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Thursday 11 February 2016

FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR HEDDA GABLER 

The full cast has been announced for Salisbury Playhouse’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, adapted by Brian Friel, which runs in the Main House from Thursday 17 March to Saturday 2 April.

Damian Humbley, whose stage credits include Forbidden Broadway (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory and West End), plays Eilert Loevborg and Ben Caplan, know to television audiences as Call the Midwife’s PC Peter Noakes, plays George Tesman. They join the previously announced Kirsty Bushell, Jane Wymark and Petra Markham.

Kirsty Bushell, who plays the title role, recently appeared in Ivo van Hove’s international tour of Antigone and has performed in many productions for both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. Jane Wymark is familiar to TV audiences as Joyce Barnaby in Midsomer Murders and her recent theatre credits include This May Hurt a Bit for Out of Joint and Anything Goes for Sheffield Theatres. Petra Markham was recently seen in Salisbury Playhouse’s Separate Tables.

Completing the cast are David Bark-Jones, whose stage credits include Arcadia at Nottingham Playhouse and Noises Off at The Old Vic, and Kemi-Bo Jacobs, who recently toured All My Sons with Talawa Theatre Company.

Played out over 24 hours, Brian Friel’s adaptation of Ibsen’s startling play is both unexpectedly funny and deeply human as it hurtles towards its destructive conclusion.

Directed by Salisbury Playhouse’s artistic director Gareth Machin, Hedda Gabler is designed by James Button (Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern for Out of Joint and Worst Wedding Ever at Salisbury Playhouse), with lighting by Howard Hudson (Romeo and Juliet for the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company) and Harry Blake (Bike at Salisbury Playhouse) as sound designer and composer.

Hedda Gabler runs in the Main House at Salisbury Playhouse from Thursday 17 March to Saturday 2 April. For tickets or more information please contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or visit the show page

 

Tuesday 9 February 2016 

SALISBURY ARTS VENUES TO FORM ARTS ACCESS PANEL 

Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival are recruiting a panel of deaf and disabled people to advise on accessibility to arts performances.

In return for tickets to selected events, including theatre, music, dance, film and visual arts, the panel members will be asked to feedback on their experiences and to make suggestions as to how the organisations can make their work accessible to people with different requirements.

Applicants must be over 18 years of age and identify as deaf or disabled. More information can be found here.

Gjenya Cambray, Take Part Programme Manager at Salisbury Playhouse, says “Salisbury Playhouse is really excited to be part of this scheme and is looking forward to enabling even more people to enjoy our work. If you think you can help us make Salisbury’s arts events more accessible we want to hear from you”.

If you are interested in being considered for the panel please contact Gjenya Cambray by calling 01722 345164, e-mailing gjenya.cambray@salisburyplayhouse.com or by post at Salisbury Playhouse, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, SP2 7RA. The deadline is Monday 22nd February 2016. Explain briefly why the idea of becoming a member of the panel appeals to you (approximately half an A4 sheet). Please also let us know whether you have any specific access requirements in order to be able to attend events. 

 

Friday 5 February 2016

FULL PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED FOR WILTSHIRE’S THEATRE FEST WEST 2016

Theatre Fest West returns this Easter and is bigger and better than ever with events taking place at arts venues across Wiltshire. Celebrating theatre makers from across the south west, the festival runs from 18 March to 2 April with events at Salisbury Playhouse; Salisbury Arts Centre; The Pound arts centre, Corsham; Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon and Trowbridge Arts.

Now in its fifth year, Theatre Fest West was created by Salisbury Playhouse in 2012 to showcase theatre makers from across the region and this year has grown to present theatre, dance, comedy and events for family audiences across the county.

Gareth Machin, artistic director of Salisbury Playhouse, says “We are immensely proud of Theatre Fest West and are delighted to be working with our partner venues to bring the most inventive companies from across the region to take part in this year’s festival”.

Performances at Salisbury Playhouse include Over the Top (Monday 21 March) – the remarkable story of forgotten Wiltshire World War I heroine Dorothy Lawrence who was brave enough to defy convention and follow her ambition – and Bucket List (Friday 18 March) from Theatre Adinfinitum – the story of a Mexican orphan, her journey from the sweatshops of Cuidad Acuña to Harvard University, and what happens when the promise of a better life begins to unravel.

Highlights at Salisbury Arts Centre include The Beanfield (Thursday 24 March)a multi-media show about the Battle of the Beanfield: a brutal clash between riot police and a convoy of New Age travellers on their way to set up the 1985 Stonehenge Free Festival – and Nel (Friday 1 April, also at The Pound arts centre on Saturday 2 April)a beautifully crafted mix of Foley artistry, live music and dynamic movement examining identity, friendship and what it means to be an introvert.

Performances at The Pound arts centre include Undertow's In the Bellows (on the morning of Saturday 2 April) which was designed whilst in residency at The Pound and is aimed at audiences of all ages. There is a second opportunity to see this at Salisbury Arts Centre on the afternoon of 2 April.

Trowbridge Arts will be hosting Theatre Fest West events in Trowbridge Town Hall's courtroom, cells, supper room and its sensory garden. Its associate company Folio Theatre will be performing Unearthed – a comedy-drama which tells the heart-warming story of estranged siblings in the Courtroom (Friday 18 March, also at Salisbury Playhouse on Tuesday 22 March); SISATA will be performing Tess of the d'Urbervilles outside in the garden (Saturday 26 March) and there will be an exhibition of visual art in the cells and main gallery.

Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon will present Empathy by Neon Dance (Sunday 20 March and at Salisbury Arts Centre Tuesday 29 March). This touching and emotionally charged performance brings live music and dance together and looks at what makes our behaviour uniquely human. The performance on 29th March is kindly supported by Fletcher and Partners.

On the Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 26 March) there will be a special outdoor event, sponsored by Blencowe Scaffolding Ltd, with special free performances of Flights of Fancy by Hand to Mouth, which tells the tale of baby Glovebird learning to fly, taking place out and about near Salisbury Playhouse. There is also the chance to experience Landed by Two Destination Language a performance for one audience member at a time that looks at passed love: what might have been, what once was and what is forever gone.

Families have plenty to keep them entertained during the Easter holidays with a beautiful array of performances across the venues including Into the West (Tuesday 29 March at Salisbury Playhouse) from Bristol-based Travelling Light and The Bear (Thursday 31 March at Trowbridge Town Hall and Saturday 2 April at Salisbury Arts Centre), an adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved storybook with dazzling puppetry, delicious music and dreamy storytelling. Trowbridge Library will host The Little Bookshop Boy (Tuesday 29 March, also at The Pound arts centre on Wednesday 30 March and Salisbury Playhouse Thursday 31 March), a spellbinding show using puppetry, music and storytelling for those of us – big or small – who have ever worried about fitting in.

The South West Theatre Symposium takes place at Salisbury Playhouse on Friday 18 March and is an opportunity for those working in the performing arts to share best practice, explore new ways of working and celebrate theatre in the region. It is presented with Theatre Bristol, Take Art and Activate and guest speakers include Stephanie Jalland from Hoodwink and Phil Hindson from Arts Council England.

Meet the Programmers takes place on Wednesday 23 March at Salisbury Arts Centre and is an opportunity for theatre makers to meet Jo Newman (Salisbury Playhouse), Russ Tunney (The Pound arts centre) and Tracy Sullivan (Trowbridge Arts) who formed the selection panel for Theatre Fest West. There will be informal conversations about how performances are programmed in each venue and how the festival was put together.

Theatre Fest West is generously supported by Frank and Elizabeth Brenan. The Headline sponsor (outdoor programme) is Blencowe Scaffolding Ltd and the associate sponsor is Trethowans. For more information and full listings or to book tickets please contact the Ticket Office or visit the website for each of the venues.

Salisbury Playhouse – 01722 320333 www.salisburyplayhouse.com

Salisbury Arts Centre – 01722 321744 www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk

The Pound arts centre – 01249 701628 www.poundarts.org.uk

Trowbridge Arts – 01225 774306 www.trowbridgearts.com

Wiltshire Music Centre – 01225 860100 www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk

 

Monday 25 January 2016

INITIAL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR HEDDA GABLER AT SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE

Initial casting has been announced for Salisbury Playhouse’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, adapted by Brian Friel, which runs in the Main House from Thursday 17 March to Saturday 2 April.

