Absent Friends is Ayckbourn at his very best: the hilarious moments on stage are juxtaposed with insightful and heart-wrenching home truths, with the minutiae of suburbia providing the realistic background.
The Jane Austen Festival 2017 will be held from Monday 11th September to Saturday 16th September at The Mission Theatre. As usual, there is a huge variety of Austen themed events for you to enjoy.
From the creative team behind last year’s high-flying, sell-out show Jet Set Go! comes Not Another Theatre Company’s second production – another guaranteed laugh-out-loud hit you’d be mad not to tune into!
Kenneth Williams was one of the most unique and beloved figures in British comedy history.Celebrated actor Colin Elmer, who played Kenneth Williams in the 50th Anniversary Tour of Round the Horne, reprises his role in this brand new production, telling the great man’s story in his own words, using anecdotes, writing and some of the material for which the comedy legend was so well-known.
And Then They Came for Me is a unique experience… a multimedia play that combines videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors Eva Geiringer Schloss and Ed Silverberg, with live actors recreating scenes from Ed and Eva’s lives as teenagers during WW ll.
Nick is an amateur actor of the kind we’ve all met, blessed with rather more enthusiasm than talent. Once again, an audition in his drama group, the Athenian Players, has ended in disappointment for Nick. Drowning his sorrows, he nods off…
For the first time in the UK outside of London, this is a rare opportunity to see this new musical sensation. A steamy exploration of the complications of love, the compromises we make and the betrayals that undo us.
In September 1939 a boy, William Beech, is evacuated from London. In the tranquil village of Little Weirwold Tom Oakley, a recluse, lives with his dog Sammy. When Tom reluctantly agrees to billet William neither can begin to imagine the monumental consequences that will ensue, changing both their lives forever
Christmas 1917. As war rages on, those at home in Illyria try to forget and seek distraction. But when refugee twins, Viola and Sebastian, are shipwrecked and separated, they shake up this grief-stricken community, resulting in mistaken identity, folly and love.
In Scott Rogers’s exciting new production we are
transported to 1942 with the Tower community in the midst of WW2. A political prisoner is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, whilst catastrophe and intrigue ensue as others attempt to release him from this devious plot and secure his freedom from the Tower and the firing squad.
James Highwood, a TV personality who presents British Justice - a programme looking at the failings of the judicial system - is on the stand at the Old Bailey for the murder of his severely handicapped child. During the battle to have his intentions understood he constantly comes into conflict with the judge and eventually cracks under the pressure of cross-examination by the prosecuting QC
Democracy, Michael Frayn’s 2003 play, creates a drama of extraordinary urgency and subtlety out of the known events of twentieth-century history. It explores the relationship that developed between Willy Brandt, the West German Chancellor from 1969 to 1974, and his assistant, Gunter Guillaume - an East German spy planted in the Government offices - whose presence is a constant threat to Brandt’s survival.
London. The last evening of the year. The snow is falling. A little girl struggles fiercely through the dark streets. In a vain attempt to stay warm she strikes a match. In the fatal cold the flames blaze to life and we are transported into her tumultuous hopes and dreams.
A remarkable tale told with Box Tale Soup’s beautiful handmade puppetry, physical theatre and poetry, Gone is inspired by the writing, experiences and true stories of refugee collective Stone Flowers, interwoven with an original score by Stone Flowers, inspired by musical influences from Congolese Rumba, African Blues, and Tamil and Kurdish folk song.
This Christmas, the most magical pantomime of them all comes to Bath. Cinderella, the old tale of rags to riches, takes a modern twist in this completely original pantomime which will have you laughing out loud.
Odile is a fresh look at the Swan Lake story told through neo-classical ballet, in JSLN Dance’s inimitable style of dance-narrative, under the artistic directorship of Soren Niewelt.
Agatha Crusty (pronounced Croosty) is a crime novelist. She’s also pretty adept at solving crimes. When her sister-in-law, Alice, invites her to spend a few days with her in the Village of Chortelby, it’s not long before she gets caught up in a series of murders.
Nothing is more powerful than the love of a married couple, when a husband is caring for his slowly dying wife, the memorable moments they've shared bring them closer than ever as they reflect on their adventurous journey together.
Phantom by Lucas Fisher-Horas / Tartuffe by Moliere adapted by Roger McGough - Bath Fringe Festival 2017
Bath University Student Theatre present two shows in rep. Phantom explores the complex relationship between two individuals, whilst Tartuffe brings to life Roger McGough's classic French farce.
I thought I might be Jet Li (but it turns out that I'm not) by Stuart Crowther - Bath Fringe Festival 2017
A new black comedy by Stuart Crowther for Threedumb Theatre, exploring what makes a man 'a man' - and what happens when you can't figure it out.
Imagined after the death of her husband, twenty eight years after her own, Leonard Woolf returns to reconcile with his wife and tell one last important story.
A stand up comedy show about life, love and marriage.
Alf is a highwayman. If he sees a toy he likes, he takes it. Alf likes to say "It's my way or the highway!" Fortunately, Alf soon learns there are better ways to play... Featuring songs, circuses and sentimental value, a show for all ages to enjoy!
Neil left the war, but the war never left Neil. Tonight he finds himself on the moon, looking down on the remnants of his life.
This family friendly event promises to test your skills as the audience is split to compete in a range of games.
A truthful drama that holds the lives of these young people under a microscope and reveals the cracks which one horrific accident can cause.
A delightful tale of one child’s journey to come to terms with their inner dragons. Worries, fears, anxieties... they are all dragons and they sneak up on most of us at one time or another
A brand new musical that explores the labels society has placed on us and challenges the stigmas of mental illness.
In a room where escaping is not an option, human relations are continually tested through a series of anonymous experiments.
‘When’s he popping a ring on it?’
We all assume by default that women will hit these milestones throughout their lives. Isn’t it time we stop assuming?
This light comedy with a supernatural twist plays with an overzealous group of characters who must deal with a newcomer that seems to ruffle some surprisingly dark feathers.
Australia, 1788. The First Fleet lands at Sydney Cove. Half of those aboard are convicts – murderers, thieves, and prostitutes – exiled to the shores of this strange new land. Eager to impress his superiors, Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark takes up the task of bringing culture to the burgeoning colony by offering to direct the country’s first play.
In Second Sun, the mighty have fallen. And evil has won against all odds. No one can foresee the future. Not even the Gods. Who will be there to save them? Who will be there to speak for the voiceless against the three-faced foes that no one chose? Who will lead the country into ruin?
The company perform a quartet of plays by Samuel Beckett, winner of the 1969 Nobel Prize for Literature and master of minimalist precision. His plays create a surreal world in which characters are propelled by undetermined forces and humanity is revealed in unexpected ways.
Cold Hard Cache is the new sketch comedy adventure from Chris Cantrill and Amy Gledhill, the minds behind cult oddball phenomenon, The Delightful Sausage.
The Church of Phil invites you to slap on a name sticker for an introductory enrolment seminar like no other! Allow the omnipresent Phil into your mind and join us for an unforgettable experience.
The Mission Theatre hosts a newly minted Variety show in the traditional Music Hall style. Sweet-hearted songs, baffling eccentric dances, impossible feats and breathtaking musical virtuosity.