During the Easter Holidays, London’s Unicorn Theatre brings David McKee’s much-loved picture book to life in Bath as NOT NOW, BERNARD visits the egg theatre at the Theatre Royal from Thursday 10th April to Saturday 12th April. Rhys Rusbatch plays the roles of Bernard and Monster, directed by Ellen McDougall.

Not Now Bernard - Rhys Rusbatch as Monster - Photo credit Manuel Harlan - (ref2a)


In this new stage production for children aged 2 years and over, Bernard’s got a problem.  He’s found a monster in the back garden and his mum and dad are just too busy with household chores to notice.  All they ever say is “not now, Bernard”. So Bernard tries to befriend the monster… but it doesn’t go quite to plan.


David McKee is one of the UK’s leading creators of children’s books. His work includes the best-selling Elmer series, Mr Benn and King Rollo, and his iconic picture book, Not Now, Bernard has been loved by children and adults for over thirty years.


Mrs McMoon - Katie Cooper as Mrs McMoonThe fun continues from Monday 14th April to Wednesday 16th April as MRS McMOON brings sublime story-telling to the egg theatre’s Roper Room.  This perfectly pitched piece for children aged from 3 to 5 years is written, directed and performed by actress Katie Cooper as the loveable Scott, Mrs McMoon.


With singing flowers and a Scottish jig, Mrs McMoon takes young audiences into a world of brave and daring adventures with the charming story of a little girl called Mary Jane, who brings the joy of rainbows to a grey, dull and boring town. Set in the cosy surroundings of her living room, Mrs McMoon’s story-telling show spins magic from the tick tock of clocks and the smell of freshly baked cakes.


Meanwhile in the egg theatre’s auditorium from Monday 14th April to Wednesday 16th April, SIGNOR BAFFO will be Signor Baffo - Oliver Harrison as Signor Baffowhipping up a storm at 3pm each afternoon. In this interactive stage show for children aged from 5 to 8 years, expect a plate full of fun with a generous helping of silliness and mischief when the eccentric chef Signor Baffo is left in charge.


What’s the best way to mix meatballs with spaghetti? How do you make a chicken lay an egg, and how does a sausage roll? All will be revealed in the charming culinary chaos of Signor Baffo’s kitchen in this energetic show written and performed by Oliver Harrison.


Over Easter weekend, PINOCCHIO visits the egg theatre with two performances each day on Saturday 19th April and Easter Sunday 20th April. Hiccup Theatre have joined forces with multi award-winning writer and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen (We’re Going on a Bear Hunt) to bring Carlo Collodi’s classic tale to life in a sparkling new version.

Pinocchio - Hiccup Theatre visits the egg theatre - (ref125)


This new play for children aged 3 years and over, follows the plot of the original story and features four multi-talented actor musicians, live music, puppetry, physical storytelling and longer and longer noses… that actually grow. With a wonderful set and costumes, fantastically catchy songs, naughty Pinocchio and his grasshopper friend set out on a fun-seeking adventure!


Tickets for each of the shows are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844, the egg reception on 01225 823 409 or online via