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.
Highlights of 2016 include Deathtrap by Ira Levin, our first production of the Spring/Summer 2016 season which will be followed by significant revivals of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and the great American musical Singin’ in the Rain (co-produced with Bolton Octagon and New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme).
In the Salberg we are delighted to be continuing our commitment to Original Drama with the world premiere of two new plays. The first, Up Down Man, sees us collaborating once more with Myrtle Theatre Company and is the long awaited sequel to the internationally acclaimed Up Down Boy. Later in the season, we are working with Pentabus Theatre Company when our Resident Assistant Director, Jo Newman, will direct This Land by Siân Owen. Promising to be fast-paced, funny and thought provoking, this new play will tell a story of community, belonging and the ground beneath our feet.
Under the banner of Original Drama 2015 saw the premiere of The Magna Carta Plays (four short plays in one evening by internationally renowned playwrights in the Main House), Bike by South West writer Katherine Mitchell, Every You Every Me, a new play by Critics Circle Award winner Barney Norris commissioned by Wiltshire Council and 2014 saw the premiere of Worst Wedding Ever by Dorset-based Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall. Original Drama is supported by Frank and Elizabeth Brenan.
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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