The title role will be played by Kirsty Bushell who recently appeared in Ivo van Hove’s international tour of Antigone and has performed in many productions for both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.

Jane Wymark, familiar to TV audiences as Joyce Barnaby in Midsomer Murders, joins the cast as Juliana. Her recent theatre credits include This May Hurt a Bit for Out of Joint and Anything Goes for Sheffield Theatres. Petra Markham, recently seen in Salisbury Playhouse’s Separate Tables, plays Bertha. Further casting to be announced.

Played out over 24 hours, Brian Friel’s adaptation of Ibsen’s startling play is both unexpectedly funny and deeply human as it hurtles towards its destructive conclusion.

Directed by Salisbury Playhouse’s artistic director Gareth Machin, Hedda Gabler is designed by James Button (Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern for Out of Joint and Worst Wedding Ever at Salisbury Playhouse), with lighting by Howard Hudson (Romeo and Juliet for the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company) and Harry Blake (Bike at Salisbury Playhouse) as sound designer and composer.

Hedda Gabler runs in the Main House at Salisbury Playhouse from Thursday 17 March to Saturday 2 April. For tickets or more information please contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or visit the show page

 

Friday 22nd January 2016

 

ANARCHIC COMEDY I AM THOMAS COMES TO SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE 

The world premiere of I am Thomas – a brutal comedy with songs from the acclaimed Told by an Idiot visits Salisbury Playhouse from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 March.

Using Told by an Idiot’s trademark anarchic physicality and inventive storytelling, I Am Thomas glimpses into Edinburgh’s dark past to bring out the black humour in the true story of Thomas Aikenhead, a Scottish student who was the last person in Britain to be executed for blasphemy. With original lyrics by award-winning poet Simon Armitage, the show is first-time collaboration between The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, the National Theatre of Scotland and Told by an Idiot.

Resonating across time and cultures, this riotous and unsettling comic drama shifts between 1696 and present times to explore notions of freedom of speech. With a live score performed by a cast of eight, the show weaves together eclectic references from the Last Passion of Christ to Archie Gemmell’s goal for Scotland, against Holland, at the 1974 World Cup. I Am Thomas - a brutal comedy with songs is inspired by fact, fantasy and an original short story by James Robertson. 

Paul Hunter, Artistic Director of Told by an Idiot and director of I am Thomas says “Told by an Idiot is thrilled to partner with the National Theatre of Scotland and The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh for the first time, to bring this extraordinary episode of hidden history to life. This is a highly pertinent piece, examining the notion of freedom of speech in a surprising, provocative and unsettling manner. We are delighted to collaborate with Simon Armitage alongside Associate Idiot Iain Johnstone to create a vibrant theatrical musical form to tell the universal story of Thomas Aikenhead.”

Simon Armitage is one of UK’s foremost poets, playwrights and novelists. His production of The Odyssey: Missing, Presumed Dead opened at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool in October 2015.  

Told by an Idiot’s recent production of My Perfect Mind, which was performed in The Salberg at Salisbury Playhouse in 2013, returned for a second UK tour in autumn 2014 prior to transferring to 59E59 Theater, New York in June 2015, as part of 59E59's Brits Off Broadway season.

I am Thomas is performed by John Cobb, Amanda Hadingue, Myra McFayden, John Pfumojena, Hannah McPake, Dominic Marsh, Charlie Folorunsho and Iain Johnstone.

I am Thomas is written by Told by an Idiot with music by Iain Johnstone and lyrics by Simon Armitage. It is directed by Paul Hunter and designed by Laura Hopkins with sound by Adrienne Quartly and lighting by Paul Anderson.

I am Thomas – a brutal comedy with songs runs in the Main House at Salisbury Playhouse from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 March. For tickets or more information please call 01722 320333 or visit the show page

 

Tuesday 5 January 2016

SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE CELEBRATES MOST SUCCESSFUL PANTO FOR OVER A DECADE

 

As the pantomime season draws to a close Salisbury Playhouse is delighted to announce its current production of Cinderella, which ends this Saturday 9 January, has been its most successful pantomime for over a decade.

Over 24,000 people enjoyed the production with 95% of available seats being sold during the 5 week run and some audience members returning several times to see the show.

