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THIS week's new lockdown measures have not affected the Theatre Royal Bath's plans to reopen the Main House with a collection of three modern classics.

The Welcome Back season runs from October 14-December 12.

Casting for all plays has still to be announced, but the first will be Harold Pinter’s masterpiece Betrayal, directed by Jonathan Church, from October 14-31, followed by Michael Frayn’s award-winning Copenhagen, directed by Polly Findlay, from November 4-21 and lastly David Mamet’s provocative drama Oleanna, directed by Nicole Charles which will run from November 25-to December 12.

Director of the Theatre Royal Bath, Danny Moar, says “We’re very excited about the prospect of welcoming our audience back to Bath in just a matter of weeks. The plays we have chosen are modern classics which we know will offer the audience the quality theatre they have been craving for the last six months.

"The health and safety of our patrons is our most important priority, and we will be abiding by all the government’s guidance on indoor performances. We have been overwhelmed with the generosity and understanding from our patrons during this difficult time, and we look forward to sharing our beautiful building with the public once again.”

In consultation with health and safety advisors the capacity of the theatre has been reduced by more than half from 888 to 375, to allow for socially distanced seating. Further Covid-secure measures will include mandatory face coverings (unless exempt), hand sanitiser units, thermal temperature checks, dedicated entry points, staggered arrivals and audience flow, fresh air circulation and enhanced cleaning.

Tickets are on sale now at www.theatreroyal.org.uk or 01225 448844.

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