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Brian Cox to star in world premiere production of The Score at Bath’s Theatre Royal

Legendary stage and screen actor Brian Cox will star as Johann Sebastian Bach in the world premiere of The Score, opening at Bath’s Theatre Royal in October 2023.

The Score, which depicts the tumultuous dynamic between Bach and Frederick II, is written by Oliver Cotton and directed by Trevor Nunn and will run at the Theatre Royal from the 12th to the 28th of October 2023.

Spring 1747. Potsdam, Prussia. Johann Sebastian Bach reluctantly visits the court of
Frederick II, Europe’s most ambitious and dangerous leader.

The two men could hardly be more different. As the Age of Enlightenment dawns, they stand
in opposite camps. Bach is deeply religious, Frederick is an atheist. Bach loathes war,
Frederick revels in it. Bach studies scripture, Frederick reads military history. Frederick
remains in awe of Bach’s genius however and has mischievously prepared a musical
conundrum that he hopes will baffle the composer and amuse his court.

The explosive events of the following days could not have been predicted by either man.

Brian Cox has garnered numerous awards and nominations over the course of his sixty-year acting career, having worked with the most esteemed companies and directors in the industry. He has received two Olivier Awards for his work in the theatre and a Golden Globe award for his role as Logan Roy in the hit HBO series Succession. In 2007, the UK Film Council named Cox as one of the top ten powerful British film stars in Hollywood.

Trevor Nunn is the former artistic director of the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, and has worked on a wide range of award-winning shows from Les Misérables to The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

To book tickets, contact the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or book online at