A Room With A View is set to open in Bath in a major new stage production of E.M. Forster’s much-loved novel, adapted by Simon Reade and directed by former RSC Artistic Director Adrian Noble. The eleven-strong cast led by Felicity Kendal also features Simon Jones, Abigail McKern, Joanne Pearce and Jeff Rawle. The play will appear at Bath’s Theatre Royal from Wednesday 28th September to Saturday 8th October before touring to Brighton, Richmond, Guildford, Norwich, Cambridge and Chichester.
English rose Lucy Honeychurch is touring Italy with her prim spinster cousin Charlotte Bartlett as chaperone. Charlotte is quick to step in when Lucy makes the mistake of fraternising with the lower-class Mr Emerson and his son George at their Florentine pensione. However, when she witnesses Lucy and George kissing, she has no option but to whisk Lucy away to Rome.
Back home at the family’s Surrey estate, Lucy becomes engaged to the eminently suitable (but priggish and pretentious) Cecil Vyse. Charlotte has sworn Lucy to secrecy over the kiss with George, but will Lucy be able to repress her feelings when she discovers that the Emersons have taken a house in the village?
With its cast of vivid characters, this elegant comedy, written in 1908, is widely recognised as one of the finest novels of the twentieth century. The award-winning Merchant Ivory film adaptation in 1985 was voted number nine in The Guardian’s list of the best romantic films of all time.
One of the UK’s most popular actresses, Felicity Kendal plays Charlotte Bartlett. Well known for her illustrious television and stage career, she has starred in many popular series including The Good Life, Solo, The Mistress (which was filmed in Bath), Rosemary and Thyme and won numerous awards for her stage work.
Edward Morgan Forster, best known by his pen name E.M. Forster, had five novels published in his lifetime: Where Angels Fear To Tread in 1905, The Longest Journey in 1907, A Room With A View in 1908, Howard’s End in 1910 and A Passage To India in 1924. His sixth novel, Maurice, published posthumously in 1971, shortly after his death a year earlier, had been written more than fifty-five years earlier. He also wrote numerous short stories. Forster’s work was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in thirteen different years. From 1959 onwards, he was President of the Cambridge Humanists and also a member of the Advisory Council of the British Humanist Association from 1963 until his death. As well as A Room With A View, the many major film adaptations of his novels also include Merchant Ivory’s Maurice in 1987 and Howard’s End in 1992, and David Lean’s 1984 film A Passage To India.
A Room With A View appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Wednesday 28th September to Saturday 8th October. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 and online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk