Ustinov Studio A Season of UK Premieres from The Americas

Blue Door

A play with original songs, by Tanya Barfield
  • 7 February - 9 March
Blue Door

Event Information

Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.45pm
Matinees: Thurs & Sat 2.30pm
Running Time: Approx. 95minutes (no interval)

Post Show Discussion: 21 February after evening performance

Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes

No performance info available

★★★★★ “Moving, thoughtful, humorous and spellbinding” Daily Mail

★★★★ “Tough, provocative and bracingly intelligent” The Times

★★★★ Mail on Sunday★★★★ Bristol Post★★★★ Broadway World★★★★ StageTalk

Ray Fearon stars in Tanya Barfield’s powerfully poignant drama, as an African American mathematics professor, whose life is falling apart. With overtones of A Christmas Carol and Twelve Years a Slave, he conjures up three generations of his family in his insomnia (all played by Fehinti Balogun), who reveal the hardships and victories that have shaped their lives.

One of the most compelling, potent pieces of theatre to grace the Ustinov stageBath Magazine

Carries a message that is told with such grace and humour that it makes for thrilling theatre” Bath Chronicle

A remarkable production … Fearon and Balogun’s performances are the kind you catch only a few times in a theatre-going lifeBristol 24/7

The masterclass performances are reason alone to experience this excellent dramaBath Echo

“Riveting … The Ustinov has brought rare and unforgettable plays, indelible performances and awe-inspiring theatre to Bath. BLUE DOOR may be the best yet” Fine Times Recorder

CLICK HERE to read Ray Fearon’s in-depth interview with The Bath Magazine about BLUE DOOR

Tickets: £23.50 / £18.50 discounts
Mondays: All seats £15

A booking fee of £1.50 per ticket applies


Ray Fearon’s extensive RSC credits include Othello, Hecuba and Julius Caesar. He recently played Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. Screen credits include Coronation StreetStrictly Come Dancing and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Fehinti Balogun is known for Juliet, Naked, the new film based on the book by Nick Hornby,  The Importance of Being Earnest and as Officer Cooper in the acclaimed BBC drama Informer.

Award-winning Tanya Barfield’s plays include Bright Half Life, a Time Out New York Critics’ Pick. Blue Door was a New York Times Readers’ Pick and was featured internationally at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe.

Tanya Barfield – Writer

Eleanor Rhode – Director

Madeleine Girling – Designer

Elliot Griggs – Lighting Designer

David Gregory – Sound Designer

Harrison White – Musical Director & Arranger

Tom Jackson Greaves – Movement Director

Charmian Hoare – Dialect Coach

Marc Vela – Costume Supervisor

Ginny Schiller – Casting Director

Lyrics by Tanya Barfield

Music by Larry Gilliard Jr.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets CAN  be shown on smartphones or tablets upon entry

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