★★★★ “Brian Cox is magnificent” – Telegraph
New play The Score by Oliver Cotton, directed by Trevor Nunn and starring award-winning actor Brian Cox (Succession).
Oliver Cotton’s explosive new play finds legendary composer John Sebastian Bach (Brian Cox) at the court of Frederick II in 1747 Prussia. How does Bach navigate his stay with Europe’s most ambitious and dangerous leader, when they have such opposing views?
Former National Theatre and RSC artistic director Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables ) directs.
The Score played at the Theatre Royal Bath from 12 to 28 October 2023, and Brian Cox has said that there are plans to bring the play to the West End in 2024.
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What's the story of The Score?
Spring 1747. Potsdam, Prussia.
Johann Sebastian Bach reluctantly visits the court of Frederick II, Europe’s most ambitious and dangerous leader.
The two men could hardly be more different. As the Age of Enlightenment dawns, they stand in opposite camps. Bach is deeply religious, Frederick is an atheist. Bach loathes war, Frederick revels in it. Bach studies scripture, Frederick reads military history. Frederick remains in awe of Bach’s genius however and has mischievously prepared a musical conundrum that he hopes will baffle the composer and amuse his court.
The explosive events of the following days could not have been predicted by either man.
Who is in the cast of The Score?
Casting to be announced.
The Theatre Royal Bath production starred Brian Cox as Johann Sebastian Bach, Nicole Ansari-Cox as Anna Bach, Matthew Burns as Carl, Doña Croll as Emilia, Peter de Jersey as Voltaire, Stephen Hagan as Frederick, Christopher Staines as Quantz, Benedict Salter as Benda and Eric Sirakian as Graun.
Who are the creative team of The Score?
Written by Oliver Cotton, directed by Trevor Nunn.
Robert Jones (Set and Costume Designer), Johanna Town (Lighting Designer), Sophie Cotton (Composer and Sound Designer), Cordelia Monsey (Associate Director) and Ginny Schiller CDG (Casting Director).
Reviews of The Score★★★★ "Brian Cox is magnificent as he returns to the stage" - The Telegraph (Theatre Royal Bath)
★★★★ "Brian Cox strikes a chord as JS Bach" - The Times (Theatre Royal Bath)
★★★★ "Trevor Nunn's grand production" - Daily Mail (Theatre Royal Bath)
"Brian Cox is magnetic" - The Guardian (Theatre Royal Bath)
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