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Dateline: 31st January, 2008

Ustinov Theatre logo

Mugabe Heads to Bath

Rehearsals began in Bath this week for Breakfast With Mugabe, which will re-launch the city's Ustinov Theatre next month.

To mark the completion of its 15 month long, £1.5 million re-furbishment, the theatre is staging its own production of Fraser Grace's multi-award winning play, which looks at a series of fact-based but imagined meetings between the controversial President of Zimbabwe and his psychiatrist.

Starring Joseph Marcell, Miles Anderson, Nicholas Bailey and Andi Osho, Breakfast With Mugabe is being produced without public subsidy, as is the theatre's annual Peter Hall Season.

The Ustinov's Artistic Director, Andrew Smaje, who staged the regional premier of David Grieg's haunting Outlying Islands before the theatre's closure in 2006, remains committed to bringing quality new writing to the Ustinov. He explained the appeal of Mugabe, "It's been a hit for the RSC, with a West End transfer in 2006, but hasn't been seen outside London".

Smaje said, "In amongst all the bad news for theatres in the South West in the last year or so, I'm really pleased that the Ustinov is able to step forward with confidence, producing its own work and with a fantastic new building. It's a good news story in South West theatre".

"Breakfast With Mugabe" runs at the Ustinov Theatre, Bath, from Feb 23 until Mar 22

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