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Reviews for Theatre Royal


Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet, Th...

    For the last few years we’ve been lucky enough to see some superb ballet performances by the Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet company which has been a regular visitor to B...

28-01-2020




Peter Pan Theatre Royal Bath Review...

   Nothing could make the anticipation of Christmas greater than a trip to the pantomime. The Theatre Royal, Bath, have certainly upped their game this year with the production of Peter...

17-12-2018




Shakespeare In Love Theatre Royal B...

  Shakespeare in Love, based on the screenplay of the film by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, and adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, is all at once a comedy, a tragedy and a rollicking good st...

10-10-2018




God Of Carnage, Theatre Royal, Bath...

    Yasmina Reza’s sharp comedy God of Carnage illustrates the pitfalls of modern middle-class parenting where two disparate couples are locked in a battle over their respec...

11-09-2018




An Ideal Husband Theatre Royal Bath...

   To say the cast of An Ideal Husband is star studded is a bit of an understatement; two Foxes, Edward and Freddie, Susan Hampshire, Frances Barber, Nathaniel Parker and Sally Bretton ...

24-07-2018




Thoroughly Modern Millie Theatre Ro...

  Having seen and loved the original film starring Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore way back in 1967 and a few incarnations since, I must say this production of Thoroughly Modern Millie is...

30-05-2018




The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas Th...

   It’s the golden era of the 1950s, musical entertainment is big bands, classy crooners and glamorous performances and there was nowhere more glitzy than Vegas. If you had a tic...

24-05-2018




Sherlock Holmes The Final Curtain T...

   The Theatre Royal Bath proudly hosts the World Premier production of Sherlock Holmes : The Final Curtain starring the much-loved Robert Powell and Liza Goddard, always a great team a...

02-05-2018




Quartet Theatre Royal Bath Review 1...

  Quartet is a play about growing old gracefully (or disgracefully) and accepting your limitations. It revolves around four residents of a retirement home for theatricals, particularly singe...

17-04-2018




This House Review at the Theatre Ro...

  If there’s one thing that James Graham’s lively political drama, This House, confirms is that nothing changes. It’s set in the mid-70s when the General Election resulted...

21-03-2018




Blood Brothers, Theatre Royal, Bath...

  Blood Brothers, Willy Russell’s timeless musical with the powerful storyline, never runs out of steam. In this production, Lyn Paul returns in the role of Mrs Johnstone in which cap...

18-01-2018




Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs The...

   The house may be decked with boughs of holly, presents tucked under the tree and lights around the front door twinkle brightly, but Christmas has never begun until you’ve seen ...

13-12-2017




A Judgement In Stone, Theatre Royal...

  The acclaimed Classic Thriller Company couldn’t get a better thriller to perform than this one with more twists than a corkscrew, a fractured family, a creepy house-keeper and of cou...

22-11-2017




Ballet Rambert Ghost Dances Theatre...

  The Ballet Rambert, founded by Marie Rambert in 1926, is famous for its innovative and dynamic approach to dance and choreography. Their productions are always guaranteed to push the boun...

03-11-2017




The Best Man Theatre Royal Bath Rev...

  Gore Vidal’s controversial take on America’s elective process in the shape of his play, The Best Man, was written in the 60s but the mechanics of the political machinery remain...

13-10-2017




How The Other Half Loves, Theatre R...

   Alan Ayckbourn’s riotous comedy, How The Other Half Loves, is a stand-alone masterpiece of fun but put together with this star studded cast it gains an extra dimension of hilar...

03-10-2017




The Lady In The Van Theatre Royal B...

  Alan Bennett’s touching and at times very funny drama concerning an elderly and eccentric lady who lives in a van in the street outside his house, eventually moving into his garden, ...

24-08-2017




Racing Demon, Theatre Royal, Bath R...

  Sir David Hare’s thought provoking play, Racing Demon, written some twenty-five years ago focuses on four clergymen struggling with their inner-city London parishes, dwindling worsh...

28-06-2017




The Addams Family, Theatre Royal, B...

  The Addams Family, originally a cartoon by the eponymous Charles Addams, then a TV series, now the musical! The TV show, originally shown in the early 60s was revived in the 90s but my h...

