Bath Theatre Royal
Somerset BA1 1ET
Situated in the centre of town, this lovely Georgian theatre has a long and varied history.
Built in 1720 the lavishly decorated front façade of the theatre is actually the front of the first house lived in by flamboyant dandy, Richard 'Beau' Nash. The auditorium is a riot of tiered ornate plasterwork decorated in red and gold surmounted by an impressive trompe l'oeil ceiling and a sparkling chandelier.
Behind Nash’s house the Theatre Royal was built in 1805. Unfortunately the theatre burned down in 1862. It was decided to restore the bunt out shell to its former glory and make Nash’s old house façade the entrance to the new theatre. The new Theatre Royal opened in March 1863 with a performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Most haunted theatre in Britain?
Bath Theatre Royal has a rich and long history and it is said that it is the most haunted theatre in Britain. The story is that the Theatre is situated in a rather unique position, with the surrounding area infested with poltergeists and ghosts. See Ghosts of Bath article in this website.
The theatre is constantly being updated and in 1982 underwent a refurbishment worth £1.8million. The theatre re-opened with a performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as did the 1863 re-opening.
Two new theatre spaces (The Ustinov Studio and The Egg) have been added to the original building, making this wonderful theatre capable of staging everything from children’s shows to adult opera. Adjacent Georgian buildings (Garrick’s Head pub and Popjoy’s Restaurant) provide restaurants and bars.
Excellent facilities are provided for Disabled Persons. For detailed information, please go to the Theatre website.
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‘Behind the Scenes’ public guided tours of the theatre taking about 45 minutes are usually conducted on the first Wednesday and the following Saturday of the month at 11am. These tours are subject to cancellation so please check with the Box Office
+44 (0)1225 448 844
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