Audiences were drawn from a wide area including the Southampton, Basingstoke, Swindon and Bath areas with over 40% of bookers being first time visitors to Salisbury Playhouse.

Over 110 school groups came to see Cinderella with many children enjoying their first experience of live theatre.

Salisbury Playhouse also programmed its first Relaxed Performance of a pantomime (Thursday 7 January at 2.15pm). Relaxed Performances are particularly suitable for those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder and aim to give those who otherwise might feel excluded the chance to experience live theatre.

Executive Director Sebastian Warrack says “A trip to the pantomime is a highlight of Christmas for many families and groups and at Salisbury Playhouse we aim to deliver top quality productions of the classic fairytale stories that can be enjoyed by all age groups. We are thrilled with how well Cinderella has been received and delighted with the fantastic feedback from audience members”.

Plans are already underway for next Christmas’ pantomime, Aladdin, which will run from 3 December 2016 to 8 January 2017. Tickets will go on sale in February and, to avoid disappointment, early booking is advised as many performances of Cinderella sold out.


Wednesday 16 December 2015

THEATRE FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY AT SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE THIS SPRING

 

The spring/summer 2016 season at Salisbury Playhouse has plenty to keep families entertained including adaptations of favourite stories and visits from renowned companies such as Little Angel Theatre. 

February half term starts on Monday 15 February with Oliver Twist, the story of the little boy who asked for more. Presented in the style of Victorian music hall, Red Earth’s production of Charles Dickens’s masterpiece is packed full of surprises and brings Oliver’s story to life for children and grown-ups alike. This production includes integrated Sign Language and Captions and is suitable for those aged 8 plus and their families. 

Fairytale favourite Rumpelstiltskin spins into The Salberg on Tuesday 16 February, full of puppetry, music and storytelling. Where did Rumpelstiltskin come from and can they guess his name before he gets them all in a spin? This is a woolly wonderland of a show for 3 to 8 year olds. 

Windibops is a rib-tickling new dance piece for families and children aged 4 to 100. The audience is invited into the Windibops laboratory on Wednesday 17 February to investigate flatulence and whether it has an impact on global warming. This comical, fun world combines dance, humour, strange sounds, smells and amusing characters to create an interactive world of dance and science. 

Celebrated puppetry company Little Angel Theatre visits on Thursday 18 February with Handa’s Hena beautiful show for 2-5 year olds. Based on the book by Eileen Browne, Handa’s Hen features 55 stunning puppets all created by hand for this brand new production. 

Easter sees the return of Theatre Fest West, the annual celebration of theatre from across the south west region which is now in its 5th year. 

Highlights include The Magic Beanstalk on Wednesday 30 March – a re-telling of the classic story of Jack and the Giant set in present day Cornwall. Hand carved puppets, illusion and amazing experiments create an exciting adventure for everyone aged 5 and over who believes in magic. 

The Little Bookshop Boy tells the story of a boy who falls out of a book and, when the pages slam shut behind him, he gets lost and doesn’t know which story he belongs in. This charming story is for those of us, big or small, who have ever worried about fitting in. Suitable for those aged 5 and over, The Little Bookshop Boy visits The Salberg on Thursday 31 March. 

The incredible life and adventures of France’s first female aviator are told in Head in the Clouds: The Peregrinations of Marie Marvingt on Friday 1 April. Told using puppetry, live music and physical theatre, this is the greatest story that history forgot and is ideal for those aged 8 and over. 

The full Theatre Fest West programme will be announced in early 2016 and will include performances at Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre, The Pound Corsham, Wiltshire Music Centre and Trowbridge Arts. 

For tickets or further information please contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or visit the Theatre for Families section on our website

 

Monday 14 December 2015 

ALAN BENNETT’S HIT COMEDY SINGLE SPIES TO VISIT SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE

 

A new production of Alan Bennett’s hit comedy Single Spies will visit the Main House at Salisbury Playhouse from Monday 18 to Saturday 23 April 2016 in a collaboration between Chichester Festival Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre. 

Olivier Award-nominated Rachel Kavanaugh will direct Nicholas Farrell (as Guy Burgess), Belinda Lang (as Coral Browne and Her Majesty the Queen) and David Robb (as Anthony Blunt) in an extensive UK tour. 

