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The Nightingales - production images released

Ruth Jones in The Nightingales

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JOINING Ruth Jones (Maggie) in The Nightingales are Steven Pacey (Steven), Stefan Adegbola (Bruno), Sarah Earnshaw (Connie), Philip McGinley (Ben) and Mary Stockley (Diane).

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Previously Posted: Ruth Jones (pictured), well known as the co-writer of the award-winning BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey in which she also appeared, is to star as Maggie in the new comedy The Nightingales.

Written by William Gaminara and directed by Christopher Luscombe, it will run at Theatre Royal Bath from Wednesday, October 31 to Saturday, November 10, 2018, before embarking on a tour to Cambridge, Cardiff, Chichester and Malvern prior to a West End transfer, with venue and dates to be announced.

When the local acapella group gather in the village hall they 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 knocks on the door and everything changes.

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 and as Hattie Jacques in the BBC 4 film, Hattie.

Jones’ most recent comedy series, Stella, in which she also starred, ran for six series on Sky 1. She is a winner of the Ultimate Funny Woman award at the annual Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards and her debut novel, Never Greener, recently topped the Sunday Times Bestseller List for several weeks.

Playwright 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.

Christopher Luscombe’s productions include Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night (RSC), The Merry Wives of Windsor and Nell Gwynn (Shakespeare’s Globe/West End), Enjoy, When We Are Married and The Madness of George III. He is an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Presented by Jenny Topper and Theatre Royal Bath Productions, The Nightingales is designed by Jonathan Fensom, with lighting by Nick Richings, sound by Jason Barnes and musical direction by Luke Bateman.