A fantastic thing to do when you visit Bath is to visit Bath Theatre Royal, and this month it has some fantastic shows on offer.
The first performance is one not to be missed for any fans of comedy. Goodness knows that in the dark and cold days of January, and given some of the recent news headlines, we all need to relax and have a good laugh. The Play That Goes Wrong will be showing at Bath Theatre Royal from January 10th – January 15th and is “starring No one famous”. However, that doesn’t really matter as it’s won the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, the Broadway World UK award for Best New Play 2014, and Whatsonstage.com have named it the winner for Best New Comedy. It sees Fawlty Towers meeting Noises Off as the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society do their best to stage a 1920s murder mystery, but as the name suggests, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong.
“roused even a staid matinee audience to hysterics” – The Times
After The Play That Goes Wrong comes a wonderful stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Bath has strong links to the author as not only did Miss Austen live in the city from 1801 – 1806, but she also sets two of her novels partially in Bath and mentions Bath in all of her novels. This production from Regent’s Park Theatre sees Matthew Kelly and Felicity Montagu in the roles of Mr and Mrs Bennet and has been specifically recommended by Classic FM. It runs from January 17th – January 21st.
Next on at Bath Theatre Royal are two productions for ballet fans. Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet will be performing two of Tchaikovsky’s most famous ballets - first Swan Lake from January 23rd – January 25th, and then The Nutcracker from January 26th – January 28th. Under the direction of Marina Medvetskaya, Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet has won acclaim from critics around the world, and its soloist Natalia Romanova has been described as “breath-taking. Her dancing is fluid, mesmerising and technically astounding.”
Our final mention however is for a performance which is taking place in Bath Theatre Royal’s Ustinov Studio. Part performance-lecture, part deconstructed showbiz (and part astounding magic tricks), This is not a Magic Show sees award-winning magician Vincent Gambini presenting close-up magic in such a way that invites his audience to question how enchantment and wonder are produced. Fans of Derren Brown are sure to enjoy this one, and anyone who enjoys seeing what goes into performances behind the scenes as well. “This thoughtful, playful and multi-layered piece will make you question how we watch and what we see” – The Guardian.
If you’re looking to stay for a weekend and want a nice night out while you’re in Bath, or if you’d like to come specifically for a theatre break in Bath this year, then this is a great month to come. We’re certainly not going to be stuck for things to watch!