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Theatre Royal Bath announces Jonathan Church’s Summer Season 2018

Jonathan Church
Jonathan Church

Jonathan Church

Jonathan Church, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Bath’s Summer Season, today announced the full 2018 programme. Some of the country’s most prolific actors will star in a selection of both UK premieres and renowned classics in the theatre’s historic Main House and the intimate Ustinov Studio.

Opening the season in the Main House will be Jonathan Church’s production of Oscar Wilde’s witty drama An Ideal Husband (18 July – 4 August), which transfers from a critically acclaimed West End run, followed by Arthur Miller’s The Price (9 – 25 August). The Main House season will conclude with the 10th anniversary production of Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage (29 August – 15 September), directed by Lindsay Posner.

The summer season in the Ustinov Studio will open with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s new production of Henry V (21 June – 21 July), directed by Elizabeth Freestone. As a hub for new writing, the studio will then host the UK Premiere of Joanna Murray-Smith’s thrillerSwitzerland (1 August – 1 September), which premiered in Australia. The final production in the season will be Terence Rattigan’s compelling drama In Praise of Love (3 October – 2 November), directed by Jonathan Church who makes his Ustinov Studio debut.

Jonathan Church succeeded Peter Hall as Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Bath’s annual summer season in 2017. His inaugural season included David Hare’s Racing Demon, Hugh Whitemore’s Sand in the Sandwiches, the stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, Alan Franks’Looking at Lucian and Alan Bennett’s classic The Lady in the Van. Church was previously Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, overseeing more than 100 productions including Taken atMidnightENRON, Macbeth with Sir Patrick Stewart, Sweeney Todd and Gypsy.

Introducing his new season, Jonathan Church said: “It’s a great pleasure to announce such a diverse and rich season of drama this summer and in particular to welcome this exceptional group of actors, directors and writers to the beautiful Theatre Royal Bath and Ustinov Studio. Alongside the well known work in the Main House there is an adventure to be had in the Ustinov with the rarely performed Rattigan play In Praise Of Love, the UK premiere of Joanna-Murray Smith’sSwitzerland and the extraordinary Bristol based company Shakespeare at The Tobacco Factory tackling Henry V in their own unique style.  My memories of the summer in Bath are powerfully linked to the work that Peter Hall created here so it’s a real treat to welcome his grandson Ben Hall to the season playing Henry V.”

HENRY V
Ustinov Studio
Thursday 21 June – Saturday 21 July
Press night: Thursday 28 June

Innovative theatre company Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory will launch their brand new production of Henry V at the Ustinov Studio prior to a UK Tour. Directed by Elizabeth Freestone, Shakespeare’s play is a thrilling examination of the nature of power, the burden of leadership and the myth of heroism.

Ben Hall (The Durrells, Coriolanus) will star in the title role. He will be joined by Rosie ArmstrongAlice BarclayMelody BrownAlan CoveneyChris DonnellyLuke Grant,Heledd GwynnJoanne HowarthDavid OsmondZachary PowellAmy Rockson andCorey Montague-Sholay.

AN IDEAL HUSBAND
Main House
Wednesday 18 July – Saturday 4 August

An Ideal Husbanddirected by Jonathan Church will transfer direct from a critically acclaimed West End season at the Vaudeville Theatre. Oscar Wilde’s sharp and witty drama explores corruption, blackmail and honour when a damning secret threatens to ruin ambitious politician Sir Robert Chiltern’s career and marriage.

The production will star real-life father and son duo, BAFTA winner Edward Fox (The Audience, The Day of the Jackal) and Freddie Fox (The Judas Kiss, Cucumber). They are joined by Susan Hampshire (The Forsyte Saga, Monarch of the Glen), Olivier-Award winner Nathaniel Parker(Wolf Hall, This House), Frances Barber (Silk, Antony and Cleopatra) and Sally Bretton (Not Going Out, King Lear).

