World premiere 118 years on

BATH’S Ustinov Theatre hosts a major theatrical event from 15th March to 14th April, when Trevor Nunn directs the world premiere of a lost work by Harley Granville Barker, Agnes Colander.

The newly discovered play, written in 1900, brings Naomi Freder­ick back to Bath in the title role, after her memorable performances in Hob­son’s Choice and The Mentor.

Former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, Trevor Nunn will direct the story of an artist torn between a longing to paint and be an independent woman and a yearning to be loved.

This witty and compelling early work was found among the writer’s papers in the British Library by the critic Colin Chambers and the US playwright Richard Nelson, who has revised the piece for performance. Harley Granville Barker is the author of The Voysey Inheritance and Waste and is one of the most influential characters in the development of modern British Theatre.

It is three years since Agnes, an artist, left her unfaithful husband Henry. Now he writes to her in her Kensington studio begging to reunite, but Agnes married young; her innocence has gone and her ambition and independence is growing. As she travels from London to France, Agnes finds herself torn between Otho, a worldly Danish artist and Alec, an infatuated younger suitor, between a longing to paint and be an independent woman and a yearning to be loved.

The cast also includes Sally Scott, Freddy Carter, Matthew Flynn and Cindy-Jane Armbruster.

Performances at Bath are nightly from Monday to Saturday with some Thursday and Saturday matinees. For more information, telephone 10225 448844 or visit the website,