Florian Zeller, has been hailed as “one of the hottest literary talents in France” (independent). The Father (Le Père) is the winner of the 2014 Moliere Award for Best Play. The Molieres are considered France’s highest theatrical honour. Christopher Hampton has translated plays by ibsen, Molière, Chekhov and yasmina Reza (including Art and Life x 3). He won an Academy

Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the adaptation of his own play, Dangerous Liaisons. He was nominated again in 2007 for adapting ian McEwan’s novel Atonement. His television work includes adaptations of The History Man and Hotel du Lac. James Macdonald has worked extensively Off Broadway where he was recently the winner of the 2014 Obie Award for Best Director for Love and Information. He was Associate Director of the Royal Court from 1992 to 2007 and his numerous credits range from Cock, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You and the European and uS tours of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis to Exiles at the National Theatre and Glengarry Glen Ross in the West End.

Directed by James Macdonald Designer Miriam Buether Lighting Designer Guy Hoare Sound Designer Christopher Shutt 47


MODERN CLASSIC Thursday 20th November – Saturday 20th December

EXIT THE KING by Eugène Ionesco in a new translation by Jeremy Sams Commissioned by the Ustinov Studio

“Ionesco’s incomparably greatest work” New york Times “Plays out in real time, like an existentialist episode of 24” Guardian

Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.45pm Thurs Matinees: 2.30pm (not 20th November) Sat Matinees: 2.30pm Press Performance: Wednesday 26th November 7pm Post Show Discussion: Thursday 11th December after evening performance Tickets: £19.50 / £14.50 Discounts 48

Preview Performances 20th - 25th November and Mondays: All seats £10

Photo credit: Cherry Harrison

The once great King Berenger the First is 400 years old, on his last legs and ruling over a decaying kingdom. Now the party is over and the end is nigh. in his youth he reigned over millions of subjects, battled thousands of enemies, single-handedly split the atom and invented the car. He even controlled the weather. But now the heater is broken, the cows have stopped producing milk and the sun is late. While his two queens bicker about whether he should be made aware of his imminent demise, it is clear that Berenger won’t surrender without a fight. But the fact is, this is the last day of his life and the end of the play could mean the end of everything.

Jeremy Sams is an award-winning director, writer, translator, orchestrator, musical director, film composer and lyricist. His many translations include Les Parents Terribles, The Miser and Mary Stuart for the National Theatre and The Threepenny Opera for the Donmar Warehouse. Laurence Boswell is the Artistic Director of the ustinov Studio where his seasons of uK premieres have received huge national acclaim. He is a multi award-winning director who has directed a number of hits in the West End and on Broadway. He was also Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre Notting Hill. He is an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

ionesco’s darkly hilarious and sparklingly witty comedy makes fun of all the things that tragedy usually takes seriously. Eugène ionesco was one of the greatest innovators in European drama. His incomparable works include The Chairs, Rhinoceros and The Bald Soprano and he influenced a generation of playwrights.

Directed by Laurence Boswell Designer Anna Fleischle 49


"That course was just brilliant!" Audition skills course participant May 2014

A comprehensive range of participatory and educational activities for adults (18+). To book any of these events call the Box office 01225 448844 / 823409

LOCKDOWN - a new play by Sarah Curwen Wed 10 - Sat 13 September Three actors and a director develop a scenario to be performed at a security training exercise. They are in a secret location, overseen by a caretaker. The director wants emotional realism, the actors want the money and the caretaker wants it all to go as planned. But whose plan is it? This play has been commissioned from local writer Sarah Curwen and will feature a largely professional cast, directed by Hannah Drake. Local performers, directors and technical operators will also be involved in the production. 7.30pm, Sat mat 2.30pm | £10/£7 discounts Venue: egg theatre This play contains strong language – Age 16+


Tues 2 September SNAPMARE by Theo Fraser Tues 6 January SURPLUS WOMEN by Samantha Coughlan Picked from our May 2014 submission of scripts these two evenings will be the pick of the crop. Come along to the first script-in-hand performances and lend your opinion. 7pm | £3 | Venue: ustinov Studio 50

Your Own Kind of Music Exploring actor-led voice and music within theatre

From Wed 17 September – 26 November (excluding 29 Oct) Work with Hammerpuzzle Theatre Company to explore vocal and musical application and composition for theatre. Led by experienced singing coach, musician and songwriter Tamsin Kennard and the egg’s Associate Artist Lizzy Cummins; you will be guided through a ten-week course to explore your vocal and musical skills. Working with various artistic and theatrical stimuli you will experiment with vocal exercise and technique, solo voice, group harmonies, soundscapes, use of instruments and percussion. The course aims not only to free the singing voice but also to create some original songs, music and soundscapes that work in a theatrical setting. No previous experience is necessary but we do also welcome seasoned musicians. 7pm - 9pm | £100 Venue: Percy Centre, New King Street

Why not give an Engage course as a gift…?

Commedia dell’Arte - Masterclass

Post Show Discussions

Commedia dell’arte is the original physical comedy - fast, noisy, intense and very, very funny. We’ll cram three hundred years of performance technique into a few hours: stock characters, movement and gesture vocabulary, mask technique, control of focus and more...

