Ruth Jones to star in West End comedy, The Nightingales

Gavin and Stacey star, Ruth Jones, makes a rare stage appearance, when she takes the lead in a new comedy, The Nightingales, which has been written by fellow actor, William Gaminara.

Ruth, one of the UK’s best-loved television stars, will open the production in Bath with a short regional tour before it moves to the West End (at a venue to be announced).

Presented by Jenny Topper and Theatre Royal Bath Productions, the comedy will be directed by Christopher Luscombe.

Ruth Jones is well known for playing Nessa Jenkins in the BBC series Gavin and Stacey. Her other acting credits include Jimmy McGovern’s The Street, comedy series Little Britain and Fat Friends, Steve Coogan’s Saxondale, BBC adaptations of Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Little Dorrit.

She also appeared as Hattie Jacques in the BBC 4 film, Hattie. Her most recent comedy series, Stella, in which she also starred, ran for six series on Sky 1.

A local acapella group gathers in a village hall and have every reason to look forward to their weekly rehearsal.

There’s Steven, 60, the Cambridge-educated choirmaster; Diane, his younger wife; Ben, who was once a professional tennis player married to Connie, who was once a model; and Bruno, a young history teacher, who cares for his mother.

The two hours of laughter and harmonies fly by. Until one day newcomer Maggie (Jones) knocks on the door and everything changes.

William Gaminara is an actor and writer, best known for playing Leo Dalton in Silent Witness from 2002 to 2013 and Dr Richard Locke in The Archers. His plays include According to Hoyle and The Three Lions. For TV he has written This Life and The Lakes.

Buy The Nightingales theatre tickets from one of our recommended theatre ticket websites.


Theatre Royal Bath, 31 October – 10 November
Cambridge Arts Theatre, 12 – 17 November
New Theatre Cardiff, 19 – 24 November
Chichester Festival Theatre, 27 November – 1 December
Malvern Festival Theatre, 3 – 8 December.

Leave a Reply