THE OMISSION OF THE FAMILY COLEMAN To Have UK Premiere At Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov Studio

The award-winning absurdist comedy The Omission of the Family Coleman by Claudio Tolcachir, in a new version by Stella Feehily, is announced as the third and final production in A Season of UK Premieres from the Americas at Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov Studio. The play will be directed by Laurence Boswell and will run from 28 March to 27 April 2019 with opening night for press on 3 April.

A Season of UK Premieres opened in November with Donald Margulies' The Model Apartment, also directed by Laurence Boswell and currently playing until 22 December. A second production, Tanya Barfield's play with music, Blue Door, directed by Eleanor Rhode, will run from 7 February to 9 March 2019.

Thursday 28 March - Saturday 27 April 2019

Three generations of the dysfunctional Coleman family live under one roof on the verge of chaos, held in check by their matriarchal grandmother. But how will the family cope when their linchpin is removed?

Claudio Tolcachir's absurdist comedy The Omission of the Family Coleman has won several prestigious awards including the Ace Award for Best Argentinian Play and the Best Original Play Award at the Fiesta Nacional del Teatro.

Claudio Tolcachir is a prominent Argentine actor, playwright and director and was recognised as The Outstanding Personality of Culture by the Legislature of Buenos Aires. He is the founder of theatre company Timbre 4 which regularly presents work in his hometown in Buenos Aires and internationally. His other works include Third Body and The Wind in a Violin.

Stella Feehily has worked extensively with Out of Joint and the Royal Court. Her plays include How to Get Ahead in Politics, Coppelia, This May Hurt A Bit, Bang, Bang, Bang, Game, Duck and the award-winning O Go My Man.

Laurence Boswell is an Olivier Award winner, Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio and an Associate Artist of the RSC. His recent productions include The Model Apartment, The Whale, The Mentor, Trouble in Mind, The Mother, Intimate Apparel and The Spanish Golden Age Season in the Ustinov Studio and A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Theatre Royal Bath's Main House.

the model apartment
Thursday 22 November - Saturday 22 December 2018

Donald Margulies' critically acclaimed The Model Apartment has its UK premiere in the Ustinov Studio this autumn, starring Diana Quick, Ian Gelder, Emily Bruni and Enyi Okoronkwo, directed by Laurence Boswell.

1980s. Max and Lola, two elderly Holocaust survivors, are retiring to Florida from Brooklyn, finally able to escape their difficult daughter and life's stresses and strains. But their new life in the Sunshine State turns dark very quickly. Their deluxe condo is not ready to live in, they've been asked to stay temporarily in a 'model apartment', and then history begins to catch up with them in the most devastating way.

In this brilliant black comedy, Max and Lola discover that if they are ever truly going to be able to retire, they must first confront the demons of their past.

Thursday 7 February - Saturday 9 March 2019
Press night: Wednesday 13 February 2019

Tanya Barfield's Blue Door will receive its first ever UK staging at the Ustinov Studio in 2019. The play, with original songs, portrays a searing examination of family, identity and the African-American male experience. It will be directed by Eleanor Rhode (Boudica, Shakespeare's Globe) and will star Ray Fearon and Fehinti Balogun.

Lewis, a prominent African-American professor of mathematics is just trying to lead a normal, quiet and successful existence. But when he refuses to attend the Million Man March, his wife of twenty-five years suddenly leaves him, and his life is thrown into turmoil. Finding himself suffering from a disorientating insomnia, he inadvertently conjures three generations of his ancestors, who each reveal the hardships and victories that have shaped their lives. Lyrical, funny and poignant, Lewis's journey grappling at the intersection of his own identity, race and culture, encapsulates more than a hundred years of American history.

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