By Harry Mottram: Bath is gifted with so much theatre – and if you’ve not explored some of the venues then do take a chance and experience live theatre.
The city’s most prestigious theatre at Theatre Royal Bath has a production of a version of HG Wells’ The Time Machine. Written by Steven Canny and John Nicholson it is directed by Orla O’Loughlin and runs from Monday 24 to Saturday 29 April. It’s a comic version of the play which will appeal to old children and families (pictured).
The theatre currently is staging The Verdict – a courtroom thriller – while in the Egg Theatre there’s a production of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare that runs from 25-28 April.
Over in The Rondo Theare is Bath Drama’s production of Shakespeare’s history play Julius Ceasar that runs from Wed 26 – Sat 29 Apr. It might be seen as a story of our times – this is how their publicity reads: “In a near-future dystopian society where corporate interests hold political power above all, conspiracy runs rampant as those closest to Caesar plot against him. As factions rise and propaganda floods the streets, can Rome pull back from the brink of chaos or will all out war set in motion the end of order?”
Tue 2- Sat 6 May Theatre Royal Bath. Of Mice and Men. John Steinbeck’s classic novel is more than 80 years old, but with themes of economic migration, racism and exclusion it remains a parable for our times.
Wed 3 May. Rondo Theatre. Seeds of Memories. 8pm. Written by Patrick Withey. Presented by Black Hound Productions. An uplifting show packed to the brim with puppetry and poetry.
Fri 5 May. Bath Abbey. A Royal Celebration concert. Abbey choirs sing music from past coronations and royal events. Featured items will be Parry’s I was glad, Handel’s Zadok the priest, Mathias’ Let the people praise thee. The Melody Makers join the Abbey choirs of Boys, Girls and Lay Clerks in a glorious evening of Royal music.
Tue 9-Sat 13 May. Mission Theatre. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. Presented by Playing Up Theatre Company. 7:30pm. Nothing happens, nobody comes as one critic put it. Two tramps contemplate the meaning of life in a strange post apocalyptic world.
Tue 9-Sat 13 May. Theatre Royal Bath. Guys and Dolls. Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society’s production of Frank Loesser’s musical comedy.
Tue 16-Sat 20 May. Theatre Royal Bath. An Inspector Calls. Stephen Daldry’s production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller.
Wed 24-Sat 27 May. Rondo Theatre. Little Shop of Horrors. With lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken in the comedy musical about a floral shop worker who discovers a sentient carnivorous plant that feeds on human blood.
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