Come to Bath – See a Show, Have a Break!
26 November 2020

With December the 2nd fast approaching (and news that Bath is going to be in tier 2 with hotels allowed to open) we’re counting down the days until we can once more welcome our guests back to Dukes Hotel. It’s been a long month, but there’s lots to look forward to in Bath!


Going to the theatre at Christmas has been a well-loved tradition practically since theatres first began. In Bath the first theatre to be given a royal patent (and the first outside of London) was the precursor to Bath Theatre Royal – the Old Orchard Street Theatre, back in 1768. Bath Theatre Royal was erected in 1805 to replace this one when demand outstripped capacity, and since then there have been an almost innumerable number of famous faces who have taken to the stage and delighted audiences all year round.


Usually during the festive period, Bath Theatre Royal has a pantomime starring perennial favourite Jon Monie as Buttons, but this year, with so much uncertainty abounding in all things, the pantomime was postponed until next Christmas. However, Bath Theatre Royal has found several excellent shows to fill their programme.


The Play That Goes Wrong has been highly praised by almost everyone who has seen it. It sells out on a regular basis, and has been so successful that it’s led to TV specials based on it. It’s also going to be the first show to grace Bath Theatre Royal’s stage once lockdown is over; from 17th December to 16th January. We can highly recommend it!


The Ustinov Studio and The Egg Theatre will similarly be open and showing some wonderful pieces of theatre. The Egg is showing family-friendly shows such as Hibernation (be transported to a magical forest full of mirth, live music and marvellous creatures), and the Ustinov Studio has the powerful Oleanna showing – rescheduled from taking place in Bath Theatre Royal’s main house.


With such an uncertain year, booking anything is something many of us are thinking twice about. With this is mind though, Bath Theatre Royal has made arrangements to give everyone peace of mind. These include limiting the number of tickets being sold, taking thermal temperature checks on arrival, increasing ventilation, and being able to offer refunds, exchanges and credit notes. Full details of their plans can be found at:


We here at Dukes are similarly keen to give our guests as much confidence in the safety of their booking as possible. To help us do this we are, as well as helping our guests rearrange or cancel bookings where necessary, but we’re also being incredibly thorough with deep cleaning, letting rooms rest between guests, and a whole host of other safety measures which you can read more about here: .


Whether or not you’re planning to see a show at Bath Theatre Royal, we hope to welcome you to Dukes soon.