Theatre Picks In Bath
Thu 28 Sep-Sat 7 Oct. Theatre Royal. A Voyage Round My Father. Rupert Everett in John Mortimer’s autobiographical play.
Wed 4- Sat7 Oct. Rondo Theatre. The Alchemist. Set in 1890s London Ben Jonson’s story of three con artists intent to cheat the wealthy and greedy with a con involving alchemy and the Philosopher’s Stone. Directed by Scarlett Hayler-King for Bath Drama
Thu 5 Oct. Mission Theatre. Thu Oct. Mission Theatre. In Other Words. Connected by the music of Frank Sinatra, this intimate, humorous and deeply moving love story explores the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and the transformative power of music to help us remember the past, connect with the present and hope for the future. 7.30pm.
Sat 7-Sun 16 Oct. The Egg. Owl at Home. Based on the illustrated children’s book by Arnold Lobel. Adapted for the stage by Rina Vergano + Theatr Iolo various day time performances.
Wed11-Sat 14 Oct. Mission Theatre. A Little Night Music. Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society present a Stephen Sondheim classic. 7.30pn, 2.30pm matinees.
Th 12-Sat 28 Oct. Theatre Royal. The Score. Spring 1747. Potsdam, Prussia. Johann Sebastian Bach reluctantly visits the court of Frederick II, Europe’s most ambitious and dangerous leader. Various perf times.
Fri 13 Oct. Rondo Theatre. Spooky Fun. Steph and Craig create a show for children and families about Hallowe’en – so dress up and come along for the 11am show.
Tue 17-Wed 18 Oct. Mission Theatre. Two Gentlemen of Verona. Directed by Gill Morrell, featuring fabulous medieval costumes and live original music, Shakespeare Live are on tour with the comedy. 8pm.
Wed 18-Sat 21 Oct. Rondo Theatre. Six: Teen Edition. Youth Theatre Merriman present the musical about the six wives of Henry XIII. 7.30pm.
Thu 19 Oct. The Egg. Minature Travelling Circus. A delight for children. Various perf times.
Fri 20-Sat 18 Nov. Ustinov. Machinal. Based on the true story of Ruth Snyder and her lover Judd Gray in the USA in the 1920s. 7.30pm, plus matinees.
Fri 20-Sat 21 Oct. Mission Theatre. The Last Post. Hobgoblin Theatre present an adaption of Keith Campion’s novel about correspondence between a soldier son and his dad. Suitable for families and children. 7.30pm.
Tue 24-Wed 25 Oct. Mission Theatre. Memento/South. Bladud Productions are behind two new plays – Memento is a drama about perfection and South is a suspense thriller about five friends. 7.30pm.
Thu 26 Oct. Rondo Theatre. Butchered. Expial Atrocious produce a physical absurdist thriller.
Wed 1-Sat 4 Nov. Rondo Theatre. Sheila’s Island. Playing Up Theatre Company present Tim Firth’s comedy about a team building weekend gone wrong. 7.30pm.
Fri Nov 3. Mission Theatre. Lilies of The Field. Drama based on the letters of Land Girls in the war. 7.30pm. (Main Picture.)
Theatre Picks Outside Bath
Bristol. Alma Theatre. The Invisible Man. Mon 9 Oct-Thu 12 Oct. Comedy version of HG Well’s novel.
Bristol Old Vic. Choir Boy. Thu 12 Oct – Sat 11 Nov. The story of Pharus, a young, black, queer student leading the legendary gospel choir at his elite, all-boys prep school in America
Cheltenham. Everyman Theatre. What’s Wrong With Benny Hill? Mon 9th – Tue 10th Oct. Musical drama that tells the story of the comic actor and why he’s fallen out of favour, but is still popular around the world on TV. Axbridge. The Government Inspector. Wed 22-Sat25 Nov. The town hall is the venue for the comedy drama.
Pantomimes coming up
It may be October but Christmas is not far away and the one show every year that theatres bank on helping them to balance the books are pantomimes. In Bath at the Theatre Royal there’s Sleeping Beauty from 7 Dec; in Bristol at the Hippodrome it’s Peter Pan from Dec 2nd; Swindon’s Wyvern has Sleeping Beauty also from the 2nd Dec; while Cheltenham’s Everyman starts early on 24th Nov with Mother Goose. Yeovil’s Westlands has Cinderella from 8th Dec and Salisbury’s Playhouse has Dick Whittington from November 25th; Weston-super-Mare features Dick Whittington at the Payhouse Theatre from December 8th.
