A host of much loved ac­tors, award-win­ning plays and come­dies, favourite mu­si­cals and adap­ta­tions of clas­sic nov­els are on their way to Bath this spring…

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Much-loved ac­tors vis­it­ing Bath in­clude Kather­ine Parkin­son (The IT Crowd, Hu­mans, Doc Martin) who reprises her hugely ac­claimed per­for­mance in HOME, I’M DAR­LING, a new play by Laura Wade (Posh) about one woman’s quest to be­come the per­fect 1950s house­wife, which is di­rect from the West End and a sold out run at the Na­tional The­atre. Also di­rect from the West End, Sam Yates di­rects Mark Benton (Early Doors, North­ern Lights, Water­loo Road) and Nigel Har­man (Easten­ders, Olivier Award for Shrek, the Mu­si­cal) in GLEN­GARRY GLEN ROSS. David Mamet’s ground-break­ing mod­ern clas­sic is set in the cut­throat world of Chicago sales­men where four in­creas­ingly des­per­ate em­ploy­ees are do­ing any­thing they can to avoid be­ing fired. Open­ing in Bath, prior to the West End, Si­mon Cal­low (Amadeus, Four Wed­dings and a Fu­neral) and Jane Asher (The Mis­tress, Holby City, Eve) star in A SONG AT TWI­LIGHT, Noël Cow­ard’s bit­ter­sweet story of se­crets and missed op­por­tu­ni­ties in which Cow­ard him­self made his fi­nal West End per­for­mance. Caro­line Lan­gr­ishe (Love­joy, Judge John Deed) and Aden Gil­lett (The House of Eliott) star in CARO­LINE’S KITCHEN, which ex­plores life be­hind the cam­era for the na­tion’s favourite TV cook. Di­rect from a hit Lon­don run, this sear­ing com­edy also stars Jas­myn Banks (Al­ice Bran­ning in Easten­ders) and James Sut­ton (Em­merdale, Hol­lyoaks). Award-win­ning come­dies in the sea­son in­clude Marie Jones’s STONES IN HIS POCK­ETS, about the mak­ing of a his­tor­i­cal block­buster in ru­ral Ire­land, as seen through the eyes of two lo­cal ex­tras. Lind­say Pos­ner di­rects this hys­ter­i­cally funny and in­ven­tive show, which won both Olivier and Evening Stan­dard Awards for Best New Com­edy and is pro­duced by The­atre Royal Bath Pro­duc­tions. THE COM­EDY ABOUT A BANK ROB­BERY is the breath­tak­ingly funny lat­est hit from Mis­chief The­atre, the team be­hind The Play That Goes Wrong. This smash-and-grab com­edy, en­joy­ing its third year in the West End, vis­its Bath as part of its first tour. Tom Stop­pard re­ceived a life­time achieve­ment in lit­er­a­ture award last year, now there’s the chance to see one of his fun­ni­est plays, ROUGH CROSS­ING set on­board an ocean liner and ac­com­pa­nied by songs com­posed by An­dré Previn. Rachel Ka­vanaugh di­rects this new pro­duc­tion which stars Char­lie Stemp (Half A Six­pence in the West End and Hello Dolly on Broad­way), Fas­ci­nat­ing Aida’s Issy Van Rand­wyck, Matthew Cot­tle (Game On, The Wind­sors), Si­mon Dut­ton (Not Go­ing Out) and Holby City‘s Rob Ostlere. For those who love a good mys­tery, Ian Rankin’s Re­bus nov­els have long-dom­i­nated the de­tec­tive fic­tion mar­ket. Now the leg­endary In­spec­tor ap­pears in RE­BUS: LONG SHAD­OWS which has been writ­ten ex­clu­sively for the stage and stars Ron Donachie who plays DI John Re­bus on Ra­dio 4 (and is Ser Rod­er­ick Cas­sel in Game of Thrones), Cathy Tyson (Mona Lisa, Band of Gold) and John Stahl (Richard Karstark in Game of Thrones). Paula Hawkins’s in­ter­na­tional hit novel, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, has sold over twenty mil­lion copies world­wide. This new stage adap­ta­tion stars Saman­tha Wo­mack (Ron­nie Mitchell in Easten­ders, Mount Pleas­ant, Game On) and Oliver Farn­worth (Hol­lyoaks, Coro­na­tion Street), and is di­rected by An­thony Banks. The clas­sic thriller THE LADY VAN­ISHES, based on the Al­fred Hitch­cock film, fea­tures an all star cast in­clud­ing Juliet Mills (Wild at Heart, Pas­sions) and Maxwell Caulfield (Dy­nasty, The Col­bys), Lorna Fitzger­ald (Abi Bran­ning in Easten­ders), Matt Bar­ber (At­ti­cus Aldridge in Down­ton Abbey), Robert Dun­can (Gus Hedges in Drop the Dead Don­key), Philip Lowrie (Den­nis Tan­ner in Coro­na­tion Street) and Ben Nealon (Soldier, Soldier). Also in­spired by a film, in this case the Os­car win­ning RAIN MAN, Mathew Horne (Gavin and Stacey) and Chris Foun­tain (Best Ac­tor in the 2008 British Soap Awards for play­ing Justin Bur­ton in Hol­lyoaks) star in the touch­ing and funny story of sales­man Char­lie Bab­bitt and his older brother Ray­mond, an autis­tic sa­vant with an amaz­ing mem­ory and a ge­nius for num­bers. Mark­ing the 25th an­niver­sary of Louis de Bernières’s best-sell­ing novel about love on the Greek Is­land of Cephalo­nia dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, Rona Munro has adapted CAP­TAIN CORELLI’S MAN­DOLIN in a new pro­duc­tion di­rected by Olivier and Tony Award