SWITZERLAND
Ustinov Studio
Wednesday 1 August – Saturday 1 September
Press night: Thursday 9 August

Lucy Bailey will direct the UK premiere of Joanna Murray Smith’s award-winning psychological thriller Switzerland. The play paints a portrait of one of the great writers of the 20th century, Patricia Highsmith, famed for writing The Talented Mr Ripley, Strangers On A Train and The Price of Salt. When a mysterious gentleman visits Patricia to persuade her to pen one final instalment of the bestselling Tom Ripley series it soon becomes clear the stranger has a far more sinister mission.

Switzerland premiered in Australia in 2015 where it won Best New Australian Work at the Sydney Theatre Awards. Casting to be announced in due course.

THE PRICE
Main House
Thursday 9 August – Saturday 25 August
Press night: Wednesday 15 August

Jonathan Church will direct the 50th anniversary production of Arthur Miller’s riveting dramaThe Price in Theatre Royal Bath’s Main House. One of Britain’s most celebrated actors, David Suchet, will star as furniture dealer Gregory Solomon with further casting to be announced.

The play tells the story of two long-estranged brothers, Victor and Walter Franz, meeting in their former childhood home following the death of their father. When Gregory Solomon, a silver-tongued used furniture dealer, arrives to close a deal he hasn’t counted on the brothers being there to confront each other.

First seen on Broadway in 1968, The Price was nominated for two Tony Awards including Best Play. It was most recently revived in New York in 2017, starring Mark Ruffalo and Danny DeVito.

GOD OF CARNAGE
Main House
Wednesday 29 August – Saturday 15 September
Press night: Wednesday 5 September

Lindsay Posner directs the 10th anniversary production of Yasmina Reza’s award-winning farceGod of Carnage. Starring two much-loved actors from hit television series, Elizabeth McGovern(Downton Abbey) and Amanda Abbington (Sherlock), the play is a ruthlessly comic study of middle-class parenting.

Originally written in French, God of Carnage was translated by Christopher Hampton in 2008. The production went on to win the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and the Tony Award for Best New Play.

IN PRAISE OF LOVE
Ustinov Studio
Wednesday 3 October – Saturday 3 November
Press night: Monday 15 October

Jonathan Church will make his Ustinov Studio directorial debut with Terence Rattigan’s final play In Praise of Love. Olivier Award and Tony Award winner Robert Lindsay (My Family, Me and My Girl) and Tara Fitzgerald (Waking the Dead, Hamlet) will star in the closing production of Church’s season.

A perceptive and powerful drama about the concealed truths and veiled emotions in a marriage, In Praise of Love sees a series of heart-breaking revelations change a couple’s relationship forever.

Listings

Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET
Box Office: 01225 448844
Website: www.theatreroyal.org.uk
Facebook: TheatreRoyalBath
Twitter: @TheatreRBath

Priority booking opens Saturday 19 May
General online booking opens Wednesday 30 May
General Telephone booking opens Monday 4 June

Henry V
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Elizabeth Freestone
Location: Ustinov Studio
Dates: Thursday 21 June – Saturday 21 July
Press Night: Thursday 28 June, 7pm
Performance Schedule: Mon – Sat 7.45pm; Matinees Wed & Sat 2.30pm
Prices: £24.50 / £17.50 discounts (Previews and Mondays £15)

An Ideal Husband
By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Jonathan Church
Designed by Simon Higlett
Location: Main House
Dates: Wednesday 18 July – Saturday 4 August
Performance Schedule: Mon – Sat 7.30pm; Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm
Prices: £25.50 – £41.50

Switzerland
By Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed by Lucy Bailey
Designed by William Dudley
Location: Ustinov Studio
Wednesday 1 August – Saturday 1 September
Press Night: Thursday 9 August, 7pm
Performance Schedule: Mon – Sat 7.45pm, Matinees Wed & Sat 2.30pm (no matinee 1 Aug)
Prices: £27.50 / £24.50 discounts (Previews and Mondays £22.50)

The Price
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Jonathan Church
Designed by Simon Higlett
Location: Main House
Dates: Thursday 9 August – Saturday 25 August
Press Night: Wednesday 15 August, 7pm
Performance Schedule: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm (No matinee 9 Aug)
Prices: £22.50 – £38.50

