Downton star takes centre stage in Bath

PUBLISHED: 13:21 25 August 2018

Elizabeth McGovern. Picture: Nobby Clark.

Elizabeth McGovern. Picture: Nobby Clark.

Nobby Clark.

Downton Abbey’s leading lady will be treading the boards in Bath over the coming weeks.

Elizabeth McGovern, best know for playing Lady Grantham in the ITV period drama, will be performing in comedy God of Carnage in Bath.

Amanda Abbington (Sherlock, Mr Selfridge), Nigel Lindsay (Victoria, Unforgotten) and comedian Ralf Little will also star.

Yasmina Reza’s ruthless comedy analyses the often humorous world of middle-class parenting.

It has had a great run in the West End and has picked up Tony and Olivier awards for best play and best new comedy.

The action begins with a punch up – but not the usual brawl outisde the local boozer on a Friday night.

This fight takes place in the playground, with 11-year-olds Ferdinand and Bruno at the heart of it.

Both boys’ parents agree the best way to solve their differences is with a face-to-face sit down and a chat, but not everything goes to plan. Once alcohol gets involved, civil niceties give way to barbs aplenty.

God Of Carnage was originally written in French before being translated into English and a stage show produced.

In 2011, a film version of the tale, called Carnage was made. Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet were among the high-profile names involved.

McGovern is a star of stage, screen and film having enjoyed a career of more than 30 years.

The talented American is best know for playing Cora in Downton Abbey, but has also starred in a number of films, including The Commuter, alongside Liam Neeson, and The Wife.

Abbington meanwhile is equally no stranger to British audiences, having starred as John Watson’s wife Mary in the BBC’s popular adaptation of Sherlock.

God of Carnage will be performed at the Theatre Royal Bath from Wednesday to September 15.

Shows will begin at 7.30pm each day, apart from September 5 where the show will begin 30 minutes earlier.

There will be matinees every Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm, apart from August 30.

Tickets, priced £15-38.50, are available online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk or on 01225 448844.

More from Weston Mercury

55 minutes ago

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle will orchestrate a World War One centenary commemoration in Weston-super-Mare, remembering those who died in battle with a poignant display on the beach.

Read more

Parents of a ‘beautiful’ but ‘angry’ Weston teenager who hanged himself in his bathroom feel ‘let down’ by the services set up to protect him.

Read more
12:00

A popular children’s Halloween film has returned for a sequel, and the Mercury has free tickets to give away.

Read more
10:00

Hundreds of job opportunities will be showcased in Weston-super-Mare next week, offering people the chance to find work and forge an exciting career.

Read more
09:25

Children from a Weston school swapped their uniforms for yellow clothes to mark World Mental Health Day.

Read more
Weston-super-Mare
08:48

Four fire crews tackled a blaze last night (Sunday), as fire spread from a garden gazebo to a house.

Read more
07:39

Campaigners desperate to see a pool return to Weston’s seafront will meet next month to discuss whether the idea could be resurrected.

Read more
07:00

Weston General Hospital’s fundraising appeal to purchase a new scanner has been boosted by two generous donations.

Read more

The number of complaints about missed recycling and waste collections has dropped significantly, North Somerset Council has said.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

The sky above Weston Cricket Club will once again become a flurry off bright, colourful lights and loud bangs.

Read more

Most Read Entertainment

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists