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Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society are set to perform the seductive musical comedy, THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK at the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 8th April to Saturday 12th April.  Based on the Warner Brothers 1987 motion picture, which starred Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and Cher, this bewitching stage production features flying, a fantastic score and a witty story adapted from John Updike’s spell-binding novel.

 

On a dark and stormy night in small-town America, three divorcees frustrated by the constant scrutiny and disapproval of their buttoned-up neighbours, fantasise about their ideal man over a heady brew of cake and weak martinis. But as the saying goes, you should be careful what you wish for… in no time at all a mysterious man appears in their lives.

 

Brash, yet charismatic, Darryl Van Horne wastes no time in winning the ladies over using his charms to release their creative energy and their inhibitions, and leaving Eastwick awash with rumours. But hell hath no fury like three women scorned and pretty soon Alex, Sukie and Jane use their newly discovered powers to teach their seducer a lesson.

 

Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society’s staging of The Witches of Eastwick is presented by a 41-strong company of local talent, who have been in rehearsal for this production since November.  The cast members hail from Bath, as well as the surrounding areas of Wiltshire, Somerset and Bristol.

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Richard Pugh plays the role of Darryl Van Horne with Emma Puddick as Alexandra Spofford, Sabrina Messer as Jane Smart and Jenny Lavender as Sukie Rougemount. The role of Clyde Gabriel is played by Huw Morgan with Judy Davis as Felicia Gabriel, and Maisie Carter as Jennifer Gabriel.

 

Director Tristan Carter and choreographer Annette Wilsher return to work with Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society after collaborating in 2013 on the company’s award-winning production of The Mikado at the Theatre Royal Bath.

 

The show also features a professional orchestra conducted by musical director Peter Blackwood, who has directed music for nearly 200 theatre productions. His credits include the acclaimed community play, The Day That War Broke Out in Bristol which was staged at Temple Meads. He has worked extensively with BODS, most recently as Musical Director for The Mikado, The Gondoliers, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver!, The Pirates of Penzance, Annie and The Wizard of Oz.

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Established in 1894, and originally called Bath Amateurs, Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society’s (BODS) illustrious history includes many acclaimed performances.  Last year BODS won the Rose Bowl Award for Best Opera for their production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado.  Other much praised recent BODS productions include Oliver! in 2009, which won the regional National Operatic and Dramatic Association Award for excellence; The Wizard of Oz in 2012; Guys and Dolls in 2011; and Snoopy, winner of NODA’s Award for Best Musical Production.

 

BODS continue to encourage young and aspiring actors to take part, including performing arts students from Bath Spa University.

 

BODS present The Witches of Eastwick at the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 8th April to Saturday 12th April. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk