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Theatre Royal Bath announces opening productions for Summer 2018

Ben Hall

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THEATRE Royal Bath has announced the opening productions for its summer season 2018 across the Ustinov Studio and Main House.

Launching at the Ustinov Studio will be the highly acclaimed, Bristol based theatre company, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory with their new production of Henry V directed by Elizabeth Freestone.

Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband will transfer to Theatre Royal Bath’s Main House direct from the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre. The first production in Jonathan Church’s 2018 summer season, it will run from Wednesday, July 18 to Saturday, August 4.

Priority booking will open to members on Saturday, February 10 at 10am, with general on-sale from February 21. The full programme will be announced in due course.

Henry V, starring Ben Hall (pictured) in the title role, will run from Thursday, June 21 to Saturday, July 21.

Shakespeare’s play is a thrilling examination of the nature of power as it explores the burden of leadership and explodes the myth of heroism.

Ben Hall is best known for his role as Donald in BBC’s The Durrells. His theatre credits include Coriolanus and Salomé (RSC) and Twelfth Night (Sheffield/ETT).

Elizabeth Freestone has worked extensively with the RSC for whom her credits include The Comedy of Errors and The Rape of Lucrece. Her other theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare’s Globe and The Duchess of Malfi, Dr Faustus and The School for Scandal at Greenwich Theatre.