14-06-2017




What The Butler Saw, Theatre Royal,...

  What the Butler Saw is the last play written by Joe Orton before his untimely death aged 34; sadly he never saw it performed which is a great pity as it is rather marvellous. Written in ...

31-03-2017




Aladdin, Theatre Royal, Bath Review...

  For us nothing starts off the festive season better than a visit to the panto, and there could be a no more glittering, colourful and entertaining start than this year’s production ...

12-12-2016




Relatively Speaking The Theatre Roy...

  Alan Ayckbourn’s wonderfully funny play, Relatively Speaking, set in the 1960s has certainly stood the test of time. No matter how many social changes have occurred down through so...

29-11-2016




The Rocky Horror Show Theatre Royal...

   Find those fishnet tights, squeeze into that spangled corset (and this is just the men) and get ready to be part of the wild party that is the audience when the Rocky Horror Show com...

15-11-2016




La Calisto, English Touring Opera, ...

  The English Touring Opera company do a magnificent job of bringing opera to a wider audience throughout the country, and gathering new converts to this sometimes neglected genre of musical...

26-10-2016




A Midsummer Night’S Dream, Theatre ...

  As befits the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Theatre Royal, Bath, has included one of his best-loved plays in their summer season. If you are a fan of Shakespeare, y...

12-08-2016




While The Sun Shines Theatre Royal ...

  If you want to laugh until you cry look no further than a visit to the Theatre Royal Bath, and the production of Terence Rattigan’s comedy While the Sun Shines. So rarely does the p...

21-07-2016




After Miss Julie Theatre Royal Bath...

 After Miss Julie is based on August Strindberg’s 1888 classic, Miss Julie, but brings the story forward in time from midsummer’s eve on the estate of a Count in Sweden to 1945 and t...

27-05-2016




Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Theat...

   Based on Truman Capote’s classic New York story of Holly Golightly, a goodtime girl with an enviable social life who eventually falls in love with her penniless neighbour, Brea...

18-05-2016




Brideshead Revisited Theatre Royal ...

Television viewers and theatregoers alike, it would seem we all can’t get enough of period dramas and classic stories from times gone by. Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited has be...

05-05-2016




Goodnight Mister Tom Theatre Royal ...

    Michelle Magorian’s emotive story of a young evacuee during the Second World War who is sent out into the English countryside from a harsh and poor environment in London is be...

27-04-2016




Rehearsal For Murder, Theatre Royal...

  Rehearsal for Murder, written by the prolific writers Richard Levinson and William Link, most famous for creating Murder She Wrote and the long running detective series, Columbo, have come...

30-03-2016




West Side Story Theatre Royal Bath ...

  Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society presents West Side StoryWhat a treat for us; BODS reprise the musical West Side Story performed as it should be with a full orchestra. This adds so muc...

23-03-2016




Alan Ayckbourn Confusions Theatre R...

  Alan Ayckbourn’s play Confusions is a very clever meld of five short plays set in the 70s (when it was written) and they are still deliciously hilarious today. The first revolves a...

17-02-2016




Let It Be - Theatre Royal Bath- Rev...

  Let it Be is billed as a celebration of the music of the Beatles but it turned out to be so much more! A historic trip down memory lane, aided by archive film footage of the 60’s a...

03-02-2016




Handbagged, Theatre Royal, Bath Rev...

  Handbagged, Moira Buffini’s play which takes a sardonic look at the imagined conversations between those two great ladies who had more than just handbags in common, the Queen and La...

03-12-2015




Before The Party Theatre Royal Bath...

  Rodney Ackland’s play Before the Party was based on a short story by W. Somerset Maugham and set in the late 1940s, when post-war rationing was still in force and people were beginn...

16-10-2015




1984 - Theatre Royal, Bath Review -...

   George Orwell’s novel 1984 could never be described as easy light reading describing a grim dystopian future for the world with the human race being reduced to nothing more than rob...

30-09-2015




Mrs Henderson Presents - Revew 25 A...

    Mrs Henderson Presents is based on the film of the same name telling the story of the eccentric and wealthy widow, Mrs Henderson, who in the autumn of her life on a whim bough...

