What’s On at The Old Theatre Royal:






SLAPSTICK! – The extraordinary career of Joseph Grimaldi

  • Friday 19th April – 2.30pm and 7.30pm
  • Saturday 20th April – 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Doors open half-an-hour before curtain up.

  • Adult tickets – £22 (inc. booking fee)
  • Concessionary tickets – £19.80 (inc. booking fee)

SLAPSTICK! hauls its audiences into the chaos of Regency theatre for one of the most entertaining and unpredictable shows of their lives! Joseph Grimaldi, the famous pantomime clown, is ready to stage his final performance, telling the story of his extraordinary career. Mayhem ensues when the cast and set are waylaid by highwaymen on the way to the theatre. Grimaldi, a panic-stricken Stage Manager, and two hungover musicians, too afraid of the audience to cancel the show, carry on regardless…

This laugh-out-loud play was written by Sue Curtis, in collaboration with Jon Monie, and designed by Jess Curtis. Jools Scott is the composer of the haunting and unforgettable score.

It is brought to life by a team of Bath’s wittiest theatrical talent. Grimaldi is played by Jon Monie, Bath Theatre Royal’s favourite pantomime clown, with Nik Howden, of the Natural Theatre and Instant Wit, as his Stage Manager. Jools Scott and Harry Miller, who worked together as Actor Musos in the National Theatre production of ‘Peter Pan’, are the onstage musicians.

Performed in the magnificent original Theatre Royal, the production surrounds the audience in the atmosphere of the time. Using a mixture of mime, melodrama, song, puppetry and illusions, SLAPSTICK! is about theatre; about the relationships of actor and crew, audience and players, comedy itself and the tragedy from which it is created.



Alexis Dubus – 3 Star Show

Saturday 20th April 2024 (doors open at 5.30pm, curtain up at 6pm)

  • Tickets – £12
  • Concessionary tickets – £10

After 20 years on the circuit, Alexis Dubus, one of the comedians of his generation, is ready to deliver the greatest 3-star comedy experience ever staged.

Don’t miss this explosively average show from a multi award-nominated performer truly at the middle of his game. It’s an experience you’ll be talking about for minutes to come.

As seen as a waiter in Derek (Channel 4), an idiot in Nathan Barley (Channel 4) and 3 of 63 in Red Dwarf XI (Dave).





Marcel Lucont: Les Enfants Terribles – A Game Show For Awful Children

Sunday 21st April 2024 – 2pm

Doors open half-an-hour before curtain up.

  • Tickets – £12
  • Concessionary tickets – £10

Marcel Lucont, the UK’s favourite French comedian, presents a wild family gameshow, in which kids get to be pests, politicians and pétomanes to be crowned the most awful child.

See what happens when international insouciance meets infantile exuberance.

A big hit at Edinburgh Fringe and many other festivals, the multi-award-winning comic channels his acerbic humour and quickfire wit into a series of tasks for the younger generation, which is every bit as entertaining for adults as it is for children.

Marcel Lucont has toured the world over the past 15 years, putting on critically-acclaimed shows at Melbourne Comedy Festival, New Zealand Comedy Festival, Cape Town Fringe and playing shows all across Europe, Scandinavia, the USA and Asia.

He has won the Fringe World Award for Best Comedy Show, the Amused Moose Award for Best Comedy Show at Edinburgh Fringe and was named as one of the Top 10 Edinburgh Fringe comedy shows by The Daily Telegraph.

As seen on Comedy Central At The Comedy Store, Set List (Sky Atlantic), The John Bishop Show (BBC1), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3) and Live At The Electric (BBC3).



New Act Competition – Grand Final!

Sunday 21st April 2024 – 7.30pm

Doors open at 6.30pm.

  • Tickets – £17.50
  • Concessionary tickets – £15

The Bath Comedy Festival New Act Competition sees over 100 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

After twelve heats, the best acts battle it out in tonight’s Grand Final at the splendid Old Theatre Royal – judged by a panel comprising comedy industry heavyweights including Jill Edwards, Alan Nixon, Graham Smith and Bath Comedy Festival Director Nick Steel, plus guest judge Trish Caller from Somerset Comedy Festival.

The MC for tonight’s final is the incomparable veteran comedian, broadcaster and famously grumpy old man Arthur Smith.

There will also be a performance from last year’s winner Mark Flynn while the judges deliberate!