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Theatre Royal Bath Productions present

Helen George

My Cousin Rachel

Based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier
Adapted by Joseph O’Connor
Directed by Anthony Banks 

Festival TheatreTicketsPrice: from £10

Overview

A sinfully enjoyable adaptation

Irish Times

A compelling production with powerful performances

Western Daily Press

A triumph. This du Maurier classic will keep you captivated until the very last scene

Bath Chronicle

Murderess, seducer, thief, enchantress - or merely a woman intent on survival?

Alluring, exotic and unconventional, Countess Rachel Sangalletti travels from Florence to the Ashley Estate in Cornwall, home of her recently deceased husband. Her presence in the house arouses dark suspicions and uncontrollable desires, not least in young Philip, cousin and heir to the Ashley home. 

Feverish passion battles reason in this classic Gothic romance set in the wild landscape of the rock-ribbed Cornish coast.

Helen George plays the deliciously enigmatic Rachel. Known for her role as Trixie Franklin in eight series of Call the Midwife, her recent stage credits include After Miss Julie and Love In Idleness.

Simon Shepherd's many credits include ITV's Peak Practice and the West End productions of PoshThe Duck House, Rapture and Art

Jack Holden plays Philip, Rachel's cousin. His recent theatre credits include the National Theatre's War Horse, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Ink

Anthony Banks was Associate Director at the National Theatre from 2004 - 2014. His many directing credits include The Girl on the Train, Strangers on a Train, Twilight Song, Gaslight and After Miss Julie

This menacing psychological thriller by the author of Rebecca and Don’t Look Now enthralled readers when it was first published in 1951 and went on to become an international best seller. This acclaimed adaptation is by Joseph O’Connor whose novels include the international number one best-seller, Star of the Sea.

Prologue 17 Blue Teal.

Prologue tickets available

Cast & Creatives

Cast

  • Bw Helen George  Credit Alex Lee Johnson.

    Helen George

    Rachel
  • Simon Shepherd  Credit Brian Aris.

    Simon Shepherd

    Nicholas Kendall
  • Bw Jack Holden  Credit Jennie Smith.

    Jack Holden

    Philip Ashley
  • Bw Christopher Hollis  Credit Mark Macdonald.

    Christopher Hollis

    Guido Rainaldi
  • John Lumsden.

    John Lumsden

    Thomas Connors
  • Bw Sean Murray  Credit Stage Shots.

    Sean Murray

    John Seecombe
  • Bw Aruhan Galieva  Credit Chris Dawes.

    Aruhan Galieva

    Louise

Creative team

Anthony Banks

Director

Richard Kent

Designer

David Plater

Lighting Designer

Max Pappenheim

Sound Designer

Gallery

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Pricing

Pricing Information

Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
Tuesday - Thursday£10£17£25£33£38
Friday - Saturday£10£17£28£37£40
Friends and Concessions Tuesday - Thursday: £2 off
Groups 8+ Tuesday - Thursday: 10% off
Schools and Student Groups 10+ Tuesday - Thursday evenings and weekday matinees: £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid
£5 Prologue Tickets available for 16-25 year olds: Log in to your account to see Prologue seats
Festival Theatre: Discounts apply to top three price bands only (apart from Schools and College Groups)

All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.

Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier (1907 – 1989) was one of the 20th century’s most popular and admired novelists, whose dark and enthralling books still attract millions of readers worldwide. Her “big four” – Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, My Cousin Rachel and Frenchman’s Creek – are all set in Daphne’s beloved adopted county of Cornwall. She was at the peak of her fame during the 1950s, being described, when My Cousin Rachel was published, as ‘the highest paid woman writer in Britain’. 

Combining mystery, romance and compelling story-telling, many of her works are also psychological thrillers. Two of the scariest films ever made, Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now are based on her short stories.

Daphne du Maurier was born into an illustrious, bohemian family; her father, Gerald du Maurier, was the most famous actor-manager and matinee idol of his day. In 1932 she married Frederick Browning, an Army major, and they had three children. She lived at Menabilly, a manor house near Fowey in Cornwall (which became the model for Manderley in Rebecca) for about 25 years and wrote many of her books in a writing hut in the grounds. She was a solitary and complex personality, though many people attest to her kindness.

Rebecca is perhaps du Maurier’s most enduring novel, never out of print since its publication in 1938. It’s the powerful story of an inexperienced young woman – whose name we never learn – whose marriage to the handsome Maxim de Winter becomes dominated by the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca, whose memory is kept alive by the chilling housekeeper Mrs Danvers. Filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940 with Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, a new screen version is due for release in 2020 starring Lily James, Armie Hammer and Kristin Scott Thomas.

My Cousin Rachel is a tension-packed story about an ambiguous femme fatale who is suspected of murder and yet possesses a magnetic charm. It perfectly illustrates the power of Daphne du Maurier’s writing; as one of her obituarists, Kate Kellaway wrote:

She did not want to put her readers' minds at rest. She wanted her riddles to persist. She wanted the novels to continue to haunt us beyond their endings.’

My Cousin Rachel runs in the Festival Theatre from 28 January - 1 February.

Tickets
Running Time
approx 2 hours and 25 minutes including the interval