The Play’s the Thing

Game, set and … dead!

SOMERSET’s brilliant and inventive theatre company New Old Friends bring their latest comedy thriller to Bath Theatre Royal, from 24th to 28th May, for its world premiere, ahead of a UK autumn tour. Crimes On Centre Court, written and directed by the Bath-based company founder Feargus Woods Dunlop, is set on the courts of Whombledun,…

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Death throes of a marriage

LINDSEY Duncan and Hilton McRae star in a new version of August Strindberg’s The Dance of Death, at Bath Theatre Royal’s Ustinov Studio, from Thursday 19th May to Saturday 4th June. The production, adapted by Academy Award-winning playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz and directed by Arcola Theatre’s co-founder and artistic director Mehmet Ergen, will also tour to…

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Bobby Ewing in a Bath trap

DALLAS legend Patrick Duffy, who played Bobby Ewing in the Texas oil primetime drama for a total of 15 years, comes to the stage of Bath Theatre Royal from 16th to 21st May, to star in Catch Me if You Can. This Broadway thriller is better known to English audiences as Robert Thomas’s French play…

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Lashings of puns

MENTION Enid Blyton and you immediately think of the Famous Five and the other adventurous young characters of her children’s books, usually enjoying picnics, with lashings of ginger beer. Now a group of comedians has created an Enid Blyton for grown-ups show, with lashings of puns – coming to Yeovil Octagon Theatre on Saturday 14th May….

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Warlike disposition in the abbey

ANTIC Disposition, the company renowned for its productions of Shakespeare’s plays in historic buildings, comes to Bath Abbey from 9th to 14th May with a powerful and highly relevant version of Henry V. First staged in 2015, Antic Disposition’s critically acclaimed First World War adaptation returns for a limited season of performances in the awe-inspiring…

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Sheila’s Island at Salisbury and Bath

A NEW comedy by Tim Firth, Sheila’s Island is on a national tour, visiting Salisbury Playhouse, until 7th May, and Bath Theatre Royal from Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th May. The cast is four outstanding actresses, including Olivier Award-winner Sara Crowe (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Private Lives), Judy Flynn (Dinnerladies, Call The Midwife), Abigail…

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Lava at the Ustinov

LAVA, a new play by James Fritz, will be staged at the Ustinov Studio at Bath Theatre Royal, on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th May. The cast is headed by Kacey Ainsworth, best known on television as Cathy Keating in Grantchester and Little Mo in EastEnders, Bethany Antonia, Oli Higginson and Dan Parr. It is…

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Christina Bianco stars as LV

THE remarkable Christina Bianco takes the title role in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice in the latest tour, which makes the last of its three south and west stops at Salisbury Playhouse from 9th to 14th May. Jim Cartwright’s 1992 play is the story of Mari Hoff and her shy daughter Laura, known…

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Living Spit tour is Virgin on the ridiculous

WE can’t get enough of the Tudors, can we? If you have been seduced by improbably glamorous casting for the appalling Henry VIII and endless costume dramas wafting through Montacute House and gardens, you are probably ready for the next reincarnation – Living Spit do Elizabeth I coming to a theatre near you. The daftly…

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