Be Happy, Harry Hippo!

Sat 20 Apr • 2pm • Full £9 Concs £7 • Professional Theatre

Presented By Hodgepodge Theatre 

Harry Hippo has lost his smile and can’t seem to get it back. No matter what he tries or where he looks, Harry can’t find his smile anywhere. What will he do?

Join Hodgepodge Theatre on their quest to deliver the ultimate pick-me-up to one of the world’s most massive mammals. We’ll need all the help we can get as we take Harry on a journey to remember all of the things that make him smile and what makes him truly happy.

Winner of the ‘Best Kids Show’ award at the Swindon Fringe Festival, 2018.

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Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist

Wed 1 May • 8pm • Full £14 Concs £12 • Comedy

Directed by Katie Churchill. Presented by Berk’s Nest, in association with Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.

The debut stand-up hour from the multi award-winning co-writer of The Vicar of Dibley.

Paul’s co-written or worked on many much-loved comedy shows – I’m Sorry I Haven’t A ClueOld Harry’s GameMrs Brown’s BoysSpitting Image and Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench.

Now Paul has Parkinson’s but he’s still laughing.

Following his BBC One Documentary, Parkinson’s: The Funny Side (for which he won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary Presenter), a triumphant debut at London’s Comedy Store, and a sold-out month at the Edinburgh Fringe, here’s a one man show about the therapeutic power of comedy.

Paul is not contagious but he is worth catching.

“I know Paul as ‘F***wit’. He’s always been very funny, but now he has Parkinson’s, he’s ‘F***wittier’” – Dawn French

“Paul isn’t just one of the country’s funniest writers. It turns out he is also an annoyingly brilliant performer” – Josh Widdicombe

“An entertaining hour with an engaging raconteur who refuses to take his illness too seriously” – ★★★★★  The Wee Review

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Those Magnificent Men

Fri 3 May • 7.30pm • Full £14 Concs £12 • Professional Theatre

Written by Brian Mitchell & Joseph Nixon

Performed by Brian Mitchell & David Mounfield

Presented by The Foundry Group

100 years ago, British aviation heroes Alcock & Brown flew non-stop across the Atlantic – from Newfoundland to Ireland and the pages of history. Their amazing story, told in this hit comedy, returns to the Rondo in this special centenary production by award-winning company The Foundry Group, starring David Mounfield (‘Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show’ R4) and Brian Mitchell (The Ornate Johnsons – BBC4), who endeavor to tell the epic tale with just cardboard, two stools and some left-over props.

Wonderfully entertaining – has the makings of a West End hit.” – The Times
Spiffing perfection.” – The Telegraph

Please note that a theatre restoration levy of £1 per ticket applies to all transactions, whether made in person at our Box Office, by post or by phone, for all payment types. Telephone bookings incur an additional £1.75 booking fee per transaction.

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Poems and Pints

Sat 4 May • 8pm • £5

In the words of American poet Mary Oliver, “poetry is meant to be heard”. So why not spend a relaxed evening in the Rondo with a pint in hand and listen to some!

Bring along your favourite poem, something you’ve written, a short story or just a listening ear, and while away an evening of words among new friends.

There will also be gentle interludes from some exciting up-and-coming local musicians and the bar will be open all evening.

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The Ghost Train

Wed 8 – Sat 11 May • 7:30pm • Full £12/13 Concs £10/11 • Community Theatre

By Arnold Ridley

Presented by Bath Drama

A dark and stormy night in the waiting room of a remote Cornish railway station in 1919, where a group of stranded passengers are thrown into a state of terror by the tales – and appearance – of a mysterious ghost train which kills anyone who looks at it…

This classic thriller is part of Bath Drama’s centenary season, chosen because the author was a member of the club before he went on to fame as Private Godfrey in ‘Dad’s Army’.

On Saturday 11th there is a special gala performance to celebrate Bath Drama’s centenary. Tickets for this show are £13/£11 and a glass of bubbly is included in this price. More details will be announced soon.

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AFTERMIRTH DAYTIME COMEDY

Wed 15 May • 12pm • Full £10 • Comedy

Presented by AFTERMIRTH COMEDY

The journey of parenthood is a magical and maddening one, so what better way to cope with it than through stand-up comedy! AFTERMIRTH is an adult comedy club that you can bring your baby to.

