Theatre Royal Bath will reopen its main house in autumn 2020 with the Welcome Back Season of plays, beginning with Harold Pinter’s Betrayal directed by Jonathan Church from 14 October to 31 October, followed by Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen, directed by Polly Findlay from 4 November to 21 November, and lastly David Mamet’s drama Oleanna directed by Nicole Charles which will run from 25 November to 12 December.
Following all government guidance and in consultation with health and safety advisors RB Health and Safety Solutions, the capacity of the theatre has been reduced by more than half from 888 to 375, to allow for socially distanced seating. Further Covid-secure measures will include mandatory face coverings (unless exempt), hand sanitiser units, thermal temperature checks, dedicated entry points, staggered arrivals and audience flow, fresh air circulation and enhanced cleaning. Casting has yet to be confirmed for the season.
Tender, moving and widely considered to be Harold Pinter’s most accessible work, this devastating dissection of a love triangle, presents a compelling portrait of both the relationship between the lovers and the competitiveness of male friendships. Jonathan Church is artistic director of the Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season where his directing credits include In Praise of Love, The Price (which transferred to the West End), An Ideal Husband, Racing Demon and The Lady in the Van.
Michael Frayn’s multi award-winning masterwork is an exploration of two brilliant minds and their motives that enjoyed an acclaimed run at the National Theatre before transferring to the West End and Broadway and winning the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play. Polly Findley was the winner of the Kitchin Trust’s Young Theatre Director award in 2007. Credits include Beginning (National Theatre and West End), The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company and Oscar and Jim (HighTide Festival).
Addressing issues which are strikingly current, David Mamet’s Oleanna will be a fascinating opportunity to see this landmark play from the perspective of our #MeToo era. Director Nicole Charles’ work has been staged at the Young Vic, The Bush Theatre, National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, and Theatre Royal Haymarket. Recent credits include acclaimed productions of Emilia, Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads and The Merry Wives of Windsor.