Main House Penelope Keith, Liza Goddard

Two Cigarettes in the Dark

A Jonathan Church Theatre Productions and Cambridge Arts Theatre production
  • 19 - 23 April
Two Cigarettes in the Dark

Event Information

Evenings 7.30pm
Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

Tue 19 — Sat 23 Apr

The inimitable Penelope Keith returns to the Theatre Royal Bath for the first time in a decade when she stars in Stephen Wyatt’s new bitter-sweet comedy TWO CIGARETTES IN THE DARK.

This remarkable theatrical event stars Penelope Keith as Isabel, a bright, witty, fiercely independent woman. As she prepares to get her house in order, a series of encounters with an old friend and her two sons begin to reveal Isabel’s past. In a succession of funny, startling and poignant exchanges, home truths are confronted, but what are the family secrets and hidden regrets which are revealed? And will this proud mother, wife and friend be able to make peace with her family, and herself?

One of the country’s best-loved actresses and a firm favourite with Theatre Royal Bath audiences, Penelope Keith became a household name for her BAFTA award winning portrayal of Margot Leadbetter in BBC’s The Good Life, and as Audrey fforbes-Hamilton in To The Manor Born. In the West End, she has portrayed many iconic roles including Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, the title role in Mrs Warren’s Profession and Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit.

Starring alongside Penelope Keith will be Liza Goddard (Relatively Speaking), Michael Lumsden (Radio 4’s The Archers), Natasha Magigi (The Country Wife), Timothy Watson (The Archers), Juliet Garricks and Hilary Tones.

Stephen Wyatt is an award-winning writer for radio, television and theatre.

Two Cigarettes in the Dark reunites Penelope Keith with long-time collaborator, director Alan Strachan (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Entertaining Angels, Hay Fever) and designer Simon Higlett.

Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 April 2022

Evenings 7.30pm

Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

Tickets from £26

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies

Jonathan Church Theatre Productions and Cambridge Arts Theatre present



By Stephen Wyatt

Directed by Alan Strachan

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