28-08-2015




The Importance Of Being Earnest The...

  How marvellous it is when an old favourite which you know and love and has been dusted down, given a new slant and proves to even more entertaining than before! Adrian Noble has given us...

16-06-2015




Oklahoma Theatre Royal Bath Review ...

   Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma is still as much a breath of fresh air straight from the wide open spaces of the Territory as it was in 1943 when it was first premiered. G...

19-05-2015




The Absence Of War Review Theatre R...

  How topical to see David Hare’s play The Absence of War on almost the eve of the 2015 Election and it becomes clear the more the play progresses that the machinery that drives all p...

07-05-2015




A Mad World My Masters Theatre Roya...

  The English Touring Theatre presents the RSC’s production of Thomas Middleton’s Jacobean comedy updated to the sleazy streets of Soho in the 1950s and in the process none of i...

08-04-2015




Oh What A Lovely War Theatre Royal ...

  Back in 1963, Joan Littlewood conceived the satirical musical, Oh What a Lovely War, with her Theatre Workshop; charting the progress of the First World War with all its attendant horrors...

11-03-2015




Daphne Du Mauriers Rebecca Theatre ...

   This really is an amazing production of Rebecca, fleshing out the slightly grim story with lustily sung sea-shanties, live music, dancing, puppetry, and a very atmospheric set which ...

04-03-2015




Hairspray Theatre Royal Bath

     The Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society certainly know their way around a good musical and Hairspray is no exception. Based on the 1988 John Waters film, it’s a gre...

25-02-2015




Roundelay Theatre Royal Bath

   Alan Ayckbourn’s Roundelay is a collection of five short plays, all loosely connected (the same characters feature in some of them) and the order in which they are performed is...

03-02-2015




The Nutcracker Theatre Royal Bath

   A chance to see the touring Moscow City Ballet should never be missed and this production is part of their 25th anniversary tour, including performances of Swan Lake, Romeo and Julie...

30-01-2015




Calamity Jane Theatre Royal Bath

   The Deadwood stagecoach with its rootin’ tootin gunslingers aboard has ridden into town to cause mighty musical mayhem! Based on the story of two of the Wild West’s most...

20-01-2015




Saturday Night Fever Theatre Royal,...

   Saturday Night Fever; it’s all white flares, disco dancing and anodyne Bee Gees songs isn’t it?  Well, no actually, this intriguing production adapted by Robert Stig...

19-11-2014




Ballet Rambert Rooster Theatre Royal

   Ballet Rambert’s superbly inventive choreography coupled with the finest dancers and music never disappoints whatever the programme.  This programme has three pieces, Four...

31-10-2014




English Touring Opera Life On The M...

     Hurrah for the ETO bringing opera to us out in the sticks (well, outside the great metropolis of London), and airing a new production of Haydn’s comic opera, Life o...

28-10-2014




The Hypochondriac Theatre Royal Bath

     When it comes to scatological farce, with equal measures of ‘Carry On’ broad humour thrown in, it would appear that Moliére got there first in the 15th c...

15-10-2014




Jesus Christ Superstar Theatre Roya...

  Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s enduring 1970s musical Jesus Christ Superstar has lost none of its punch and still hammers home the message with its haunting melodies and sharp ly...

02-10-2014




Noel Cowards Hay Fever at the Theat...

   The dysfunctional Bliss family are revealed in all their glory (they were based on the actress Laurette Taylor and her playwright husband possessing the great name of Hartley Manners...

27-08-2014




Kafka’s Dick Theatre Royal Bath

  Alan Bennett’s much acclaimed play dealing with the life of Franz Kafka, the Prague-born author whose literary fame eventually led to his name becoming an adjective (Kafkaesque), is ...

11-07-2014




The Play That Goes Wrong - Theatre ...

   Well, so it’s the next morning after seeing this and I’m still tittering over breakfast, my ribs ache and to be honest I’d quite like to go back a second time to se...

04-06-2014




Last Of The Duty Free, Theatre Roya...

  Well, who’d have thought it, one of my favourite TV sitcoms being reprised almost thirty years later with the original cast no less! Written by the incomparable Eric Chappell (of Ri...

