Bath’s Ustinov Studio announces a season of UK premieres from the Americas

Theatre Royal Bath is staging A Season of UK Premieres from the Americas at its Ustinov Studio opening next month.

The Model Apartment by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, directed by Laurence Boswell will run from November 22.

It will be followed by Tanya Barfield’s play with music, Blue Door, directed by Eleanor Rhode from February 7.

A third production, to be announced, will complete the season.

Margulies’ critically acclaimed and award-winning black comedy, The Model Apartment, will star Diana Quick, Ian Gelder, Emily Bruni and Enyi Okoronkwo.

1980s. Max and Lola, two elderly Holocaust survivors, are retiring to Florida from Brooklyn, finally able to escape their difficult daughter and life’s stresses and strains.

But their new life in the Sunshine State turns dark very quickly.

Their deluxe condo is not ready to live in, they’ve been asked to stay temporarily in a ‘model apartment’, and then history begins to catch up with them in the most devastating way.

In this brilliant black comedy, Max and Lola discover that if they are ever truly going to be able to retire, they must first confront the demons of their past.

Tanya Barfield’s Blue Door portrays a searing examination of family, identity and the African-American male experience.

It will star Ray Fearon and Fehinti Balogun.

Lewis, a prominent African-American professor of mathematics is just trying to lead a normal, quiet and successful existence.

But when he refuses to attend the Million Man March, his wife of twenty-five years suddenly leaves him, and his life is thrown into turmoil.

Finding himself suffering from a disorientating insomnia, he inadvertently conjures three generations of his ancestors, who each reveal the hardships and victories that have shaped their lives.

Lyrical, funny and poignant, Lewis’s journey grappling at the intersection of his own identity, race and culture, encapsulates more than a hundred years of American history.

The Model Apartment runs in the Ustinov Studio from November 22 – December 22. The Blue Door runs from February 7 – March 9.

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