Thu 28 Oct – Sat 6 Nov. Theatre Royal Bath: Private Lives. A new production of Private Lives, the inaugural show from Nigel Havers’ new theatre company which will be touring the country with a line-up of theatrical gems. Launching the company, Coward’s dazzling comic masterpiece is both a scintillatingly witty and scathingly vitriolic study of the rich and reckless in love. Nigel Havers, ever suave and thoroughly charming, plays Elyot, the role taken by Noël Coward himself in the original production in 1930.
Tue 2 Nov. The Forum Bath: Country-pop duo Ward Thomas are set to entertain the good people of Bath following a tour with Jack Savorett.
Wed 3 Nov. The Forum Bath: Beth Hart. Singer-songwriter Beth Hart and her band songs from her latest albums ‘War In My Mind’ and ‘Fire On The Floor’.
Wed 3 Nov. The Egg Theatre Bath. Jekyll and Hyde. Students stage Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella in all its horror. This is a world in which relationships are governed by secrecy, suspicion and doubt; a world of internal and external conflict as one man’s struggles with the duality of his nature threaten to destroy himself and his relationships with those around him.
Wed 3-Sat 6 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: Our Man in Havana. Graham Greene’s novel adapted by Clive Francis about the hapless vacumn cleaner salesman Wormold recruited by the British secret service in this classic farce.
Thu 4 Nov. Mission Theatre Bath: Kate Bush Stripped. Bristol based Lisa-Marie Walters together with ‘stripped back’ piano arrangements by Mark Feven celebrate the music of Kate Bush.
Thu 4 Nov. Chapel Arts Centre Bath: Katy Hurt. Katy Hurt is one of those rare talents that can write and perform with equal impact. Her 2019 single Revved Up prompted Roland Monger, Music Blogger, to say “Hurt’s voice takes Dolly Parton’s twang and Beth Ditto’s soul, wraps it all up in a basket with a bow before setting fire to it and leaving it on your door step.”
Fri 5 Nov. The Forum Bath: Classical Fireworks. The Fulltone Orchestra celebrate November the fifth with classical music.
Fri 5 Nov. The Forum Bath: The Stylistics. Direct from Philadelphia USA, the legends of soul music bring the ‘Phili’ sound to Bath with classics including ‘Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love)’, ‘Lets Put It All Together’, ‘Stop Look Listen’, ‘You Are Everything’, ‘Betcha By Golly Wow’, ‘Sing Baby Sing’, ‘I’m Stone in Love with You’ and many more.
Fri 5 Nov. Chapel Arts Centre Bath: Flats and Sharps. The sounds of bluegrass music plus musical support from the Awkward Family Portraits band.
Fri 5-Mon 8 Nov. Egg Theatre Bath: Josephine. An energetic story about Josephine Baker the dancer and entertainer who broke down racial barriers with incredible performances.
Sat 6 Nov. Chapel Arts Centre Bath: Reuben Richards & The Jezebel Sextet. The music of Otis Redding with classics including My Girl, Mr Pitiful, Hard To Handle, Love Man, Try A Little Tenderness and Sitting on the Dock of the Bay – all performed by an incredible 8 piece band.
Sun 7 Nov. Bath Theatre Royal. Al Murray: Landlord of the Hope and Glory. More comedy from the opinionated publican sending us all up with pint in hand.
Tue 9-Sun 21 Nov. Bath Theatre Royal. Magic Goes Wrong. A hapless gang of magicians are staging an evening of grand illusion to raise cash for charity. But as the magic turns to mayhem, accidents spiral out of control and so does their fund raising target. Comedy drama.
Wed 10 Nov. Combe Down Primary School Hall Bath: Heritage talk. 7.30pm. A talk by Dr. Roger Rolls on The History of infectious diseases in Bath. If you think the pandemic was bad wait until you hear the good medic on the horrors of the past.
