West End and silver screen to Bath stage

THE spring season at Bath’s exquisite Theatre Royal kicks off with RainMan, a stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film, which starred Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. The programme also includes the National Theatre production of Laura Wade’s Home, I’m Darling, starring Katherine Parkinson, who had five star reviews for her performance at the National.

Paul Nicholls plays Raymond Babbitt, and Chris Fountain is his brother Charlie, in RainMan, on from 15th to 19th January. Charlie is a go-getting salesman who learns that his brother, whom he hasn’t seen for years, has inherited the family fortune. Raymond is an autistic savant, with a genius for numbers. Charlie “borrows” Raymond from the institution where he has spent most of his life, and they set out on a road trip across America, during which Charlie learns just what Raymond is really “worth.”

January continues with Moscow City Ballet in The Nutcracker, the Richard Alston Dance Company, and another screen-to-stage adaptation, The Lady Vanishes, starring husband and wife Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield.

February starts with Fame The Musical, on a 30th anniversary tour starring Keith Jack and Mica Paris, followed by Simon Callow and Jane Asher in Noel Coward’s bitter-sweet A Song at Twilight, opening at Bath before going into the West End.

One of the world’s greatest fictional detectives comes to the Bath stage in early March when Charles Lawson, Cathy Tyson and John Stahl star in Rebus: Long Shadows, adapted by the prolific Rona Munro (The James Plays) from Ian Rankin’s novel.

The acclaimed West End production of David Mamet’s excoriating Glengarry Glen Ross comes to Bath in March, and there is another West End visitor, Caroline’s Kitchen, starring Caroline Langrishe and Aden Gillett, en route to New York.

One of the greatest and most shocking plays of the 20th century. Peter Shaffer’s Equus, comes to Bath in April, followed by a third screen-to-stage adaptation, The Girl on the Train, starring Samantha Womack.

Home, I’m Darling, from 16th to 20th April, asks the pointed and relevant question, How happily married are the happily married? Katherine Parkinson plays Judy, determined to be the perfect 1950s housewife. Every couple needs a little fantasy to keep the sparkle in their marriage – but behind the scenes things are starting to unravel and Judy discovers that being a domestic goddess is not as easy as it looks.

Highlights of the Ustinov studio season include Blue Door, the UK premiere of the American play with music by Tanya Barfield, and The Omission of the Family Coleman, another UK premiere, by the Argentinian playwright Claudio Tolcachir.

Pictured: Paul Nicholls and Chris Fountain in RainMan, and Katherine Parkinson in Home, I’m Darling.