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★★★★ “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.

There’s no current news on dates or venue for The Score’s West End transfer, but check back for details or sign-up to email alerts.

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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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Show Information

Running time
2 hours 40 minutes (including interval)

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News about The Score

Will Brian Cox in The Score transfer to the West End directed by Trevor Nunn?
Brian Cox's critically acclaimed performance as Johan Sebastian Bach in new play The Score may be getting a London run. West End audiences who didn't get a chance to see The Score at the Theatre Royal Bath last year may be in luck. Baz in Deadline recently spoke to the Succession star Brian Cox, with the Scottish actor confirming that the production, which was directed by Trevor Nunn, would be coming into the West End. Any specifics in terms of dates or venue are yet to be announced, although it is believed to be later this year. The Score enjoyed some terrific reviews from the critics when it opened in Bath in October 2023. The production also starred Cox's real-life wife Nicole Ansari-Cox (Deadwood, Succession), as Bach’s wife Anna, Matthew Burns (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as Carl, Doña Croll (The Doctor, The American Plan) as Emilia, Peter de Jersey (Warrior Nun, Doctor Who) as Voltaire, Stephen Hagan (You, The Larkins) as Frederick, Christopher Staines (Wolf Hall, Mrs Dalloway) as Quantz, Benedict Salter as Benda and Eric Sirakian (The Kite Runner, Broadway) as Graun. Written by Oliver Cotton (Diamond Geezer), The Score is set in Potsdam, Prussia in 1747. Johann Sebastian Bach reluctantly visits the court of Frederick II, Europe’s most ambitious and dangerous leader, and the explosive events of the following days could not have been predicted by either man. Before The Score, Cox is scheduled to play the West End in Long Day's Journey Into Night at the Wyndham's Theatre in London, from 19 March 2024. The production also stars Patricia Clarkson, Anthony Boyle, Daryl McCormack, and Louisa Harland. The stars of HBO mega-hit Succession are all over the stage at the moment, with a number of the leading cast headlining shows in New York and London. That includes Sarah Snook, who plays sister Shiv in the series and who recently won an Emmy and Golden Globe, taking on a one-person production of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, from 6 February 2024; Jeremy Strong, who plays brother Kendall, starring in Ibsen's An Enemy of the People at the Circle in the Square Theatre in New York; and a rumoured new West End production of Kenneth Lonergan’s acclaimed play Lobby Hero coming to the West End starring Nicholas Braun, who played cousin Greg. Book tickets to Long Day's Journey Into Night starring Brian Cox at the Wyndham's Theatre in London More about tickets to The Score starring Brian Cox in London
The Score starring Brian Cox – Reviews
A reviews round-up for The Score at Theatre Royal Bath, starring Brian Cox. The Score, which is written by Oliver Cotton (Diamond Geezer) and directed by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables), is set in Potsdam, Prussia in 1747. Johann Sebastian Bach reluctantly visits the court of Frederick II, Europe’s most ambitious and dangerous leader, and the explosive events of the following days could not have been predicted by either man. The cast is led by Brian Cox (Succession, Long Day’s Journey Into Night) as Johann Sebastian Bach, alongside his real-life wife Nicole Ansari-Cox (Deadwood, Succession), as Bach's wife Anna, Matthew Burns (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as Carl, Doña Croll (The Doctor, The American Plan) as Emilia, Peter de Jersey (Warrior Nun, Doctor Who) as Voltaire, Stephen Hagan (You, The Larkins) as Frederick, Christopher Staines (Wolf Hall, Mrs Dalloway) as Quantz, Benedict Salter as Benda and Eric Sirakian (The Kite Runner, Broadway) as Graun. [ngg src="galleries" ids="1365" display="basic_slideshow"] Also in the creative team are 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). The Score is playing at the Theatre Royal Bath until 28 October 2023. There's no news on whether the play will come to London. Brian Cox returns to the West End this March 2024, in a revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Wyndham's Theatre, also starring Patricia Clarkson, Daryl McCormack and Louisa Harland. Tickets for Long Day’s Journey Into Night are now on sale. Read reviews from The Telegraph, The Times and more, with further reviews to be added. More about The Score tickets
First-look Photos & Video: The Score starring Brian Cox