Wed 10 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: Nhair. Conny Hancock presents a light-hearted one-woman show touching on her lived experience with having polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Wed 10- Sat 13 Nov. Mission Theatre Bath: Abigail’s Party. Mike Leigh’s situation comedy of manners, and a satire on the aspirations and tastes of the new middle class that emerged in Britain in the 1970s. The play was originally improvised by the cast with author Mike Leigh’s then wife, Alison Steadman (Pam in Gavin and Stacey) playing Beverly and establishing it as a classic comedy role.
Thu 11 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: Tez Ilyas: The Vicked Tour. Comedy show from The Tez O’Clock Show (Channel 4), TEZ Talks (BBC Radio 4) and Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three).
Thu 11-Sat 20 Nov. Bristol Old Vic Studio. Macbeth. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School perform Shakespeare’s tragic Scottish saga with ghosts, witches and gruesome murder.
Sun 12 Nov. The Forum Bath: An Evening With Seth Lakeman. Westcountry folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005 for ‘Kitty Jay’. It catapulted Lakeman into the forefront of the new British folk movement and his follow up was the gold-selling ‘Freedom Fields’ which was released twice in 2006.
Sun 12 Nov. Chapel Arts Centre Bath: The Little Unsaid. With John joined by regular collaborators Tim Heymerdinger (drums), Alison D’Souza (strings and FX), Mariya Brachkova (Moog bass and backing vocals), The Little Unsaid signed with Reveal Records and released Atomise in 2019.
Fri 12 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: The People’s String Foundation. The Virtual Orchestra. Violinist Ben Sutcliffe and composer Zaid Al-Rikabi pack a 32-piece Gypsy Orchestra into a suitcase and using music, puppetry, art, cinematography and animation, this unique show combines many art forms to create one immersive piece – sure to set your heart racing, get your toes tapping and warm the soul.
Sat 13 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: Scream Phone. The girls are having a sleepover and you’re like, totally invited! Pillow fights in their underwear, singing into hairbrushes, and gossiping about their crushes, what could possibly go wrong?
Sat 13 Nov. The Assembly Rooms Bath: MF1 Cuarteto Casals. With Abel Tomàs violin, Vera Martínez Mehner violin, Jonathan Brown viola, Arnau Tomàs cello and Paul Lewis piano. The music: Mozart String Quartet No 15 in D minor K 421, Mozart Piano Concerto No 12 in A major K 414, Mendelssohn Five “Songs without words” for solo piano, Schumann String Quartet No 3 in A major Op 41.
Sat 13 Nov. Egg Theatre Bath: Puss In Boots. Your cat might turn you from a pauper to a prince just like the hero of this story. Using smoke and mirrors and hidden trapdoors we’ll show you how this sure-footed feline fools both the King and the Ogre to take his master all the way to the top. With a host of puppets, a working windmill and an avalanche of fruit and nuts come and see this classic furry tail, it’s the cat’s whiskers!
Sat 13 Nov. Bath Abbey: Remembrance Concert. Join the Abbey choirs as they sing beautiful and comforting music for Remembrance including the evocative Song for Athene by Tavener, famously sung at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997. Other pieces include Durufle’s poignant In paradisum from his Requiem and William Harris’ beautiful Faire is the heaven – a setting of Edmund Spenser’s poem. The Girls will sing Schubert’s incomparable Litanei Alle Seelen and For the Fallen by Mark Blatchly, based on the poem by Laurence Bunyon. Other items include Ireland’s elegant Greater love, the evocative Russian Contakion which Queen Victoria loved so dearly and Lo, the full final sacrifice by Finzi. There will be poetic solos by our talented choristers including Pie Jesu by John Rutter and the ever popular Pie Jesu from Faure’s Requiem.Director: Huw Williams, Organist Shean Bowers, The Abbey Boys, Girls and Lay-clerks.
Tue 16 Nov. Assembly Rooms Bath. MF6 Sacconi Quartet. Ben Hancox violin, Hannah Dawson violin, Robin Ashwell viola, Cara Berridge cello. The Sacconi’s Bath programme opens with Mozart’s String Quartet in E flat major K 428, one of six dedicated to his great friend and contemporary Haydn. Then Ravel’s exquisite String Quartet in F major, the composer’s first masterpiece, displaying such skill in combining traditional forms and classical elegance with distinctive harmonic language and texture.
