WOW! What a fabulous new season from the Mission Theatre. Have a look below to see what exciting shows they have coming up!

Tue 10 – Sat 14 September 7.30pm

Next Stage Theatre Company presents

On Golden Pond

by Ernest Thompson

On Golden Pond (2)“You really are the sweetest man in the world. And I’m the only one who knows.” (Ethel, Act 1 scene 2)

On Golden Pond is the love story of Norman and Ethel Thayer. The tart-tongued retired professor and his long-suffering wife have stayed in their holiday home on Golden Pond in Maine each Summer for as long as they can remember. The house on the lake holds fond memories for them both, but for their middle-aged daughter, Chelsea, who has always felt that she is a disappointment to her father, recollections of childhood are more ambivalent.

Throughout the Summer, Norman seems to have a sense of restlessness as he searches for activities and amusements to fill his days on Golden Pond. When Chelsea arrives, under duress from her mother, to wish Norman a happy 80th Birthday, she brings moral support in the form of her new partner Bill and his teenage son, Billy. Norman is not known for his welcoming nature, but Billy’s sharp wit and easy going attitude strike a chord in the aging patriarch.

Maybe it’s finally time for Norman to learn a thing or two about love, forgiveness, and the inevitable passing of time.

This classic American play was famously adapted into a Hollywood film in 1981, with Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn playing the irascible couple. Next Stage is proud to present Dave Dunn and Joanna Bowman as Norman and Ethel in this first production to use the theatre’s new auditorium layout for 150 audience members.

TICKETS £11 (£9 concs)

from Next Stage Box Office 01225 428600 email

or Bath Box Office 01225 463362 online at

Call 01225 428600 to reserve your seat or book at pre-show supper



Hit It!  Saturday mornings 9.30-11.30am: Autumn term begins Sat 7 September

Hit It! Music Academy for Kids

is a vibrant, lively and creative place to develop your child’s musical skills, knowledge and aspirations.

Using affordable instruments and ABRSM exam materials, we develop the skills and knowledge of young musicians to ensure they progress their talents whilst having fun. Working with others and experiencing a broad range of opportunities, children are taught and inspired by experienced musicians and tutors who ensure they remain engaged and motivated along their musical journey.    @HitItAcademy



NSY Sunday afternoons 4.30-6pm: Autumn term begins Sun 15 September

Next Stage Youth

is one of Bath’s most popular youth theatre companies. Next Stage tutors and actors provide our 60-strong group with training in theatre and performance skills and each year a number of talented members go on to pursue careers in the theatre.

Next Stage Youth places emphasis on performance as a means to enhance teamwork, self-confidence and a professional grounding in theatre arts. There are no auditions, anyone between 11 and 18 is welcome and Next Stage has a policy of using talented youngsters whenever possible in adult productions.

Call 01225 428600 or email to register your interest in our Autumn term.




The Jane Austen Festival 2013

Tickets for all The Jane Austen Festival events from Bath Box Office 01225 463362 online

Please note there are no concession tickets



Monday 16th September

The Modern Miss Austen – talk

10.15am (duration 1 hour)

Author and Austen expert, Lauren Nixon, discusses just how it is that Jane Austen’s work thrives after two centuries and why her characters are as easy to relate to as ever?



Thy Trembling Strings – concert

12noon (duration 1 hour)

Concert of Regency music for harp and harp-lute by Sarah Deere-Jones and Phil Williams. Performing haunting songs, lively dance tunes and virtuoso solos in costume, thus recreating the spirit of the 19th Century soirée.



Simply Jane: The life, loves and characters of Jane Austen 

8pm (duration 1½ hours with interval)

This superb performance by Jane Dawes includes readings demonstrating Jane Austen’s wit and mischievous sense of humour, and dramatized extracts from some of her best loved novels including Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Persuasion.



Tuesday 17th September

Shopping for Clothes in 18th Century Towns

10.30am (duration 1 hour)

How did ladies and gentlemen shop for clothes? When, where and from whom did they buy them? Serena Dyer will try to answer these and other questions about shopping habits in Austen’s time.