16-05-2014




The Witches Of Eastwick, Theatre Ro...

  The Witches of Eastwick is a musical based on the amusing and offbeat novel by John Updike, which was also made into a film of the same name starring Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer and ...

09-04-2014




Pygmalion, Theatre Royal Bath

 Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion is play with an underlying serious comment to make regarding social equality and the prospect of upward mobility in working class London at the turn of the 19th ce...

31-03-2014




Fallen Angels, Theatre Royal Bath

  With runaway bookings leading to a week’s extension to 1st March, Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels is proving a big success in Bath before it starts! Noel Coward fans looking for a...

18-02-2014




The Full Monty, Theatre Royal, Bath

  Prior to its West End debut, Simon Beaufoy’s The Full Monty took Bath by storm last night! Everybody remembers the film made in 1997 that catalogued the devastation of the steel an...

04-02-2014




Black Coffee, Theatre Royal, Bath

  Black Coffee, the first play written by Agatha Christie to give life to her most famous character, Hercule Poirot, has garnered the inestimable Robert Powell to play Poirot. If you thoug...

30-01-2014




Peter Pan Theatre Royal Bath

  Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without that irrepressible duo, Chris Harris and Jon Monie, giving us some good old fashioned festive fun with the panto of their choice! This time ...

16-12-2013




Save The Last Dance For Me Theatre ...

   Save the Last Dance for me, a delightful romp down memory lane through great music and an innocent story of teenagers in love in the early 60s; it bowls you along and carries you wi...

14-11-2013




Chin-Chin Theatre Royal Bath

  Chin-Chin, written by the rather aptly named French playwright Francois Billetdoux is set in 1950s Paris, a place for poets and lovers a café society with literary intentions as well...

05-11-2013




Our House, Theatre Royal, Bath

     Tim Firth’s musical Our House was inspired by the group Madness and it’s a good time to bring this out again as Madness are having a bit of a renaissance after the...

24-10-2013




Daytona, Theatre Royal, Bath

  Oliver Cotton’s new play Daytona turned an idea that came to him on Daytona Beach into a strong and thought-provoking play. It explores the essence of the one moment in time when a...

17-10-2013




The Private Ear The Public Eye, The...

  Peter Shaffer’s grainy play in two parts, The Private Ear The Public Eye, illustrates the mood and modus operandi of the 60s so well that it should be viewed in black and white! Fi...

17-09-2013




Dracula Theatre Royal Bath Storm On...

   Storm on the Lawn at Bath’s Prior Park College is the Theatre Royal’s annual theatre summer school both for aspiring young actors and actresses, and also those whose theatrica...

23-08-2013




A Little Hotel On The Side Theatre ...

   You are in for a rumbustious rib-tickling time with this high energy farce from the masters, Georges Feydeau and Maurice Désvalliéres. All the best ingredients are here, ...

21-08-2013




Candida at the Theatre Royal Bath

  Bernard Shaw’s romantic comedy written at the turn of the 19th century has been taken down and dusted off to give us an insight into the lives, loves and political aspirations of so...

08-07-2013




Relative Values, Theatre Royal, Ba...

  Noel Coward’s delicious comedy, Relative Values, set in the 1950s and cocking an irreverent snook at the foibles of the English class system has been revived by Trevor Nunn with a w...

14-06-2013




The Blues Brothers Theatre Royal Ba...

   What a show! Some twenty years on, The Blues Brothers deliver their unique brand of soulful blues, crazy comedy and rock’n’roll with more energy and enthusiasm than eve...

16-05-2013




Go Back For Murder, Agatha Christie...

  Everybody loves a good “who-dunnit” and Agatha Christie is the grand master of complex plots and teasing puzzles that keep you gripped right to the end. Her stories also have...

08-05-2013




Midnight Tango Theatre Royal Bath

  High excitement filled the Theatre Royal, Bath, for the performance of Midnight Tango, the show born out of Strictly Come Dancing and starring the beautiful Flavia Cacace and her twinkle-...

17-04-2013




Moscow City Ballet, Romeo and Julie...

  The Moscow City Ballet has been touring since last November with a programme of four ballets delighting audiences the length and breadth of the country. We chose to see Prokofiev’...