God of Carnage
By Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Lindsay Posner
Designed by Peter McKintosh
Location: Main House
Dates: Wednesday 29 August – Saturday 15 September
Press Night: Wednesday 5 September, 7pm
Performance Schedule: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm (No Matinee 30 Aug)
Prices: £15 – £38.50

In Praise of Love
By Terence Rattigan
Directed by Jonathan Church
Location: Ustinov Studio
Dates: Wednesday 3 October – Saturday 3 November
Press Night: Monday 15 October, 7pm
Performance Schedule: Mon – Sat 7.45pm, Matinees Wed & Sat 2.30pm (No matinee 3 Oct)
Prices: £34.50 / £29.50 discounts

Further DUSTY casting released on Dusty Springfield’s Birthday

Katherine Kingsley © Dominic Nicholls
Katherine Kingsley © Dominic Nicholls

Katherine Kingsley © Dominic Nicholls

  • Further casting announced, including Rufus Hound and Roberta Taylor, for the new musical charting the life of Dusty Springfield
  • They join Katherine Kingsley, previously announced in the title role
  • Dusty will premiere in June at Theatre Royal Bath, before playing at  Sheffield Lyceum Theatre, Newcastle  Theatre Royal and The Lowry, Salford

To celebrate the birthday of Dusty Springfield (born 16 April 1939) further casting has been announced today for DUSTY, the landmark new musical about her life which will have its world premiere at Theatre Royal Bath in June 2018 before dates at The Lyceum in Sheffield, Newcastle Theatre Royal, and The Lowry in Salford.

Joining the previously announced Katherine Kingsley (Piaf, Singin’ in the Rain) in the title role will be actor, comedian and presenter Rufus Hound (Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsThe Wind in the Willows) as Dusty’s manager Billings and Roberta Taylor (The Bill, EastEnders) as Dusty’s mother Kay.

The full cast will include Ishmail Aaron, Jenny Bolt, Alex Bowen, Esther Coles, Joelle Dyson, Joanna Francis, Paul Grunert, Ella Kenion, Adam Lyons, Lisa Mathieson, Katharine Pearson, Micha Richardson, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Hampus Lee Strand and Chad Wilder, with further casting still to be announced.

With a fiercely funny and emotionally charged script from BAFTA and Olivier nominated writer Jonathan Harvey (Beautiful ThingCoronation Street), DUSTY is directed by Olivier Award-winner Maria Friedman (Merrily We Roll AlongStepping Out).

DUSTY features many of the singer’s blazingly soulful pop hits, including I Only Want to Be with YouSon of a Preacher Man and You Dont Have toSay You Love Me. 

London born Dusty Springfield’s career started in the late 1950’s. She soon became known across the world for her soulful voice and iconic look with hits spanning four decades. Dusty was recently voted one of the most influential women of the last 100 years in a poll by BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme. Her 1969 masterpiece ‘Dusty In Memphis’ is considered one of the greatest albums of all time and Dusty has been inducted into both the US Rock and Roll and UK Music Halls of Fame.

DUSTY draws on the memories of her close friend, manager and authorised biographer Vicki Wickham, her lifelong personal assistant Pat Rhodes, and friend and record company executive Tris Penna.

Rufus Hound is a well-known actor, comedian and presenter equally at home with roles on screen including Doctor Who, Cucumber, Hounded and on the stage including What The Butler Saw (Theatre Royal Bath / Leicester Curve), Don Quixote (RSC), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre London). He returns to The Lowry following his award-winning role as Mr Toad in The Wind in the Willows. Prior to DUSTY, he will be playing opposite Katherine Kingsley in Noël Coward’s Present Laughter at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Roberta Taylor is best known as series regulars Inspector Gina Gold in The Bill and previously Irene Raymond in EastEnders. Further screen credits include Luther, Shakespeare & Hathaway, Bleak House. Alongside her television work her numerous roles onstage include an acclaimed and memorable performance as Phoebe Rice in John Osborne’s The Entertainer (Manchester Royal Exchange).

Katherine Kingsley has received widespread critical acclaim and multiple Olivier and WhatsOnStage Award nominations. Theatre credits include playing Marlene Dietrich in Piaf (Donmar Warehouse), Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre London)/ Manchester Opera House / Aylesbury Waterside Theatre), Helena in Michael Grandage Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Noël Coward Theatre), Lina Lamont in Singin’ In The Rain (Palace Theatre London / Chichester Festival Theatre) and The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre). On screen credits include the film Genius as well as appearances on The Bill, Casualty and Bad Education. 

Jonathan Harvey wrote his first play in 1987, and has since written over 15 more, including BabiesBoom Bang-A-Bang and Beautiful Thing, which was later made into an acclaimed film. He has been the recipient of the Evening Standard, George Devine and John Whiting Awards, and his work has been both Bafta- and Olivier-nominated. Jonathan’s extensive television writing includes Coronation Street, on which he has worked since 2004, Beautiful People and Gimme, Gimme, Gimme. He has also written for shows as diverse as RevShamelessAt Home With The BraithwaitesThe Catherine Tate Show and Tracey Ullman’s Show. He has also published five novels and been hailed as ‘the new theatrical voice of his generation’.

Best known as a three-time Olivier Award winning star of the musical stage, director Maria Friedman made an astonishing directorial debut in 2012 with a hugely acclaimed production of Merrily We Roll Along which won Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards 2013, the Olivier Awards 2014 (for which Maria was also nominated for Best Director of a Musical), and the Critic’s Circle Award 2013. She went on to direct High Society at The Old Vic in 2015 and recently Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Full cast and creative team biographies can be downloaded here.

DUSTY is produced by Eleanor Lloyd Productions in association with Tris Penna and Vicki Wickham. Set and Costume Design is by Tom Pye with Choreography by Tim Jackson, Lighting Design by Bruno Poet, Sound Design by Richard Brooker, Video Design by Finn Ross, Orchestrations and Vocal Arrangements by Steve Sidwell and Musical Supervision and Vocal Arrangements by Tim Sutton. Music Consultant is Tris Penna, Casting Director is Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG and Hair, Wigs and Make Up are by Carole Hancock.

DUSTY
THE DUSTY SPRINGFIELD MUSICAL
Book by Jonathan Harvey
Directed by Maria Friedman

Designer Tom Pye
Choreographer Tim Jackson

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Saturday 23 June – Saturday 7 July 2018
THEATRE ROYAL BATH 
www.theatreroyal.org.uk | 01225 448844
Tickets from £23.00
Evenings performances at 7.30pm
Matinee performances on Saturday 30th JuneThursday 5th July and Saturday 7th July at 2.30pm.(no performance Monday 25th June)

Wednesday10 July – Saturday 14 July 2018
SHEFFIELD LYCEUM THEATRE
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk | 0114 249 6000
Tickets from £18.00
Evening performances at 7.45pm
Matinee performances on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Tuesday 17 July – Saturday 21 July 2018
NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL 
www.theatreroyal.co.uk | 08448 112 121
Tickets from £19.50
Evening performances at 7.30pm
Matinee performances on Wednesday and Thursday at 2pm and Saturday at 2.30pm

Tuesday 24 July – Saturday 28 July 2018
THE LOWRY, SALFORD
www.thelowry.com | 0843 208 6000
Tickets from £14.50
Evening performances at 7.30pm
Matinee performances on Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm

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First Look: Production images: The Open House, a Theatre Royal Bath Ustinov Studio and Print Room at the Coronet co-production

Full casting announced for The Lady In The Van at Theatre Royal Bath

Lady In The Van

Lady In The Van

Lady In The Van

Theatre Royal Bath Productions announces full casting for Alan Bennett’The Lady in the Van, directed by Jonathan Church, which today began rehearsals ahead of its run at Theatre Royal Bath from Thursday 17 August to Saturday 2 September.

Olivier Award-winner Sara Kestelman will star as Bennett’s beloved character Miss Mary Shepherd. Kestelman will be joined by Sam Alexander as Alan Bennett, William Gaunt as Underwood and James Northcote who will share the role of Alan Bennett. The full cast will also include Emma AmosLia Burge,Paul HickeyGabrielle LloydDavid Shaw ParkerSteve Simmonds and Cat Simmons.

In 1974, Miss Mary Shepherd, a homeless woman, temporarily moved her clapped out Bedford van into Alan Bennett’s front garden at Gloucester Crescent, Camden. She remained parked there for the next fifteen years.

Sara Kestelman’s (Mary Shepherd) extensive theatre credits include Filthy Business and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (Hampstead Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), Michael Frayn’s award-winning Copenhagen (National Theatre/West End) and her Olivier Award-winning role as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret (Donmar Warehouse).

Sam Alexander (Alan Bennett) was most recently seen in the RSC’s Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing. Other credits include Lawrence After Arabia (Hampstead Theatre), The Christmas Truce (RSC) andOne Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre / Theatre Royal Haymarket).

William Gaunt (Underwood) is best known for his roles as Bob Marriott in Sergeant Cork, Arthur Crabtree inNo Place Like Home and Richard Barratt in The Champions. Stage credits include Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Crucible (Old Vic Theatre) and The Family Reunion (Donmar Warehouse).

James Northcote (Alan Bennett) has recently starred in films including A United Kingdom with Rosamund Pike and The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch. Theatre credits include Pride and Prejudice(Sheffield Theatres) and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Chichester Festival Theatre).

The production will have design by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting by Tim Mitchell, music by Matthew Scott and sound by Mike Walker.

The Lady in the Van will conclude Jonathan Church’s inaugural season as Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Bath’s 2017 summer season. The programme of five plays opened on 21 June with David Hare’s Racing Demon, followed by Sand in the Sandwiches by Hugh Whitemore from Tuesday 11 July – Saturday 15 July. The remaining productions in the season will be the UK Premiere of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, adapted for the stage by Carolyn Burns from Friday 21 July – Saturday 12 August and Looking at Lucian by Alan Franks from Thursday 3 August – Saturday 2 September.

UPDATED LISTINGS

THE LADY IN THE VAN
By Alan Bennett
Directed by Jonathan Church

Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

First performance            Thursday 17 August
Final performance           Saturday 2 September
Press performance           Wednesday 23 August, 7pm
Performance schedule    Monday – Saturday7.30pm; Matinees Thursday & Saturday2.30pm (No matinee 17 August)

Box office details
website                                www.theatreroyal.org.uk
telephone                            01225 448844

Prices  from                         £15

Facebook:                            TheatreRoyalBath
Twitter:                                @TheatreRBath

Tanya Moodie to reprise role as Wiletta as Trouble In Mind transfers to Print Room at the Coronet

Tanya Moodie

Tanya Moodie


Following her widely acclaimed appearance at Theatre Royal Bath last year, Olivier Award nominated Tanya Moodie will return to Laurence Boswell’s production of Trouble in Mind when it premieres in London this September. Tanya will make her Print Room at the Coronet debut in the role of Wiletta in Alice Childress’ groundbreaking play, with previews from 14th September. Further casting will be announced in due course.

Trouble in Mind opened at Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio in November 2016 to huge critical and public acclaim. Written by trailblazing 1950’s American playwright, the production tells the story of a group of African-American actors rehearsing for aBroadway production, in a theatre dominated by white men. By turns comic and dramatic, Childress’s Trouble in Mind, whichhas not been presented in London for over 20 years, was the first play by a black woman to be professionally produced in New York.

Tanya Moodie said, “After the success of Trouble in Mind at the Ustinov, I am delighted to be sharing the story in London at the Print Room. I wanted to find a character’s voice on stage that articulates the challenges of transcending our limitations and realising one’s fullest creative potential. Finding Trouble in Mind, bringing it to Laurence, gathering a superb creative team and sharing Alice Childress’ play has been the most uplifting professional experience of my career. Thank you for supporting our work.”

Wiletta Mayer is a talented African-American actress who has spent a lifetime building a career in the theatreNow she is onBroadway, rehearsing Chaos in Belleville, an anti-lynching play with a white directorAs rehearsals progress, Wiletta finds itincreasingly difficult to relate to the part she is playingWill she be able to overcome her misgivings and let the show go on?

Tanya Moodie is a multi-award nominated actress recently recognized for her role in Fences alongside Lenny Henry; Constance in King John (The Globe) and Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Further theatre credits include The House that will not Stand (Tricycle Theatre); Intimate Apparel (Ustinov Studio); The Under RoomChairA Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (Lyric Hammersmith); CatchACDCFewer EmergenciesIncomplete & Random Acts of Kindness (Royal Court); The OverwhelmingThe Darker Face of EarthThe Oedipus Plays (National Theatre). On screen she is known for her roles in LegacyRabbit FeverCommonSkinsSherlockLewisThe StreetThe Clinic (Series 6 and 7); CasualtySea Of Soulsand Silent Witness.

Theatre Royal Bath announces a season of international UK premieres at the Ustinov Studio 

Christmas Eve

Theatre Royal Bath today announced a season of international UK premieres which open at the Ustinov Studio this Autumn. Daniel Kehlmann’s latest work, Christmas Eve will run from 12 October to 11 Novemberfollowed by Will Eno’s award-winning play The Open House, in a co-production with Print Room at the Coronet, from 23 November to 23 December.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

CHRISTMAS EVE
Thursday 12 October – Saturday 11 November

Riveting new thriller Christmas Eve launches the season of international UK Premieres, reuniting the team behind the Ustinov Studio’s The Mentor. The latest play from multi-award winning writer Daniel Kehlmannwill be directed by Laurence Boswell, in a translation by Christopher Hampton.

On Christmas Eve 2017, a philosophy professor is on her way to celebrate Christmas when she is bundled into police headquarters and an interrogation room. Opposite her the senior officer is cynical, smart and relentless. Played out in real time, two powerful antagonists are pitted head to head against each other. Both think they are saving their country but only one of them will win.

Daniel Kehlmann is a German-language author whose novel Measuring the World, sold three million copies in Germany alone and has been translated into more than 40 languages.

Christopher Hampton previously translated Florian Zeller’s play The Father for the Ustinov Studio, launching its international success. He won an Academy Award for the adaptation of his own play, Dangerous Liaisons.

Laurence Boswell is an Olivier Award winner, Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio and an Associate Artist of the RSC. His recent productions include The Mentor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Theatre Royal’s Main House, and Trouble in Mind, The Mother, Intimate Apparel and The Spanish Golden Age Season in the Ustinov Studio.

Open House

Open House

THE OPEN HOUSE
Thursday 23 November – Saturday 23 December

Former Artistic Director of the RSC, Michael Boyd directs Will Eno’s The Open House, which receives it UK Premiere at the Ustinov Studio having won the Obie Award for Playwriting in 2014. In Eno’s signature, inimitable style, the production offers a wildly subversive and darkly hilarious take on the archetypal family drama.

Son and Daughter have come home to celebrate their Mother and Father’s wedding anniversary, but the atmosphere is strained and the dog is nowhere to be seen. Just as they hit stalemate things start to take a very unexpected turn…

Will Eno’s Broadway debut play, The Realistic Joneses, was the winner of a Drama Desk Special Award. Other writing credits include The Open House (Off-Broadway), which won the Obie Award for Playwriting and most recently Wakey, Wakey (Off-Broadway).

Michael Boyd’s directing credits for Ustinov Studio include Right Now, The Harvest and The Big Meal. Other recent directing credits include The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (Hampstead Theatre) and Tamburlaine (Broadway). He was formerly Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Listings

Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET
Box Office: 01225 448844
Website: www.theatreroyal.org.uk
Facebook: TheatreRoyalBath
Twitter: @TheatreRBath

Christmas Eve
By Daniel Kehlmann
In a translation by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Laurence Boswell
Dates: Thursday 12 October – Saturday 11 November
Press Night: Wednesday 18 October, 7pm
Performance schedule: Mon – Sat 7.45pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm
(No matinee Thursday 12 October)
Tickets: £22.50 / £17.50 discounts (Preview Perfs and Mondays, all seats £15)

The Open House
By Will Eno
Directed by Michael Boyd
Dates: Thursday 23 November – Saturday 23 December
Press Night: Wednesday 29 November, 7pm
Performance schedule: Mon – Sat 7.45pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm
(No matinee Thursday 23 November)
Tickets: £22.50 / £17.50 discounts (Preview Perfs and Mondays, all seats £15)

Anda Winters announces Autumn/Winter season for Print Room at The Coronet

Trouble In Mind
Coronet International Festival

Coronet International Festival

Print Room at the Coronet has today announced its Autumn/Winter season, featuring: the London transfer from Theatre Royal Bath, of ground-breaking US playwright Alice Childress’s courageous Trouble in Mind; Coronet International Festival, celebrating the work of artists from across the world; and Winter’s Tales, a series of Christmas readings by friends and famous faces for children and their families. The season concludes with the return of multi-award-winning US playwright Will Eno, whose The Open House, directed by former RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd, is being presented in a second collaboration with Theatre Royal Bath.

Trouble in Mind, which will open the season, sees Laurence Boswell’s production transfer after a critically acclaimed run at Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio. Coronet International Festival brings a host of artists from around the globe, animating the beautiful Victorian space with an eclectic and daring mix of art forms.  The specially curated Winter’s Tales offers children and families a selection of seasonal stories told by much loved actors and personalities. In a co-production with Theatre Royal Bath, directed by former RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd, The Open House sees Print Room at the Coronet welcome back its good friend the hugely acclaimed US playwright Will Eno (following Title and Deed, 2015 and Thom Pain (Based on Nothing), 2012).

Trouble In Mind

Trouble In Mind

Anda Winters said “More than ever this multidisciplinary season of work demonstrates Print Room at the Coronet’s unconventional, open and collaborative approach to theatre. In partnership with Theatre Royal Bath we present two hugely important, innovative US playwrights. Alice Childress’s Trouble in Mind transfers to us following its critically acclaimed run at the Ustinov Studio. Our second co-production, in early 2018, is Will Eno’s The Open House. November sees the inaugural Coronet International Festival. This month of work, will feature an eclectic collection of art forms and practitioners from across the globe. The full line-up will be announced shortly, and I can promise four weeks of fearless, boundary-pushing works, which I know London’s diverse, adventurous and open-minded audience will embrace.

Opening the Autumn/Winter season at Print Room at the Coronet is Trouble in Mind by trailblazing 1950’s American playwright Alice Childress. Following its hugely successful run at Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio in November 2016, the play tells the story of a group of African-American actors rehearsing for a Broadway production, in a theatre dominated by white men. By turns comic and dramatic, Childress’s Trouble in Mind, which has not been presented in London for over 20 years, remains disturbingly relevant, despite having been written over sixty years ago.

Wiletta Mayer is a talented African-American actress who has spent a lifetime building a career in the theatre. Now she is on Broadway, rehearsing Chaos in Belleville, an anti-lynching play with a white director. As rehearsals progress, Wiletta finds it increasingly difficult to relate to the part she is playing. Will she be able to overcome her misgivings and let the show go on?

Trouble in Mind is followed by the Coronet International Festival. This ambitious month-long festival will blur the lines between arts forms with an array of work that crosses genres and defies expectations. Full details of the programme will be announced very shortly.

Winter’s Tales will see well-known names and faces take to the main stage, reading their favourite festive tales. Over two weeks, a different performer will appear each evening to read a story of their choosing.

