Main House Ruth Jones

The Nightingales

by William Gaminara; Directed by Christopher Luscombe
  • 31 October - 10 November

Event Information

Monday - Saturday 7.30pm
Press Performance Wednesday 7 Nov 7pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

Lunch & Listen Thursday 8 November

★★★★ “Ruth Jones hits a high note in this stirring drama … The performances, directed by Christopher Luscombe amid a nicely detailed, fittingly draughty-looking church-hall set by Jonathan Fensom, are all first-rate” Daily Telegraph

★★★★ “Ruth Jones is on song in this catty choir drama … the strength of its six actors combined with the spark and pace of Gaminara’s script. The dramatic moments are charged, the comedy tickles, the intrigue is sustained and there is a solid entertainment value to it all” Guardian

“William Gaminara’s watchable new comedy … plenty of smiles, a few guffaws and even the occasional sniffle. An agreeable, well-acted evening” Daily Mail

★★★★ “This immaculate production is a treat” Stage Talk Magazine

“Destined to go straight to the top of the Best New Plays of 2018 tree” The Bath Magazine

“Ruth Jones is tantalising as Maggie” Bristol Post

One of the UK’s best-loved stars, Ruth Jones, makes her highly anticipated return to the stage in this witty, thought-provoking and bittersweet new play by William Gaminara.

Under the watchful eye of Steven, their choirmaster, Connie, Ben, Diane and Bruno gather every week in the village hall to practise their accomplished acapella singing. They are a motley crew, but whatever their differences, whatever the problems they may have at home, all are happily bound together in their shared love of music. Until one day Maggie knocks on the door. . . Soon she is urging them to enter Talentfest, a potentially life-changing route to Britain’s Got Talent. In the weeks that follow, loyalties will be tested, tempers will fray and lives will indeed be changed – but not in the way that any of them had quite anticipated.

The part of Maggie provides a compelling role for Ruth Jones, best known as the co-writer of the award-winning BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey, in which she starred as Nessa. Other acting credits include Jimmy McGovern’s The Street, Little Britain, Saxondale, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Little Dorrit and Hattie Jacques in Hattie. Her most recent comedy series, Stella, ran for six series on Sky Television. Her debut novel, Never Greener, is a Sunday Times number one bestseller.

William Gaminara is an actor and writer, best known for playing Leo Dalton in Silent Witness from 2002 – 2013 and Dr Richard Locke in The Archers. His plays include According to Hoyle and The Three Lions. Writing for TV includes This Life and The Lakes.

Christopher Luscombe’s productions include Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night for The RSC, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Nell Gwynn for Shakespeare’s Globe and in the West End, Enjoy, When We Are Married and The Madness of George III. He is an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Mon – Fri eves and Sat mats: £25 / £30.50 / £32.50 / £35.50 / £37.50
Sat eves: £27.50 / £31.50 / £33.50 / £36.50 / £39.50
Thursday mats £23.50 / £29 / £31 / £35 / £36


Lunch & Listen Thursday 8 November

A booking fee of £1.50 per ticket applies

Jenny Topper and Theatre Royal Bath Productions present

THE NIGHTINGALES by William Gaminara








Director – Christopher Luscombe

Designer – Jonathan Fensom

Lighting – Nick Richings

Sound – Jason Barnes

Musical Director – Luke Bateman

Casting Director – Ginny Schiller CDG


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

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

All tickets for Main House productions include a £2 building levy.

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.

Full booking terms & conditions can be found here