Breakfast with Mugabe

THE Ustinov at the Theatre Royal, Bath officially re-opens, after a one and a half million pound architectural re-invention, on Saturday (February 23).

The opening production in this new space is the Ustinov's own major revival of Breakfast with Mugabe by Fraser Grace.

Originally produced by the RSC, the play went on to enjoy a West End run and was named joint winner of the John Whiting Award for best new play of 2006.

Witty, gripping and provocative, Breakfast with Mugabe tells a startling story. In Zimbabwe, during the run up to the 2002 elections, President Mugabe is battling with mental demons - he is being stalked by the murderous ghost of a long-dead comrade. Fearing for his sanity, Mugabe and his young wife Grace turn to an unlikely source of help - a white psychiatrist.

The Ustinov has assembled a distinguished cast, led by Joseph Marcell as President Robert Mugabe.

Joseph Marcell's career has spanned 40 years of stage, TV and film work on both sides of the Atlantic.

Highly-acclaimed for his ten years with the RSC, Zimbabwe-born Miles Anderson plays the role of psychiatrist Andrew Peric.

Nicholas Bailey plays Gabriel, Mugabe's enigmatic security officer. Known for his long-running role as Dr Anthony Trueman in Eastenders, Nicholas Bailey also has enjoyed notable stage roles including The Duke of Burgundy in Richard Eyre's National Theatre production of King Lear with Ian Holm.

Mugabe's wife, Grace, is played by Andi Osho, winner of the Funny Woman Award 2007.

Performances run until Saturday, March 22.

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