All tickets from Bath Box Office 01225 463362 or www.bathboxoffice.org.uk
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
C.S. Lewis adapted for stage by Glyn Robbins
Wed 16th – Sat 19th Jan 7:30pm, Sat 19th & Sun 20th 2:30pm
Join the four Pevensie children as they make their exciting journey through the wardrobe into the magical, snowy world of Narnia. Marvel with them as they meet kindness and hospitality from Mr Tumnus and Mr and Mrs Beaver but suffer fear and dread from the wicked White Witch and her terrifying henchmen. Experience their joy as they befriend Aslan the lion, the King of the Wood, who helps them fight a long and bloody battle against the forces of evil to restore the seasons and meet their destiny to become Kings and Queens of Narnia.
Phil McIntyre Entertainments
Festival Of The Spoken Nerd
Are You Sci – Curious?
Thu 24 Jan, 8pm
Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, geek songstress Helen Arney and experiments guy Steve Mould present a comedy night for the fearlessly inquisitive.
After a year of sell-out shows in London and science festivals around the country, they’re bringing their unique mix of facts and fun to Bath for the sum total of one night only.
Join three of the UK’s best (and nerdiest) performers for an evening of comedy, science, music, maths and interactive experiments as they ask those all-important questions: How can you use a parabola to set stuff on fire? How does the angler fish make love? And how dangerous can things get with just numbers?
Don’t miss this gem of intelligent fun – STV Edinburgh
A riotously funny show about science… brimming with unashamed geekery – Three Weeks
Harnesses comedy to highlight what is fun – and funny – about science NewScientist.com
For more information – and to listen to their podcast – visit www.festivalofthespokennerd.com
Lakin McCarthy Entertainment presents
Mrs Barbara Nice: Housewife Superstar in‘Mrs Nice’
Starring C4 TV’s Phoenix Nights’ Janice Connolly
Fri 25 Jan, 8pm
“A hybrid between Victoria Wood and Mrs.Merton” The Times
“Catch her before she goes stratospheric” The Scotsman
International fun smuggler and mother of five dealing in the naturally occurring comedic highs of daily life. A supremely funny character comedian who tours the country on behalf of the opinionated suburban housewives of Stockport.
Mrs Barbara Nice invites you to forget your troubles, be happy and join everyone’s favourite housewife in celebrating the here and now and making our own fun in austerity Britain. She is worried that we are living in a world of ever diminishing friendliness where we keep ourselves to ourselves, heads down afraid to catch anyone`s eye. She wants us to stand proud, be open and look the world right in the eye – or we won`t feel the benefit!
Expect a friendly, inclusive atmosphere with home truths, great timing and unique comic insights into the human condition.
MRS BARBARA NICE is the comic creation of Janice Connolly – who played the cult character ‘Holy Mary’ in Peter Kay’s acclaimed C4 TV series ‘Phoenix Nights’.
‘warm and spontaneous, brings out the hidden joy in us all’ ***** Independent
‘Fun smugglin’ is her aim. She succeeds, leaving audience members with faces sore from laughing. Character comedy does not come better than this’ ***** Edinburgh Evening News
‘an extremely funny show…She’s dotty and lovely, her interactions always leaving her victim with a big smile on their face’**** The Skinny
‘This is character comedy at its finest…flawlessly convincing and strikes up a brilliant warm rapport’ **** Three Weeks
Sat 26 Jan, 8pm
Preston Reed is back!
Recognised internationally as one of the greatest guitarists in the world, and as a groundbreaking innovator, drawing on blues, rock, funk and jazz influences among others, Preston Reed’s vast range of explosively original music will forever change your expectations of a guitarist. The phrase ‘has to be seen to be believed” has never been more true! Don’t miss one of the most dazzling displays of musicianship you will ever see!
“Widely thought of as the world’s most gifted guitarist” Total Guitar
“Spectacular…the best one-man show this reviewer has seen since Bruce Springsteen…A
terrific performer” The Irish Independent
Phil McIntyre Entertainments
Robert Newman’s Theory of Evolution: Work In Progress
Wed 30 Jan, 8pm
Join Rob as he tries out material in advance of a major new UK tour. Watch it evolve in front of your very eyes!
I am completely in awe of Robert Newman. Of his talent, his passion, his intelligence, and the way he turns them to comedy with real firepower. If this world could be saved by a Superhero whose Superpower was Comedy, that hero would be Robert Newman. Kate Copstick, The Scotsman
Duration: 60 minutes
New Old Friends and makin projects present:
Silly Songs of Shakespeare
Originally commissioned by Theatre Royal Bath’s Shakespeare’s Unplugged
Thu 31 Jan, 8pm Tickets: £12/£10
Silly Songs of Shakespeare is a show that does what it says on the tin: there are songs, they are silly and they are based on Shakespeare. Prior to a national tour, the show includes new songs, new jokes, new routines and a much-improved interval.
Spend an evening with ‘Fearg & The Sonnettes’ while they serenade you with hilarious “synopsongs” of some of Will’s most famous works and illuminate a weird corner of Shakespeare’s world with their witty and catchy tunes.
