Couldn’t be better timed!

THE new Mike Bartlett play, Mrs Delgado, seemed topical when it opened in Oxford before Christmas, to critical and audience rapture.

But now it’s even more so – it’s about playing by the rules in the time of lockdown! Bath’s Ustinov Studio is its next stop, from Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd January.

Described by The Guardian as “a heartfelt rallying cry for the importance of community,” it’s the story of Helen, who, along with 67 million other people, is in lockdown. Unfortunately Helen’s nearest neighbour, Mrs Delgado, is not.

This funny and poignant new play tells a story of desire, control, raised blinds and lowered boundaries, created by the award-winning Mike Bartlett, who wrote King Charles III and  Doctor Foster.

He says, “Mrs Delgado touches on those experiences we’ve all had over the last 18 months, exploring how easy it can be to feel alone, and what our connections and responsibilities are to each other.”

The solo show is directed by Clare Lizzimore and stars actor and comedian Ellen Robertson.  Performances in Bath are at 8pm nightly, with a 3pm matinee on Saturday.