The Play’s the Thing

The Circle at Bath

THREE of the country’s finest stage actors – Jane Asher, Clive Francis and Nicholas Le Prevost – head the cast of an acclaimed revival of Somerset Maugham’s elegant social satire The Circle, which begins a UK tour at Bath Theatre Royal from Wednesday 10th to Saturday 20th January. One review of Tom Littler’s production for…

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Reimagining a classic for today

MORE than a century ago, the dystopian Czech writer Franz Kafka created one of the most frightening and powerful stories ever told – Metamorphosis, the tragedy of an ordinary man who turns into a giant beetle. Now the adventurous Frantic Assembly theatre company has turned it into a play, coming to Bristol Old Vic from…

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Reimagining a classic for today

MORE than a century ago, the dystopian Czech writer Franz Kafka created one of the most frightening and powerful stories ever told – Metamorphosis, the tragedy of an ordinary man who turns into a giant beetle. Now the adventurous Frantic Assembly theatre company has turned it into a play, coming to Bristol Old Vic from…

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Operatic chiller for Ustinov

THERE is little in the way of festive cheer in Benjamin Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw, but it is a brilliant and thrilling stage version of Henry James’ famous novella – and we all love a good ghost story at Christmas, don’t we! A new production opens at Bath Theatre Royal’s Ustinov Studio…

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Dominic West at Bath

DOMINIC West, one of the country’s finest and most versatile actors, is coming to Bath Theatre Royal’s Ustinov Studio in February, starring in a new production of Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge, directed by Lindsay Posner. Miller’s 1956 drama is set in the close-knit Italian-American community in 1950s New York. Eddie Carbone is…

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Dallas star in Twelve Angry Men at Bath

PATRICK Duffy, who famously played Bobby Ewing in all 14 seasons of Dallas, takes on one of the great stage roles in Reginald Rose’s gripping courtroom drama, Twelve Angry Men, coming to Bath Theatre Royal from Monday 27th November to Saturday 2nd December. He stars as Juror number 8, the part played by Henry Fonda…

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A twisted Christmas with Owdyado

CORNISH theatre company Owdyado Theatre continues its tour of  Twisted Christmas, a series of darkly comic tales, at Stockland village hall in Devon on Sunday 17th December. The show is a series of macabre mini plays, all with a festive flavour providing what the company describes as ” a deliciously depraved take on the holiday…

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Famous chiller comes to Poole

ONE of the greatest thrillers of all time, Susan Hill’s blood-chilling The Woman in Black, comes to Poole’s lighthouse arts centre for the week to Saturday 27th November, with Malcolm James as Arthur Kipps and Mark Hawkins as the Actor. The Woman in Black, which never loses its power to shock, has been seen by…

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Hurricanoes and pelican daughters – a new take on Lear

ACCLAIMED performer Paul Morel comes to Buckland Newton village hall on Friday 24th November and Powerstock Hut on Saturday 25th with a new solo version of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, King Lear, by the inventive Oddbodies theatre company. Armed with only a drum, a guitar, a knife and a chair, Morel follow the tragic trajectory of…

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Howard Coggins

THE hilariously funny, cuddly, wry and inspired Howard Coggins, best known in the south west as co-founder of Living Spit and nationally for his Lottery adverts, has died at the age of 52. He was diagnosed with cancer late in 2022. Frustrated with playing bit parts in other people’s shows, Howard and Stu McLoughlin started…

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