Production images have been released forThe Score at Theatre Royal Bath, starring Brian Cox. Brian Cox (Succession, Long Day’s Journey Into Night) plays Johann Sebastian Bach in the play, joined by his real-life wife Nicole Ansari-Cox (Deadwood, Succession), as Bach's wife Anna, alongside Matthew Burns (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as Carl, Doña Croll (The Doctor, The American Plan) as Emilia, Peter de Jersey (Warrior Nun, Doctor Who) as Voltaire, Stephen Hagan (You, The Larkins) as Frederick, Christopher Staines (Wolf Hall, Mrs Dalloway) as Quantz, Benedict Salter as Benda and Eric Sirakian (The Kite Runner, Broadway) as Graun. The Score, which is written by Oliver Cotton (Diamond Geezer) and directed by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables), is set in Potsdam, Prussia in 1747. Johann Sebastian Bach reluctantly visits the court of Frederick II, Europe’s most ambitious and dangerous leader, and the explosive events of the following days could not have been predicted by either man. Video: Interview with Brian Cox about The Score https://youtu.be/dE8vaPpos54 Also in the creative team are 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). Brian Cox returns to the West End this March 2024, in a revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Wyndham's Theatre, also starring Patricia Clarkson, Daryl McCormack and Louisa Harland. Theatre Royal Bath currently have their production of Noel Coward's Private Lives playing in the West End starring Patricia Hodge and Nigel Havers; and Noises Off at the Theatre Royal Haymarket starring Felicity Kendal, Tamzin Outhwaite and Mathew Horne. The Score is playing at the Theatre Royal Bath until 28 October 2023. There's no news on whether the play will come to London. More about The Score tickets The Score - Production photos Photos by Manuel Harlan [ngg src="galleries" ids="1365" display="pro_tile"]
Photos: The Score starring Brian Cox – rehearsal photos
Take a look at behind-the-scenes of rehearsals for the forthcoming new Theatre Royal Bath production The Score starring Brian Cox (Succession, Long Day’s Journey Into Night). The Score, which is written by Oliver Cotton (Diamond Geezer) and directed by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables), is set in Potsdam, Prussia in 1747. Johann Sebastian Bach reluctantly visits the court of Frederick II, Europe’s most ambitious and dangerous leader, and the explosive events of the following days could not have been predicted by either man. Brian Cox plays Johann Sebastian Bach in the play, joined by his real-life wife Nicole Ansari-Cox (Deadwood, Succession), as Bach's wife Anna, alongside Matthew Burns (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as Carl, Doña Croll (The Doctor, The American Plan) as Emilia, Peter de Jersey (Warrior Nun, Doctor Who) as Voltaire, Stephen Hagan (You, The Larkins) as Frederick, Christopher Staines (Wolf Hall, Mrs Dalloway) as Quantz, Benedict Salter as Benda and Eric Sirakian (The Kite Runner, Broadway) as Graun. Joining Trevor Nunn in the creative team are 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). The Score - Rehearsal photos [ngg src="galleries" ids="1341" display="pro_tile"] Brian Cox returns to the West End this March 2024, in a revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Wyndham's Theatre, also starring Patricia Clarkson, Daryl McCormack and Louisa Harland. Theatre Royal Bath currently have their production of Noel Coward's Private Lives playing in the West End starring Patricia Hodge and Nigel Havers; and Noises Off is coming back to London, playing the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 27 September 2023 starring Felicity Kendal, Tamzin Outhwaite and Mathew Horne. The Score is playing at the Theatre Royal Bath from 12 to 28 October 2023. More about The Score tickets
The Score starring Brian Cox full cast announced
Theatre Royal Bath has revealed full casting for their forthcoming world premiere of The Score starring Brian Cox (Succession, Long Day’s Journey Into Night). Written by Oliver Cotton (Diamond Geezer) and directed by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables), rehearsals have started this week for the play, which runs at Theatre Royal Bath from 12 to 28 October 2023. Cox plays Johann Sebastian Bach in The Score, joined by his real-life wife Nicole Ansari-Cox (Deadwood, Succession), playing Bach's wife Anna. The cast also includes Matthew Burns (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as Carl, Doña Croll (The Doctor, The American Plan) as Emilia, Peter de Jersey (Warrior Nun, Doctor Who) as Voltaire, Stephen Hagan (You, The Larkins) as Frederick, Christopher Staines (Wolf Hall, Mrs Dalloway) as Quantz, Benedict Salter as Benda and Eric Sirakian (The Kite Runner, Broadway) as Graun. Joining Trevor Nunn in the creative team are 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). The play is set in Potsdam, Prussia in 1747 as Johann Sebastian Bach reluctantly visits the court of Frederick II, Europe’s most ambitious and dangerous leader. The explosive events of the following days could not have been predicted by either man. Brian Cox returns to the West End this March 2024, in a revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Wyndham's Theatre, also starring Patricia Clarkson, Daryl McCormack and Louisa Harland. Theatre Royal Bath currently have their production of Noel Coward's Private Lives playing in the West End starring Patricia Hodge and Nigel Havers; and Noises Off is coming back to London, playing the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 27 September 2023 starring Felicity Kendal, Tamzin Outhwaite and Mathew Horne. More about The Score tickets

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