When you visit Bath a visit to a Bath theatre is a must. The Theatre Royal is perhaps the best known theatre in Bath, but it’s by no means the only theatre. The Mission Theatre is a grade II listed converted Congregational hall just off from Corn Street which specialises in hosting festival events, and welcoming touring small-scale professional drama companies to its stage. A little further afield is The Rondo Theatre in Larkhall in Bath is great if you like intimate venues with varied programmes. Every year around 80 different companies visit the Rondo bringing with them a huge range of music, theatre and different performance experiences.
Those are the big three, but there are also two university theatres and plenty of performance spaces in Bath that aren’t official theatres. With so many theatre hubs in the city there’s always something wonderful to see, and so, with this in mind, here are some of our top upcoming off-Theatre Royal (Bath’s version of Broadway) performances to see.
On at the Rondo from Wednesday October 5th until Saturday October 8th is Bath Drama’s production of Willy Russell’s comedy Stags and Hens. Dave and Linda have unfortunately chosen the same trashy 70s disco for their Stag and Hen parties. To make things worse (or better depending on your point of view) Linda’s ex, Peter, then arrives and offers to whisk her away. This one will be full of laughs and lots of 70s music.
One of our not-to-be-missed picks this month is for the Degrees of Error’s Murder, She Didn’t Write, which will be on at the Mission Theatre from Thursday October 13th until Saturday October 15th. Described as “unrestrained bursts of joy”, Murder, She Didn’t Write asks one lucky member of the audience to choose the murderer and the victim, then what follows is an unscripted, never-before seen murder mystery. Fans of crime fiction will definitely appreciate the irreverent satire. The show was a big hit at the Edinburgh Fringe and sold out in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and we’re certainly looking forward to seeing it.
A final mention for upcoming theatrical gems has to go to a refreshingly different production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Bath Function Rooms (just above Green Park Station) will be welcoming the Pop-Up Opera company on the 6th of October for a one-night only performance of fast-paced comical farce. The performance will have the wonderful original Italian score (with English subtitles) sung by top sopranos, but by the looks of it it’s not going to be your typical straight laced opera…
More information and details of tickets for Stags and Hens can be found here: http://rondotheatre.co.uk/event/stags-and-hens/
More information and tickets for Murder, She Didn’t Write are here: http://www.missiontheatre.co.uk/whats-on/2016/10/13/murder-she-didnt-write
Details and tickets for The Barber of Seville are here: http://popupopera.co.uk/.
This month is definitely one for going to the theatre.