Opera Alberelli sing Mozart and Puccini, The Cause, Chippenham

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12:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

This new opera company performed for the first time on Saturday night. Opera Alberelli has been established to offer training and high quality performance opportunities to young singers aged 18-25.

Calamity Jane, Watermill Theatre, Newbury. Until September 6.

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12:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Oh, the Deadwood stage is a-rollin on over the plain, yee hah! And even an old grump like me, who would normally run a mile at the mere mention of a musical, was won over by the boundless energy and sheer class exuded by this scintillating adaptation.

Review: Singin' In The Rain at Bristol Hippodrome

Wiltshire Times:

9:32am Thursday 24th July 2014

The scene everyone knows from Singin’ In The Rain is Gene Kelly splashing around in a deluge, light stepping it with an umbrella.

Preview: Old Time Music Hall, Yelde Hall, Chippenham. Friday, July 25, 7.30pm.

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9:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

Dress in period costume and get in the mood for the Old Time Music Hall entertainment at the Yelde Hall, Chippenham, on Friday, July 25. Acts presenting themselves for your amusement, entertainment, delectation and delight will include Peggy Burgess and Julie Shore, who are appearing as Flanagan and Allen. Doors open at 6.30pm for the 7.30pm show and tickets are £10 to include a fish ‘n’ chip supper, from 01249 705020.

Review: Kafka's Dick at Theatre Royal Bath until July 26

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5:04pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

What is the nature of fame? The twisted perspectives on the opening scene’s backdrop set the tone for the evening.

Preview: Chippenham Community Arts Festival, The Cause arts centre/Yelde Hall/St Andrew’s Church hall/Citadel and various venues. July 18-20.

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12:00pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

Chippenham will be treated to three days of drama, music and dance with the Community Arts Festival springing up in several venues across town this weekend, as an extension of last year’s drama festival.

Macbeth, Lackham House, Lacock. Until July 13.

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2:00pm Thursday 10th July 2014

If you prefer your Shakespeare light-hearted, this one’s not for you. The Scottish play is no comedy. There is no fool or subplot to provide light relief. It is intrigue, blood and murder all the way. But it certainly provides the talented team of Shakespeare Live something to get their teeth into. Magic, sex, violence – it has it all.

Rock of Ages, Bristol Hippodrome. Until July 12.

Wiltshire Times:

12:00pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Of the many pieces of musical theatre written recently to showcase a particular band, or musical genre, this has to have one of the most cliche-ridden and holey plots, but actually that’s part of its charm.

Hardboiled - The Fall of Sam Shadow, Watermill Theatre, Newbury. Until July 12.

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12:00pm Thursday 10th July 2014

When Hardboiled began, I have to say my heart sank. It was very loud and too dark to see what was going on, and I’m too old to sit in the dark for two hours. Then the lights came up and suddenly we were in Philip Marlowe territory, with PI (or Gumshoe, naturally) Sam Shadow (Julian Spooner) in his downtown LA office, with PA Betty (Jess Mabel Jones). And off we went on a rollicking pastiche of every film noir known to man.

Review: Rock of Ages at the Bristol Hippodrome

Wiltshire Times:

11:42am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Of the many pieces of musical theatre written recently to showcase a particular band, or musical genre, this has to have one of the most cliche-ridden and holey plots, but actually that’s part of its charm.

The Boyfriend, Memorial Hall, Royal Wootton Bassett.

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4:00pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

The enthusiasm of 34 young performers, some of whom were treading the boards for the first time, fuelled audiences’ enjoyment of these three performances by the Youth and Junior section of Wootton Bassett Light Operatic Society over the weekend.

Preview: Macbeth, Lackham House, Lacock. July 7-12. Tickets: www.shakespearelive.com/ 07780 938107

Wiltshire Times: The Comedy of Errors, Lackham House, Shakespeare Live

12:00pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Although the Friday and Saturday night performances are close to selling out for next week’s annual Shakespeare Live production, with over 2,000 seats available during the week there’s still plenty of opportunity to see murder and madness unfold before your eyes.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Theatre Royal Bath. Until July 5.

