Stage and screen star Rupert Everett is to take the lead in a revival of John Mortimer’s A Voyage Round My Father, at the Theatre Royal Bath.
Directed by Richard Eyre, A Voyage Round My Father will play the Theatre Royal Bath from 28 September to 7 October 2023, before heading out on a UK tour.
BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee Rupert Everett has starred in a number of multi award-winning films including My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, Dance With A Stranger and The Happy Prince.
His stage roles have included Blithe Spirit on Broadway, Pygmalion, and The Judas Kiss in the West End, and Uncle Vanya in the Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season.
The play’s creative team includes former Director of the National Theatre, the multi Award-winning film, television, opera and theatre Director Richard Eyre, alongside Olivier and Tony Award-winning creatives Bob Crowley (Designer) and Hugh Vanstone (Lighting Designer).
This highly autobiographical play shines a light on the delicate relationship between a young man and his father who adored his garden and hated visitors, and whose blindness was never mentioned.
Growing up in the shadow of a brilliant and eccentric barrister, a man whose tea-time conversation could take in music hall, adultery, evolution, the ridiculous inconvenience of sex, Shakespeare, and the importance of avoiding anything heroic in wartime, the son continually yearns for his father’s love and respect.
Richard Eyre is busy at the moment: he recently finished directing The Snail House at Hampstead Theatre in London; and it was announced last week that he would direct Chichester Festival Theatre’s forthcoming production of 4000 miles starring Eileen Atkins and Heartstopper’s Sebastian Croft.
Further casting, creative team, and tour dates to be announced.