Salisbury Playhouse is one of Britain’s leading producing theatres and a registered arts & educational charity. It has a national reputation for home-grown work of the highest quality that attracts audiences from across Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and beyond. It is part of Arts Council England's National Portfolio of Organisations (NPO) and also receives regular funding from Wiltshire Council and Salisbury City Council.
The building comprises the 517-seat Main House and the 149-seat Salberg, along with a purpose-built Rehearsal Room and Community Room. There is also an on-site scenery workshop, wardrobe and props store.
Salisbury Playhouse is committed to commissioning and producing new plays from and inspired by the South West. Under the banner Original Drama, recent productions have included Worst Wedding Ever (written by Chris Chibnall, creator of ITV's Broadchurch), The Magna Carta Plays (by Howard Brenton, Anders Lustgarten, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Sally Woodcock), Bike (by Katherine Mitchell), Clause 39 (by Hattie Naylor), Up Down Man (by Brendan Murray, produced with Myrtle Theatre Company) and Echo's End (by Barney Norris). To read more about Original Drama click here.
A range of touring productions also visit the Playhouse. In recent years these have included The Play That Goes Wrong, Single Spies, The Wipers Times, The Mousetrap, Yes Prime Minister and Footloose The Musical.
An extensive Take Part programme engages with thousands of people of all ages each year through a wide range of creative learning, schools, community and youth activities. This includes the Youth Theatre (Stage 65), Beginners Please! (for primary schools), BTECs in Performing and Production Arts, Mind the Gap (a drama group for ages 55+) and Dance Six-0 (for ages 60+).
In 2014 The Daily Telegraph’s lead theatre critic, Dominic Cavendish, named Salisbury Playhouse as one of six regional theatres that “stand out from the crowd” and should be visited.
In 2016 Salisbury Playhouse was named the South West's Most Welcoming Theatre at the UK Theatre Awards.