The season’s second transfer from Theatre Royal Bath, The Open House, will begin London previews on 18 January 2018. This darkly hilarious tale from Obie Award-winning playwright Will Eno subverts the archetypal family drama in his signature, inimitable style. Directed by former RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd, The Open House will receive its UK premiere at the Ustinov Studio in November, as also announced today. This will be the third collaboration between the two venues in an important ongoing partnership bookending the Autumn/Winter season.

Son and Daughter have come home to celebrate their Mother and Father’s wedding anniversary, but the atmosphere is strained and the dog is nowhere to be seen. Just as they hit stalemate, things start to take a very unexpected turn.

Throughout the season Poetry at the Print Room will continue with readings from poets including David Harsent, Maria Stepanova, Michael Symmons Roberts and Sinead Morrissey. September will also see the return of the sell-out Dead Poets Live series. The first of these events will feature Glenda Jackson reading the role of North London poet Stevie Smith (1902-71), having portrayed her on screen in the 1978 film ‘Stevie’. All proceeds from the evening will go to refugee charity Safe Passage. An additional two Dead Poets Live events are programmed, with full details to follow.

BIOGRAPHIES

Laurence Boswell is an Olivier Award-winner, Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio and an Associate Artist of the RSC. His recent productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Theatre Royal’s Main House, and Trouble in the Mind, The Mother, Intimate Apparel and The Spanish Golden Age Season in the Ustinov Studio.

For the RSC his directing credits include: Women Beware Women (the Swan); Beauty and the Beast (RSC); The Dog in the Manger (the Swan); Bartholomew Fair (the Swan) and The Painter of Dishonour (the Other Place). He curated and directed the RSC’s Golden Age Season in 2004, which later transferred to the West End and to Teatro Espaniol, Madrid.

Alice Childress was born in 1916 and raised during the Harlem Renaissance she grew up to become first an actress and then a playwright and novelist. A founding member of the American Negro Theatre, she wrote her first play, Florence, in 1949. Childress became in 1952 the first African-American woman to see her play (Gold Through the Trees) professionally produced in New York. In 1955, Childress’s play Trouble in Mind was a critical and popular success from the beginning of its run off-Broadway at the Greenwich Mews Theatre. Trouble in Mind received a well-reviewed off-Broadway revival in 1998 by the Negro Ensemble Company and has since been produced by Yale Repertory Theatre, Center Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and Arena Stage.

Childress is perhaps best known today for A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich, her 1973 novel about a 13-year-old black boy addicted to heroin, which was subsequently made into a movie in 1978. Other plays written by Childress include: Just a Little Simple (1950), Wedding Band: a Love/Hate Story in Black and White (1966) and Gullah (1984).

Alice Childress died in New York in 1994.

Will Eno’s Broadway debut play, The Realistic Joneses, was the winner of a Drama Desk Special Award. Other writing credits include The Open House (Off-Broadway), which won the Obie Award for Playwriting and most recently Wakey, Wakey (Off-Broadway).

Michael Boyd’s directing credits for Ustinov Studio include Right Now, The Harvest and The Big Meal. Other recent directing credits include The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures (Hampstead Theatre) and Tamburlaine (Broadway). He was formerly Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

LISTINGS

14 September – 14 October 2017
Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees: Saturdays 3pm
Trouble in Mind
by Alice Childress
Directed by Laurence Boswell
Press Night: 21 September 2017

1 – 30 November 2017
Coronet International Festival
Full line up to be announced in due course
Tickets and timings to be released soon

6 – 22 December 2018
Winter’s Tales
Tickets and timings to be released soon

18 January – 17 February 2018
Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees: Saturdays 3pm
The Open House
by Will Eno
Directed by Michael Boyd
Press Night: 25 January 2018

Poetry at the Print Room
24th October 2017, 7.30pm
with David Harsent

7th November 2017, 7.30pm
Russian Poetry with Maria Stepanova

5th December 2017, 7.30pm
with Michael Symmons Roberts and Sinead Morrissey

Dead Poets Live: Stevie Smith with Glenda Jackson
24th September 2017, 7pm

Further Dead Poets Live events
28th October 2017, 7.30pm
29th October 2017, 7pm