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Original Drama


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 is 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, by Broadchurch 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. 

Theatre Fest West 2017 will include a competition to find a new play from the South West, for more information click here.