Thursday evenings, after the evening performance unless stated. (May be subject to last minute cancellation) 3 July - Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 24 July - Kafka’s Dick 14 August - Thérèse Raquin 21 August - after matinee - Bad Jews 4 September - Hay Fever 18 September - One Man, Two Guvnors 25 September - The importance of Being Earnest 2 October - Play Strindberg 16 October - The Hypochondriac 30 October - The Father 4 December - Jeeves and Wooster 11 December - Exit the King

Sat 13 September One Man, Two Guvnors (see pages 14 -15) is a reworking of the classic play by Carlo Goldoni, A Servant of Two Masters. The workshop will teach you the basics of commedia dell’arte, which is a feature of Goldoni’s play and which informs the staging of this award-winning show.

1pm – 5pm | £30 | Venue: Natural Theatre HQ, widcombe Hill

Tricks of the Trade - Props Masterclass Sun 16 November

When actors drink onstage, it isn’t real alcohol. And when they smash the bottle it came in, it isn’t real glass. So, what is it? Come and spend an afternoon learning how to fake reality! 1pm – 5pm | £30 | Venue: egg theatre

Pyrotechnics Workshop

Sun 25 January Everyone loves fireworks! Come and learn what is behind the smoke, explosions and firebursts you see on stage – find out how the X Factor does it and how you can do it, too. 3pm - 5pm £15 Intermediate - demonstration with some practical experience of choreographing and detonating pyros. 7pm - 9pm £20 Advanced - as above but with added financial, sourcing, storage and safety information. in association with Theatre Bath Venue: egg theatre

Pre-Show Talks 6.30pm - 1805 Rooms Mon 27 Oct - ETO: Life on the Moon Tues 28 Oct - ETO: Ottone Fri 31 Oct - Rambert: Rooster

Backstage Tours

if you are interested in a tour behind the scenes please contact:, or call 01225 823475 Cost £4 per head


booking open

Age 3+

the egg is the Theatre Royal’s awardwinning theatre especially for children, young people and their families, complete with a family-friendly café on the ground floor. All plays are performed in English and take place in the egg auditorium unless otherwise stated. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The recommended age ranges for shows are for your guide only. We suggest you stick as closely to them as possible for the benefit of other audience members. Lap seats £1 for infants aged 0 -24 months for certain performances. All patrons including infants must have a valid ticket.

Box Office: 01225 823409 / 448844 Online Booking:


Fri 18 – Sat 19 July

Stuff and Nonsense presents


Little Red Hen at Bath City Farm Who will help me plant these grains of wheat?” “Not I” said the Pig. “Not I” said the Rat. “Not I” said the Cow. “Fair enough,” said the Little Red Hen, “I’ll do it myself!” Making bread is hard work, but it would be a lot easier if the lazy farmyard animals lent a hand! An adaptation of the nursery favourite, featuring a host of animal puppets, sing-along songs and comic routines. It’s a treat for the whole family with no scary bits!

‘A truly enchanting hour for children - and their parents’ The Stage Fri: 11am and 1.30pm Sat: 11am and 2pm £7.50/£6.50 children & students Kindly supported by:

Launch of new cultural partnership We are proud to be bringing together our collective creative expertise with this exciting new partnership. The University and Theatre Royal Bath have a long history in Bath, with both of our origins beginning in the 1800s. This new partnership builds upon our existing relationship and will support future work including the University’s new MA in Theatre for Young Audiences.

Age 3+

Sat 20 – Wed 24 Sep

The egg and Southbank Centre presents

A celebration of the garments we all wear but never show, this children’s classic is inventively told by two elastic actors.

by Nicholas Allan Adapted by Oliver Birch and John Biddle Directed by Lee Lyford

 ‘This hilarious, witty and down-right silly show will keep you chortling up to the last minute. And you’ll never look at a pair of humble knickers in the same way again’ Time Out

Get your knickers in a twist with this classic comedy for wise young children.

‘Triumphantly silly’ The Stage

The Queen’s Knickers

What would you do if you lost the Queen’s pants? Dily’s the Queen’s maid is the royal custodian of her highness’s “intimate apparel” otherwise known as the Queen’s knickers. She guards HRH’s smalls as if they were the crown jewels, and on no account should the Queen’s subjects ever be allowed so much as a glimpse of these almost mythical garments. If anyone were to get a sneaky peak of her majesty’s undies the very fabric of society would collapse. But one day the knickers go missing causing a national state of emergency and a diplomatic incident of catastrophic proportions. Sat and Sun 11.30am and 3pm Mon – Wed 10am and 1pm £7.50/£6.50 children & students

The egg takes flight The Queen’s Knickers returns to Bath prior to a 31 venue tour this autumn that will take it from Exeter to Ilkley and from The Ark to The Met. See page 2 for tour dates.

Kindly supported by:


Age 7+

Age 10+

Age 3+

Fri 26 – Sat 27 September

Thurs 2 October

Fri 3 – Sat 4 October

Shona Reppe presents

Travelling Light presents

Strictly Balti The Curious by Saikat Ahamed Scrapbook of Saikat as he dances Josephine Bean Join precariously through his Winner of Theatre UK Award for Best Children’s Show 2012

A dusty, musty smell mixes with the scent of old lavender and a string lifts a flap to reveal a hidden door. Slowly, page-bypage, the scrapbook becomes the window into a secret world and a curious life unfolds before us. The scrapbook is a labyrinth of memories with an abundance of places to hide. It is puzzling to everyone except its owner but the clues are in its pages…Who was Josephine Bean? From the inventive Shona Reppe who last appeared at the egg with Potato Wants a Bath.

