Theatre Royal Bath Sets WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF?, HAY FEVER & More for 2014 Summer Season

The Theatre Royal Bath has announced its 2014 Summer Season, comprising four productions and starring Clare Higgins, Tim Pigott-Smith, Alison Steadman and Felicity Kendal. Beginning on 18th June with Edward Albee's WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, the season continues with KAFKA'S DICK by Alan Bennett, followed by THERESE RAQUIN by Emile Zola, and concludes on 6th September with Noel Coward's HAY FEVER.

Wednesday 18th June - Saturday 5th July
Directed by Adrian Noble

Clare Higgins and Tim Pigott-Smith star in Edward Albee's scintillating masterpiece, in which George, a college professor, and his wife, Martha, invite a young couple back for late-night drinks after a faculty party. As the alcohol flows, the guests are coerced into witnessing and participating in George and Martha's sadistic game-playing and vitriolic verbal scrapping which reaches its climax in a momentous revelation.

First staged on Broadway in 1962, the impact of the vicious wit, frank language and riveting characters firmly established Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as one of the great plays in post-war American drama, winner of the Tony and Critics' Circle Awards for Best New Play.

Olivier award winning actress Clare Higgins is known for her performances in Sweet Bird of Youth and Vincent in Brixton at the National Theatre and for Hecuba at the Donmar Warehouse.

Tim Pigott-Smith's extensive stage work includes The Tempest in Bath, Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance for the Almeida; King Lear, Stroke of Luck and Enron. His recent television credits include The Hour, Downton Abbey, Miranda and 37 Days.

The director, Adrian Noble was the Artistic Director of the RSC from 1990 to 2003. Recent work includes The King's Speech, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the West End and The Tempest for Theatre Royal Bath's Summer Season 2012.

Edward Albee's other work includes Three Tall Woman and A Delicate Balance. He is the winner of two Tony Awards and three Pulitzer Prizes.

Press Night: Tuesday 24th June, 7pm

KAFKA'S DICK by Alan Bennett
Wednesday 9th July - Saturday 26th July
Directed by David Grindley

Insurance man Sydney and his wife Linda are leading perfectly ordinary lives in 1980s suburban Leeds, when the esteemed (and long-dead) author Franz Kafka suddenly pitches up. With the great writer is his (also long-dead) friend Max Brod, he who ignored Kafka's dying wish that all his work should be burned and, as a result, made him one of the best-known writers of the 20th century. Things get even stranger when Kafka's father, Hermann, arrives - and threatens to reveal some very personal details about his son, details that Kafka would prefer kept private.

First performed at the Royal Court in 1986, this brilliant flight of fantasy shows Alan Bennett at his most overtly comic. Highly entertaining, clever and fast-moving, Kafka's Dick considers the nature of celebrity and our fascination with the salacious details of artists' lives.

One of the UK's best-loved playwrights, Alan Bennett's work includes The Madness of George III, The History Boys, Enjoy, The Lady in the Van and Talking Heads. He is also the author of the television play The Insurance Man about an extraordinary episode in Kakfa's life.

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