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 2015 include a revival of 84 Charing Cross Road starring Janie Dee and Clive Francis (the play was premiered in Salisbury in 1981), Laura Wade’s dark comedy Posh (co-produced with Nottingham Playhouse), the fourth annual Theatre Fest West, celebrating some of the best companies from across the region, and productions to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta (Salisbury Cathedral is home to the best-preserved original copy of Magna Carta).
The Magna Carta commissions are part of Original Drama, Salisbury Playhouse’s commitment to producing new work from and about the South West. Under this banner 2014 saw the premiere of Worst Wedding Ever by Dorset-based Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall and this year’s projects include Every You Every Me, a new play by Critics Circle Award winner Barney Norris, commissioned by Wiltshire Council. 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.