The Play’s the Thing

All of Wells a stage

BANDSTANDS, the Cathedral Green, the Rotunda Theatre on Wells Rec and Cedars Hall at Wells Cathedral School are all hosting events in this year’s Wells Theatre Festival, back for four packed days from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th June. The programme has something for everyone, from fun puppet shows for tinies to Shakespeare, from circus…

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The Ustinov is full of noises …

ACCLAIMED director Deborah Warner opens her tenure as artistic director of Bath Theatre Royal’s Ustinov Studio with a new staging of The Tempest, starring Nicholas Woodeson as Prospero, from Friday 1st July to Saturday 6th August. Set on an enchanted island, “full of noises, sounds and street airs,” Shakespeare’s last play deals with magic, love,…

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Spirits of Satis House

ONE of the most enigmatic female characters in English literature is brought to the stage in Estella, touring the south west from 7th to 13th July. The new play is written, directed and produced by Kate McGregor, the director’s assistant on the next Dorchester Community Play, A Time to Keep. The production by Theatre6 is on…

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Fat Sam’s sets up in Bath

THE first ever UK touring production of Alan Parker’s modern musical classic Bugsy Malone opens at Bath’s Theatre Royal on Saturday 2nd July for a three week run to Saturday 23rd. Produced by Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Birmingham Rep Theatre and Kenny Wax, this new staging of Lyric Hammersmith Theatre’s universally acclaimed production will transfer…

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Last date for Bath Opera Tosca tour

BATH Opera brings a star of the Moldovan State Opera company, in the title role of opera singer Floria Tosca, for the summer tour, ending at Prior Park College in Bath on Saturday 23rd July. Tenor Robert Felstead sings the part of Tosca’s lover Cavaradossi, and Niall Hoskin plays Scarpia, the evil chief of police,…

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Richard III – new musical at Frome Festival

RICHARD III, the notorious “hunchback” king, the infamous murderer of the Princes in the Tower of London, who died on Bosworth Field and was disinterred in a Leicester city centre car park, lives to sing another day, thanks to Martin Dimery, the inventive and multi-talented creative director of Frome Festival. The Haunting of Richard the…

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Living Tree at The Egg

DISCOVER a Forest of Imagination as the Living Tree comes to The Egg at Bath Theatre Royal, transforming the space into a fun-filled woodland and maze for children and families This fantastical outdoor-indoor installation returns to The Egg from Saturday 18th June to Sunday 3rd July giving children, families and visitors of all ages the…

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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, ending its tour at The Theatre Shop at…

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