Jonathan Church, formerly multi award-winning artistic director of Chichester Festival Theatre, has announced his complete programme for his first year in charge of Theatre Royal Bath’s annual Summer Season. Highlights for Church’s inaugural Bath season of five plays includes:
- Olivier Award-winner David Haig will star in David Hare’s Racing Demons from 21 June to 8 July 2017, directed by Jonathan Church
- Bafta winner Edward Fox will star in Hugh Whitemore’s Sand in the Sandwiches from 11 to 15 July 2017, directed by Gareth Armstrong
- The UK stage premiere of Hitchcock’s North by Northwest runs from 21 July to 12 August 2017, directed by Simon Phillips
- Olivier Award-winner Henry Goodman stars in the world premiere of Alan Franks’ Looking at Lucian from 3 August to 2 September 2017 at the Ustinov Studio, directed by Tom Attenborough
- Alan Bennett’s classic play The Lady in the Van is revived from 16 August to 2 September 2017, directed by Jonathan Church. Casting to be announced.
At Bath, Jonathan Church succeeds Peter Hall, who established the Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season in 2003 with his company’s annual residencies. Church was previously Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, overseeing over 100 productions including Taken at Midnight, ENRON, Macbeth with Sir Patrick Stewart, Sweeney Todd and Gypsy. Following his departure from Chichester Festival Theatre, Jonathan Church set up his own independent production company, which he will continue to lead alongside his new position at Theatre Royal Bath.
Jonathan Church commented:
“Having regularly seen the work at Theatre Royal Bath under Peter Hall’s directorship, I’m extremely proud to be the new Director of Bath’s summer seasons and hope to continue Peter’s tradition of bringing great artists to Bath and to balance the familiar with the new. A summer season for me always needs an element of festival and celebration about it and I hope that with this programme of work we are celebrating a number of iconic storytellers – David Hare, Alan Bennett, Hugh Whitemore and Alfred Hitchcock, alongside a group of extraordinary actors.”