12-03-2013




The Mikado, Theatre Royal, Bath

  The Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society have a long history of performing Gilbert & Sullivan’s delightful comic opera, The Mikado, and this production must surely be one of the b...

08-03-2013




Surprises, Theatre Royal, Bath

  Alan Ayckbourn’s latest play Surprises is indeed a surprise in that he has left behind the cosy world of middle-aged suburbia and forged a trip into the future with time travel no p...

13-02-2013




Maurice’s Jubilee Theatre Roy...

  Nichola McAuliffe took a harrowing subject for her new play (it revolves around the final months of terminal cancer patient, Maurice) and turns it on its head by a terrific injection of b...

05-02-2013




The Mousetrap, Theatre Royal, Bath

   The Mousetrap, Theatre Royal, Bath Diamond Anniversary TourThe Mousetrap, probably Agatha Christie’s most famous play due to its astonishing longevity, has finally left London after...

22-01-2013




Quartermaine’s Terms, Theatre...

   Simon Gray’s play first seen in 1981 but set in the 60’s takes place in the staff room of a Cambridge language school for foreign students. The plot revolves around sev...

15-01-2013




Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

  The inimitable Chris Harris, Mr Pantomime himself, serves up a large slice of Christmas fun and magic with his production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, directing and also playing Nu...

17-12-2012




Heidi - A Goat’s Tale

  The Egg is the cutest little theatre designed with children in mind and during it’s construction children’s ideas were taken and actually used in the final plan; the mirrored ceiling in t...

11-12-2012




The Woman In Black, Theatre Royal B...

    Susan Hill wrote the novel and the late Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of it brought the most spine chilling and eerie tale off the page and onto the stage. There are all the...

06-12-2012




Beauty And The Beast, Northern Ball...

    After a lifelong love affair with the ballet I’ve seen quite a few productions of Beauty and the Beast down through the years and in my opinion this one is the absolute b...

28-11-2012




Charley’s Aunt, Theatre Royal...

     This sparkling production is a real all round treat with a superb cast, opulent set, great costumes and above all it’s a laugh a minute.  Brandon Thomas’...

13-11-2012




The Ladykillers, Theatre Royal, Bath

  Based on the original 1955 Ealing comedy Graham Linehan’s The Ladykillers tells the tale of five bungling petty criminals plotting a major robbery whilst holed up in the chintzy back...

10-10-2012




Rough Justice, Theatre Royal, Bath

    Rough Justice, Terence Frisby’s play aimed at highlighting the inadequacies of the judicial system and the games that are played out in Court with truths buried beneath a Barri...

11-09-2012




Hysteria, Theatre Royal, Bath

   Terry Johnson is a master of the darkly funny and his play Hysteria is on the cusp of farce, slapstick and the deeply disturbing recesses of the mind. Revolving around an imagined me...

31-07-2012




School For Scandal, Theatre Royal B...

   Sheridan’s gloriously witty and acerbic poke at the louche behaviour of London’s elite society in the 18th century, School for Scandal, has been nowhere better presented than here. ...

11-07-2012




Dancing In The Streets, Theatre Roy...

  Packed with high energy performance, glitzy costumes, great music and an amusing MC to drive the show along, who wouldn’t want a ticket to this? The greatest hits from the iconic Tamla Mo...

19-06-2012




Educating Rita, Theatre Royal, Bath

   Willy Russell’s play Educating Rita was loosely based on his own endeavours as a young man to get into higher education and pursue his dream of becoming a writer, at the time q...

06-06-2012




Barefoot In The Park, Theatre Royal...

   Neil Simon’s romantic comedy Barefoot in the Park is a walk in the park, barefoot or not, and its light and funny dramatisation of a young couple’s first week of the reality of marri...

17-04-2012




Funny Peculiar, Theatre Royal, Bath

  The late Mike Stott’s Funny Peculiar was written in 1973, originally far too shocking for the British stage it had its premier in Germany before taking a couple of years to find a British ...

14-03-2012




Neighbourhood Watch, Theatre Royal,...

