One of the oldest working theatres in the country, the exquisite Georgian theatre is anchored in the heart of the World Heritage City. The Theatre Royal regularly shows some of the finest West End productions, alongside a full programme of opera, comedy, pantomimes and other quality stage acts.
Built in 1805, the theatre opened with a classic performance of Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’. After incurring damages from a fire, it reopened in 1863 with another of Shakespeare’s works, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Further establishing its relationship with the playwright, the theatre began hosting Bath Shakespeare Festivals in 1998. The building survived the blitz of the First World War, and overcame many near-closures in its centuries-old history, bringing the architectural heritage of Bath city to present day theatre-goers. It’s no wonder the site remains a visitor attraction and source of local pride today.
The theatre embodies three auditoria, the Main House, Ustinov Studio and the Egg. The latter is a theatre specifically designed for children and young people, showcasing their work and offering many shows and activities tailored to their age groups. The theatre also has its own company; Theatre Royal Bath Productions. The team are one of the most established theatre producers in the West End, and have created over 200 plays since inception.