Main House Felicity Kendal

The Argument

  • 7 - 24 August
The Argument

Event Information

Monday - Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm
Press Night: Wednesday 14 August 7pm
Audio-Described performance: Thursday 22 August 2.30pm

Running time: Approx. 90minutes (no interval)

Showing from Wed 7 — Sat 24 Aug

It was supposed to be a fun night out at the cinema for Meredith and Pip. But Meredith hated the film and Pip didn’t.  Now it’s turned into an argument – the perfect opportunity to share their differences.

With their marriage at breaking point, they turn to their respective friends, Jane and Tony. But maybe Jane likes Pip a little too much and maybe Tony doesn’t like Meredith enough.

After thirty six years of marriage, surely Meredith’s parents Chloe and Frank, can advise. But maybe they don’t like any of them or each other. Will the argument tear them all apart?

Best-selling novelist and screenwriter William Boyd’s darkly funny play is a blistering look at the complexities of human relationships and how arguments can provide a catalyst for brutal honesty.

One of the UK’s best-loved actresses, Felicity Kendal plays the role of Chloe. Having shot to fame in The Good Life, Felicity Kendal has won numerous awards for her stage work. Recent visits to Bath have included Relatively Speaking, Hay Fever and A Room with a View.

Rupert Vansittart is Frank. He is best known as Lord Ashfordly in Heartbeat and Lord Yohn Royce in Game of Thrones. Esh Alladi is Tony. His recent credits include Absolute Hell for the National Theatre, ITV’s A Confession and the upcoming film Normal People.

Playing Jane is Sarah Earnshaw whose credits include Wicked, Spamalot and Scrooge in the West End and Maggie Winters in Casualty.

William Boyd ’s multi award-winning novels include A Good Man in AfricaAny Human HeartAn Ice Cream War, Restless, and, his most recent, Love is Blind. His stage work includes Longing, an adaptation of two Chekhov short stories.

Director Christopher Luscombe has worked extensively in both the UK and internationally. His recent credits include The Nightingales and Nell Gwynn, winner of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

Wednesday 7 – Saturday 24 August

Tickets from £27

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm
Press Night: Wednesday 14 August 7pm

Presented by arrangement with Lee Dean


By William Boyd

Starring Felicity Kendal, Rupert Vansittart, Esh Alladi, Sarah Earnshaw

Directed by Christopher Luscombe

Design – Simon Higlett

Lighting – Tim Mitchell

Sound – Jeremy Dunn


Box Office is open from 10am – 8pm Monday – Saturday.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance, unless otherwise stated.

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Standard discounts – apply Monday -Thursday evenings and Saturday matinee.

£1 off for U16s, students, Seniors (60+), JSA claimants. Only one discount may be claimed per ticket. Please see the ACCESS page for details regarding our Access Register and associated discounts.

Group discounts – 10+ £1 off per ticket; 20+ save 20% on each ticket.

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies to all bookings.

There is a lift for wheelchair users from the Theatre foyer to the Stalls and Royal Circle levels. The Dress Circle and Grand Circle are stair access only.

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