The morning after the night before

EVERY story starts somewhere …  It’s the early hours of the morning and Danny is the last straggler at Laura’s party. The flat’s in a mess. And so are they. David Eldridge’s acclaimed National Theatre hit Beginning comes to Bath Theatre Royal from Friday 24th September to Saturday 2nd October.

Beginning, originally directed by Polly Findlay,  comes to Bath in a new production starring Amanda Ryan and Simon Darwen, and directed by Joe Lichtenstein.

Laura is single, childless and with no immediate family; Danny is divorced, living with his mother and hasn’t seen his daughter for several years. Beginning follows them as they begin to open up to each other and share just where they are in their lives.

It is a touching look at the first fragile moments of risking your heart and taking a chance on a new relationship. Described by The Independent as a “gorgeous new play” and by the Evening Standard as “a must-see hit”, this tender and funny drama received its world premiere at the National Theatre in 2017 before transferring to the West End. The 2021 revival, postponed for a year during the pandemic, opened at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch earlier this month before touring to Bath.

Amanda Ryan’s many television roles have included Sergeant Carrie Rogers in 3 series of Channel 4’s Shameless, Holly in ITV’s The Forsyte Saga and Agnes Wickfield in the BBC’s adaptation of David Copperfield. She has appeared in drama series including Coronation Street, Inspector Morse, EastEnders and Murphy’s Law. Amanda is soon to appear in the BBC adaptation of Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt alongside Ben Whishaw, Harriet Walter and Alex Jennings. Her film credits include Kate in Sparkle alongside Lesley Manville and Bob Hoskins and playing Lettice Howard in the award-winning Elizabeth alongside Cate Blanchett.

Simon Darwen has appeared in the primetime dramas Call the Midwife, Russell T Davies’ Years and Years, The Bletchley Circle, Silent Witness and The Bill. On stage he has performed in The Merchant of Venice for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Love Love Love for Paines Plough, and Mad About the Boy at the Young Vic, He has previously performed at the Theatre Royal Bath in King Lear in 2013 and Flare Path in 2015.

Pictured: Amanda Ryan as Laura and Simon Darwen as Danny in Beginning. Photographs by Manuel Harlan