Music Workshops

Wiltshire Times: Sheet music

7:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

Young musicians of all ages can escape the rain this Sunday and discover the magic of creating music, in the second of a series of Music Workshops being hosted by jazz pianist and composer John Law and fellow musician Dean Broderick at Bull Mill, Crockerton, near Warminster.

Swan Lake/Giselle, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon. October 28/29. Tickets: 01793 524481.

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5:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

The Russian State Ballet and Opera House are on tour again, bringing both Swan Lake, a compelling legend of tragic romance, and Giselle, the greatest of all romantic ballets, to Swindon.

Warminster Festival

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12:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

Poetry, music, drama, art, storytelling, history, dance and local knowledge: all feature in this year’s Warminster Festival, which kicks off on Saturday with a street fair in the Market Place, opening a fortnight of events covering the entire arts genre.

The Hypochondriac, Theatre Royal Bath. Until October 18.

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12:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Moliere's satirical attack on the medical profession as a bunch of money-grabbing charlatans is a gift to 21st-century adaptors wanting to prod the tender parts of the National Health Service.

Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon.

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12:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Neither accompany; both are soloists. And it works.

Britain’s Got Talent comes to Bristol

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7:00am Sunday 12th October 2014

Wiltshire acts bidding for stardom have their chance to catch the eye of the judges this autumn, when Britain’s Got Talent comes to Bristol for the first time.

The Tour of All Tours, Bath

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11:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

Ever wondered what Bath looks like from the tourist’s point of view? Find out later this month, when theatre and performance artist Bill Aitchison presents a unique view of Bath, The Tour of All Tours, from October 24-26.

International win for Tara

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12:00pm Friday 10th October 2014

A 10-year-old ballerina from Sutton Benger has triumphed at an international dance competition.

Preview: Trowbridge Arts Festival

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8:00pm Thursday 9th October 2014

With just over a week to go until Trowbridge Arts Festival opens with live shows, a teenage market and the town’s carnival.

The Athenaeum, Warminster

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12:00pm Thursday 9th October 2014

Ahead of their latest production, Annie 1,2,3, which in on stage at The Athenaeum in Warminster until Saturday, members of the Limelight Players’ cast held a ticket draw, pictured, to reward the local businesses who have supported them by helping publicise the show.

Voices from the Great War

Wiltshire Times: You're forgetting the Harlequin theatre

12:00pm Thursday 9th October 2014

Voices from the Great War is Broad Hinton Amateur Dramatic Society’s commemoration of the First World War, which includes songs, poems and readings.

Hamlet, Watermill Theatre, Newbury.

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12:00pm Thursday 9th October 2014

If your teenagers complain Shakespeare is too long and boring, and that they don’t understand it, then the Watermill Theatre’s new adaptation of Hamlet is what they need.

Riverdance, Bristol Hippodrome.

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12:00pm Thursday 9th October 2014

I have been a fan of Riverdance ever since it first exploded onto the stage at the Eurovision Song Competition all those years ago, so I was delighted when I heard they were doing a 20th anniversary tour (particularly as the previous tour was supposed to have been the “final” one).

Guards! Guards! : Wharf Theatre, Devizes. October 24-November 1. Tickets: £9/£8 from Devizes Books and 01380 725944.

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12:00pm Thursday 9th October 2014

Acclaimed author Terry Pratchett’s infamous city of Ankh Morpork is under threat from a 60-foot fire- breathing dragon, summoned by a secret society of malcontent tradesmen, in this gleeful adaptation by Stephen Briggs of one of the Discworld science fiction fantasies.

Northern Harmony, American Museum, Bath. October 9.

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1:00pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Northern Harmony, the world music vocal ensemble based in Vermont, USA, visits the American Museum in Bath next week, when they are offering singers the chance to learn from them.

Annie One, Two, Three, Athenaeum Theatre. October 9-11.

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12:00pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

The Athenaeum Limelight Players open the autumn season at Warminster’s very own theatre next week with Annie One, Two, Three, an oddly-titled murder mystery written by David Summers.

Sean Hughes, Penguins

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12:00pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Following a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe and a hugely successful 2013/14 tour, award- winning master of storytelling and stand-up Sean Hughes’ show Penguins is extending its run into autumn, and comes to The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, on October 11.

Sam Sweeney's Fiddle Made in the Great War, Wiltshire Music Centre.

