Ralph Fiennes in Bath

RENOWNED stage and screen actor Ralph Fiennes is to direct and star in the world premiere stage adaptation of TS Eliot’s Four Quartets as Theatre Royal Bath re-opens this summer

Ralph Fiennes, most recently seen with Carey Mulligan in the beautiful Netflix film, The Dig, will direct this adaptation of one of the greatest achievements of the Nobel laureate, who lived for some time in Somerset, at East Coker, which gave its name to one of the four sections.

The production, which will reopen the Theatre Royal from Tuesday 25th May to Saturday 5th June, was announced as Britain marks a year since regional theatres were forced to close. Four Quartets is a co-production with Northampton’s Royal & Derngate Theatre, and will launch its Made in Northampton season from 8th to 12th June. It will also tour to Oxford and Cambridge, with further regional tour dates to be announced.

TS Eliot is one of the giants of modern literature and the complex and compelling Four Quartets was the culminating achievement of his career as a poet. It offers four interwoven meditations on the nature of time, faith, and the quest for spiritual enlightenment. Mostly written before the Second World War, when the closure of playhouses during the Blitz interrupted Eliot’s work in theatre, the Four Quartets (Burnt Norton, East Coker, The Dry Salvages and Little Gidding), contain some of the most exquisite and unforgettable reflections upon surviving periods of national crisis.

Ralph Fiennes’ distinguished stage work is matched by performances in some of the greatest films of our time. His recent theatre credits include Antony and Cleopatra, Richard III and The Master Builder. His numerous film roles include acclaimed performances in Schindler’s List, The English Patient, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Constant Gardener.

General booking for Four Quartets at the Theatre Royal Bath opens on Friday 26th March. Contact the box office for more information on the theatre’s membership schemes. Book online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk