A top night out for anyone coming to Bath has to be taking in a show at Bath’s beautiful Theatre Royal...
With this is mind, and given as how the new season’s programme for the Theatre Royal has just been released, we thought we’d dedicate this week’s blog post to giving you a run-down of the shows that are sure to sell-out fast.
Driving Miss Daisy
Wednesday 6th September – Saturday 9th September
You might have seen it as a film, but it doesn’t compare to seeing it on the stage. This new production (with Dame Sian Phillips and RSC actor Derek Griffiths) bring such great levels of emotion and depth to the story of the life-altering friendship between 72-year-old widow Daisy Werten and her African American chauffeur Hoke Colburn in 1950s Atlanta.
The Real Thing
Monday 18th September – Saturday 30th September
This play shows off playwright Tom Stoppard’s writing at its dazzling, tender, and witty best. “A play that reminds you why you go to the theatre and why you fall in love. And why, sometimes, it is all worth the effort.” – The Spectator. Starring Laurence Fox, The Real Thing is a modern classic.
How The Other Half Loves
Monday 2nd October – Saturday 7th October
Only a short stay for this production, so if you’re a fan of Alan Ayckbourn’s plays this is one to book up fast. This tale of matrimonial mishaps was London’s funniest comedy of 2016, and follows Bob and Fiona who, while trying to cover up their affair, manage to trap William and Mary Featherstone in the middle of the confusion. This makes the two following dinner parties utter utter disasters (but very funny for all who are not involved).
A Judgement in Stone
Monday 20th November – Saturday 25th November
Agatha Christie’s novels always do incredibly well when performed as stage adaptations, so with this taste for classic thrillers in the theatre in mind Simon Brett and Anthony Lampard have taken Ruth Rendell’s hugely popular A Judgement in Stone, and adapted it for the stage. In brief; Eunice joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper, but before long the deeply-buried reason for her awkwardness, which has stopped her from fitting in for so many years, is revealed. With dire consequences.
Monday 12th February – Saturday 17th February
Back again following a sold-out run in Bath earlier this year, The Play That Goes Wrong won the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy; the 2015 Broadway World UK award for Best New Play; and is currently “causing chaos” on Broadway. The New York Times called it “a gut-busting hit”. Sometimes plays don’t deserve all the hype they garner. This one really really does. If you can get a ticket to see this amazing farce, do it!
So, to sum up; with so many fantastic plays coming up later this year, it’s surely time to book a stay with us at Dukes Hotel and partake of a weekend (or mid-week) theatre break… Yes?