nom­i­nated Melly Still. The ac­claimed English Tour­ing The­atre, cel­e­brat­ing its 25th an­niver­sary, has joined with the leg­endary The­atre Royal Strat­ford East to present an un­doubted 20th cen­tury mas­ter­piece, Peter Shaf­fer’s EQUUS, in­spired by a true story of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween a teenage boy who has com­mit­ted a dev­as­tat­ing crime, and his psy­chi­a­trist. The sea­son in­cludes thrilling con­tem­po­rary dance from Richard Al­ston Dance Com­pany, pre­sent­ing the chore­og­ra­pher’s lat­est work, Brahms Hun­gar­ian, Proverb and Mid Cen­tury Mod­ern, a jour­ney through each decade of Al­ston’s ca­reer and De­tour, a new piece by Martin Lawrance. The com­pany vis­its Bath as part of their penul­ti­mate tour. One of the world’s most renowned com­pa­nies, Moscow City Ballet, re­turns to Bath with THE NUTCRACKER, one of the best-loved of all bal­lets in the clas­si­cal reper­toire, with mu­sic by Tchaikovsky. ‘Still the sex­i­est and fun­ni­est show in town,’ Richard O’brien’s THE ROCKY HOR­ROR SHOW, stars Strictly Come Danc­ing’s 2016 win­ner, Joanne Clifton and Ben Adams from the BRIT Award-win­ning boy band a1 as Brad and Janet, and Philip Franks (The Dar­ling Buds of May), as The Nar­ra­tor. Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do, Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­color Dream­coat), Mica Paris (Love Me Ten­der, Chicago) and Jorgie Porter (Hol­lyoaks, Danc­ing on Ice) star in the 30th an­niver­sary tour of FAME THE MU­SI­CAL, fea­tur­ing the Os­car-win­ning ti­tle song and a cast of out­stand­ing dancers, singers and mu­si­cians. Bath Op­er­atic and Dra­matic So­ci­ety make their an­nual visit to the The­atre Royal with FID­DLER ON THE ROOF, one of the best loved of all stage mu­si­cals. If you would like to join in with the singing, SING-A-LONG-A THE GREAT­EST SHOW­MAN, is a screen­ing of the Hugh Jack­man film with a live host and plenty of au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Right, Joanne Clifton and Ben Adams star in The Rocky Hor­ror Show

Saman­tha Wo­mack stars in the in­ter­na­tional hit thriller The Girl on the Train

Stones In His Pock­ets

Sing along with the film at Sing-a-long-a The Great­est Show­man

Caro­line Lan­gr­ishe and Aden Gil­lett star in Caro­line’s Kitchen

Mark Benton and Nigel Har­man star in Glen­garry Glen Ross

Richard Al­ston Dance Com­pany

Cathy Tyson stars in Ian Rankin’s Re­bus: Long Shad­ows

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