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1:19pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Everything about this evening was inspirational and original. The moment fiddler extraordinaire Sam Sweeney bought the violin from Oxford luthier Roger Claridge he rightly recognised it contained a story worth exploring and sharing.

Oh What a Lovely War, Swindon Arts Centre

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1:24pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

The Phoenix Players’ able 26-strong cast conveyed the horror and tragedy of the First World War in a stirring production last week.

Jesus Christ Superstar, Theatre Royal Bath. Until October 4.

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1:02pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Bath Light Operatic Group have kept to a mainly classic form in performing the Andrew Lloyd-Webber/Tim Rice musical Jesus Christ Superstar.

The Royal Mail Choir, Edington Priory, October 5.

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1:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

The choir formed in 2012 for the BBC TV programme Sing While You Work is to give a concert in Edington in October. The Royal Mail Choir was set up by Gareth Malone and is made up of postmen and women, delivery office, mail centre staff and managers from the Bristol area. Since its formation, the choir has gone from strength to strength performing across the country and internationally, in order to support and promote various charities, including Prostate Cancer UK for which it raised over £50,000.

Dead Guilty, Wharf Theatre, Devizes, 7.30pm. Until October 27. Tickets £8 and £9 from Devizes Books.

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12:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

This tense psychological thriller by Richard Harris, directed by Tess Richards, really will leave you wondering what is going to happen next.

A Real Fairy Story, Trowbridge Town Hall, Saturday; Taming Of The Shrew, October 3.

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12:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

The first production of the autumn season for Trowbridge Arts on Saturday is a family-friendly adventure, A Real Fairy Story, playing at the town hall at 3pm.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Theatre Royal Bath. Until Saturday.

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12:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

More than 100 years after The Importance of Being Earnest was first staged, Oscar Wilde’s satirical comedy still has the audience in hoots of laughter.

Journey's End, Watermill Theatre, Newbury. Until October 11

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12:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

This is the story of one day in the trenches of World War I. Playwright RC Sherriff, who became a Hollywood screenwriter on films such as Goodbye Mr Chips and The Dambusters, fought at Passchendaele, where he said he met all his characters.

Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon

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12:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

The Wiltshire Music Centre opened its new season on Saturday with a glittering reception for 300 guests, a raft of high hopes and credits, a cunningly conceived 405-light sculpture in a refurbished foyer and, the real meat of it all, a concert of Baroque music that must surely surpass anything previously staged there.

Oliver! Wyvern Theatre, Swindon. October 21-25. Tickets: 01793 524481/www.

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1:16pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Swindon Amateur Light Opera Society, one of the region’s foremost amateur companies, noted for its high quality musical productions in professional theatres at Swindon since 1952, will present Oliver! at the Wyvern this autumn, with six performances including a Saturday matinee.

Being very baddie... ‘King Rat’ Havers promises a rude night out at the panto

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5:30am Wednesday 24th September 2014

WYVERN pantomime villain Nigel Havers said he is looking forward to hearing plenty of boos and hisses in Swindon this Christmas – oh yes he is!

Malmesbury History Weekend. Venues include the Abbey, Cloister gardens, Town Hall and The Old Bell hotel. October 16-19. Full details and ticket info

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8:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

HIistory lovers hoping to attend BBC History Magazine’s hugely popular weekend festival this autumn should move quickly, as tickets are selling out fast.

Ceramics, Fenella Elms.

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12:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Works by Aldbourne-based ceramics artist Fenella Elms have been chosen by P&O Cruises to be part of Britain’s largest floating art collection on its ship Britannia, which launches in March next year.

Bedroom Farce, Salisbury Playhouse. Until October 4.

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12:00pm Saturday 13th September 2014

The transformation of Salisbury Playhouse for an in-the-round production of Alan Ayckbourn's classic Bedroom Farce is a technical triumph. The remarkable set features three very different bedrooms, in the homes of three very different couples.

Oh What a Lovely War, Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon.

Wiltshire Times: Oh What a Lovely War!

11:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

The Phoenix Players will stage Oh What A Lovely War! at the Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon, nightly from Wednesday, September 24 to Saturday, September 27 at 7.30pm.

Grease, Assembly Hall, Melksham. September 18-20

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10:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

Grease is the word! Now it’s coming to Melksham, with Melksham Music and Drama bringing it to the Assembly Hall stage from September 18-20.

Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Courts arboretum, Holt. Until Saturday.

