Theatre News: coming up at the Mission Theatre

The Visit by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Presented by Bath University Student Theatre

Thursday 2nd – Saturday 4th March 7:30pm

Tickets £8 Concessions £5 (Students)

One of the world’s richest people, Claire Zachanassian makes a visit to her former debt-ridden home town of Güllen. She makes an offer to save the town from its dilapidated state by offering a sum of money that one could only dream of. However, it comes with one condition. Expelled from her town in disgrace as a teenager, Zachanassian seeks revenge over her ex-lover, Alfred Ill, and asks the Güllenites to kill him in return for one billion…

The Visit, originally Der Besuch der alten Dame is a classic Swiss tragicomedy following the fallibility of post-WWII humanity. Do a town and its people who initially reject outright the absurd proposition, crumble under the pressure of corruption and wealth and commit the unthinkable?

The Mission Theatre is delighted to welcome back BUST with this entertaining Spring production. Long-time favourites with Bath audiences, BUST actors demonstrate a talent and range that is impressive and always attracts positive feedback. We are sure The Visit will continue this tradition!

Age rating: 12+

Mid-Somerset Drama Festival

Wednesday 8th – Friday 10th March 9:45-9:00pm

Tickets £4 on the door for adults with
no charge for school age children

All are welcome to watch three days of acting, verse speaking, mime and much more from young performers around Bath and the South West.

Now in it’s 122nd year, the Mid-Somerset Festival has given generations of children and young adults the opportunity to build confidence and develop their skills in live performance. The Mission Theatre will once again be hosting three days of competitive events from 9:45am-9pm. 

A detailed timetable of events will be available from the Mid-Somerset Festival in March but the likely timetable of events at The Mission is as follows:

Wednesday 8th March        Academic Years 7-9  Group Acting Year 6 and under

Thursday 9th March            Academic Years 5-6  

 Friday 10th March                Academic Years 3-4 

The week will finish with a celebratory concert on Friday at 6:30pm. This is a chance to watch some of the very best work of the festival from all ages and to see the presentation of major awards.

The Mid-Somerset is one of the oldest festivals in the country. Even two world wars couldn’t stop it and, thanks to technology allowing children to perform on line, neither could a pandemic. It is a treat to be back at The Mission for a live festival in 2023.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend

Presented by Next Stage Theatre Company

Tuesday 21st – Saturday 25th March 7:30pm

Matinee Saturday 25th March 2pm

Tickets £16 Concessions £12 (Students, NHS, Universal Credit)

Adrian Mole: adolescent schoolboy, thwarted intellectual, would-be lover is constantly bewildered by the trials and tribulations of teenage life. His parents are divorcing, his mother’s having an affair with the next door neighbour, his acne is spreading and even the dog is rebelling – Adrian’s life is in tatters and he’s only 13 ¾.

Into Adrian’s blighted existence steps the ravishing Pandora and suddenly everything is looking up. Can Pandora make Adrian’s life worth living again, give him strength to repel the playground bullies, cope with cantankerous old Bert Baxter and realise his intellectual dreams? 

As Adrian records his daily triumphs and disasters his diary provides a hilarious account of some of the most traumatic months of his life. Self-centered, deluded and disillusioned Adrian is the sort of teenager who could rule a much better world – if only his crazy relatives and classmates would get out of his way.

Don’t miss this classic comedy featuring an all-star Next Stage cast drawn from the adult and youth companies and under the direction of Artistic Director: Ann Ellison.