Theatre Royal Bath Productions has today announced full casting for its 2019 Spring Season in-house productions in the Main House, opening next month with Noël Coward’s A Song at Twilight followed by Marie Jones’ award-winning comedy Stones in His Pockets, in a co-production with Rose Theatre Productions. Simon Callow, Jane Asher, Jessica Turner and Ash Rizi will star in A Song at Twilight, directed by Stephen Unwin running in Bath from 13 to 23 February with opening night for press on 20 February and then touring the UK through to mid-April. Stones in His Pockets will preview in Kingston from 28 February and open in Bath in March, ahead of a national tour running through the summer, starring Owen Sharpe and Kevin Trainor and directed by Lindsay Posner.
A Song at Twilight – Wednesday 13 February – Saturday 23 February
Stephen Unwin directs Noël Coward’s A Song At Twilight starring acclaimed British actors Simon Callow, as ageing author Hugo Latymer, and Jane Asher, as his former mistress, actress Carlotta Gray. They are joined by Jessica Turner as Hilde, and Ash Rizi as Felix.
Bittersweet, hugely entertaining and full of sharp wit and repartee, A Song at Twilight is about harbouring secrets and the regret of missed opportunities. Noël Coward himself made his farewell stage appearance playing the semi-autobiographical role of Sir Hugo in the West End production of the play in 1966.
World famous author Sir Hugo Latymer is growing old, rude and haughty. In the private suite of a lakeside hotel where he lives, he is attended to by his long-suffering wife and former secretary, Hilde, and Felix, a handsome young waiter. Here he nervously awaits the arrival of an old flame, actress Carlotta Gray, with whom he had a two-year love affair more than 40 years ago. What can she possibly want now? Revenge for his characterisation of her in his recent autobiography? Money to compensate for a second-rate acting career in the States? But Carlotta is writing her own memoir and wants something much more significant.
Following Bath, A Song at Twilight will tour to Guildford Yvonne Arnaud, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Windsor Theatre Royal, Rose Theatre Kingston, Malvern Theatre, Eastbourne Devonshire Park and Norwich Theatre Royal until mid-April.
Stones in his Pockets – Monday 11 – Saturday 16 March
This Spring, Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Rose Theatre Productions present Marie Jones’ Olivier Award-winning comedy Stones in His Pockets directed by Lindsay Posner, one of the UK’s most renowned directors of comedy, who returns to Bath following the recent summer hit God of Carnage. Owen Sharpe and Kevin Trainor will take on a multitude of characters in this hysterically funny, thought-provoking and witty play.
Stones in His Pockets has won numerous awards including the Olivier and Evening Standard Award for Best New Comedy, as well as three Tony nominations on Broadway. The play ran for four years in the West End and has since been performed around the world.
A small village in rural Ireland is turned upside down when a major Hollywood film studio descends to make a historical blockbuster on location. Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn are employed as extras along with numerous other locals. As cultures clash, it becomes clear that Tinseltown’s romanticised dream of Ireland is a long, long way from reality. Just two talented actors brilliantly bring to life a multitude of extraordinary characters, ranging from the spoilt American starlet to the English director and the village old timer.
Stones in his Pockets previews at Rose Theatre, Kingston from 25 February to 9 March and will run at Theatre Royal Bath from 11 to 16 March, with opening night for press on 13 March. The production will then tour to Liverpool, Southampton, Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast, Malvern, Mold, Eastbourne, Cambridge, Cardiff, Guildford and Nottingham through to July 2019 with further venues to be announced.