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Jonathan Church announces first summer season at Bath

David Haig
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Jonathan Church has announced his inaugural programme as artistic director of the Theatre Royal Bath’s summer season, featuring actors including David Haig and Henry Goodman.

The former Chichester Festival Theatre boss was appointed last year to head up the programming for Theatre Royal Bath’s summer season.

His inaugural season of five plays opens with David Hare’s Racing Demons, starring Haig. It runs from June 21 to July 8, and will be directed by Church.

It will be followed by Hugh Whitemore’s Sand in the Sandwiches, which runs in Bath following a limited run in the West End.

Starring Edward Fox, it will be directed by Gareth Armstrong.

Goodman will star as Lucian Freud in the world premiere of Looking at Lucian, by Alan Franks – a fly-on-the-wall drama about the painter’s working life.

It runs from August 3 to September 2 and will be directed by Tom Attenborough.

The season also includes Alfred Hitchcock’s comedy North by Northwest, which premiered in Melbourne and will have its UK premiere in Bath in July.

It is adapted for the stage by Carolyn Burns and directed by Simon Phillips.

Closing the season will be Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van, which runs from August 16 to September 2 and will be directed by Church.

Announcing the season, Church said: “A summer season for me always needs an element of festival and celebration about it and I hope that with this programme of work we are celebrating a number of iconic storytellers – David Hare, Alan Bennett, Hugh Whitemore and Alfred Hitchcock, alongside a group of extraordinary actors.”