BATH Theatre Royal and its adjoining Ustinov Studio have a mouth-watering summer season in store, opening with Janie Dee in a new modern version of Uncle Vanya, and continuing with Jennifer Saunders in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, directed by Richard Eyre.
Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, on at the Ustinov Studio from 6th June to 6th July, won the 2013 Tony award for best play.
In the main theatre from 14th June to 6th July, Jennifer Saunders leads the cast in Coward’s famous supernatural play. Village psychic Madame Arcati may be a phoney, but it’s possible she can see those things that are hidden from blocked writer Charles Condomine and his new wife. A seance should do the trick.
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.