  The evergreen Alan Ayckbourn’s 75th play, written at the age of 72, turns out to be much prescient of the dark undertones of life in Britain today, coming as it does after riots, recession...

14-02-2012




Avenue Q, Theatre Royal Bath

 Avenue Q, the colourful and quirky musical with its mixture of expert puppetry, singing, dancing and a schmaltzy storyline for good measure, is back in town and we enjoyed it so much the first t...

07-02-2012




Calendar Girls, Theatre Royal, Bath

   The farewell tour of Calendar Girls, who could miss it!? Of course we knew it was based on the true story of a Yorkshire branch of the WI who turned their talents away from jam maki...

07-02-2012




Murder On The Nile, Theatre Royal, ...

   Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile is a colourful whodunit in the best tradition set on a river steamer on the Nile. All your favourite characters are there, the crusty old ...

25-01-2012




Seasons Greetings, Theatre Royal, B...

   What better start to the festive season than a weekend with good friends making the most of a day out in Bath in the crisp winter sunshine, browsing the charming Christmas Market sta...

07-12-2011




All The Fun Of The Fair, Theatre Ro...

  Set in the 1970s All the Fun of the Fair is just what the title says a ride on the roller-coaster of fairground life played out to a background of the songs of David Essex, with him in the...

22-11-2011




Moscow City Ballet Swan Lake Theatr...

   A night at the ballet is so different from any other theatre experience somehow it has more of a buzz about it, more of a frisson that you are going to witness something very special...

18-11-2011




Basket Case, Theatre Royal, Bath

Nick Fisher’s first foray into stage plays, Basket Case, appropriately enough centres on the occupant of the said basket, Toby, an elderly family dog belonging to the sometime divorced couple Guy and ...

03-11-2011




Grief, A New Play By Mike Leigh, Th...

My love affair with Mike Leigh’s works began with the Grown Ups, made for the BBC Playhouse and shown in 1980 when I was reasonably newly married and after a "first row" descended into stony sil...

31-10-2011




An Inspector Calls, Theatre Royal, ...

Stephen Daldry’s hugely successful revival of J B Priestley’s play, An Inspector Calls has won more awards than you can shake a stick at since it’s first showing in 1992. It’s both a detective story ...

05-10-2011




Earthquakes In London, Theatre Roya...

Mike Bartlett’s epic play delivers its message on political and corporate greed and the overall and far reaching effects this has on the world in a fast and frenetic stream of interconnected events. ...

28-09-2011




Three Days In May, Theatre Royal Ba...

Ben Brown’s play covers three days in May 1940, Britain is under siege from Nazi Germany, France on the edge of surrender and the war cabinet is locked in battle to make the right decision, sue for pe...

16-09-2011




The Madness Of George Iii, Theatre ...

Alan Bennett’s play The Madness of George III gives a fascinating insight into the life of the King and the political unrest, greed and intrigue during his reign exacerbated by his incapacitation. Ev...

24-08-2011




The Reluctant Debutante, Theatre Ro...

This revival of William Douglas-Hume’s "drawing room comedy" The Reluctant Debutante has much to recommend it and though it may be fashionable to take a swipe at such plays for their portrayal of a ti...

05-04-2011




Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell, Theatre ...

Jeffrey Bernard was probably more famous for being a witty and eccentric drunk than his journalistic career which, like the rest of his life, seemed to happen to him rather by accident than design! H...

25-03-2011




Corrie!, Theatre Royal, Bath

Even if you are not a committed fan of Coronation Street, possibly the longest running soap of all, you can’t fail to enjoy this theatre production of its 50 year history since the first episode was b...

16-03-2011




Yes, Prime Minister, Theatre Royal,...

I can only begin by saying this is an excellent production, all the cast are superb, and the play in my view is funnier, sharper and rides closer to the edge than its predecessor the TV series.  ...

02-03-2011




Life Of Riley, Theatre Royal, Bath

Alan Ayckbourn is the master of understated comedy with a tinge of pathos and in this case the eponymous Mr Riley is a character who never takes to the stage and has just been diagnosed with a termina...

17-02-2011




Avenue Q, Theatre Royal Bath

Avenue Q, the music and lyrics of which were written by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, began its life on Broadway in 2003 and made the trip across the Atlantic in 2006 with a few dialogue amendments to a...

04-02-2011




Aladdin, Theatre Royal, Bath

Stamping the snow off our boots and walking into the foyer of the Theatre Royal, Bath, which was dominated by a large and beautifully dressed Christmas tree, we both agreed that what could be a better...

20-12-2010




Aladdin, Theatre Royal, Bath

Stamping the snow off our boots and walking into the foyer of the Theatre Royal, Bath, which was dominated by a large and beautifully dressed Christmas tree, we both agreed that what could be a better...

20-12-2010




Spamalot : Theatre Royal Bath

 Spamalot is the musical spawned by the Month Phython and the Holy Grail film of 1975, a pastiche of all things Arthurian, resurrected principally by Eric Idle and turned into a musical opening o...

17-11-2010




The Duenna, Theatre Royal

Richard Sheridan’s comic opera written with the musical collaboration of his father-in-law Thomas Linley, and Linley’s son Tom was a great success in the mid 18th century being a light-hearted story o...

20-10-2010




Thriller, Theatre Royal Bath

A tribute to Michael Jackson’s lifetime contribution to pop music and his sometimes outrageous and eccentric style, Gary Lloyd has put together a wonderful show based on the biggest selling album of a...

12-10-2010




Carrie’s War, Theatre Royal Bath

Carrie’s War is an adaptation of Nina Bawden’s book a poignant and sensitive story of children evacuated to the country, in this case a mining town in Wales, during the Second World War. It’s partly ...

29-09-2010




The Country Girl : Theatre Royal Ba...

Clifford Odets’s play The Country Girl is the second production to take place at the newly and gloriously refurbished Theatre Royal in Bath, playing to a packed house drawn in by two well known and re...

21-09-2010




Dreamboats And Petticoats : Theatre...

Dreamboats and Petticoats is a high energy musical, a walk down memory lane for some with plenty of great tunes from the late 50s and early 60s that you can sing along to, coupled with a surprisingly ...

29-06-2010




The Woman In Black, Theatre Royal B...

Susan Hill wrote the novel and the late Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of it brought the most spine chilling and eerie tale off the page and onto the stage. There are all the best ingredients of a t...

19-05-2010




The Woman In Black, Theatre Royal B...

Susan Hill wrote the novel and the late Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of it brought the most spine chilling and eerie tale off the page and onto the stage. There are all the best ingredients of a t...

19-05-2010




Wife After Death, Theatre Royal, Ba...

Wife After Death, written by Eric Chappell whose comedy credits include Rising Damp and Duty Free to name but two, is a return to the great tradition of British comedy/farce as only he can do it. I a...

11-05-2010




Stop Messing About, Theatre Royal, ...

Stop Messing About is the resurrection of the 1969 radio show which starred Kenneth Williams, the outrageously camp comedian probably best known for his performances in the Carry On films, together wi...

28-04-2010




Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime : Theatr...

Oscar Wilde’s intriguing story of the fate Lord Arthur Savile, whose palm is read by an unscrupulous chiromant (palm reader to you and me) in which he predicts Lord Arthur will commit a murder and suf...

23-04-2010




Present Laughter, Theatre Royal, Ba...

Present Laughter is Noël Coward at his witty and vituperative best; the play is full of acid rejoinders and memorable one liners and the excellent cast make the most of their comedic value by imp...

31-03-2010




Haunted : Theatre Royal Bath

 Edna O’Brien’s play revolves around a love triangle in suburbia, a childless husband and wife, Mr and Mrs Berry played by Brenda Blethyn and Niall Buggy, and Hazel a fragile young gi...

18-03-2010




The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, Thea...

 Peter Egan and Philip Franks once again bring their considerable talents to the roles of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson respectively in a play written by Jeremy Paul, which tells the story of the...

11-03-2010




My Wonderful Day, Theatre Royal, Ba...

This is a truly marvellous and very funny play written and directed by the inimitable Alan Ayckbourn, which opened at the Brits on Broadway Festival last December after its premiere in Scarborough. T...

