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Agnes Colander

by Harley Granville Barker, revised by Richard Nelson, directed by Trevor Nunn

15 March - 14 April 2018

Agnes Colander

Agnes Colander


"We should all have been taught more of life and less good manners” Agnes Colander

The role played by Harley Granville Barker in the development of modern British Theatre is impossible to overestimate. The first ever performance of a new comedy by Granville Barker is without doubt a remarkable occasion. As Trevor Nunn makes his Ustinov debut, Bath audiences will be the first in the world to enjoy this thrilling new discovery written by one of the great playwrights of the age.

It is three years since Agnes, an artist, left her unfaithful husband Henry. Now he writes to her in her Kensington studio begging to reunite, but Agnes married young; her innocence has gone and her ambition and independence is growing. As she travels from London to France, Agnes fi nds herself torn between Otho, a worldly Danish artist and Alec, an infatuated younger suitor, between a longing to paint and be an independent woman and a yearning to be loved.

This witty and compelling exploration of love, sexual attraction and independence was written in 1900 and unearthed among Granville Barker’s papers in the British Library a century later.

The author of the masterpieces The Voysey Inheritance and Waste, Barker was a champion of contemporary realism. Like his influences Ibsen and Shaw, his work gave an urgent voice to women on the cusp of suff rage. Decades ahead of its time, Agnes Colander refl ects a female independence and a determination for change that still resonates today.

Trevor Nunn is a former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. His extensive and multi award-winning repertoire ranges from Les Miserables to The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

Richard Nelson is a multi award-winning playwright and librettist. He is an honorary associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Laura Pels “Master Playwright” Award.

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    Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.45pm
    Thurs Matinees: 2.30pm (not 15th March)
    Sat Matinees: 2.30pm
    Press Performance: Wednesday 21st March 7pm

    Post Show Discussion: 12th April after evening performance

    Tickets: £22.50 / £17.50 Discounts
    Preview Performances 15th - 20th March, Press Performance on 21st March and Mondays: All seats £15

    Please note: from Monday 24th April 2017, all prices in the Main House and Ustinov Studio incur a booking fee of £1.25 per ticket in addition to the advertised prices, regardless of payment method or amount of tickets booked. Please note all prices in the egg theatre incur a booking fee of 50p per ticket in addition to the advertised prices, regardless of payment method or amount of tickets booked.  

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