‘Highly original, beautifully delicate and thoroughly engaging’ Sunday Herald

dual-identity childhood, torn between the familiar sights of Birmingham and the mysteries of Bangladesh. Meet werewolves in the playground, nuns in the corridors and tangerines in the dancehall… This is a show for anyone who ever had to grow up, a show about being a second generation immigrant in the UK but feeling like an Englishman abroad. 1pm and 7pm £7.50/£6.50 children & students

Wriggle Dance Theatre presents

Once In A Blue Moon It’s the moon’s birthday and he is having a party! We are all invited, but how do we get there? Join us as we journey to the moon through strange and distant lands and meet some curious characters along the way. Incorporating dance, live music and audience interactivity, this dance theatre piece offers a truly magical experience.

‘A true delight, the performance is magical and captivating, whilst being cozy and welcoming. Well written and beautifully performed” Toddle About Magazine Fri 1pm Sat 11.30am and 3pm £7.50/£6.50 children & students

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Age 14+

Age 6+

Age 10+

Tues 7 – Wed 8 October

Sat 11 and Mon 13 October

Thurs 16 – Sat 18 October


Where the White Stops

One Giant Leap

Zest Theatre presents

at Victoria Hall, Radstock With his parents on holiday Sam’s having a house party. Nothing big, just a few close friends…at least that was the plan until you knocked on the door. Zest Theatre’s exciting, interactive production puts you right in the centre of the action and gives you control of the conversations you listen to through Silent Disco technology. Put on your wireless headphones, step through Sam’s front door and experience the night unfold all around as you Gatecrash the party. Tues: 7pm and 9pm Wed 6pm and 8pm £7.50/£6.50 children & students Kindly supported by:

Antler Theatre presents

No-one’s been into the White before. Except Crab. Battling against icy blizzards and mythical beasts, Crab leaves the safety of her village to journey across a vast and desolate frozen landscape. She’s searching for something else: Where the White stops. Using polyphonic song and playful physical storytelling, the award-wining Antler Theatre tells the great adventure of Crab and her tragic obsession with the unknown.

 ‘Truly exceptional theatre’ Three Weeks Sat 11.30am and 3pm Mon 7pm £7.50/£6.50 children & students

Wee Stories presents

One Giant Leap is an impossible attempt to bring the whole universe into a theatre and into our understanding, using a tennis ball, a wastepaper basket and a dash of theatrical invention. Iain Johnstone’s passionate solo performance takes us on a spin through the solar system and the history of humanity’s relationship with the heavens and then back down to Earth. Funny and serious, intelligent and silly, theatre and lecture, cosmic and personal, it is a true story about what we take for granted and what we choose to ignore.

 ‘Possibly one of

the most ambitious works of children’s theatre ever created ’

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Age 8+

Mon 20 – Sat 25 October

‘Pure comic genius’ Venue Magazine

New Old Friends in association with the egg presents

‘Funnier than me’ Rory Bremner

The Falcon’s Malteser

‘New Old Friends are one of the most energetically

by Anthony Horowitz Directed by Lee Lyford Adapted for the stage by New Old Friends

Nick Steel, Bath Comedy Festival

The Falcon’s Malteser follows the adventures of the hopelessly inept private detective Tim Diamond and his sharp-witted brother Nick as they set off on a thrilling case to discover just what is so important about the box of Maltesers. Featuring a host of brilliant characters like The Fat Man (who has lost a lot of weight), Gott & Himmel, Lauren Barcardi, Beatrice von Falkenberg and Betty Cleaner, this is an exciting and hilarious family yarn.

inventive acts I’ve seen, and they’re very funny too’

Produced with the partnership of the egg, Newbury Corn Exchange, Walker Books & Natural Theatre Company Mon 7pm (No show Tuesday) Wed – Fri 11am and 7pm Sat 11.30am and 7pm £11/£8 children & students Family ticket (for 4): £30 Schools: £7.50 per student

Anyone who enjoyed the company’s five star-rated Silly Songs of Shakespeare will love this new show. Kindly supported by:


Box Office: 01225 823409 / 448844

Age 6+

Age 5+

Age 3+ and 7+

Mon 27 October

Tues 28 - Wed 29 October

Sat 1 & Sun 2 November

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Little Howard and the Magic Pencil of Life and Death

The Assembly of Animals

Makin Projects presents

Like the name says it’s a Comedy Club 4 Kids! Cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old (no vampires or Highlanders). We have the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits!

‘A highlight for children... giving them a taste of some of the biggest names in comedy with the fun, rowdy feel of a real comedy club’ Daily Telegraph 11.30am and 3pm £7.50/£6.50 children & students

Makin Projects presents

Little Howard has discovered the pencil that drew him. But, on the other end of this magical pencil of life is the eraser of death, and a dark force is at large, determined to rub the cheeky chap out for good. And, as if that wasn’t enough, Big Howard has had a real-life baby who is getting a little too much attention! Can Little Howard escape his supernatural nemesis? How will he get rid of this pesky new arrival? With interactive stand-up, 3D animation and lots of songs this really is a show that all the family can enjoy.