Pick of Diary Events in Bath
Fri 29 Sep-Sun 8 Oct. Bath Children’s Literature Festival. Over 100 writers, creators and illustrators from the world of young people’s books including Sir Lenny Henry, Robin Stevens, Cressida Cowell, Rob Biddulph, Holly Jackson, Dapo Adeola and Nathan Bryon, Nikita Gill, Katherine Rundell, Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, Holly Bourne, Chris Riddell, Tom Holland and Dermot O’Leary. See bathfestivals.org.uk/childrens-literature for details
Mon 2 Oct. Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution. Talk on French Women’s Writing after May 1968 by Dr Sandra Daroczi. 7:30 pm. The talk will focus on Monique Wittig’s work, setting her in the literary and socio-political contexts of the second half of the 20th century. 2023 is a year dedicated to Monique Wittig marking 20 years since her passing and 50 years since the publication of her seminal work, The Lesbian Body. Dr Sandra Daroczi, Lecturer in French Studies, University of Bath
Thu 5 Oct. U3A. The Pavilion. Antibiotic Resistance in The Covid Era by Graham Cope. The talk will clarify the differences between bacteria and viruses and explain how antibiotics work, outline what alternatives are being investigated and provide some of the steps the public can take to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance. Coffee or tea from 9:45am. 10.15am. Members free. Non members £2.
Fri 6 Oct. Mission Theatre. Queen of the Night by Julia Golding. A staged reading of the play with wine, music and telescopes.
Thu 6 Oct. Toppings Book Shop. Tiny Tales. Free reading group for ages 2-5 at 9.30am. First Thursday of the month.
Wed 11 Oct. The Pump Room. Bath Young Musician of the Year 2023. Five young and highly talented local musicians compete for the title. 7.30pm.
Fri 13 Oct. Bath City Farm. Music with Jennifer Crook. Folk at the Farm evening music session. 6pm. With a two course meal in the café. To book email email@example.com or call 01225 481269. Proceeds will aid the farm.
Sat 14 Oct. Bath Pavillion. Burlesque. Laughter, cabaret and glamour.
Sun 15 Oct. Bath Half Marathon. See https://bathhalf.co.uk/
Sun 15 Oct. Pulteney Gardens, Bathwick. Bath Tub Orchestra. Canal Terrace Concert.
Tue 17 Oct The Forum. National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Programme: Boris Lyatoshynsky Grazhyna Symphonic Picture; Max Bruch Violin Concerto No 1; Jean Sibelius Symphony No 1. Volodymyr Sirenko conducts. 7.30pm.
Thu19 Oct. U3A. The Pavilion. AGM. Coffee or tea from 9:45am. Open morning. 10.30am.
Fri 20 – Sun 29 Oct. Film Bath Festival. The films are screened at various venues in the city including the Odeon, The Little Theatre, Widcombe Social Club, Rondo Theatre, Komedia, and Bath City Football Club. the films include thrillers, art house movies, children’s movies, new films, classics, documentaries and foreign language screenings. For full listings and to buy tickets visit https://filmbath.org.uk/schedule
Sat 21 Oct. Bath Pavillion. Stuart Michael. Psychic medium show.
Sat 21 Oct. St Swithin’s Church. Bobby Chen & Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra. Conductor – Daniel Robert Cushing. The Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra will be joined by pianist Bobby Chen to perform one of Mozart’s most enchanting Piano Concertos.
Sat 21-Sun 29 Oct. American Museum. Trick or Treat. Hallowe’en trail and activities.
Sat 21 Oct. Burdall’s Yard. The Blackheart Orchestra. Multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkingto entertain with 13 instruments. 7.30pm.
Fri 27 Oct. Chapel Arts. Josienne Clarke. Indie-folk singer songwriter in concert.
Sat 28 Oct. Widcombe Social Club. Fundraising music night for Dorothy House and Mind Bath. 6pm.