The Art of Social Grace: A Lesson in Etiquette – workshop 

2pm (duration 1 hour)

In ‘town’ for the Season, entertaining concerns about the poise and social grace required for Regency Society? Then Fear Not! All will be revealed in this practical presentation; please bring your fan, or walking cane.



The Regency Zombie Experience! – Theatrical 

4pm (duration 1 hour)

It is 1813: A mysterious plague has swept Bath; the Assembly Rooms are empty, the haberdashery shop sits abandoned, ribbons gather dust upon its shelves. In this time of great need, we must save a precious treasure! (Note: Survival of participants cannot be guaranteed!)



The Honours of the Table by Mr Adams the Butler 

6.45pm (duration 1 hour)

Mr Adams demonstrates the complex process of setting the table for dinner, paying particular attention to the etiquette associated with sitting to table and the ‘art’ of dining.



The Regency Zombie Experience! – Theatrical 

8.30pm (duration 1 hour)

For details see 4pm.




Wednesday 18th September

Pride and Prejudice – the play 

2pm and 8pm (duration 2 hours with interval)

Two Bit Classics and Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds present a brand new adaptation, for just two actors. Officially premiering later in the Autumn, this unique Festival performance will feature extracts from the show plus the chance to talk to the performers, ask questions and feed in your ideas! Be in at the beginning of what is sure to be one of the most inventive and theatrical Austen adaptations for years.




Thursday 19th September

Jane Austen’s ‘Darling Child’ – talk 

10.30am (duration 1 hour)

Pride and Prejudice – the enduring appeal of what Jane Austen called her ‘darling child.’ Penny Townsend examines the comedy and characters we love, and asks – ‘How does Darcy measure up as a modern hero?’



Northanger Abbey – Box Tale Soup Theatre Company 

12 noon (duration 1¼ hours)

This unique version remains entirely faithful to the book and comprises of two actors and seven puppets. The show fits into a vintage trunk and all puppets, props, set and costume are handmade by the company.





Friday 20th September

The Regency Look – make-up demonstration 

11am (duration 1 hour)

Was it just a splash of water on the face in the morning, a three mile walk and voilà: the Regency look; or was there more to it than that? Jodie Hollis talks about how to achieve the Regency natural beauty look with modern make-up.



Head-dresses: The Regency Turban – workshop 

4pm (duration 1 hour)

Just in time for the Ball, come and see how to create both simple and elaborate Regency turban fashions.




Saturday 21st September

Let’s Talk Pride & Prejudice – with John Mullan 

11.30am (duration 1½ hours)

John Mullan is Professor of English at University College London and has taught Austen for over 25 years. His experience and love of Pride and Prejudice make him well qualified to lead this discussion on our favourite novel. You may recognise John from his recent participation in the BBC production ‘Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball’.



Finale – Austentatious: An Improvised Novel 

6.30pm (duration 1 hour)

Jane Austen famously wrote six novels – or did she? Undoubtedly one of the most talked-about shows on the improvised comedy circuit. This hour long comedy play is spun in the inimitable style of Jane Austen and based entirely on audience suggestions. A seasoned cast presents an eloquent, irreverent, 100% improvised take on Austen’s works performed in period costume with live cello accompaniment. A suitably hilarious and superb ending to the 2013 Jane Austen Festival.






Sun 22 September 7.30pm

Paul Gunn and The Worsted Cabaret present

A Cabaret in Jazz Style

In THE THEATRE UPSTAIRS at The Mission Theatre 

Worsted 2‘Paul Gunn & The Worsted Cabaret’ return following the runaway success of their show at The Mission Theatre in May 2012. This time their original songs are presented in piano/vocal form in the tradition of Noël Coward, Tom Lehrer and Fascinating Aida.

‘Wonderful musicians’, ‘A joy to watch’, ‘Eccentric, unique and magnificent!’

Vocalist Paul Gunn has played many roles in theatre, film and television including Frosch (Die Fledermaus) and Lillas Pastia (Carmen) for Glyndebourne Opera. He is joined by distinguished pianist Vladimir Miller, leader of The Moscow Composers’ Orchestra and composer of Worsted’s single ‘The Arts of Seduction and Hat Doffing’.

Their aim is to entertain with: ‘songs of etiquette & good manners for a modern age’.

TICKETS £8 (£7 concs) or 0845 680 1926