Tim Spooner presents

On a slowly expanding stage, mysterious visions of amorphous objects, luminescent liquids and magnetic dogs emerge from the darkness, gradually revealing their mechanics. Tim Spooner’s new installation / performance allows audiences to experience an intriguing spectacle and the inner workings of its delicately-composed elements. Puppetry, magic and scientificdemonstration combine into a kind of performed sculpture. ‘Mesmerising’ Theatre Wales 11am, 12.30am, 2.30pm & 4pm for ages 3+ 5.30pm for ages 7+ £7.50/£6.50 children & students

 ‘It’s silly, it’s clever, original and unlike anything else’ British Comedy Guide 11.30am and 3pm £7.50/£6.50 children & students 57

Age 13+

Age 5+

Age 5+

Thurs 6 November

Fri 7 - Sun 9 November

Wed 7 - Sat 10 January


Mucky Pup

Half Moon presents

Theatre Alibi presents

Writen by egg Associate Artist David Lane

by Daniel Jamieson

How far would you run to find freedom? Kris and Zara share a city but can’t find a place to rest. Haunting memories mix with an uncomfortable present as they keep on running, unable to face the consequences of their pasts – unable to stop or think for even a moment. Free tells the story of two teenagers, brought together through the dynamic discipline of free-running who face life-changing choices when a practice designed for selfimprovement and freedom starts to cage them in. Free asks what we’re running away from and if we’re ever willing to stop and confront what we’ve left behind. 7pm £7.50/£6.50 children & students

A funny and touching story about a very tidy boy, a very scruffy dog and a very special friendship... The only thing Ben really likes is swimming. He likes the clean, clear water and swimming up and down the pool in his own lane with no-one bothering him. One weekend Ben’s Mum borrows Mrs Grainger’s great big, smelly, scruffy dog, Tolkien. At first it’s a disaster - Tolkien promptly poos on the carpet, puts dog hair everywhere and barks very loudly. But, somehow, a curious friendship is about to be forged…

YaD Arts in association with Tall Stories presents

Lemony Snicket’s Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming The story begins in a tiny village where a Hanukkah Latke - a fried potato pancake - is born screaming. The Latke jumps from the boiling pan and races through the wintery village, deep in the throes of festive preparations. Lost amongst the snowy landscape, will our Latke ever find where it belongs?

‘Children’s theatre doesn’t come much better than this’ The Stage

The company that brought you The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom presents this adaptation of the absurdly funny Lemony Snicket story with live music, lots of laughs and a screaming potato pancake.

 ‘Wonderfully

Fri 1.30pm and 7pm Sat 11.30am and 3pm Sun 11.30am £7.50/£6.50 children & students

inventive’ Time Out

Wed – Fri 10.30am and 1pm Sat 11.30am and 3pm £7.50/£6.50 children & students

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Age 12+

Thurs 13– Sat 15 November The egg young People’s Theatre presents

The Eleventh Hour: The Great War Project The yPT marks the centenary of WWi with this new production. Devised by the company, with writing by Paul Dodgson, these four new and exciting performances are connected by the events of a century ago. The stories, inspired by family histories and both local and international events, reflect the lives of young people affected by WWi across the century. Performance A: 7pm, Sat Mat 2pm Performance B: 8.30pm, Sat Mat 3.30pm £7 for one show or £10 for both

young People’s Theatre

Share your passion for making theatre either on stage or off!

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Out-of-School g g Activities




Autumn 2014 All sessions take place between the weeks of 8 September - 17 November (except 27 October - half tem week). Bursary places available for 25%, 50% and 75% reductions.


18mths - 4yrs

£65 per term

An interactive morning session of drama, craft, music and movement for pre-schoolers and their carers.

12 September - 21 November Age 18 mths - 2 ½ yrs: Fridays 10am - 10.45am Age 2 ½ - 4 yrs: Fridays 11.15am-12 noon Saturdays 10.30am-11.15am


Age18ths – 4yrs 5 - 9yrs

£75 per term

An opportunity to develop communication skills and creativity in a fun and relaxed environment. 11 September - 20 November Age 5 - 6: Saturdays 11.30am -1pm Age 7 - 9: Thursdays 4pm - 5.30pm Saturdays 1.30pm - 3pm


8 - 11yrs

£75 per term

Explore street, hip-hop and creative dance in this fun and friendly session. Dance to the latest pop tunes and make lots of new friends! 8 September - 17 November Age 8 -11: Mondays 4pm - 5.30pm

Dinkies Story Time egg co-production with Jackie Ekers and Pooja Kumar Join Jackie and Pooja from our ever-popular Dinkies group as they bring your favourite books to life in this fun storytelling session for preschoolers and their parents.

25 Sep What the Ladybird Heard

6 Nov A Squash and A Squeeze

11 Dec Stickman

Times: 10am & 11am All Tickets: £2.50 NB: All audience members require a ticket

Dinkies activities are kindly sponsored by Monkton Prep School. Monkton will be hosting an extra Story Time session at the school on 8 November (2pm) of What the Ladybird Heard. To book a free place please email: 60

For Schools

Monday 17 - Thursday 20 November


Stage your school’s Nativity or Christmas production at the egg with support from our team of theatre professionals. This series of in-school workshops with a theatre director during the Autumn term will help prepare the children for their performance and support the staff team to rehearse and polish up their play. During Nativity week at the egg each participating school has a full on-stage rehearsal with our inhouse technical team to add sound and light before welcoming friends and family to see your fantastic festive performance in our auditorium. Availability is limited so book early to avoid disappointment! Details: Nativity performance week at the egg: 17 - 20 November Nativity Package Includes: 3 x 1.5 hr and 1 x full day workshops in school, technical and dress rehearsal on the performance day at the egg. Cost: £350

Friday 9 January 2015


Immerse your students in the history and traditions of the Great British Pantomime with our Schools Panto Workshop Package. Take advantage of an in-school workshop in the lead up to Christmas that gives a hands-on chance to explore the origins and traditions of Pantomime with dressing-up and slapstick a-plenty! Then join all the participating schools on Friday 9 January at the Theatre Royal Bath for a whistle-stop backstage tour of the Main House, an on-stage workshop with the panto stars and a ticket to see the matinee of Cinderella Details: In-school workshops 8 -19 December 2014. Maximum of 30 students per session. Panto Day at the Theatre Royal Bath: 9 January 2015 Cost: £12 per children (including show ticket) with 1 free teacher place per 10 children. The best-loved pantomime of all, with an enchanting story and side-splitting comedy, Cinderella runs from 11 December -11 January 2015. See pages 36 - 37 for details.

To book and for further information please contact: or call 01225 823421 Schools Programme Sponsor

Hall & Woodhouse “Hall & Woodhouse opened in Bath in 2010. We think that when you move to a new town you should join in with the community so we are delighted to support the egg in its work to extend cultural opportunities to young people across the region” David Hoare, Retail Director 61

booking open

Age 10 +

Wednesday 27th – Sunday 31st August

Storm on the Lawn 2014 presents

Robin Hood

By Paul Dodgson Directed by Heidi Vaughan Designed by Carl Davies For all those in thrall to the legend of Atlantis, the cut and thrust of The Musketeers, and The Hunger Games fever, this thrilling adventure promises swashbuckling with a 21st century edge.

Sixty young people will be led by the egg’s professional team, to create a dazzling piece of outdoor theatre featuring thrilling sword fights, archery, marauding and adventure.

Robin Hood is a classic story that speaks to our time: an outlaw who breaks the law to be true to a higher authority. Deep in the Forest of Sherwood, a band of lionhearted bandits are gathering, ready to do battle in the name of vengeance and love…

Please wear warm clothing – it can get nippy – and bring a cushion! There is a licensed bar and you are welcome to feast in the grounds from 90 minutes before the performance.

As the 18th century Ball Court at Prior Park College is transformed into the Sheriff of Nottingham’s castle, you are invited to join the outlaws and the upper crust for a spectacular production.

Weds, Thurs & Sun 8pm Fri and Sat 5pm & 9pm Tickets: £13/£9 children & students Venue: Ball Court, Prior Park College, Bath

Storm on the Lawn is kindly supported by Prior Park College Prior Park College, Bath, has 580 pupils and is one of the largest fully co-educational Catholic independent boarding and day schools in the UK. For more information visit: 62

Become a Friend - Special Membership Offer Friends of Theatre Royal gain access to a range of benefits that aim to bring you closer to our work. You will be among the first to know about new productions and have the opportunity to book ahead of the general public. Friends benefits include: days advance priority booking • Seven own unlisted priority booking number • Your voucher on cancellations* • Credit Guaranteed same day admission* • • Invitation to our annual open day and backstage tour

Membership costs £43.

Join before 30th June 2014 and receive 15 months for the price of 12 months

To find out more contact Kerry Hine: / 01225 823472 or visit our website: *Terms and conditions apply. Offer open to new members only.

Fundraisers’ Events Saturday 27th September

Hampton Court Palace and Gardens Join us for a visit to Henry VIII’s red brick palace to see the sumptuous interiors and furnishings, followed by a tour of the beautiful gardens and parklands set by the River Thames.

Tuesday 16th September

Richard Bertinet

1805 Rooms 12 noon Lunch at 1.15pm at the Garrick’s Head Join well-known Bath baker Richard Bertinet for a talk and demonstration based on his new book Patisserie, which will be published in August.

Cost: £35 (including the use of an audio guide) Restaurants available serving meals, snacks and drinks throughout the day Depart: Avon Street Coach Park, Bath 8am. Return 7pm

Lunch: Slow-cooked Wiltshire pork belly, cauliflower, mash and crackling; chocolate brownie, granola and cherry; tea/coffee. V: Potato dumplings, courgette, mint, smoked aubergine puree Cost: £10.00 for Talk/demo only, £26.50 Lunch & Talk

Saturday 8th November

Saturday 13th December

Join us for a day of Christmas baking as Head Chef, Kesh Desai, guides us through the making of a selection of Christmas treats, alongside a masterclass discussion on how to cook the perfect Christmas dinner. 8.40am: the event begins with coffee and pastries and ends at 4pm approx. Everything you need is provided and no cooking expertise is required. Lunch with wine and refreshments are included.

This traditional evening begins at 7.30pm with Buck’s Fizz, followed by a meal, plus wine. The choir will join us at 9pm with both traditional and popular carols. After mince pies and mulled wine the evening will finish at 10pm approx.

Christmas Cookery School at Lucknam Park Hotel

Carols by Candlelight at St Michael’s Church, Bath

Menu: Steak and ale pie or Salmon fillet with a dill sauce served with new and dauphinoise potatoes and mixed vegetables. V: Vegetable moussaka. Cost: £37.50 Dress code - black tie or lounge suit.

Cost: £175.00 Tickets from Chris Bell: 01225 852121

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Special Events

Friday 12th September


Pride and Prejudice, the servants’ story with Jo Baker Those characters whom we have previously met only in passing or through commentary and dialogue from Austen’s muchloved Bennet family, are given voice in this story of romance, intrigue and drama below stairs. Jo Baker is a former bookseller whose family was in service. “A triumph: a splendid tribute to Austen’s original but, more importantly, a joy in its own right, a novel that contrives both to provoke the intellect and, ultimately, to stop the heart” Guardian LUNCH: Oven-baked salmon, roasted new potatoes and seasonal greens with a lemon beurre blanc; sticky toffee pudding; coffee V: Roasted Mediterranean vegetables and goat’s cheese wellington with a Provençale sauce

Jane Austen Festival 2014

Wednesday 17th September

Friday 19th September

In the Footsteps of Jane Austen - a visit to...

The Strangest Family

Basildon Park

(Netherfield Park in Pride and Prejudice) This beautiful 18th century house near Reading, surrounded by park land, is frequently used as a film location. In 2005, in Pride and Prejudice, it became Netherfield Park, home of Mr Bingley and the setting for his ball. In 2013 it became Grantham House in the Downton Abbey Christmas special. Owned by the National Trust, the house is filled with fine paintings, fabrics and furniture. After coffee we will be given an introductory talk about the filming and then have time to look around the house and grounds.

The Private Life of George III with Janice Hadlow George III was monarch throughout Jane Austen’s life. During his reign he aimed to be a new kind of king and was determined to revolutionise his private life. He and Queen Charlotte did everything they could to raise their 13 sons and daughters in a climate of loving attention. In this intensely moving account, Janice Hadlow shows how his attempts to create a happy, harmonious family were doomed by a combination of his periods of ‘madness’ and their children’s contrary wishes.

OPTIONAL LUNCH: vegetable quiche and salad; coffee or tea

Janice Hadlow has been hugely influential in popularizing history on television. This is her first book.

Depart Avon Street coach park at 9.30am, Return 5.30pm approx. Cost: £41 Entrance Fee/Coach/ Coffee and Talk (with lunch £48) National Trust Members: £31 Coach/Coffee and Talk and Free Entry (with lunch £38)

LUNCH: Fried chicken breast with buttered spaghetti and a carbonara sauce; homemade bread and butter pudding with vanilla custard; coffee V: Roasted field mushroom and garlic risotto with a homemade pesto dressing

Tuesdays 30th September & 20th January

Fawlty Towers Lunch Party 12 noon, 1805 Rooms £28

Enjoy pure comedy nostalgia as the never-tobe-forgotten characters of Fawlty Towers are reinvented by four actors from the Moonstone Theatre Company. While you enjoy your 64

Literary Events are presented in association with

excellent lunch, everything that can go wrong does, in beautifully controlled chaos. LUNCH: Roast breast of chicken with white wine sauce, Lyonnaise potatoes and vegetables; chocolate orange torte with Chantilly cream; coffee. V: Roast vegetable and mozarella stack with pesto

Tickets would make an excellent present!

All events are £23.50 including lunch, £10 to listen only - (unless specified). All events begin at 12 noon with lunch at 1.15pm unless specified. V: Vegetarian options must be booked in advance for all events. Events will take place at the Theatre Royal Bath – location to be decided nearer the time.

Friday 24th October

Friday 31st October

Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh – A Biography with John Lahr

with Sheila Hancock

Tennessee Williams Miss Carter’s War

The first drama critic to win a Tony Award, and Theatre critic for The New Yorker for 20 years, John Lahr is the author of the biographies Notes on a Cowardly Lion on his father, Bert Lahr, and Prick up your Ears, on Joe Orton. Tennessee Williams’s much-loved plays include A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The estate of Tennessee Williams chose John Lahr to write this, the definitive biography. “A masterpiece about a genius. Only John Lahr, with his perceptions about the theatre, about writers, about poetry and about people could have written this book.” Helen Mirren LUNCH: Seared supreme of chicken on a chive mash with a mushroom and Madeira sauce; strawberry and elderflower Champagne jelly with Chantilly cream; coffee V: Spinach, ricotta and pumpkin filo money bag with a rich tomato coulis

In this powerful, panoramic portrait of post-war Britain,and her first novel, Sheila Hancock has created a remarkable chronicle of our life and times. From the first Aldermaston march in the 1950s, through the rise of the Labour Party and the Swinging Sixties to the AIDS epidemic of the 80s and the spectre of a new war in Iraq, through deep friendships and love lost and found, the changing world is seen through the life of one woman. Sheila Hancock’s books have sold more than a million copies worldwide. The Two of Us, her memoir of her late husband John Thaw, was a number one bestseller and won the British Book Award for Author of the Year LUNCH: Spanish chicken and chorizo with saffron rice and seasonal vegetables; blueberry fool with raspberry shortbread; coffee. V: Butternut squash and sage risotto with rocket and parmesan NB: This event will begin at 10.30am with lunch at 12 noon

Friday 7th November

Digging For Richard III:

How Archeology Found the King with Mike Pitts The discovery of the remains of Richard III in a car park in Leicester in February 2013 excited global media attention. In this new book, Mike Pitts, the editor of British Archaeology, uncovers the people behind the story, both the Richard III Society and the University of Leicester. He gives riveting descriptions of how the clues were assembled and forensically pieced together. The photographs of the dig, artworks of the skeleton, and maps and historic documents also set the scene. His narrative of the project that blended passion, science and luck, has resulted in an account worthy of the finest detective fiction. LUNCH: Beef and brandy stroganoff with rice and seasonal vegetables; warm apple and pear crumble with Calvados cream; coffee. V: Smoked paprika, mushroom and brandy stroganoff with rice and seasonal vegetables 65

so much more to enjoy The Vaults Restaurant

The Vaults offers classical cuisine served with a modern twist in one of Bath’s most unique settings. The Vaults has been awarded the food for life silver award which demonstrates a commitment to using locally sourced and ethical ingredients on all menus Open lunchtimes on matinee days, noon – 2.30pm and evenings from 5.30pm on performance days (not Sundays). Tel: 01225 442265 or through the Box Office on 01225 448844.

