David Mamet’s Oleanna returns to Bath this summer

Oleanna by David Mamet, directed by Lucy Bailey, will return to the Ustinov Studio at Theatre Royal Bath from Monday.

Oleanna by David Mamet, directed by Lucy Bailey, will return to the Ustinov Studio at Theatre Royal Bath from Monday. - Credit: NOBBY CLARKnobby@nobbyclark.co.uk

A theatre production will be returning this week.

Starring Jonathan Slinger and Rosie Sheehy, Oleanna - directed by Lucy Bailey - will be performed at the Ustinov Studio from Monday. 

Set on an American campus, a seemingly innocuous conversation between a college professor and his female student warps into a nightmare that threatens to destroy them both, when she files a claim of sexual harassment against him.  

Jonathan Slinger plays John in Oleanna.

Jonathan Slinger plays John in Oleanna. - Credit: NOBBY CLARKnobby@nobbyclark.co.uk

With its take on the corrosive excesses of political correctness and exploration of the use and abuse of language, this is the ultimate drama of pupil power and student revenge. 

When Lucy Bailey’s 2020 staging of Oleanna opened in the Ustinov Studio last December, it was greeted with five-star reviews from national critics who praised the sensational performances of Slinger and Sheehy.  


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Slinger, who plays the role of John, appears in the recent BBC series The Salisbury Poisonings, I May Destroy You and Doctors. Sheehy, playing Carol, has had roles in BBC’s Call The Midwife, ITV’s Wild Bill and the Sky series Chernobyl. 

Rosie Sheehy plays Carol in Oleanna.

Rosie Sheehy plays Carol in Oleanna. - Credit: NOBBY CLARKnobby@nobbyclark.co.uk

Oleanna appears at the Ustinov Studio at Theatre Royal Bath, in Saw Close, from June 14 to July 3. 

To buy tickets, call the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or log-on to www.theatreroyal.org.uk 

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