Thursday 31st July – Saturday 30th August
Summer Season 2014
BAD JEWS by Joshua Harmon
Directed by Michael Longhurst
The Ustinov Studio plays host to the UK Premiere of Joshua Harmon’s BAD JEWS later this month, the fifth play in the Theatre Royal Bath’s Summer Season 2014. Bad Jews was hailed by the New York Times as ‘the best comedy of the season’ in October 2013.
A beloved grandfather – a Holocaust survivor – has just died, and a treasured family heirloom with religious significance is up for grabs. But who is most deserving of it? Bossy, overbearing, fanatically religious Daphna? Her wealthy cousin Liam, who’s just returned from skiing with his non-Jewish girlfriend Melody? Or Jonah, his brother, who would prefer not to get involved in the fight? A cramped Manhattan apartment becomes the setting for a viciously hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy as the contenders set at each other’s throats on the night after the funeral.
“Will resonate with anyone … a dark comedy that will have you laughing uncontrollably” Huffington Post
The cast includes Ilan Goodman as Liam, who will be familiar to Ustinov audiences from the highly acclaimed Red Light Winter and Intimate Apparel which featured in the Studio’s American Seasons of 2012 and 2014. The cast is completed with Jenna Augen, Gina Bramhill and Joe Coen.
Director Michael Longhurst’s previous productions include Constellations at the Royal Court Theatre and Stovepipe by promenade in association with the National Theatre, He is an Associate Director of the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton and is also recipient of the Jerwood Director’s Award at the Young Vic (for Dirty Butterfly) and a Fringe First Award (for Guardians). Playwright Joshua Harmon’s other work includes A Boy Named Alice, Love in the Time of Channukah, Princess Bubonic and Terese Raquin.
BAD JEWS is at the Ustinov Studio from Thursday 31st July – Saturday 30th August. Tickets are on sale now from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844, or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk/ustinov
Bad Jews completes the Theatre Royal Bath’s Summer Season 2014 which opened in June with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, followed by Kafka’s Dick, currently running in the Main House, and continues with Therese Raquin (30 July – 16 August) and Noel Coward’s Hay Fever (20 August – 6 September)