In the past there have been an abundance of shows heading to the West End after starting out as a popular production out of town and this often takes the form of shows like Shirley Valentine transferring from the Menier Chocolate Factory or Enron from the Chichester Festival Theatre. Then there’s The Rivals, which is the latest in a long line of productions to previously take up shop at the Theatre Royal Bath ahead of its anticipated London run, following in the footsteps of shows such as Blithe Spirit and others and is undoubtedly destined for a stand-out run.
But this production will have plenty of well known names attached to help with this as well, featuring the performing talents of Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles in lead roles, familiar to audiences for appearing in the show To the Manor Barn. Then there’s the director, who takes the form of one of London theatre’s most famous names – Sir Peter Hall, who will be bringing his years of experience from the Royal Shakespeare Company and The National Theatre to present a truly memorable production. So when The Rivals becomes a stand-out London theatre production, there are going to be plenty of audiences flocking to pick up theatre tickets before it is too late.
Written in 1775 by the well known Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Rivals focuses on the town of Bath and the abundance of families flocking to the luxurious setting hoping for an up-market and glamorous time, filled with romance and the opportunity to show off their wealth. Amongst them are Mrs Malaprop (Keith) and Sir Anthony Absolute (Bowles), plus a multitude of other colourful characters as they pair off and involve themselves in the sights and sounds during the course of a single day.
Both Keith and Bowles have enjoyed a long and vibrant stage career, whilst also teaming up for the aforementioned To the Manor Barn, with Keith’s credits including The Importance of Being Earnest at the Vaudeville Theatre and Bowles’ credits featuring The Misanthrope at the National Theatre.
Meanwhile, Peter Hall has directed a number of works across the capital, with recent productions including Bedroom Farce at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
The Rivals is set to appear at the Haymarket Theatre from Tuesday 23rd November 2010 (previews from Wednesday 10th November 2010).
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 10th November 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 26th February 2011|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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