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Stars are out to illuminate new season at Royal

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

  • There's a celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in New Jersey Nights, while Felicity Kendal and director Lindsay Posner are reunited after success with Relatively Speaking in Noël Coward's Hay Fever, and Clare Higgins stars in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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Comedy – classic and brand new – a Jacobean tragedy, musicals ranging from operetta to a West End hit and a unique anniversary production are all part of the new season announced by the Theatre Royal Bath

This year's summer season has been announced, opening with one of the greatest of all American plays.

Adrian Noble will direct Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Clare Higgins, the winner of three Olivier Awards, and Tim Pigott-Smith, a great favourite with Bath audiences.

David Grindley then directs Alan Bennett's brilliantly entertaining Kafka's Dick, in which the long-dead author Franz Kafka and his friend turn up at the house of an insurance man in Leeds.

After huge success in Bennett's Enjoy in 2010, Alison Steadman returns to star in Emile Zola's passionate drama, Therese Raquin, directed by Jonathan Munby.

The great comic talents of Felicity Kendal and director Lindsay Posner are reunited after their West End success with Relatively Speaking, to mount a new production of Noël Coward's Hay Fever.

But the first new show of the season promises to be one of the theatrical highlights of 2014.

Alan Ayckbourn's Things We Do For Love stars actress and international pop sensation Natalie Imbruglia, making her UK drama debut, with the award-winning Claire Price, who starred in Fifty Words in the 2013 American Season in Bath. It also features Edward Bennett, whose many previous visits to Bath include the Peter Hall Season productions of Habeas Corpus and Pygmalion, and Simon Gregor, who played the Fool in King Lear in Bath last summer. The production is directed by Laurence Boswell, artistic director of the Ustinov Studio.

The Carl Rosa Opera Company, with its illustrious history and traditional productions of the work of Gilbert and Sullivan, is a great favourite with Bath audiences. The company returns with HMS Pinafore.

Theatr Clwyd's anniversary production of Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood received a five-star review in a recent edition of The Guardian.

Last of the Duty Free brings stars from one of the UK's best-loved sitcoms back together live on stage.

Eric Chappell, co-author of the original television series in the 1980s has written a hilarious further instalment, which reunites Keith Barron, Gwen Taylor and Neil Stacy and also stars Carol Royle.

New Jersey Nights has been one of the most successful touring productions of all time. It now visits Bath with its spectacular celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, one of the biggest-selling groups in pop history and features an award-winning cast of singers, dancers and an on-stage band.

After huge success at the Edinburgh Festival and in the West End, the Mischief Theatre Production of The Play That Goes Wrong now tours for the first time.

This brilliant new laugh-out-loud comedy is about a Polytechnic Drama Society's attempt to stage a 1920s murder mystery – but everything that can possibly go wrong… does.

Playing that week during the daytime is We're Going on a Bear Hunt, adapted from the picture book by Michael Rosen, which is illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. This show, for ages three plus, comes to the Theatre Royal's main house direct from a West End season and an international tour.

Cheek by Jowl is one of the UK's most acclaimed companies with an international reputation for presentations of classic works. Directed and designed by company founders Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore is a vivid Jacobean tragedy by John Ford about a brother and sister's descent into hell. The production contains nudity and graphic violence.

Thriller Live, is now in its record-breaking sixth year in the West End. Featuring over two-hours of hits from Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five, this spectacular concert celebrates the career of the world's greatest entertainer.

For full details and further information, including times and prices, visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk

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