Photo Flash: In Reherasal with IN PRAISE OF LOVE, Christopher Bonwell and Julian Wadham Join Cast

Theatre Royal Bath Productions today announces full casting for In Praise of Love at the Ustinov Studio with Christopher Bonwell and Julian Wadham joining the previously announced Robert Lindsay and Tara FitzGerald. Jonathan Church will direct Terence Rattigan's powerful drama at the Ustinov Studio marking his first production at the venue as well as the closing play in his second year as Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Bath's Summer Season. In Praise of Love will run from Wednesday 3 October to Saturday 3 November with opening night for press on Monday 15 October.

In Praise of Love is a perceptive and compelling drama about the concealed truths and veiled emotions in a marriage.

Sebastian and Lydia Crutwell live in a small flat in Islington. Sebastian, once a promising novelist, is now a cantankerous critic. Lydia, an Estonian refugee, has recently discovered she is seriously ill, news that she confides to a family friend, Mark, but not to Sebastian. Over the course of two evenings, a series of heart-breaking revelations changes the facade of Lydia and Sebastian's relationship forever.

Terence's Rattigan's prominent career as a playwright includes plays such as The Winslow Boy, A Bequest to the Nation, Man and Boy, French Without Tears and The Deep Blue Sea. Screenwriting credits include English Without Tears, Bond Street, The Sound Barrier, The V.I.P.s, and The Yellow Rolls-Royce.

Christopher Bonwell (Joey) has appeared on stage in Relatively Speaking, Bad Jews and She Stoops to Conquer at Theatre Royal Bath, and in the film Siffre. He has also voiced videogames Divinity II Original Sin and SpellForce 3, as well as providing voiceovers for the Discovery Channel.

Tara FitzGerald's (Lydia) theatre credits include And Then There Were None (Gielgud Theatre), A Doll's House (Donmar Warehouse), The Misanthrope (Comedy Theatre), Broken Glass (Vaudeville Theatre) and The Winter's Tale (Globe Theatre London and UK tour). She also boasts numerous credits across television and film. Television credits include Waking the Dead, The Body Farm, Game of Thrones, In the Club, The Musketeers and Death in Paradise. Film credits feature A Man of No Importance, Brassed Off, Dark Blue World, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Una and Legend.

Robert Lindsay (Sebastian) is a multi-award winning actor with theatre credits including Me and My Girl (Broadway, West End) for which he won a Tony and Olivier Award, plus Olivier Award-winning performances in Becket and as Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh's Oliver! Robert also won a BAFTA for Alan Bleasdale's G.B.H. Additionally he has numerous film and theatre credits including Citizenship, Hornblower and My Family for television and Grace of Monaco and Wimbledon for film.

Julian Wadham (Mark) has appeared in the television series Outlander, Silk, Lewis and Tokyo Trial. His film credits also include The Happy Prince, Victoria and Abdul, Churchill, Iron Lady and Warhorse. Julian has also performed on stage in Another Country (Trafalgar Studios), This House (National Theatre) and The Tempest (Theatre Royal Haymarket).

The 2018 Summer Season at Theatre Royal Bath opened in June with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory's Henry V followed by An Ideal Husband direct from the West End, the UK premiere of Switzerland, the 50th anniversary production of Arthur Miller's The Price and the 10th anniversary production of Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage.

Photo Credit: Nobby Clark

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