Cream Cream Teas are now


being served in the Vaults Restaurant WED & SAT after Wednesday and Saturday Matinees for certain shows. Book on 01225 448844.

Classic Afternoon Tea £14.95 Includes a selection of sandwiches, mini cakes, homemade scones and a pot of tea or coffee.

Royal Afternoon Tea £19.95 As above - with the added luxury of a glass of Duval-Leroy Champagne.

The Jeremy Fry Bar

Our stalls bar in the vaults is now serving Duval-Leroy Champagne.

The Ustinov Bar

Open 1 hour before evening Ustinov performances and post show. Drop in even if you’re not seeing a show.

1805 Rooms

An elegant and stylish back-drop for every occasion whether business or social. Tel: 01225 425946

The Garrick’s Head

This historic pub, owned by the Theatre Royal, offers a locallysourced British menu, expertly kept ale and an excellent wine list. Post show dining by reservation. Open: Mon-Sun from 11am - 11pm, Food served 12noon - 3pm, 5.30pm - 10pm. (9.30pm on Sun) Tel. 01225 318368

The egg Café

The perfect venue for a light lunch, a snack or a coffee. Open daily (not Sundays) 9am – 5pm, later when there is a performance in the egg.

Enjoy a relaxed lunch and a chat with a member of the company before the midweek matinee followed by a twocourse lunch with coffee all for £16. Listen only £3.

ACCESS facilities Full details on, in a booklet from Ann Meddings, Customer Services Manager on 01225 823476, by letter to Theatre Royal, Sawclose, Bath BA1 1ET or on To enable us to give you a warm welcome when you come to the Theatre Royal please advise us in advance of any special needs you or anyone in your party may have or feel free to ask any questions. Box Office staff will be happy to offer advice or to help in any way they can. If signed performances are available, It is essential to book for them a minimum of two weeks prior to the show date. Tickets for wheelchair patrons: £10. Patrons eligible for audio-described and signed facilities: £10 Disabled access facilities are funded by the Arts Council of England.

online booking www. Opens 3rd July Please Note: To make online booking easier you may now log-in using your Mailing List number - as shown on your booking form. Your password is your postcode (including the space) - this will allow you easy access to your account. Standard discounts are limited when booking online. When booking online its is possible to select a seat and to get an impression of the view of the stage you will see from that seating area.


The information in this brochure is correct at the time of going to press. Theatre Royal Management cannot be held responsible for subsequent alterations.


Booking is open for shows in our Mar - Sept 2014 brochure.

Box Office: 01225 448844 Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET Monday - Saturday 10am-8pm Sundays 12 noon - 8pm - only when there is a show Bank Holidays 12 noon - 8pm


Main House


STANDARD DiSCOUNTS LiMiTED WHEN BOOKiNG ONLiNE Monday-Thursday Evenings & Saturday Matinee. Not on midweek Matinees, Boxes, Sunday Concerts, Special Events or Cinderella. £1 off : under 16s, Students, Senior Citizens (60+), JSA Claimants, Registered Disabled patrons. Please quote relevant number. Only one discount may be claimed per ticket. For Cinderella discounts see page 36. GROUP DiSCOUNTS 10+ Save £1 on each ticket. 20+ Save 20% on each ticket. STANDBy TiCKETS 40 seats from 12 noon on the day of performance. From £6. Main House only. Maximum 2 per person. May be booked by card over the phone. Tickets booked in person must be paid for with cash. No other discounts apply. Sold in advance for Matinees, Sunday Concerts and Cinderella (for which standby tickets are £9/£10 each). LAST MiNUTE SEATS May be bought 30 minutes before curtain up at a variable reduced price. Cash payment only. Main House only. STANDiNG PLACES On the day - from £4 from 6pm/12 noon for matinees - only when all seats are sold. Must be bought at the counter and paid for with cash only. Limited availability. Main House only. REFUNDS & RETURN TiCKETS Tickets will only be credited to our Friends and Associates. (Conditions of membership apply).

A Booking Fee will apply to your purchase. For all transactions of £15 or more the fee will be a total of £2.50, regardless of how many tickets are booked. For all transactions under £15 the fee will be £1. This fee is vital to securing the future of the Theatre Royal Bath. The whole Booking Fee is retained by the theatre, (unlike the actual ticket price, the majority of which goes to the visiting company), allowing us to continue to deliver the wide range of arts for all. BUiLDiNG LEVy: Please note that the Main House ticket price shown includes a £2 Building Levy/£1 for Cinderella. PRiCES: Are fixed on all shows in this brochure until July 31st 2014. Thereafter they may change. Please consult the Box Office on 01225 448844 or for latest ticket prices. CREDiT CARDS: Not accepted for transactions of less than £5. CHEQUES: Should be made payable to ‘Theatre Royal Bath’. By POST: The theatre will adjust the total figure if your calculations are incorrect. A postage charge of £1 will be added to all bookings sent without an SAE, or £1.50 for party bookings. RESERVATiONS: To be paid within 4 days or by 8pm on the Saturday prior to opening, whichever is sooner.