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12:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Villagers in Holt have been rubbing their eyes as a fairy host, followed by some rude mechanicals and royalty, have streamed across Ham Green this week, as Holt Dramatic Society’s production of Midsummer Night’s Dream runs in The Courts arboretum until Saturday.

One Man, Two Guvnors, Theatre Royal Bath

Wiltshire Times:

12:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

This has got to be the funniest thing I’ve seen on stage for years.

Philanthropy at work

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11:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

The advertising guru who created Wonderbra's iconic Hello Boys poster is supporting a Chippenham arts company with a donation of over £5,000.

Stories of magic and mystery, The Watermill Theatre, Newbury. Saturday, September 13..

Wiltshire Times: You're forgetting the Harlequin theatre

10:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

Listen to spellbinding tales of sorcery and witchcraft at a family storytelling event at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, on Saturday, September 13.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Courts Garden Arboretum, Holt. September 10-13.

Wiltshire Times: webpix entertainment theatre

12:00pm Friday 5th September 2014

Thirty-five years after their very first outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Holt Dramatic Society is performing the play again, from September 10-13 in The Courts Garden Arboretum in the village. It is believed HDS were the first amateur company to stage an outdoor Shakespeare locally, and their example has been followed by many others.

Open Studio Exhibitions at Bull Mill, Crockerton

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6:00pm Thursday 4th September 2014

This Saturday will be the first of a series of Open Studio Exhibitions at Bull Mill, Crockerton, which are to be held through the autumn on the first Saturday of every month, from 10am-5pm. Work on show this time round will be by artists Nick Andrew and Tanya Hinton, who are both based there.

Preview: The Rain It Raineth Every Day, Corsham/Marshfield. September 12/13, 7.30pm

Wiltshire Times:

4:00pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Shakespeare Live chose to take the audience on a journey through the seasons, with extracts from plays, sonnets and songs, encompassing every aspect of the English weather, for their summer show at the Dell, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s outdoor theatre in Stratford upon Avon, where they gave two well-attended performances for a third consecutive year in August.

Preview: Trowbridge Philharmonic Choral Society

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2:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Trowbridge Philharmonic Choral Society, pictured, will be holding an open evening at Holbrook School in Trowbridge on Monday from 7pm, with an opportunity to meet the group’s new musical director.

Preview: Above Bored, Seend Community Centre. September 20, 7.30pm.

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10:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

If you haven’t heard of Owdyado Theatre, then make sure you look out for them in Seend this autumn.

Review: Hayfever at the Theatre Royal Bath, starring Felicity Kendall

Wiltshire Times:

1:30pm Friday 22nd August 2014

‘A plotless play’ is the perfect description of Noel Coward’s Hayfever – a comedy written in three days with no revisions back in 1924.

Shrek The Musical, Bristol Hippodrome. Until September 7

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4:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014

It's one thing to bring a book to the stage or screen, or even a film to the stage – but how do you bring an animation to life?

Preview: Blofeld and Baxter, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham. September 27. Tickets: Box office 01249 701628 or

Wiltshire Times: webpix entertainment theatre

7:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

When Test Match Special presenter and producer Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter took their Memories of their working lives on tour they were amazed by how well the show was received.

Curtain Up stage school in Melksham

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3:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

Members of the Curtain Up stage school in Melksham have been enjoying the summer school activities run by the Melksham and Bath groups at Hayesfield School, Bath, at the start of the summer holidays.

Preview: Hay Fever/Robin Hood, Theatre Royal/Prior Park

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2:57pm Thursday 14th August 2014

The summer season at the Theatre Royal in Bath comes to its end with two extremely English productions: a new version of Noël Coward’s comedy of manners Hay Fever.and an open-air youth production of Robin Hood.

Preview: Autumn season at the Ustinov

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1:02pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Casting has been announced for the Ustinov’s season of three black comedies this autumn, which will feature Alun Armstrong, Kenneth Cranham, Lia Williams, Greg Hicks, Sally Dexter and Richard Clothier.

Disney dreams really can come true

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6:00pm Thursday 7th August 2014

A group of 16 young dancers from Trowbridge travelled to Disneyland Paris to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime performance as part of the pre-parade and main performance of the day .

Review: Therese Raquin, Theatre Royal Bath

Wiltshire Times:

12:00pm Thursday 7th August 2014

Emile Zola’s original novel shocked late-19th century French society. Its subject matter of passion, adultery, murder and revenge were depicted as merely salacious and pornographic.


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