Jane Tapley

Jane Tapley is a Special Events Organiser at Theatre Royal Bath where she frequently interviews actors, writers & directors. She is also Blue Badge Tour Guide & Lecturer, Freelance Author and Researcher, Home Economist and Theatrical Landlady!



  1. “It’s Not in the Script”  Life behind the scenes in the fascinating world of theatre
  2. “Oh Yes It Is!” A history of pantomime from ancient to modern times – a talk suitable for Christmas.
  3. “All the World’s a Stage” A history of theatre from ancient to modern times
  4. “From Soup to Syllabub” Food and customs of the 18C diner
  5. “From Turkey to Trifle” Festive food and customs of the Georgians and Victorians

In her role at the Theatre Royal Bath, Jane has spent many years researching and interviewing a great number of well known actors, including Sir Alec Guinness, Nigel Hawthorne, Timothy West, Prunella Scales, Adam Faith and many more.

She has also set up and hosted a number of literary book launches with personalities as diverse as Kenneth Baker, Lord Snowdon, Lynda Le Plante and Nicholas Owen. She has interviewed ex Prime Ministers such as Sir Edward Heath and Sir John Major, and members of the Aristocracy such as Earl Spencer and the Duchess of Devonshire.

And last but not least for the past ten years she has been a theatrical landlady accommodating many actors in her Georgian house in Bath, including Dame Hilda Bracket and Danny La Rue.

All of these experiences are revealed in a light-hearted talk she calls ‘It’s not in the Script’. She talks about life behind the scenes in the fascinating world of the theatre and tells humorous stories associated with her role as a Special Events Organiser at the Theatre Royal in Bath.

She lectures regularly to Art societies and the National Trust and she has given talks for organisations such as the Cheltenham Festival and NADFAS groups.

  • Thank you so much for such a fascinating and well presented lecture today.  I think you will have gathered from the audience reaction both during and after the lecture that it was extremely well received.
  • Thank you for a most entertaining talk – I’m sure you will be pleased to know that the feedback was excellent.  
  • We did so enjoy your lecture and your company! The feedback was excellent from our members!  National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS)



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