Highlights include The RP R&J Rap, The Kings’ Song, Hey Nonny Nonny, and The De Dum Dance.
‘This joyfully daft exploration of the Bard works on several levels. The gags are fast-fire and the songs (sometimes actually by Will himself) are witty: but it’s also hugely enjoyable musically. The Songettes aren’t just the dim, gum-chewing airheads that they portray – they can really, really sing (blues, gospel, jazz, Latin) and their comic timing is every bit as sharp as their singing.
All told, this is a riotous evening of amiable lunacy, never faltering for an instant, full of ouch-y puns, witty audience banter and, in and among the gags, a real love of his Bardship. Genius.’ *****Venue Magazine
Fri 1 Feb, 8pm Tickets: £12/£10
Three glorious singers will take you on a musical mystery tour by way of Doris Day, Massive Attack, Aretha Franklin and Georgian toasting songs.
Using only their own vocal talents, an instrument or two and Lou (a vocal looper, and part-time member of the group), The Croutons take their favourite songs and cook them up into a feast of subtle harmonies with some added rhythmic spice. You won’t believe what three voices and a small blue box can do!
With support from Simon Allen.
Wants. Needs. Dreams
Sat 2 Feb, 8pm Tickets: £10/£8
A selection of songs taken from five musicals written by local composer Matt Finch, including last year’s popular production of Laura’s Star, performed by a cast of 20 local performers. Choral numbers, dance, solos, duets and trios have been selected by the composer to give an abridged version of each show – all held together by the themes of Wants, Needs and Dreams. Some of the musicals have previously been performed in Leeds, London and Bath, with two shows having their Premiere on this night.
Sarfraz Manzoor: The Boss Rules – How Bruce Springsteen Changed My Life
Thu 14 Feb, 8pm Tickets: £12/£10
In his brand new one man show Sarfraz Manzoor tackles race, religion and rock ‘n’ roll. Manzoor believes Bruce Springsteen’s songs contain the secrets of life, love and happiness.
The journalist and broadcaster- best known for his work in The Guardian, BBC2’s Review Show and Radio 4 – takes us on a humorous journey through his life and shows how the Boss’ words saved him, then helped him get out of Luton and find the woman of his dreams.
Using Springsteen’s songs as a starting point, Manzoor tackles everything from family to fatherhood to faith. He invites the audience to share their dilemmas and he offers advice based on the lyrics of Springsteen.
From Edinburgh Festival 2012 –
‘a heartfelt and funny show..a gentle, affectionate mix’….TV Bomb
‘a light-hearted but poignant memoir and family portrait…his confident, open manner creates a relaxed and enjoyable show that should resonate with everyone’….The List
‘an affable host with an engaging and touching story to tell…he certainly knows how to spin an absorbing tale’…Chortle
‘The show is a little ray of sunshine: very uplifting’…The Skinny
Devised by Pilot’s Thumb
Fri 15 Feb, 8pm Tickets: £12/£10
Set in the near future as Britain plunges further into recession, Touched is a poignant exploration of longing and loss played out against the Government’s regeneration programme, a measure aimed at alleviating austerity.
Thomas: grieving and lonely, Jessica: ambitious and frustrated, KC: a girl with a dream, all make this play both personal and political.
Pilot’s Thumb is a South West based theatre company, formed in 2009 and committed to exploring controversial issues from both personal and social perspectives.
Cindy Stratton Band featuring ZBella
Sat 16 Feb, 8pm Tickets: £12/£10
Tonight sees the return of Cindy Stratton to the Rondo stage, where she will be launching her latest album. Cindy isa stunning singer and has been described as ‘one of the best singer/songwriters to emerge from the Southwest.’ (Venue). Cindy will be joined by some amazing musicians including Marius Frank, Ali Nourse and Henry Shaftoe, plus the fabulous Lucy Mott and Susie Wright who comprise of half the wonderful accapella group ZBella.
Performing an eclectic mix of material from genres including jazz, pop, motown and R and B.
Wed 20 – Sat 23 Feb, 7:30pm Tickets: £10/£8
Volpone is perhaps Jonson’s best loved comedy, full of physical and verbal wit which Playing Up, in their inimitable style, bring wonderfully to life.
The old miser Volpone and his servant Mosca pretend that he is dying in order that they can gleefully fleece his greedy friends, all of whom are desperately hoping to be heir to his fortune. However, with nary a moral in sight it’s not long before all find themselves exposed, betrayed and then justly punished.
This is an updated and highly physical version of an Elizabethan classic – guaranteed to make you laugh.
Zoe Lyons: Pop-Up Comic
Thu 28 Feb, 8pm Tickets: £12/£10
A mixture of silliness, satire and caustic one liners from one of the UK’s favourite comedians. She won’t change the world but she will ask the big questions such as Dog Prams: why?
As seen on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1) Mock The Week (BBC2) Dave’s One Night Stand and The Wright Stuff (FIVE)
“Achingly funny… A cracking show” – The Melbourne Age
“Brilliantly acerbic…Her force of personality is enough to overpower anyone in the audience still labouring under the delusion that women aren’t funny” – The Guardian