Bath Literature Festival - Old Theatre Royal

Founded in 1995, the Bath Literature Festival has become established as one of the country’s leading literary events. It is staged over ten days at the end of February each year.

The Old Theatre Royal was first used as a venue in 2010, and has been on the calendar ever since.


In 2016 a exciting mix of performances will be on stage at the OTR.


DJ Taylor: The Prose Factory

27th February 2016 at 1:00pm

Literary taste takes many forms and absorbs a myriad of influences. In this illuminating lecture, DJ Taylor, renowned literary critic and author of The Prose Factory explores the ways in which our reading preferences have been shaped over the past century, from Virginia Woolf’s The Common Reader to the age of the ‘Twitterati’._BathFestivals-prods-TW8-big-1450706789







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The Lives of Guy Burgess

27th February 2016 at 2:45pm

 Join Andrew Lownie as he meticulously picks apart the hidden life of Guy B_BathFestivals-prods-TW12-big-1450700626urgess.
This is the first full biography of the man known as ‘the most important, complex and fascinating of the Cambridge Spies’.

‘Complicated, revelatory: a superb biography more riveting than a spy novel.’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH






Neil Jordan

27th February 2016 at 4:30pm

Multi-award winning director (Interview with a Vampire), screenwriter (The Crying Game) and novelist Neil Jordan delivers a page turning new novel, The Drowned Detective.

Jonathan, a P.I. in Eastern Europe, is on a haunting hunt for a missing girl two decades lost.

‘Jordan’s ‘belief in language is absolute, as is his mastery of it’ IRISH TIMES                                BUY TICKETS



Isy Suttie – The Actual One

27th February 2016 at 6:15pm

Award-winning writer, comedian, actress and songsmith Isy Suttie delivers a heartfelt and hilarious ode to the confusing wilderness of one’s late twenties and to not being quite grownup as she examines how on earth you find a genuinely good man who doesn’t use moisturiser.

Chaired by The Independent’s Alice Jones_BathFestivals-prods-TW18-big-1450707466




A Refugee’s Life_BathFestivals-prods-TW23-big-1450707961

28th February 2016 at 11:15am

Dadaab in North Kenya is the world’s biggest and most notorious refugee camp. In this highly topical event, Ben Rawlence, author of City of Thorns describes how he became a first-hand witness to Dadaab’s ‘desperate limbo-land’ and tells the moving stories of nine of its half a million inhabitants.





Jonathan Glancey: Concorde

28th February 2016 at 1:00pm

Join us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Concorde’s first commercial flight with Jonathan Glancey,
transport enthusiast, author and Concorde devotee. Drawing on unprecedented access to the supersonic aircraft’s engineers and pilots, he traces its history from the moment the sound barrier was broken to Concorde’s final flight in 2003.  BUY TICKETS



Bel Mooney: Lifelines

28th February 2016 at 2:45pm

Bel Mooney’s new book, Lifelines is full of wise counsel to turn to again and again. With trademark candour, wit and warmth Bel will talk about her life and work — sharing thoughts on how we can all change our lives. She throws out lifelines and so an inspirational event is guaranteed.  BUY TICKETS



Marian Keyes: In Conversation

28th February 2016 at 4:30pm

It’s the world according to the brilliant, funny and international bestselling author Marian Keyes (Watermelon, Rachel’s
Holiday). Join us as she speaks to Sali Hughes about a new collection of musings on modern life, Making It Up As I Go Along, filled with hilarious and heartfelt observations.  BUY TICKETS




Writing History – Stephanie Merritt and Kate Williams

28th February 2016 at 6:15pm

Explore history in fiction with writer and journalist Stephanie Merritt (also known by her pseudonym S. J Parris), author of Conspiracy, and BBC Radio 4’s historian in residence Kate Williams, The Edge of the Fall, as they reveal their historical novels set in worlds of war, loss, hope and life.  BUY TICKETS






In 2015, the Old Theatre Royal was the backdrop for the following exciting events:

litfest-3Bonaparte and the British
Tim Clayton and Sheila O’Connell


litfest-4Shami Chakrabarti
Pin Drop – Voices in the City


litfest-7Alternative Comedy Night
Helen Lederer and guests



litfest-8Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, 
The Simpsons litfest-9and Their Mathematical Secrets


litfest-10Michelle Mone – My Fight to the Top