This summer celebrates 30 years of youth theatre productions at the Theatre Royal Bath and rehearsals begin on Monday (7 August) for the production which will mark this extraordinary milestone – THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW. Washington Irving’s 18th Century spooky story of the New York village supposedly haunted by the ghostly figure of the Headless Horseman has been adapted by Bristol-based writer Miriam Battye, in a special commission for the Summer Company, and will see the egg theatre transformed into the haunting, leafy forest of Sleepy Hollow. The story was made into a Hollywood film in 1999, starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton.


Thirty young people will join together for the first time to spend three weeks with professional directors, choreographers, musicians and technicians to create a full-scale production for public performance. The cast members range in age from 12 – 18, with ten backstage participants. They come from schools in Bath and across the South and West, with some students travelling more than 90 miles in order to be part of this well-respected project. The students will be working with the TRB Theatre School’s Director John East, who directed last year’s Summer Company production of The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Cameron Carver, a West End director and choreographer, who has recently worked as movement director on La Strada at The Other Palace and as assistant director on Trojan Women at the Bristol Old Vic. The costumes and set will be designed and created by a young team under the guidance of Alison McDowall, who has worked on costumes forWicked, and designed for the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe.


Rehearsals take place from 7 – 24 August, with performances from Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 August. Tickets are on sale now from the egg reception on 01225 823409, or online at


This summer celebrates 30 years of Youth Theatre at the Theatre Royal Bath, which began in the summer of 1987 when a group of young people from Bath, Frome and Bridgwater performed Fair Play, a modern adaptation of Samuel Johnson’s Bartholemew Fair. The performance took place in the Main House on Sunday 9 August 1987, under the direction of Martin Dimery, who went on to establish the Theatre Royal’s first full time youth theatre, which has grown into the many groups which make up the Theatre Royal Bath’s Theatre School today.


The anniversary will be marked with a Gala Performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on Friday 25 August, to which many of those involved with the youth theatre and theatre school over the last 30 years will be invited.

Theatre Royal Bath Theatre School presents



Venue:                 the egg theatre, Bath

Dates:                   Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 August 2017

Times:                 Thurs & Fri 7pm; Sat & Sun 2pm & 7pm

Tickets:               £12 / £8 children / £7 Theatre School members

Box Office:         01225 448844 (Box Office) / 01225 823409 (egg reception)

Website:     (booking fees apply)

Age guidance:   Ages 7+

Running time:   Approx. 2 hours