Contrary to popular belief, all the world is not a stage—sometimes people just say things to get attention. See an actual stage with this GrouponLive deal to see the Theatre Royal Bath production of The Caretaker at the Southern Theatre on Thursday, April 26, at 8 p.m. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $14, you get one balcony ticket (up to a $34.10, including all fees).
- For $24, you get one mezzanine ticket (up to a $56.36 value, including all fees).<p>
Currently touring abroad from its home theater in England, Theatre Royal Bath takes on Harold Pinter’s classic play The Caretaker in the lovingly restored Southern Theatre. With a performance described by the San Francisco Examiner as “a wondrous concoction of puffed-up, offended dignity, bitterness, and vivacious good humor,” Tony Award winner Jonathan Pryce stars as the derelict Davies, a homeless man taken in by the mentally challenged Aston (Alan Cox). Drama and comedy emerge as tensions swell and wane between the two and Mick (Alex Hassell), Aston’s aggressive and ill-tempered brother. Realism and absurdist themes collide as the trio interacts, their true meanings and secret dreams elegantly hidden beneath the surface of Pinter’s dialogue.
The historic, 1896-built Southern Theatre’s grand auditorium lifts performers onto the same stage held by such starlets as Sarah Bernhardt, Anna Pavlova, Lionel Barrymore, and Mae West. Before the show, audiences can feast on the recently restored auditorium’s eye candy, which includes a gilded ceiling etched with reclining figures and majestic proscenium arches that transform into water slides during intermission.
The oldest surviving theater in central Ohio, the fin de siècle elegance of the Southern Theatre's jewel-box auditorium transports audiences back to the days of vaudeville antics and silver-screen spectacle. Built in 1896 to state-of-the-art standards, the theater's bandshell-esque proscenium bucked architectural norms to funnel sound to the seats. Its 204 light bulbs required that the theater generate its own electricity for years, until scientists finally found the power outlets. Before the show, audiences can feast on the recently restored auditorium's eye candy, which includes a gilded ceiling etched with reclining figures and majestic arches that help the eye dance throughout.