Theatre Royal Bath Announces A Season Of International UK Premieres At The Ustinov Studio

Theatre Royal Bath today announces a season of international UK premieres which open at the Ustinov Studio this Autumn. Daniel Kehlmann’s latest work, Christmas Eve will run from 12 October to 11 November followed by Will Eno’s award-winning play The Open House, in a co-production with Print Room at the Coronet, from 23 November to 23 December.

Thursday 12 October – Saturday 11 November

Riveting new thriller Christmas Eve launches the season of international UK Premieres, reuniting the team behind the Ustinov Studio’s The Mentor. The latest play from multi-award winning writer Daniel Kehlmann will be directed byLaurence Boswell, in a translation by Christopher Hampton.

On Christmas Eve 2017, a philosophy professor is on her way to celebrate Christmas when she is bundled into police headquarters and an interrogation room. Opposite her the senior officer is cynical, smart and relentless. Played out in real time, two powerful antagonists are pitted head to head against each other. Both think they are saving their country but only one of them will win.

Daniel Kehlmann is a German-language author whose novel Measuring the World, sold three million copies in Germany alone and has been translated into more than 40 languages.

Christopher Hampton previously translated Florian Zeller’s play The Father for the Ustinov Studio, launching its international success. He won an Academy Award for the adaptation of his own play, Dangerous Liaisons.

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 Mentor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Theatre Royal’s Main House, and Trouble in Mind, The Mother, Intimate Apparel and The Spanish Golden Age Season in the Ustinov Studio.

Thursday 23 November – Saturday 23 December

Former Artistic Director of the RSC, Michael Boyd directs Will Eno’s The Open House, which receives it UK Premiere at the Ustinov Studio having won the Obie Award for Playwriting in 2014. In Eno’s signature, inimitable style, the production offers a wildly subversive and darkly hilarious take on the archetypal family drama.

Son and Daughter have come home to celebrate their Mother and Father’s wedding anniversary, but the atmosphere is strained and the dog is nowhere to be seen. Just as they hit stalemate things start to take a very unexpected turn…

Will Eno’s Broadway debut play, The Realistic Joneses, was the winner of a Drama Desk Special Award. Other writing credits include The Open House (Off-Broadway), which won the Obie Award for Playwriting and most recently Wakey, Wakey (Off-Broadway).

Michael Boyd’s directing credits for Ustinov Studio include Right Now, The Harvest and The Big Meal. Other recent directing credits include The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (Hampstead Theatre) and Tamburlaine (Broadway). He was formerly Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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