Nicholas Farrell starred as Alan Bennett in The Lady in the Van (Queen’s Theatre) and his extensive film career includes The Iron Lady, Legend and Chariots of Fire

Belinda Lang is best known for playing Bill Porter in hit TV show 2 Point 4 Children (BBC) and other screen credits include Second Thoughts (LWT), Doctors (BBC) and Midsomer Murders (ITV).  She has recently appeared on stage in Oklahoma! (Northampton/tour), Ladies in Lavender (national tour), Hay Fever (Royal Exchange and Haymarket Theatre) and East is East (Birmingham Rep). 

David Robb is currently on screen as Dr. Clarkson in the multi-award winning drama Downton Abbey (ITV). His extensive television credits also include Wolf Hall, Roman Mysteries and Garrow’s Law (all BBC).  On stage he has recently appeared in The Audience (Apollo Theatre) and Hamlet (tour & West End). 

Bennett’s award-winning espionage double bill is a pointedly satirical snapshot of two members of the infamous ‘Cambridge Five’, Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt, both recruited as spies by the Soviet Union during World War II.  

In 1950s Moscow, Coral Browne receives an invitation to lunch with shunned Soviet spy, Guy Burgess, with the sole instruction to ‘bring a tape measure’.  An Englishman Abroad is a wry and touching play which chronicles the pair’s fleeting friendship and Burgess’ attempts to cling to his way of life as a Soviet citizen. 

A Question of Attribution gives a glimpse into Anthony Blunt’s life of espionage within the very walls of Buckingham Palace.  Following his double-life as an art historian to royalty and a Soviet spy, this witty tale of forgery and deceit culminates in a sharp and candid interrogation from Her Majesty the Queen herself. 

Single Spies premiered at the National Theatre in 1988, opening to critical acclaim and receiving an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 1990.  

Rachel Kavanaugh was Artistic Director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre and has directed many celebrated productions at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre including The Sound of Music, Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It.  For Chichester Festival Theatre, Kavanaugh’s Love Story was Olivier Award-nominated for Best New Musical and received a West End transfer. 

Single Spies visits the Main House at Salisbury Playhouse from Monday 18 April to Saturday 23 April. For tickets or further information please contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or visit the show page on our website

 

Friday 11 December 2015

2016 NATIONAL TOUR AND FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR WILLIAM NICHOLSON’S SHADOWLANDS

 

The 2016 national tour of William Nicholson’s Shadowlands, directed by Alastair Whatley, will visit the Main House at Salisbury Playhouse from Monday 29 February to Saturday 5 March. 

The cast of Shadowlands will be led by Stephen Boxer (Humans, The Iron Lady, Doctors) as C.S. Lewis, Tony Slattery (Peter’s Friends, The Crying Game, Whose Line is it Anyway?) as Major W.H. Lewis 'Warnie' and Amanda Ryan (The Forsyte Saga, Shameless) as Joy Davidman. 

They will be joined by Simon Shackleton as Professor Christopher Riley, Jeffrey Harmer as Rev ‘Harry’ Harrington, Ian Marr as Alan Gregg, Richard Holliday as Dr Maurice Oakley and Shannon Rewcroft as Douglas, with Holly Smith and Alistair Higgins playing multiple supporting roles. 

Shadowlands, by William Nicholson, tells the love story of C.S. Lewis, Oxford don and author of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters, and American poet Joy Davidman. What begins as a formal meeting of two very different minds slowly develops into a feeling of connection and love. Lewis finds his quiet life with his brother Warnie disrupted by the outspoken, feisty Davidman, whose uninhibited behaviour offers a sharp contrast to the rigid sensibilities of the male-dominated university. Each provides the other with new ways of viewing the world, but Lewis’s Christian faith is tested when Joy is diagnosed with cancer. 

Shadowlands won the Evening Standard Drama Award for Best Play in 1990 and Nicholson was nominated for a Tony Award when it transferred to Broadway.  The film version, which starred Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger, won Best British Film at the 1994 BAFTAs and Nicholson was nominated for a Best Screenplay nomination. 

This major revival of Shadowlands is produced by Birdsong Productions, the people behind the recent critically-acclaimed and hugely successful touring productions of Birdsong and Flare Path, in association with Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. 

Shadowlands will have lighting design by Alex Wardle and sound design by Dominic Bilkey

Shadowlands runs in the Main House at Salisbury Playhouse from Monday 29 February to Saturday 5 March. For tickets or further information please contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or visit the show page on our website.

 

Thursday 10 December 2015

COMEDY THRILLER DEATHTRAP OPENS SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE'S SPRING SEASON

 

Salisbury Playhouse’s spring/summer season opens in the Main House with a new production of Ira Levin’s comedy thriller, Deathtrap, which runs from Thursday 4 to Saturday 27 February. 

The cast includes Kim Wall as Sidney Bruhl and Sam Phillips as Clifford Anderson. Julien Ball plays Porter Milgrim and Beverley Klein plays Helga ten Dorp. 

Deathtrap is directed by Adam Penford, who directed A Small Family Business at the National Theatre and is Revival Director for One Man, Two Guvnors. 

Deathtrap is designed by Morgan Large, whose many theatre credits include Vincent and Flavia’s West End productions and tours of Midnight Tango and Dance ‘til Dawn. The creative team is completed by lighting designer James Whiteside (Monsieur Popular, Theatre Royal Bath), sound designers Ben and Max Ringham (The Ladykillers, West End and UK tour) and video designer Duncan McLean (The Bodyguard and Shrek the Musical, West End and UK tours). 

Sidney Bruhl is a Broadway playwright who has failed to have a hit in some time and is now suffering from writer’s block. When a young writer, Clifford, arrives on the doorstep of his remote home with a new script Sidney plans to kill him and pass off the play as his own. But is this play everything it first appears to be? 

Deathtrap holds the record for the longest running comedy thriller on Broadway and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. 

This ingenious play within a play runs in the Main House from Thursday 4 to Saturday 27 February. For tickets or further information please contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or visit the show page on our website

 

Saturday 14 November 2015 

SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE'S SPRING 2016 SEASON NOW ON SALE

View Spring 2016 online brochure HERE

Theatre Fest West’s fifth birthday plus co-productions with Pentabus Theatre Company and Myrtle Theatre Company keep the South West and Original Drama at the heart of Salisbury Playhouse’s spring 2016 season.

In a collaboration with Bristol-based Myrtle Theatre Company, award-winning Brendan Murray will write and direct Up Down Man (24 February to 12 March), the sequel to the internationally acclaimed Up Down Boy about a teenager’s experiences of growing up with Down’s syndrome. Funny, provocative, and once again starring the gifted and charismatic Nathan BessellUp Down Man asks the question that faces every parent of an adult with a learning disability – what will happen when I’m not here?

Salisbury Playhouse and Pentabus Theatre Company will collaborate to present This Landan explosive, funny and thought-provoking new play by Siân Owen that looks at community through the eyes of the residents of a village when a fracking company arrives, ready to dig. This Land opens in Ludlow on 9 March before embarking on a rural tour, concluding with a run in The Salberg at Salisbury Playhouse (13 to 30 April).

Theatre Fest West, a celebration of theatre makers from across the south west, returns for its fifth year with an expanded programme of events running at Salisbury PlayhouseSalisbury Arts CentreThe Pound Corsham,Trowbridge Arts Centre and Wiltshire Music Centre over the Easter period. The full programme will be announced early in 2016.

The season will also include a major new production of the musical Singin’ in the Rain which will see Salisbury Playhouse working with the Octagon Theatre Bolton and New Vic Theatre Newcastle-under-Lyme for the first time. The production will open in Salisbury in April.

Salisbury Playhouse will also produce a new production of Brian Friel’s adaptation of Ibsen’s startling Hedda Gabler, directed by Artistic Director Gareth Machin (17 March to 2 April).

Other highlights include new productions from Told by an Idiot and The Mark Bruce Company and Alan Bennett’s Single Spies following its run at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Artistic Director Gareth Machin says “We’re proud to be offering a diverse programme of Original Drama and classic work in both our theatres. The spirit of collaboration runs through the season with co-productions and partnerships ensuring a rich, challenging and entertaining range of experiences for our audience.”

Booking is now open for Spring 2016

Online bookings: www.salisburyplayhouse.com

Telephone bookings:  01722 320 333 (from 10am)