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Bath Theatre Royal – Summer Season

THEATRE ROYAL BATH ANNOUNCES

JONATHAN CHURCH’S INAUGURAL

SUMMER SEASON 2017

Olivier award-winner David Haig will star in David Hare’s Racing Demons from 21 June to 8 July, directed by Jonathan Church

BAFTA winner Edward Fox will star in Hugh Whitemore’s Sand in the Sandwiches from 11 to 15 July, directed by Gareth Armstrong

UK premiere of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest from 21 July to 12 August, directed by Simon Phillips

Oliver award winner Henry Goodman stars in the world premiere of Alan Franks’ Looking at Lucian from 3 August to 2 September at the Ustinov Studio, directed by Tom Attenborough

Alan Bennett’s classic play The Lady in the Van from 16 August to 2 September, directed by Jonathan Church

 

PRIORITY BOOKING OPENS

SATURDAY 11 MARCH AT 10AM

with general on-sale on Monday 27 March at 10am

 

Jonathan Church succeeds Peter Hall as Artistic Director, who established the Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season in 2003 with his company’s annual residencies. Church was previously Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, overseeing over 100 productions including Taken at Midnight, ENRON, Macbeth with Sir Patrick Stewart, Sweeney Todd and Gypsy. Following his departure from Chichester Festival Theatre, Jonathan Church set up his own independent production company, which he will continue to lead alongside his new position at Theatre Royal Bath. Church said:

‘Having regularly seen the work at Theatre Royal Bath under Peter Hall’s directorship, I’m extremely proud to be the new Director of Bath’s summer seasons and hope to continue Peter’s tradition of bringing great artists to Bath and to balance the familiar with the new. A summer season for me always needs an element of festival and celebration about it and I hope that with this programme of work we are celebrating a number of iconic storytellers – David Hare, Alan Bennett, Hugh Whitemore and Alfred Hitchcock, alongside a group of extraordinary actors.’

 

RACING DEMONS
Wednesday 21 June – Saturday 8 July

Jonathan Church will direct Olivier Award-winner David Haig as Lionel Espy in David Hare’s multi-award winning play Racing Demons, which tackles the role of the clergy and the church’s role in modern Britain. Further casting will be announced in due course.

David Haig has previously performed at Theatre Royal Bath in The Madness of George III and King Lear. Other recent theatre credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (Old Vic), Blue/Orange (Young Vic), Guys & Dolls (Savoy Theatre) and Our Country’s Good (Royal Court), for which he won the Olivier Award. Notable film and television credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Witness for the Prosecution, The Thick of It and Mo.

David Hare is one of the UK’s foremost playwrights and screenwriters with plays including The Judas Kiss, Skylight, Amy’s View and Plenty. He received Academy Award nominations for his adaptations of The Hours and The Reader.

 

SAND IN THE SANDWICHES
Tuesday 11 July – Saturday 15 July

Following an acclaimed sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, triple BAFTA winner Edward Fox will return to Bath in the celebrated one-man play exploring the life and work of poet John Betjeman. Written by Hugh Whitemore and directed by Gareth Armstrong, Sand in the Sandwiches celebrates a man famous not only for light verse and laughter, but for his passions, his sense of purpose and his unforgettable poetry.

Edward Fox’s distinguished career counts iconic British films including the Oscar winning Ghandi, The Day of the Jackal, A Bridge Too Far, Oh! What a Lovely War, The Dresser, The Go-Between and James Bond’s Never Say Never Again. His stage credits include: The Audience, Four Quartets, Hamlet, An Evening with Anthony Trollope and Letter of Resignation.

Hugh Whitemore, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is an award-winning writer whose work spans stage and screen. Theatre credits include As You Desire Me, Stevie, Pack of Lies and The Best of Friends. Films credits include Jane Eyre (1996) and 84 Charing Cross Road. With over 70 television credits, Whitemore has written for broadcasters in both the UK and USA, winning two Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards and two Emmy Awards.

Gareth Armstrong specialises in solo performance and has helped to create a dozen such theatre pieces, including Hugh Whitemore’s My Darling Clemmie and his own dramatisation of Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis, called Wilde Without the Boy.

 

NORTH BY NORTHWEST
Friday 21 July – Saturday 12 August

Following its world premiere in Melbourne, Alfred Hitchcock’s supreme comedy of suspense North by Northwest will receive its UK premiere at Theatre Royal Bath in a new stage adaptation of Hitchcock’s film by Carolyn Burns, directed by Simon Phillips.

Carolyn Burns’ latest work includes the stage adaptation of Australian novel Ladies in Black and Good People which was performed at the International Playwriting Festival in South London.

Simon Phillips is a New Zealand-Australian director and former Artistic Director of Melbourne Theatre Company. Previous theatre credits include Priscilla Queen of the Desert on Broadway and Love Never Dies in Melbourne.

Casting will be announced in due course.

