ONE of the UK’s most successful comedians Miles Jupp brings his tour-de-force performance in The Life I Lead to Bath’s Theatre Royal next week directly prior to transferring to the London West End.

Actor, comedian and writer Miles Jupp (The Durrells, The News Quiz, Rev., The Thick Of It) brings the remarkable life story of film star David Tomlinson (Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks) to the stage in a new biographical comedy.

The play is on at the Theatre Royal Bath Main House from Tuesday, August to Saturday , August 31.

After receiving acclaim for his dazzling performance in this richly comic story on UK tour and at London’s Park Theatre earlier this year, Mr Jupp visits Bath for one week only as part of the Theatre Royal’s Summer Season, directly prior to performing at Wyndham’s Theatre in the London West End this September.

Written by James Kettle and directed by Selina Cadell and Didi Hopkins, this wonderfully funny and entertaining show tells a moving tale of fathers and sons across different generations, filling in the blanks behind the very well-known face of Disney Legends Award recipient David Tomlinson.

Best remembered for his role as Mr Banks in Disney’s classic film Mary Poppins, David Tomlinson was renowned for playing the classic English gent, forthright, proper and a loveable fool. But the man who portrayed one of cinema’s most famous patriarchs was defined by his relationship with his own father – a remote eccentric, who was hiding an extraordinary tragi-comic secret.

In a career which saw him perform in more than 50 films, David Tomlinson also starred as Professor Emelius Browne in Bedknobs and Broomsticks; Lord Tony Pym in The Chiltern Hundreds; Peter Thorndyke in The Love Bug and played Sir Roger Avery in his last acting appearance in The Fiendish Plot of Dr Fu Manchu, coincidently also Peter Sellers' final film.

From David Tomlinson’s early life as a World War Two fighter pilot to his meeting with Walt Disney, The Life I Lead brings his remarkable story - full of adventure and heartbreak - to life on stage.