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A Salisbury Playhouse Production

The Spire

by William Golding, adapted by Roger Spottiswoode

Main House

1 - 24 November 2012

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"Stunning... outstanding... thought provoking and utterly absorbing. Not be to missed."
5 Star Rating

"Tense, compelling... the sets were wonderful... another excellent Playhouse production."
Southern Daily Echo

"Engaging and dramatic... makes you want to run outside and gawp at the Cathedral."
Salisbury Journal

The stage premiere of the novel by William Golding, about the men who conceived and built the spire on Salisbury Cathedral.

Dean Jocelin has a vision. A spire, 400 feet high, pointed like an arrow to God, a pinnacle of faith, bursting from the heart of the Cathedral. But no one has built that high before. There are no foundations. There are inadequate funds. And when Master Builder, Roger Mason, begins to work, the fragility of Jocelin’s vision soon becomes apparent.

As the spire slowly rises, dark shadows are cast across the lives ofall involved in this epic saga of faith versus reason.

The Spire is directed by Artistic Director Gareth Machin (Epsom Downs) and designed by Tom Rogers (The Game of Love and Chance, Epsom Downs).

Kindly sponsored by Frank and Elizabeth Brenan

Running time: Approx. 2hrs 30 mins (including 2 intervals)

Read a personal review written as part of his Silver Arts Award by Oliver Hopkins aged 12.

Booking Details

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Performance Times

Monday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm
Matinees on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.15pm.

BSL interpreted performance

Wednesday 21 November, 7.30pm

Audio Description & Touch Tour
Thursday 22 November, 2.15pm & 7.30pm


Ticket Prices

£12 - £22

Tours and Talks

Theatre Day
Thursday 15 November, 11am 

Talk Out: Post Show Discussion
Tuesday 20 November

Discounts and Concessions

Over 60s (available Tuesday – Saturday evenings)
£2 off full-price tickets

Under 25s, NUS cardholders, disabled, Jobseekers Allowance, income support,Wiltshire Passport, Equity members
£12 for best available seats at all performances (proof of status required)

School groups & youth organisations
£8.50 for best available seats at all performances

Groups (available Tuesday - Saturday evenings)
Groups of 12+ £3 off full price
Groups of 40+ £4 off full price

Only one discount or concession per ticket. Subject to availability.


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"Stunning... outstanding... thought provoking and utterly absorbing. Not be to missed."
5 Star Rating   

Cast & Creatives

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Director                           Gareth Machin
Designer                          Tom Rogers
Lighting Designer             Philip Gladwell
Sound Designer               Tom Gibbons
Movement Director          Aidan Treays
Casting                            Charlotte Bevan      
Assistant Director             Emily Watson Howes

Gilbert / Father Adam      Scott Brooksbank
Dean Jocelin                   Mark Meadows 
Rachel/Lady Alsion         Sarah Moyle
Goody                           Dorothea Myer-Bennett
Chancellor                     Jonathan Newth
Father Anselm                Jonathan Oliver
Roger Mason                Vincenzo Pellegrino
Pangall/Bishop Walter      Paul Slack
Jehan                            Duncan Wisbey