Bath’s starry summer season under way

BATH Theatre Royal and its adjoining Ustinov Studio continue the summer season in store with one of the greatest actors of the 20th and 21st century.

Vanessa Redgrave has written and will direct Vienna 1934-Munich 1938, A Family Album, to be performed at the Ustinov Studio from 11th July to 3rd August. The cast also includes Robert Boulter and Paul Hilton and the play follows the close friendship between  Van­essa’s actor father Mich­ael Red­grave and the poet Stephen Spender.

The second summer play in the main house, a new version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, stars Rupert Everett, who also directs, with Harry Potter star Clemence Poesy, John Standing and Kath­er­ine Parkinson making a speedy return to Bath after her barnstorming performance in Home, I’m Darling.  It’s on from 18th July to 3rd August.

Felicity Kendall leads the cast in William Boyd’s The Argument, from 7th to 24th August. The director is Christopher Luscombe.
The argument starts when Mere­dith and Pip disagree about a film they have seen. Their families  and friends are brought in as the play explores how an argument can provide a catalyst for brutal honesty.

Miles Jupp stars in James Kettle’s new comedy The Life I lead, from 27th to 31st August in the Theatre Royal.  It follows the life of the much loved actor David Tomlin­son, best know as epitomising the English Gent.

From 3rd to 7th September at the Ustinov Studio, acclaimed playwright David Edgar performs his own play Trying it On, which contrasts his own life and thoughts as a university undergraduate and, 50 years on, as a successful writer.  It will be Edgar’s professional debut as a performer.

Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon lead the cast in The Man in the  White Suite, adapted from the classic Ealing comedy for the stage by Sean Foley and at Bath from 6th to 21st September.  When a company invents a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out, both the manufacturing industry and the Trades Unions are in a turmoil. What about their profits? What about their jobs?

The play goes direct to the West End from its Bath season.

For more details, visit the website, www.theatreoyal.org.uk or telephone 01225 448844. A special Summer Season brochure is also available.