03-02-2010




The History Boys, Theatre Royal Bath

    Alan Bennett’s compelling and very funny play The History Boys is set in a grammar school in Sheffield in the 1980s and draws on Bennett’s own experience when as a ...

29-01-2010




Sleeping Beauty, Theatre Royal, Bath

  The foyer was full of highly excited children, party frocks abounded, all clamouring to own one of the "light up wands for the waving of" or perhaps a large foam rubber hand instead. Some...

21-12-2009




Rambert Dance Company, Comedy Of Ch...

Any performance by the Rambert Dance Company is always expected to be nothing less than avant garde, pushing the boundaries of creativity both in music and dance, and the Comedy of Change tour is...

16-11-2009




The Caretaker Theatre Royal Bath

Harold Pinter’s biting and gritty drama comprising an ill assorted trio of men each with a dysfunctional life trying to exist together, could have found three no finer actors than Jonathan ...

04-11-2009




Mrs Warren’s Profession, Thea...

    A packed audience at the Theatre Royal, Bath, were treated to a glorious performance of Shaw’s controversial play, Mrs Warren’s Profession, starring Felicity Kendal...

23-10-2009




Dial M For Murder, Theatre Royal, B...

Dial M for Murder, Frederick Knott’s thriller, most famously interpreted by Alfred Hitchcock with the brooding Ray Milland and Grace Kelly, is revived with all its sinister suspense and tension ...

14-10-2009




Shakers, Theatre Royal, Bath

Shakers is the 1985 baby of the Hull Truck Theatre company written by John Godber and Jane Thornton and as a play still very relevant today. The play casts four young girls who play the waitress...

01-10-2009




Entertaining Angels, Theatre Royal,...

Entertaining Angels opened to a much deserved round of applause for designer Paul Farnsworth’s wonderfully realistic set of the Old Rectory and its mature and rambling garden. Penelope Kei...

24-09-2009




Theatre Royal Bath - Simon Stephens...

   Simon Stephens’s play, Pornography, was premiered in Edinburgh in August and as the title suggests, is not for the over sensitive. Its subject matter is graphic and disturbing ...

09-09-2009




Balmoral, Theatre Royal, Bath

   Balmoral, Theatre Royal, BathBalmoral, written by David Frayn, is an anarchic comedy stretching the boundaries of the wildest imagination. The revolution of 1917 didn’t happen...

11-08-2009




Home

David Storey’s play, Home, was originally premièred in 1970 with an illustrious cast including John Guilgud and Ralph Richardson who were definitely the essence of the two main characters o...

14-07-2009




Quadrophenia, Theatre Royal, Bath

The first night of the new production of The Who’s classic rock opera Quadrophenia at the Theatre Royal, Bath, was heralded outside the theatre by dozens of bona fide scooter owners from the Rad...

11-06-2009




Alphabetical Order, Theatre Royal, ...

Michael Frayn’s 1975 comedy takes place in the cutting room of a local newspaper office, in the time long gone now when the internet was something only known in science fiction, computers were m...

03-06-2009




Spiders Web, Theatre Royal, Bath

Spider’s Web is Agatha Christie at her very best; a ripping “who dunnit” with overtones of farce to amuse you whilst solving the clues. The play has every element a crime thriller s...

20-05-2009




Oliver at the Theatre Royal, Bath

Oliver at the Theatre Royal, BathWhat a rare treat the Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society’s production of the enduring musical, Oliver is, from its opening scene at the workhouse with the boys&#...

23-04-2009




Boeing Boeing Theatre Royal Bath

Boeing Boeing, Theatre Royal, BathPlaying to a packed house and enthusiastic audience on a Monday night shows the draw of a good old fashioned comedy farce.  This one has everything, multiple mis...

11-03-2009




Life And Beth : Theatre Royal Bath

Life And Beth : Theatre Royal BathAlan Ayckbourn is no stranger to writing plays containing a haunting and a body or two and Life and Beth tackles the subject of widowhood, the strains of family life ...

04-03-2009




The Little Match Girl

The Little Match Girl, Theatre Royal, BathFor anyone who knows the chequered history of the Tiger Lillies you might be forgiven for being surprised to find them included in the Theatre Royal Bath&rsqu...

25-02-2009