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The Ustinov Studio presents a hugely varied range of drama, comedy and music in its Visiting Company Season, which opens the new year. This begins with Theatre Royal favourite CLIVE FRANCIS presenting his captivating one-man A CHRISTMAS CAROL; Fine Chisel presents FIRING BLANKS, an award-winning piece about donor conception (and ducks!), with an original live score; Anthony Neilson’s STITCHING is an explosive and graphic study of a couple’s attempts to reconnect which has been banned in some parts of the world; THE DOLPHIN CROSSING is a thrilling adaptation of Jill Paton Walsh’s novel about one of the little ships at Dunkirk; Miracle Theatre Company presents FRANKENSTEIN, their take on Mary Shelley’s classic, told with the visual flair of early cinema and the charm of the post-war British musical; Rhum and Clay presents A STRANGE WILD SONG, the story of photographs taken by a soldier which are rediscovered by his grandson, which sold out at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Guy Masterson directs FEMALE GOTHIC, a dark celebration of Victorian women writers of Gothic fiction, performed by Rebecca Vaughan.

Comedy in the Ustinov Studio includes the return of Chortle Comedy award nominees PEACOCK AND GAMBLE; WITTANK present their show of inventive sketches and hilarious characters and the internationally acclaimed SHAZIA MIRZA will take you to CUCKOOLAND!. TINA MAY brings to life the music of the France’s beloved entertainer in EDITH PIAF, A CELEBRATION OF A LEGEND and acclaimed singer and concertina player EMILY PORTMAN brings her unique folk style and bewitching live performance to Bath.

The Ustinov Studio seasons of UK Premieres from Artistic Director Laurence Boswell have been ecstatically received by both audiences and critics. After much acclaim for the first American Season in Spring 2012, Laurence Boswell presents a second American Season in Spring 2013 with three works from New-York based writers, which have all received great success in the USA.

The season opens with THE AMERICAN PLAN, a funny and heart-rending tale of love and loss set against the backdrop of the Catskill Mountains during a 1960s summer. Richard Greenberg’s drama premiered in the States in 1990 and was revived on Broadway in 2009, directed, as it will be in Bath, by David Grindley. Greenberg is perhaps best known for his 2003 Tony Award winning play, Take Me Out and for Three Days of Rain, which enjoyed an acclaimed West End run in 2009.

The second show in the season will be 4000 MILES, Amy Herzog’s award-winning play about the relationship between a 91 year-old grandmother and her 21 year-old grandson who turns up at her door unexpectedly after a traumatic bike trip and ends up spending a month with her. 4000 Miles is the winner of the 2012 Obie Award for Best New Play.

The third show will be FIFTY WORDS, Michael Weller’s exploration of a marriage during the course of one pivotal night, as it teeters on the verge of either breakup or deepening love and understanding. Directed by Laurence Boswell, this compelling drama contains resonances of American classics Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

There will be an opportunity to meet Laurence Boswell and the creative team members at BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE USTINOV, a free event on the morning of 23rd February, to find out more about the three shows, designs and choices of production.