The Bath Magazine rounds up five things to do in Bath this month.
World-famous author Sir Hugo Latymer is growing old, rude and haughty. In a lakeside hotel, attended to by his long-suffering wife, he awaits the arrival of an old flame, actress Carlotta Gray, with whom he enjoyed a two-year love affair more than 40 years ago. What can she possibly want now, he wonders? Revenge? Money? But it turns out Carlotta is writing her own memoir, and wants something much more significant than cash… Exploring themes of secrets and missed opportunities, acclaimed actors Simon Callow and Jane Asher take to the stage in this production of Noël Coward’s A Song at Twilight, on at Theatre Royal Bath from 13–23 February. Tickets from £23.50; theatreroyal.org.uk
With a sound and style that conjure the golden age of jazz, Miss Rosie and the Moonshyne Runners pay homage to the divas who packed Carnegie Hall, Mister Kelly’s and the Village Gate, celebrating the Great American Songbook immortalised by Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, and Anita O’Day. Now they are heading to Chapel Arts Centre on 23 February, doors open 7.30pm, ready to bring some cool jazz and blues to Bath. The café will be open beforehand, last orders 6.30pm. £14/£16; chapelarts.org
Cited as ‘the Alan Bennett of pop memoirists’ by Caitlin Moran, acclaimed author and much loved singer-songwriter Tracey Thorn is coming to Christ Church, Julian Road, Bath on 27 February, 7.30pm, to discuss her latest book, Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia. Written with her trademark humour and honesty, her new book captures the energy, boredom and despair of being a teenager in the 1970s. Prompted by her original diaries, it charts her return to Brockwell Park and her reflections on her own youth. Tickets from £7; toppingbooks.co.uk
Treat yourself to a lunch to remember at The Bath Priory this month with an exclusive deal just for The Bath Magazine readers. Sit in front of the five star hotel’s elegant fireplace and enjoy a complimentary aperitif before tucking into an exquisite three-course lunch by executive chef Michael Nizzero, all for £35 per person between Mondays and Saturdays, and £39 on Sundays. The deal runs until 30 March. To book, call the hotel on 01225 331922 and quote ‘The Bath Magazine lunch offer’; thebathpriory.co.uk
There’s something a little bit different going down at Victoria Art Gallery this month… Sharmanka, from the Russian word for barrel organ, is a performing mechanical theatre that will delight young and old alike. Sound and movement combine with striking images to make for a humorous and at times slightly macabre experience at the Sharmanka Travelling Circus. Performances take place every hour and last 20 minutes. Open from 23 February – 7 May. £5/free for under 16s and Discovery Card holders. Read more about this from page 20; victoriagal.org.uk