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New director! New members! New programme! Next Stage turns 24!

Posted: Wednesday 11 April, 2018

With Next Stage Theatre Company approaching its 24th Birthday on May 18th, old and new members of the company gathered together on Sunday 25th March, as the company’s Artistic Director Ann Ellison announced the exciting productions that would be taking place in the forthcoming year.

Some of the many shows Next Stage has produced in the last 24 years

Tickets for the first production in Next Stage’s 24th Birthday year are already selling fast. The company has an enviable reputation for its interpretations of Tennessee Williams’ works and The Night of the Iguana Tuesday 19th - Saturday 23rd June, is eagerly awaited. The company’s first Autumn production marks a first with Next Stage for director Bob Constantine, who is taking the reins of J.B Priestley’s gripping play Dangerous Corner in September, Tuesday 4th - Saturday 8th 2018. Bob is both a talented and experienced actor and director and Next Stage is delighted to be showcasing his work in-the-round in September.

Bob Constantine as Rene Azair in Next Stage’s 2017 production of Birdsong

After the huge success of Goodnight Mister Tom (2017), Next Stage has decided to embark on another joint adult and youth production in October 2018, when it stages The Railway Children by E.Nesbit, adapted by Dave Simpson, Tuesday 30th October - Saturday 3rd November 2018. This timeless classic is set to be a crowd pleaser with The Mission’s Main Auditorium transformed into a functioning railway station.

Jenny Agutter as Roberta, Sally Thomsett as Phyllis and Gary Warren as Peter in The Railway Children (1970) film adaptation

The fourth production in Next Stage’s 24th year commemorates Armistice Day and the 100th anniversary of the First World War, with the poignant and mesmerising story of Private Peaceful by Michal Morpurgo, Tuesday 6th - Saturday 10th November 2018. This moving production will be a one-man show, with Next Stage actor, Toby Lewis-Atwell, taking the role of Private Tommo Peaceful, a vulnerable 18 year old faced with the challenges that War brings with it for a young army Private.

Next up in Next Stage’s busy 24th Birthday year will be Bedroom Farce by our Patron, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Tuesday 11th - Saturday 15th December 2018. This early classic Ayckbourn play will prove a hilarious pre-Christmas treat for all.

Sir Alan Ayckbourn and Next Stage Theatre Company's Artistic Director, Ann Ellison

Looking head into 2019 and approaching the company’s quarter century celebrations, Ann Ellison was delighted to announce there will be productions of For Services Rendered by Somerset Maugham in January and Plenty by company Patron, Sir David Hare in March.

Patron, Sir David Hare

As always Next Stage sets the bar high in artistic endeavour and output and when we reach the company’s 25th Birthday on May 18th 2019, it is worth bearing in mind that Next Stage will have produced nearly 200 shows in Bath since the company’s inception in 1994.

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