Set in 1940 in the shabby, run-down Costa Verde Hotel The Night of the Iguana is recognised as Tennessee Williams’ last great play.The hotel, surrounded by the simmering heat of the Mexican jungle, plays host to the flotsam and jetsam of passing tourists and is run by the recently widowed Maxine Faulk and her ragbag collection of staff.
How far should you go in seeking the truth? That is the question at the heart of J B Priestley’s intriguing play. An apparently happy group of people are discussing their family business when a chance remark takes the conversation round a dangerous corner, with profound and devastating consequences.
Returning to The Mission Theatre after his sell-out concert in 2016 and hailed by critics and fans alike as a one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Dean Friedman has achieved legendary, pop-icon status for chart-topping hits, Lucky Stars, Lydia, Ariel and more.
The year is 1544 and King Henry, the Eighth of that name, is engaged upon a Royal Progress about his Realm and has halted here, in Bath, to afford his Loyal Subjects the opportunity to have ‘audience’ with their Sovereign Lord and King.
With a cast of larger-than-life characters, each with their own agenda, and a company of only two actors, chaos is bound to ensue as The Jealous Lemon Theatre Co. undertake the telling of this hilarious tale in a way we are sure you will have never seen before.
Amidst the chaos of the rehearsal room, six characters appear unannounced in search of an author to complete their tale. Abandoned by their creator, the six figures find themselves trapped within a tragedy from which they long to escape; only acting the scenes that were written for them can release them from their turmoil. One way or another, their devastating story must be told.
‘It was just connecting the dots. Some nights I could connect three or four. Some nights they’d be really far apart, I’d have no idea how to get to the next one, if there was a next one.’ (Catherine, Act 2)A beautiful and emotional drama portraying the desperation felt during grief or depression.
An amateur drama company is rehearsing in the theatre at the end of the pier. Storms rage overhead and the doors are locked - they are trapped. Then a mysterious, ghostly presence passes across the stage and when the assistant stage manager falls to certain death through a trapdoor, the remaining actors are thrown into disarray.
From Wednesday 7th – Friday 9th March 2018, The Mission Theatre will once again host events in the Speech & Drama section of The Mid-Somerset Festival. Now in it’s 117th year, the Festival has given generations of young performers the opportunity to build confidence and to develop their skills in all aspects of drama, music, dance and creative writing.
On this, his third visit, James – a talented actor and impressionist – will be performing a brand-new programme including one classic episode of Hancock’s Half Hour, and two episodes he has written himself in the same style as Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, with James voicing the entire cast.
Based on two farces by the Roman playwright Plautus, Shakespeare whimsically whips them together to create havoc and hilarity. Bath University Student Theatre are proud to present the Comedy of Errors in this, the first of two visits the company are making to The Mission Theatre this season.
Essentially a love story, His Dark Materials revolves around Lyra and Will, two young teenagers from different worlds. The pair join forces and share adventures beyond their wildest imaginings. As their friendship deepens, the teenagers are drawn into a cosmic battle between good and evil, encountering armoured bears, soul-eating Spectres, witches from Northern Lands and terrifying Harpies in The Land of the Dead...
Jimmy Porter is angry; angry with life, angry with his friends, angry with his wife and angry with the world. Indulged, talented, intelligent and loved Jimmy is none the less dissatisfied and frustrated.
As he lashes out in a kaleidoscopic two hours of theatre, audiences are appalled and dazzled in equal measure by his mercurial character.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.