No reservations will be taken during the week of performance. CONTENT: Some shows contain scenes or language of an adult nature. Please speak to the Box Office for further information on specific productions. USTiNOV STUDiO DiSCOUNTS Discount price (where applicable) for: Children under 16, Senior Citizens, JSA Claimants, Registered Disabled patrons. Please quote relevant number. No latecomers will be admitted until the interval at sold out performances.

DiSCOUNTS FOR SCHOOLS & STUDENTS ALL VENUES: 1 free teacher ticket for every 10 people in full-time education. MAiN HOUSE: For 8+ children Mon - Thurs Evenings & SCHOOLS DiSCOUNTS Matinees - selected shows APPLy only: Grand Circle seats £8.50. 40 best available Dress Circle seats £13. USTiNOV: Discount price (where applicable) for Groups of 8+ £8 each

applies Mon-Thurs only.

luxuRy RoyAl CIRCle: Available at a premium of £1.50 on yellow price. Plan represents where price breaks occur and should not be regarded as an accurate representation of seating. Plan does not apply to the pantomime.

Subscription Savings Available on all shows and performances in this brochure. They do not apply to One Man, Two Guvnors, Cinderella, Sunday Concerts, Special Events, shows in the ustinov Studio or the egg. you may book tickets in different price bands for different productions but the same number of tickets must be booked for each show. All bookings must be made at the same time. Boxes are not available on subscription. Additional tickets booked are eligible for standard discounts. Discounts 3 shows 4 shows 6 shows 8 shows 10 shows

A/Lux £2.50 £3.50 £4.50 £5.00 £5.50

B £2.00 £2.50 £3.50 £4.00 £4.50

C £1.50 £2.00 £2.00 £2.50 £3.00

D £1.00 £1.50 £1.50 £2.00 £2.50

MATiNEE SUBSCRiPTiON B subscription savings apply to all A/Lux/B price bands. D subscription savings apply to C/D price bands. PRiORiTy BOOKiNG FOR 4+ SHOWS Subscribers booking 4+ shows in the Main House get priority over other postal bookers. Please mark envelope ’Postal Subscription’. EGG DiSCOUNTS Discount price (where applicable) for: Children under 16 and Students only.


Diary Week by week

Main House

Ustinov Studio

16 June - 5 July

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

7 July - 26 July

Kafka’s Dick

28 July - 16 Aug

Therese Raquin

18 Aug - 6 Sept

Hay Fever

8 Sep - 14 Sep

One Man, Two Guvnors

AD Play Strindberg

15 Sep - 21 Sep

One Man, Two Guvnors

Play Strindberg

The Queen’s Knickers

22 Sep - 28 Sep

The Importance of Being Earnest

Play Strindberg

29 Sep - 5 Oct

Jesus Christ Superstar

Play Strindberg

The Queen’s Knickers Josephine Bean What the Ladybird Heard Strictly Balti Once in a Blue Moon

6 Oct - 12 Oct

The Hypochondriac

Play Strindberg

13 Oct - 19 Oct

The Hypochondriac The Father Al Murray: One Man, One Guvnor The Mousetrap AD The Father Fascinating Aida: Charm Offensive ETO - Season of Baroque Opera The Father Rambert - Rooster Eric and Little Ern

20 Oct - 26 Oct 27 Oct - 2 Nov

3 Nov - 9 Nov

AD Intimate Apparel

the egg The Very Hungry Caterpillar The PoetryJoe Show 1001 Nights The Tiger and the Moustache The Imaginaries The Snail and the Whale Little Red Hen (Bath City Farm)

AD Bad Jews

Bad Jews Behind the Scenes

Henry IV Parts 1 and 2

AD The Father captioned

10 Nov - 16 Nov

Special Events & Engage

Saturday Night Fever

The Father

Robin Hood (Prior Park College)

Lockdown Longbourn with Jo Baker Commedia D’ell Arte Masterclass The Strangest Family with Janice Hadlow

Fawlty Towers Lunch Party

Gatecrash (Victoria Hall, Radstock) Where the White Stops Where the White Stops One Giant Leap The Falcon’s Malteser

Tennessee Williams with John Lahr

Comedy Club 4 Kids Little Howard The Assembly of Animals Free Mucky Pup A Squash and a Squeeze The Eleventh Hour

Miss Carter’s War with Sheila Hancock

17 Nov - 23 Nov

Saturday Night Fever

Exit the King

24 Nov - 30 Nov

Slava’s Snowshow

Exit the King


1 Dec - 7 Dec

Jeeves and Wooster Frank Skinner: Man in a Suit

Exit the King


11 Dec - 11 Jan


AD Exit the King

Rumpelstiltskin Stickman Latke

12 Jan - 18 Jan

To Kill A Mockingbird

Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET Box Office: 01225 448844

Nova: Snapmare

Digging For Richard III with Mike Pitts Props Masterclass

Nova: Surplus Women Fawlty Towers Lunch Party (20 Jan) Pyrotechnics Workshop (25 Jan)

AD Audio Described


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