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Ustinov Studio Directed by Trevor Nunn

Agnes Colander

  • 15 March - 14 April

Event Information

Evenings Monday - Saturday 7.45pm
Matinees Thursdays & Saturdays 2.30pm

★★★★ “A bona fide revelation … the crucial, thrilling thing is that it works, holds our attention, captures the ebb and flow of recognisable confused feelings.” Daily Telegraph

★★★★ “Engaging and enlightening … As Agnes, Naomi Frederick is fantastic … All the actors paint their characters with rich colour” Broadway World

★★★★ “How relevant the subject matter is to life in the 21st century … a final act which is both passionate and compelling … The acting is first class” Bristol Post

The role played by Harley Granville Barker in the development of modern British Theatre is impossible to overestimate. 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 finds 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. Decades ahead of its time, Agnes Colander reflects a female independence and a determination for change that still resonates today.

“When I first read it I was gobsmacked. It was so modern.” Trevor Nunn

Tickets: £22.50 / £17.50 Discounts

A booking fee of £1.25 per ticket applies.

Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.45pm
Matinees: Thurs & Sat 2.30pm

Post Show Discussion: 12th April after evening performance

Written by Harley Granville Barker

Revised by Richard Nelson

Directed by Trevor Nunn

Cast includes Naomi Frederick as Agnes, Sally Scott as Emmeline Marjoribanks, Freddy Carter as Alexander Flint, Matthew Flynn as Otho Kjoge and Cindy-Jane Armbruster  as Martha & Suzon.

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.

Naomi Frederick was hugely acclaimed for her performances in Bath and the West End opposite Martin Shaw in Hobson’s Choice and F. Murray Abraham in The Mentor. Other recent stage credits include The Heresy of Love at the Globe and the West End musical Made in Dagenham.

The Ustinov foyer and bar are open from one hour prior to the performance.

Doors open approximately 15 minutes prior to the performance unless otherwise stated.

The Box Office at the Ustinov Studio is open from approximately 30 minutes prior to each performance.

There is a lift from the Foyer to the Stalls level of the Ustinov Studio. Access to the Circle level is by stair access only.

Full terms and conditions for ticket bookings can be found here