Growing old operatically

THE touring production of Ronald Harwood’s play Quartet stops at Salisbury and Bath in the coming weeks.

See it at Salisbury Playhouse from Monday 12th to Saturday 17th March or Bath Theatre Royal from 16th to 21st April.

This story of a group of opera singers brought together in a retirement home started life as a play in 1999, and was filmed in 2012.  It has had several successful productions in London and on tour.

The current Everyman Theatre Cheltenham production  stars Paul Nicholas, Sue Holderness, Wendi Peters and Jeff Rawle.

Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred live  peacefully in a magnificent retirement home, but rumours are circulating that a new resident is about to arrive, and that she is a star. When Jean then arrives, old rivalries resurface, secrets are revealed and chaos unfolds – but in true theatrical tradition, the show must go on.

Can the once-famous quartet patch up their differences?

Quartet is a poignant, funny and warm tribute to life-long friendships and growing old disgracefully!

At Salisbury, there are performances nightly at 7.30 with matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2.15.  For more details, telephone 01722 320333 or visit the website,  www.salisburyplayhouse.com

At Bath there are nightly performances, and 2.30 matinees on Wednesday and Saturday. Tele­phone 01225 448844 or visit the website, www.theatreroyal.org.uk for more information.