Tue 16 Nov. The Forum Bath. The James Haskell Show. Top rugby talk from the former England played who knows his rucks from his scrums.
Tue 16-Sat 20 Nov. Mission Theatre Bath: The Sorcerer. The award-winning company that staged sell-out performances of its festive themed Iolanthe back in 2019, Bath G&S returns to The Mission with a brand new production of the famous duo’s first full-length comic opera, The Sorcerer. In the village of Ploverleigh, a privileged but progressive young couple conduct a rash experiment. To help their frustrated and less privileged neighbours to overcome class barriers and find their soulmates, Alexis and Aline hire a cut-rate London sorcerer, John Wellington Wells, to concoct a love potion and distribute it amongst the villagers at a tea party.
Wed 17 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: Woman Who Gave No F*cks. Mythic mayhem, human clap-o-meters and audience power! Brace yourselves for tales to make you want to rip up the rules and riot.
Thu 18 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: Ester Manito and Alex Farrow. Comedy with work-in-progress preview shows from two acts.
Fri 19 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: Eden’s Mouth. A young, disillusioned man as he walks to his local chippy to get some chips, and back to his mum’s house. When he returns home, what he finds changes his life forever.
Sat 20 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: Watson The Final Problem. Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Mon 22 Nov. Theatre Royal Bath: David Suchet – Poirot and More. A Retrospective.
Mon 22 – Sat 27 Nov. Alma Tavern Theatre, Clifton. Doodlebugs and Bogeymen. Bedminster’s Kate McNab and Ross Harvey take a fond look at the lives of Jen and Brian Milton, two evacuees from London who are sent to Somerset with songs and stories of wartime Bristol
Tue 23-Sat 27 Nov. Theatre Royal Bath: The Midnight Bell. Matthew Bourne’s story of 1930s London life where ordinary people emerge from cheap boarding houses nightly to pour out their passions, hopes and dreams in the pubs and bars of fog-bound Soho and Fitzrovia. English Patrick Hamilton’s novel Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky.
Wed 24-Sat 27 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: The Deep Blue Sea. Terence Rattigan’s play of love and loss, passion and desperation set against the backdrop of post war Britain.
Sat 27 Nov. Combe Down Scout Group Jumble Sale. 10th Bath Scout Hall, The Avenue, Combe Down. Admission 50p. 2.30pm firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat 27 Nov-Fri 24 Dec. Egg Theatre Bath: Squirrel. This is a story of new growth, with a sprinkling of snowy magic and puppetry mayhem.
Mon 29-Mon 6 Dec. Theatre Royal Bath: Six. The hit musical about the six wives of Henry VIII.
Tue 30 Nov. Bath Abbey. (Also Sat 4 Dec & Sat 18 Dec, 10am-12.30pm. Ages 5 and over. Join us for some family fun including listening to magical stories while sitting under the Moon and making Cosmic Christmas decorations in our new Learning Room down in the Abbey vaults. Drop in. Free.
Sun 12 Dec. St Mark’s Community Centre, Lyncombe: Christmas Lunch. 12.30-4pm. St Mark’s Community Centre, St Mark’s Rd, Bath. This is a ‘bring and share’ lunch with mulled wine and Christmas Carols. See https://widcombewest.uk/news/
Wed 15 Dec. St Michael’s Without Bath: Passamezzo – Old Christmas Returned. Christmas celebrated, banned and restored in 17th Century England. A seasonal programme following the calendar from Advent to Candlemas and showing how Christmas was celebrated, banned and restored in 17th Century England. Carols, ballads, consort music, lutesongs, dance melodies and readings. Includes music by Gibbons, Locke, Peerson and Purcell; readings by Breton, Herrick and Shakespeare. Performed in Period costume by Passamezzo.
Thu 16 Dec-Sun 9 Jan. Theatre Royal Bath: Cinderella. John Monie returns as Buttons in a classic seasonal pantomime and is joined by mum-to-be Dani Harmer as the Fairy Godmother.
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