Each week we’ll have 3 top circuit comedians delivering their usual club routines so the material is mature and sweary with the odd birth story flash-back….  The only difference is it’s during the day. Babies under 18 months are welcome, but please don’t bring older toddlers because they tend to heckle!

This special afternoon gig has reduced amplification and a dimmed room so no one will notice those red eyes from sleepless nights. You’re encouraged to bottle, breast or Haribo feed and you can walk about or shake Mittens the Special Rabbit in order to soothe your offspring and no one will moan or mutter if your little one cries or screams.

The gig is also open to parents, Aunts, Uncles, Grans, carers, in fact anyone who needs some afternoon comedy and doesn’t mind some cute babies in attendance.

AFTERMIRTH is lovingly curated and compered by Angie Belcher.

Please note! There’s limited space, so ditch the buggy and bring a sling if you can.

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Gillian English: 10 Things I Hate About the Taming of the Shrew

Wed 15 May • 8pm • Full £14 Concs £12 • Comedy

10 things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew will take you back to the good old days, when we worried about Y2K, wore butterfly clips in our hair, and became total babes the minute we took off our glasses. Then the even older days where we worried about the plague, wore massive wigs, and women weren’t allowed to be on stage anyway.

A theatrical, comedic, listicle romp through the world of teenage Shakespeare film adaptations, and their lasting impact on a generation. Examining the continuous retellings of the same stories from the original content aggregator himself, delving into our problematic, cinematic, very recent past.

Winner of the Queensland Touring Award and Weekly Best Comedy at Fringe World 2019. Named one of the Hottest shows to see at Adelaide Fringe 2019 and Nominated for Best Comedy at Melbourne Fringe 2018.
“Eye opening and thoughtfully Hysterical” ★★★★☆ The Au Review

★★★★ Gutter Culture  ★★★★ Fringe Feed

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Orphan

Thu 16 – Sat 18 May • 7.30pm • Full £14 Concs £12 • Professional Theatre

Written by Russell Eccleston
Presented by Black Dog Productions in association with Beyond the Horizon Theatre Company

“I never had a chance. They’d made up their mind about me from the moment they opened that door and found me bawling on the step.”

A small town in Georgia: a nameless Orphan returns to the orphanage where he was raised hoping that he can cauterise the wound that has been festering in him since he was a child. His friend Patience is brought along, on the grounds that she might find some sense of closure. When they bump into their old Caretaker who has information about their dark past, Orphan’s true motives start to become clear and Patience begins to lose control. Are sins ever forgiven? Or do sins simply beget more sins?

Originally produced by Black Dog Productions in 2018 to huge audience and critical acclaim, Orphan will leave you questioning the true meaning of ‘family’.

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One Man Two Guvnors

Wed 22 – Sat 25 May • 7:30pm • Full £12 • Community Theatre

By Richard Bean

Merriman Productions present Richard Bean’s award-winning play – a glorious celebration of British comedy: a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners.

Brighton, 1963, an easily confused Francis Henshall becomes separately employed by two men – Roscoe, a local gangster and Stanley Stubbers, an upper-class criminal. However, Roscoe is really Rachel Crabbe in disguise, her twin brother Roscoe having been killed by her lover, none other than Stanley Stubbers. Meanwhile, Pauline was originally meant to marry Roscoe but is now set to elope with over-the-top amateur actor Alan Dangle. All Francis has to do is stop them all from meeting each other… Simple?!

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Get F*cked

Wed 29 May • 7:30pm • Full £10 £ • Professional Theatre

Created by Charlotte Hobbs, Rosie Howard, Jessica Sterling, Maia Tassalini-Collins and Pippa Thornton
Presented by Flipside Productions

Take a dive into the lives of a group of twenty-somethings this summer, as Flipside Productions returns to the Rondo with a collection of new monologues presenting the female perspective on the one-night-stand.

Join the vibrant characters as they negotiate the pleasures and perils of dating as young women, each with her own story: some shocking, some moving and some hilarious, but all with one thing in common: there’s no strings attached!

This play was created by an ensemble of women with a passion for theatre and for working collaboratively. Some of the stories are inspired by true events, and some are entirely true. The audience are invited to have fun guessing which!

★★★★ “faultless and arresting performances in this clever and evocative piece. Flipside are clearly a company to watch.” Bath Echo on FRESHER
★★★★ “imaginatively staged, witty and piercing” Theatre Bath on Real Life
“Riveting to watch… astutely hilarious” That’s What She Said on FRESHER

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