Poignant comedy in Bath

PUBLISHED: 09:09 30 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:12 30 January 2013

A POIGNANT new comedy will visit the Bath Theatre Royal from Monday.

Three distinguished actors join forces in Maurice’s Jubilee, written by Olivier Award-winning Nichola McAuliffe, who reprises her role as Katie, alongside Olivier Award-winning Julian Glover as Maurice and Sheila Reid as Helena.

Maurice, a retired jeweller, living in a bungalow in Penge, is expecting a visit from the Queen.

Sixty years ago, when he took charge of the Crown Jewels on the eve of the Coronation, she promised to find him, should she ever reach her Diamond Jubilee and his 90th birthday.

Maurice’s wife, Helena, is convinced he has never met the Queen and Katie, his nurse, thinks it is time he did.

Aged 89 and failing fast, Maurice remains steadfast in his conviction that the Queen is coming to tea and his 90th birthday is one worth waiting for.

Maurice’s Jubilee is a funny and moving exploration of one man’s enduring commitment to a dream.

Directed by multiple Fringe First winner Hannah Eidinow, Nichola McAuliffe’s new play was one of the highlights of the 2012 Edinburgh Festival.

It appears at the Theatre Royal until February 9.

Tickets, priced £17.50-33.50, are available from the box office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk

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