 

LOOKING AT LUCIAN
Thursday 3 August – Saturday 2 September

Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio will stage the World Premiere of mesmerising fly-on-the-wall drama Looking at Lucian by Alan Franks, directed by Tom Attenborough. Olivier Award winner Henry Goodman will star as Lucian Freud, widely regarded to be the greatest living portrait painter of our time, as he works in his Kensington Studio, painting a portrait across the course of ten months.

Henry Goodman’s extensive career includes seasons with the RSC and National Theatre. His awards include both the Olivier Award and Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actor for Trevor Nunn’s The Merchant of Venice and the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for Assassins. Other acclaimed performances include Hysteria in which he played Lucian Freud’s grandfather, Sigmund Freud, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, Broken Glass and Jonathan Church’s production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

Alan Franks was a feature writer and columnist for The Times for 30 years, interviewing numerous international stars from the world of music, theatre and literature. Franks’ playwriting credits include The Mother Tongue, The Edge of the Land and A World Elsewhere.

Tom Attenborough is the Artistic Director of Rhapsody of Words Productions, Associate Director of the Watermill Theatre and Artistic Associate of HighTide Festival Theatre. Attenborough’s directing credits include Burbage’s Farewell (Minerva Theatre Chichester), Twelfth Night, Bell Book & Candle (US & UK Tour), Untold Stories (Watermill) and The 24 Hour Plays (The Old Vic).

 

THE LADY IN THE VAN
Wednesday 16 August – Saturday 2 September

Jonathan Church will direct the closing production of the 2017 Summer Season, Alan Bennett’s classic play The Lady in the Van. Casting will be announced in due course.

Originally a memoir, a radio series, and recently a film, The Lady in the Van is the touching, uplifting and wonderfully funny story of Miss Mary Shepherd, a homeless woman, who temporarily moved her clapped out Bedford van into Alan Bennett’s front garden at Gloucester Crescent, Camden. She remained parked there for the next 15 years.

Alan Bennett’s extensive credits include Single Spies, Talking Heads, The Madness of King George, The History Boys and Enjoy.

 


Listings

 

Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

Box Office:

 

01225 448844

www.theatreroyal.org.uk

 

Main House

Racing Demons
By David Hare
Directed by Jonathan Church
Dates: Wednesday 21 June – Saturday 8 July

Performance schedule: Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm; Matinees Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm (No Matinee 22 June)
Prices: £19.50 – £35.50 (Previews: £15 – £25)

 

Sand in the Sandwiches
By Hugh Whitemore
Directed by Gareth Armstrong
Dates: Tuesday 11 July – Saturday 15 July
Performance schedule: Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30pm; Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm
Prices: £19.50 – £35.50

North by Northwest
Adapted for the stage from Alfred Hitchcock’s film by Carolyn Burns
Directed by Simon Phillips
Dates: Friday 21 July – Saturday 12 August

Performance schedule: Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm; Matinees Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm
Prices: £21.50 – £37.50 (Previews: £15 – £25)

The Lady in the Van
By Alan Bennett
Directed by Jonathan Church
Dates: Wednesday 16 August – Saturday 2 September

Performance schedule: Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm; Matinees Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm (No matinee 17 August)
Prices: £19.50 – £35.50 (Previews: £15 – £25)

 

Ustinov Studio

Looking at Lucian
By Alan Franks
Directed by Tom Attenborough
Designed by Carla Goodman
Dates: Thursday 3 August – Saturday 2 September
Press Night: Thursday 10 August, 7pm
Performance schedule: Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm; Matinees Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm (No matinees 3 or 10 August)
Prices: £24.50 / £17.50 concessions (Previews: £15)

 

 

 


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Sand in the Sandwiches

Jonathan Church, Oliver Mackwood & Oxford Playhouse present

 

EDWARD FOX RETURNS TO THE WEST END IN SAND IN THE SANDWICHES, A PLAY CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND WORK OF FORMER POET LAUREATE, JOHN BETJEMAN WRITTEN BY HUGH WHITEMORE, THE PRODUCTION WILL PLAY MAY 30th – JUNE 3rd AT THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET BEFORE CONTINUING ON A UK TOUR TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE VIA

WWW.SANDINTHESANDWICHES.COM

Fresh from a sell-out 2016 UK Tour, Edward Fox is to return to the West End in the celebrated one-man play exploring the life and work of John Betjeman, Sand in the Sandwiches, for a strictly limited London run. A journey through memory and verse, the play collates the work of the twentieth century’s most treasured poet. Written by Hugh Whitemore and directed by Gareth Armstrong, it will visit Northampton before its London premiere at Theatre Royal Haymarket between May 30th and June 3rd 2017, followed by an extended UK tour visiting Cambridge, Malvern, Woking, Brighton and Bath.

Edward Fox said

“It is lovely to be returning to one of the great theatres of the world and to the role of John Betjeman, even now at the age of 80. All of us involved are working to magnify the voice of one of the greatest minds in England. Betjeman once said that ‘poetry is life’, and I agree. You can’t live without it.”

John Betjeman was the nation’s favourite poet. Sand in the Sandwiches celebrates a man famous not only for light verse and laughter, but for his passions, his sense of purpose and his unforgettable poetry. Through boyhood, his adolescence, to life as Britain’s Poet Laureate, Sand in the Sandwiches presents a hugely entertaining insight into the world of this much-loved irreverent writer. Triple BAFTA winner Edward Fox (OBE) stars in this new one-man play, bringing Betjeman’s poetry and vivacious personality to life.

Edward Fox’s distinguished career counts iconic British films including the Oscar winning Ghandi, The Day of the Jackal, A Bridge Too Far, Oh! What a Lovely War, The Dresser, The Go-Between, A Doll’s House, Pride and Prejudice, Robin Hood, Nicholas Nickleby, Force 10 from Navarone and James Bond’s Never Say Never Again. His stage credits include: The Audience, Four Quartets, Hamlet, An Evening with Anthony Trollope, Letter of Resignation and many more. His film credits have won him three BAFTA Awards and in 2003 he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to stage and cinema.

Hugh Whitemore, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is an award-winning writer whose work spans stage and screen. Theatre credits include: As you Desire Me, Stevie, Pack of Lies (which won Judi Dench the Olivier Award for Best Female Actor), The Best of Friends, Breaking the Code, God Only Knows, Disposing of the Body, The Last Cigarette playing at acclaimed theatre across the UK and internationally. His films credits include: Jane Eyre (1996), 84 Charing Cross Road, Stevie, The Return of the Soldier, Bluebird, Man at the Top, and All Neat in Black Stockings. With over 70 television credits, Whitemore has written for broadcasters in both the UK and USA, winning two Writers Guild of Great Britain Awards and two Emmy Awards.

Director Gareth Armstrong specialises in solo performance and has helped to create a dozen such theatre pieces, including Hugh Whitemore’s My Darling Clemmie starring Rohan McCulloch as Winston Churchill’s wife, and his own dramatisation of Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis, called Wilde Without the Boy. As an Associate Artist at Salisbury Playhouse under the Directorship of Jonathan Church, he premiered his own one-man show, Shylock. The play toured for over a decade to more than forty countries and has been translated and performed in Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Hungarian and Mandarin Chinese. Armstrong also co-founded The Made in Wales Theatre Company to premiere new plays and was Artistic Director of Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre.

Sand in the Sandwiches will play at Theatre Royal Haymarket between Tuesday May 30th and Saturday June 3rd. This week is available at the theatre due to a pre-contractual, prior engagement, which means that Damian Lewis is unavailable to perform in Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? The producers took the decision to suspend the run of The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? for that week. The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? will recommence performances on 5th June.

Sand in the Sandwiches by Hugh Whitemore is directed by Gareth Armstrong with designs by BAFTA award-winning Fotini Dimou, lighting by double Olivier award-winning Howard Harrison and sound by Olivier award & Ivor Novello award nominated composer Simon Slater. Sand in the Sandwiches is produced by Jonathan Church, Oliver Mackwood Productions and Oxford Playhouse.


Listing

Sand in the Sandwiches

Tuesday 30 May – Saturday 3 June

Eves: 7.30pm, Mats: Thurs & Sat 2.30pm

Theatre Royal Haymarket,

Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

Box Office

020 7930 8800

Theatre Royal Online – Click Here

Tickets from £15 – On Sale Now

 


 

UK TOUR 2017

NORTHAMPTON Royal & Derngate
Thursday 25 – Saturday 27 May
Eves: 7.45pm, Mat: Thur & Sat 2.30pm
Box Office 01604 624811
www.royalandderngate.co.uk

 

CAMBRIDGE Arts Theatre
Tuesday 6 – Saturday 10 June
Eves: 7.30pm, Mats: Wed & Sat 2.30pm
Box Office 01223 503333
www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

 

MALVERN Theatres
Tuesday 13 – Thursday 15 June
Eves: 7.30pm, Mats: Thur 2.30pm
Box Office 01684 892 277
www.malvern-theatres.co.uk

 

WOKING New Victoria Theatre
Friday 16 – Saturday 17 June
Eves: 7.30pm, Mats: Sat 2.30pm
Box Office 0844 871 7645*
http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-victoria-theatre/
*Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge.

 

BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
Tuesday 27 June – Saturday 1 July
Eves: 7.45pm, Mats: Wed & Sat 2.30pm
Box Office 0844 871 7650*
www.atgtickets.com/brighton
*Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge.

 

BATH Theatre Royal
Tuesday 11 July – Saturday 15 July
Eves: Tue & Wed 7.30pm / Thur, Fri & Sat 8pm, Mats: Wed & Sat 2.30pm
Box Office 01225 448815
www.theatreroyal.org.uk

 

 

 

 

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