Full casting has been announced for Theatre Royal Bath’s in-house productions for Spring 2019.
Productions in the theatre’s Main House will open next month with Noel Coward’s ‘A Song at Twilight’. The production will star acclaimed British actors Simon Callow (as ageing author Hugo Latymer), Jane Asher (as his former mistress and actress, Carlotta Gray), Jessica Turner (Hilde) and Ash Rizi (Felix). The play will be directed by Stephen Unwin.
“World famous author Sir Hugo Latymer is growing old, rude and haughty. In the private suite of a lakeside hotel where he lives, he is attended to by his long-suffering wife and former secretary, Hilde, and Felix, a handsome young waiter. Here he nervously awaits the arrival of an old flame, actress Carlotta Gray, with whom he had a two-year love affair more than 40 years ago. What can she possibly want now? Revenge for his characterisation of her in his recent autobiography? Money to compensate for a second-rate acting career in the States? But Carlotta is writing her own memoir and wants something much more significant.
Bittersweet, hugely entertaining and full of sharp wit and repartee, ‘A Song at Twilight’ is about harbouring secrets and the regret of missed opportunities”.
‘A Song at Twilight’ will run in Bath from 13th to 23rd February, with an official opening night on Wednesday 20th February, before touring the UK through to mid-April, with touring venues to include Guildford Yvonne Arnaud, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Windsor Theatre Royal, Rose Theatre Kingston, Malvern Theatre, Eastbourne Devonshire Park and Norwich Theatre Royal.
The production will be followed by Marie Jones’ award-winning comedy ‘Stones in His Pockets’, which will star Owen Sharpe and Kevin Trainor, who will each take on a multitude of characters in this ‘hysterically funny, thought-provoking and witty play’. The production will be directed by Lindsay Posner, one of the country’s most renowned directors of comedy, who returns to Bath following recent hit ‘God of Carnage’.
“A small village in rural Ireland is turned upside down when a major Hollywood film studio descends to make a historical blockbuster on location. Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn are employed as extras along with numerous other locals. As cultures clash, it becomes clear that Tinseltown’s romanticised dream of Ireland is a long, long way from reality. Just two talented actors brilliantly bring to life a multitude if extraordinary characters, ranging from the spoilt American starlet to the English director and the village old timer”.
‘Stones in His Pockets’ has won several awards, including the Olivier and Evening Standard Award for Best New Comedy, as well as three Tony nominations on Broadway. The play ran for four years in the West End, and has sinced been performed around the world.
Co-produced with Rose Theatre Productions, ‘Stones in His Pockets’ will preview in Kingston from 28th February to 9th March, before opening in Bath from 11th to 16th March, with a press night on Wednesday 13th March. The production will then tour to Liverpool, Southampton, Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast, Malvern, Mold, Eastbourne, Cambridge, Cardiff, Guildford and Nottingham through to July 2019, with further venues to be announced.