Following its record-breaking run at London’s Garrick Theatre, Twelve Angry Men are set to give their verdict at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 30th March to Saturday 4th April as Reginald Rose’s gripping drama tours to the West Country featuring seven of the West End cast reprising their roles, including multi award-winning Tom Conti (Shirley Valentine, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence) and Robert Duncan (Drop The Dead Donkey, Casualty).
Twelve Angry Men follows twelve jurors who have murder on their minds and a life in their hands as they decide the fate of a young delinquent accused of killing his father. But what appears to be an open and shut case soon becomes a dilemma for the twelve, as their prejudices and preconceived ideas about the accused, the trial and each other turn the tables every which way, until the nail-biting climax.
“A moving, intensely gripping revival” – Financial Times
The production brings to the stage the taut brilliance of Sidney Lumet’s 1957, three-time Academy Award nominated film, which starred and was produced by Henry Fonda. Considered to be one of the great ‘must-see’ movies of all time, Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men originated as a television play as well as being successfully adapted for film, radio and stage.
“Holds the audience in a vice like grip” – Sunday Express
Olivier Award winner, Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee Tom Conti reprises his West End role as Juror number 8, the role made famous by Henry Fonda in the film. One of the most respected and celebrated actors of his generation, Tom Conti was recently voted the Most Popular Actor in the West End in the last 25 years alongside Dame Judi Dench. Amongst his many films are Shirley Valentine, the Academy Award nominated Reuben, Reuben, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, and the Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. His recent television credits include Lark Rise to Candleford, Miranda and the psychological thriller, Donovan. His many stage highlights include Whose Life Is It Anyway?, for which he won an Olivier Award in the West End and a Tony Award on Broadway; Alan Ayckbourn’s Norman Conquest trilogy; and Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell, which played Bath in 2000. His many previous performances at the Theatre Royal Bath include Rough Justice in 2012, Wife After Death in 2010, Romantic Comedy in 2007 and The Real Thing in 2005.
Also returning to the jury for the 2015 UK tour is Robert Duncan, well-known for his television roles as Gus Hedges in Channel 4’s cult comedy hit Drop the Dead Donkey and as Peter Hayes in BBC1’s Casualty. Robert has performed at the Theatre Royal Bath in eight previous productions, most recently in Go Back for Murder in 2013. His many stage credits include the West End production of Caught in the Net with Eric Sykes and David Hare’s award-winning play Skylight for Vienna’s English Theatre. He will be joined by new jury member Andrew Lancel, best known on television for playing the villainous businessman Frank Foster in Coronation Street and DI Neil Manson in The Bill. Andrew last performed at the Theatre Royal Bath in Conduct Unbecoming in 1996.
Also returning to the production from the West End are Andrew Frame, who played P.C Hargreaves in EastEnders; David Calvitto, whose many theatre credits include These Shining Lives and The Odd Couple; Mark Carter, whose television credits include Hollyoaks, Utopia and The Knock; and Sean Power, seen on screen in Lead Balloon, The Work Experience, Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Fright Night 2. Jon Carver, from BBC’s Doctors, reprises his role as The Guard.
Forming the rest of the jury will be, Denis Lill, seen on television in The Royal and Only Fools and Horses, he last performed at Bath’s Theatre Royal in Murder on the Nile in 2012; Paul Beech, whose theatre credits include King Lear and A Tale of Two Cities, he has previously appeared at the Theatre Royal in The Last Confession in 2007; Alexander Forsyth, who has starred in stage productions of Porcelain and It Never Ends; Edward Halsted, whose television credits include Holby City and Jonathan Creek and last played Bath in Shadowlands in 1991; and Gareth David-Lloyd, who played Ianto Jones in the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood.
This production is directed by Christopher Haydon, Artistic Director of The Gate Theatre, Notting Hill.
Reginald Rose won three Emmys in his lifetime and was nominated for a total of six. Best known for writing plays for television, notably for CBS’s Studio One, he also found success writing for the stage, as well as for regular television programming. Rose was known for confronting social problems and the political arena. His plays include The Bus to Nowhere, 12:32 a.m., An Almanac of Liberty, Crime in the Streets, and Twelve Angry Men, which started life as a television play, before becoming a landmark film which influenced the future of American cinematography, as well as a successful stage play.
Twelve Angry Men tours to the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 30th March to Saturday 4th April. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk