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Theatre Royal Bath - Ustinov Studio

Located behind the iconic Theatre Royal, the Ustinov specializes in progressive work from local, student, and touring companies. Opened in the late 1990s, the studio space has transformed into a radically redesigned black box theater that leads the country in contemporary art performances. The intimate settings house many progressive in-house productions and devised entertainment using every imaginable performance medium there is. You are as likely to see new work as completely revamped adaptations of classic scripts and stories.

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church

Arriving by train from London, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, is the first impressive building that visitors will notice. On the riverside just before the railway station, it boasts the tallest spire in Bath and was built in 1862. Unusual rococo inside with pillars of Red Devonshire marble either side of the aisle, an ornate altar and ceiling, it's a large peaceful church rarely crowded for services. Also fairly original, next to the votive candle stand (an exclusively Catholic phenomenon), is a book where people write in the objects of their prayers. Visiting Polish priests occasionally celebrate mass here.

The Royal Crescent

John Wood the Younger's masterpiece, often called the 'finest crescent in Europe' was built between 1767 and 1775, and has housed many famous residents including the Prince of Wales and Duke of York, first and second sons of George III. It consists of one hundred and fourteen Ionic columns supporting a continuous cornice over two hundred yards long. Originally divided into thirty choice mansions, today the middle buildings form the elegant and sumptuous Royal Crescent Hotel and the museum.

Theatre Royal Bath

Opened in 1805, the historic Georgian theater is arranged in the classic horseshoe shape and boasts of an atmosphere which is both intimate and grand. London productions often have previews here or begin their tours at The Royal, after leaving the West End. However, the theater is also used by local amateur groups such as the Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society. The interior provides improved leg room and seating is plentiful, but booking is advisable. The best seats are in the stalls and Royal Circle, and each level has its own fully stocked bar. Standing tickets are available for sell-out performances, these offer great value for money and there is the added advantage that you'll be first to the bar at the interval.

The Circus

The Circus is the embodiment of John Wood the Elder's vision: to create buildings with all the grandeur of Palladian palaces but all the convenience of a row of private houses. Planned as a speculative venture to be let or sold, and at various times it was home to such luminaries as William Pitt, Thomas Gainsborough and William Gladstone. The Circus was designed by Wood in 1754, and looks rather like a Roman amphitheater turned inside out, its three tiers embellished with Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns. It was Wood's enthusiasm for the Palladian revival that was responsible for the particular unity of style that characterizes Bath to this day. And it was Ralph Allen whose generosity translated Wood's architectural dreams into the squares and crescents of this gracious city.

Bath Postal Museum

Postal Museum is housed in the original Bath post office, which issued the world's first postage stamp, the Penny Black on 2nd May 1840. The Bath Postal Museum opened in 1979 to trace the history of mail delivery from 2000 B.C. to the present day. Historic artifacts such as antique postboxes are on display alongside images and models depicting the trajectory of the postal system. The film room offers a short film dramatizing the beginnings of the postal service. Don't miss the library, children's activities and special exhibition room.

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