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Magna Carta

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, the 149-seat Salberg, a purpose-built Rehearsal Room and Community & Education Space. There is also an on-site scenery workshop, wardrobe and props store.

In addition to producing our own productions and welcoming the UK’s leading touring companies, the extensive Take Part programme engages with more than 14,000 people of all ages each year through a wide range of creative learning, schools, community and youth theatre activities.

Salisbury Playhouse is committed to producing new work from and about the South West. The spring/summer 2016 season saw a new play by Brendan Murray, Up Down Man, which was a co-production with Myrtle Theatre Company and This Land,  a new commission by Siân Owen, which was presented by Salisbury Playhouse and Pentabus Theatre Company and toured rural venues across the country.

Our Autumn/Winter 2016/17 season included a Salisbury Playhouse and Bristol-based Living Spit production, a new comedy adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Frankenstein was written and performed by Living Spit’s Howard Coggins and Stu McLoughlin who have developed a strong following for hilarious musical adaptations of historical and literary works. A new musical adaptation of The Night Before Christmas was created by Gareth Machin and Glyn Kerslake for the very young and their families in The Salberg. 

2017 will see the return of Worst Wedding Ever which premiered at Salisbury Playhouse in 2014. Worst Wedding Ever, byBroadchurch creator Chris Chibnall – a comedy drama that played to 90% capacity over three weeks. 2015 included Clause 39 by Hattie Naylor, performed by our youth theatre in Salisbury Cathedral, and The Magna Carta Plays – a set of four short pieces written by Howard Brenton, Anders Lustgarten, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Sally Woodcock.

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.


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