The opening shows for Jonathan Church’s, summer season at Theatre Royal Bath which will see much-loved British comedian, Jennifer Saunders, star in Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit and Rupert Everett, making his directorial stage debut, in Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya in which he will also play the title role.
Theatre Royal Bath is also extending its tenure with Jonathan Church as artistic director of the Summer Season by a further three years through to 2022.
It follows Church’s inaugural summer season, in 2017, and a hugely successful 2018 programme with two West End transfers including the critically acclaimed production of Arthur Miller’s The Price currently playing at Wyndham’s Theatre, and Switzerland at the Ambassadors Theatre.
Jennifer Saunders makes her Theatre Royal Bath debut as the preposterous clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, in Blithe Spirit, directed by former National Theatre director Richard Eyre.
Lisa Dillon will also star as Ruth Condomine.
Written in 1941, this inventive, witty and meticulously engineered comedy proved light relief and a popular distraction at the height of World War II when it was first staged.
Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth are literally haunted by a past relationship when an eccentric medium inadvertently conjures up the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, at a séance.
When she appears, visible only to Charles, and determined to sabotage his current marriage, life – and the afterlife – get complicated.
Rupert Everett returns to Theatre Royal Bath, where he last appeared in The Judas Kiss, in 2012, to direct his first stage play and lead the cast in Anton Chekhov’s theatrical masterpiece, Uncle Vanya, a playful story of unrequited love, loss and misplaced dreams, in a new version by the playwright and screenwriter David Hare.
It’s late summer, at the close of the nineteenth century. In the heart of the Russian countryside, Vanya and his niece Sonya have worked for years to manage the ramshackle estate on behalf of his brother-in-law, a retired professor.
All their lives are thrown into turmoil when the professor arrives with his stunningly beautiful young wife and announces his plan to sell the estate.
Blithe Spirit runs in the Main House from June 13 – July 6 and Uncle Vanya from July 18 – August 3.