Thu 2 Nov. U3A. The Pavilion. Talk. Coffee or tea from 9:45am. What Diplomats Do and Is It Still Worth Doing? By Francis Cornish, DMG, LVO, FRSA. 10.00am.
Thu 2 Nov. The Forum, Into the Groove. Madonna tribute show.
Fri 3 Nov. The Forum. The Magic of the Bee Gees. Tribute show.
Pick of Diary Events outside of Bath
Avon Valley Scream Park. FEARless. Age 11+ and teens. Family-friendly immersive attraction lets you navigate 4 scare attractions which are tamed down for the evening with no major scares but a few frights along the way! From: 28-29 Oct.
Avon Valley Railway. Hallowe’en fancy dress themed train rides. 28-29 Oct. Go on a train ride see birds of prey from Pitcombe Rock Falconry and enjoy the Autumnal trail around the station. 10am and 4pm.
Exhibition Picks in Bath
American Museum, Bath. Claverton. The Museum features collections from the United States where you can visit room sets that recreate periods of American history giving the feeling that someone has just stepped out, as well as our world-renowned folk art, quilt and map collections. The Exhibition Gallery has a rotating programme of temporary exhibitions with Brick America a Lego exhibition. Until 31 December.
Assembly Rooms. The National Trust are working on the Georgian Experience, due to open in 2026.
Bath Abbey: From 18 September to 29 October 2023, Bath Abbey is hosting Luke Jerram’s touring Gaia artwork as part of the Treasuring Creation Festival. Gaia features detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface and provides the opportunity to see our planet floating in three-dimensions. More details at bathabbey.org.
Bath World Heritage Centre. Interactive exhibits and displays designed to reveal the history of Bath and show visitors and residents free walking trails and guides to help you explore everything Bath has to offer.
Burdell’s Yard. Art exhibition. Free entry. War and Peace by Brian Elwell. Until Sat, 7 Oct 2023. In a new exhibition of paintings, Brian Elwell features ideas about buildings in England and Ukraine.
Herschel Museum of Astronomy. It is located in a town house that was formerly the home of William Herschel and his sister Caroline. Stand in the garden on the spot where the duo discovered the planet Uranus with their telescope.
Holburne Museum. The heart of the present day Collection was formed by Sir Thomas William Holburne (1793-1874). As a second son, Thomas William (generally known as William) first pursued a naval career. He ultimately inherited the Baronetcy in 1820 following the death of his elder brother, Francis, at the Battle of Bayonne in 1814. In 1882 this collection of over 4,000 objects, pictures and books was bequeathed to the people of Bath by Holburne’s sister, Mary Anne Barbara Holburne. One of the Holburne’s main purposes is to preserve the things that have been entrusted to our care. Current shows include Lucie pottery,and the art of Gwen John.
Museum of Bath at Work. Julian Rd, Bath BA1 2RH. Enter the world of working Bath through a series of authentically reconstructed workplaces, workshops and display galleries. Two thousand years of working life are on display from a Victorian ironmongers and engineering works, a soft drinks making factory and even a Bath Stone mine working, all on show in a former Real Tennis court, dating from 1777. Exhibition: All Day Long: The Workers of Bath in Fifty Portrait Photographs
Museum of East Asian Art. MEAA’s collections consist of some 2,000 objects. The majority of these are of Chinese origin, spanning from 5,000 BC to the present. The collections also contain artefacts from Japan and Korea and a number of countries in South East Asia.
No.1 Royal Crescent. Features an immersive experience, which will allow you to see life as it was lived in Georgian Bath during the late 1700s. Look beyond the Crescent’s famous Palladian façade and see what life was like for the wealthy and their servants in eighteenth-century Bath Great views from the windows..
Victoria Art Gallery. Exhibitions include Gail Mason: The Unseen Landscape to 7 Jan, 2024; When Dreams Confront Reality: Surrealism in Britain to 7 Jan.
Exhibition Picks outside Bath
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Opulent Origins: 200 Years of Displaying Fine Art Until 1 Nov.
Weston-super-Mare Museum. Adventures in Time & Space – 60 Years of Doctor Who Art Exhibition. 21 Oct to 27 Jan 2024
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