‘Pip and Meredith are having a disagreement about a film they’ve just seen when Pip’s phone rings and a full-scale row about their marriage breaks out. In the course of ten arguments, we follow the repercussions, as Meredith’s parents, Chloe and Frank, her best-friend Jane, and Pip’s best-friend Tony, take sides and end up embroiled in arguments of their own. Vitriolic, razor-sharp and veracious, the arguments rake over past prejudices, expose unjust judgements and reveal difficult truths’.
Felicity Kendal will star in William Boyd’s ‘The Argument’ as part of Theatre Royal Bath’s 2019 summer season.
With direction from Christopher Luscombe, ‘The Argument’ delves into what it is to dispute with those we love and offers a biting take on human dynamics. This is an often hilarious, darkly comic and compelling exploration of how it is the tone in which words are said which has such potency.
One of the UK’s best-loved actresses, Felicity Kendal CBE is best known for her role in the BBC sitcom, ‘The Good Life’. Her previous credits for Theatre Royal Bath include ‘A Room with a View’, ‘Hay Fever’ and ‘Relatively Speaking’. Kendal will take on the role of Meredith’s mother Chloe in ‘The Argument’.
Director Christopher Luscombe’s credits include ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and ‘Twelfth Night’ for The RSC; ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ and ‘Nell Gwynn’ for Shakespeare’s Globe; and in the West End, ‘Enjoy’, ‘When We Are Married’ and ‘The Madness of George III’. Luscombe is an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The production will run alongside the previously announced ‘Blithe Spirit‘, written by Noël Coward, with directed by Richard Eyre and starring Jennifer Saunders, as well as Anton Chekhov’s ‘Uncle Vanya‘, in which Rupert Everett makes his directorial stage debut and will also play the title role in a new version by David Hare. Further casting and the full summer programme will be announced in due course.
‘The Argument’ runs at Theatre Royal Bath’s Main House from 7th to 24th August, with an official opening night on 12th August.