Wiltshire Times: Clare Higgins as Martha and Tim Pigott-Smith as George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?                       Photo: Nobby Clark

12:00pm Thursday 26th June 2014

Take two seemingly successful, middle class, academic couples, mix at a late night after-party, add plenty of alcohol and watch the pretences fall away. That is basically the plot of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? And it is not for the faint-hearted.

Theatre of Dreams, Pound Arts Centre, Pound Pill, Corsham. Until July 19.

Wiltshire Times: Claire Baker

12:00pm Friday 20th June 2014

Five years of creating magical art in Corsham come to an end this summer, as ceramicist Claire Baker ends her time as resident artist at The Pound.

Intimate Apparel, The Ustinov, Theatre Royal Bath. Until June 28.

Wiltshire Times: Seamstress Esther meets a wide cast of characters as she endures a hard life

12:00pm Thursday 19th June 2014

Playwright Lynn Nottage found the inspiration for her multi-award-winning play in an old photograph of her great-grandmother and a fragment of family memory. The result is a beautifully crafted fictional tale of an African-American seamstress at the turn of the 20th century in New York.

Bath Symphony Orchestra and Cwmbach Male Choir, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon.

Wiltshire Times: Winchmore String Orchestra Concert in aid of Children of the Andes

12:00pm Thursday 12th June 2014

It is by no means dismissive of the contribution by the whole orchestra but the solos and exposed work were the outstanding performances of Friday’s thoroughly workmanlike concert, titled High Seas Adventure.

Thriller Live, Bath Theatre Royal. Until Saturday.

Wiltshire Times: Whether black or white, Jacko’s all right in this show

4:00pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

No storyline here, it’s simply a straightforward celebration of the King of Pop’s dazzling repertoire, and it works because so many of his songs and their funky basslines are crying out to be moved to.

Review: Brotherhood at The Cause, Chippenham

Wiltshire Times: The cast of Brotherhood

10:23am Tuesday 10th June 2014

A thought-provoking play, by Kingsley Walker, this explores the cataclysmic impact of the First World War on friendships and family relationships.

Review: Bath Symphony Orchestra at Wiltshire Music Centre

Wiltshire Times: Conductor Eugene Montieth

11:35am Monday 9th June 2014

It is by no means dismissive of the contribution by the whole orchestra but the solos and exposed work of various sections of this large ensemble were the outstanding performances of a thoroughly workmanlike concert.

Review: The Witches of Eastwick, Arc Theatre, Trowbridge

Wiltshire Times: Plotting over their martinis: Dora Bishop as Sukie, Lou Knight as Alexandra and LeonnIe Macaslin as Jane

12:00pm Thursday 5th June 2014

Be careful what you wish for......three women, frustrated by their mundane lives in small-town Eastwick, fantasise over their martinis, all wishing for their own perfect man: “Handsome like the devil but perfectly divine”.

Preview: SenseAbility, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham. June 10-14.

Wiltshire Times: Fay Weldon

12:00pm Thursday 5th June 2014

Feminist author Fay Weldon and radio presenter Peter White are coming to Corsham this week, as part of a programme examining the relationship between disability and the arts.

Preview: Raymondo, Corn Exchange, Devizes. June 15, 8pm. Tickets: £10, festival friends £9, from 01380 738686.

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12:00pm Thursday 5th June 2014

This is the world premiere of a show by Annie Siddons about escape, love, survival and art. And pigeons.

Review: 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Theatre Royal Bath.

Wiltshire Times: Annabella might spend much of her time in the bedroom, but this is no farce. 			     Photo: Manuel Harlan

4:00pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

Revenge may well be a dish best served cold, but the blood runs anything but in this thrusting, vibrant production of John Ford’s classic.

Review: Brotherhood, The Cause Music and Arts, Chippenham. June 6-8. Tickets: £8 from www.greenstagtheatre.co/projects/ brotherhood

Wiltshire Times: Playwright Kingsley Walker with The Cause’s war memorial

4:00pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

A former Hardenhuish School pupil is bringing his own First World War play to Chippenham and the Edinburgh Fringe.

Preview: Violinist Eleanor Corr, Community Hall Market Lavington. Sunday June 8, 3pm. Contact: 07708 289449.

Wiltshire Times: Violinist Eleanor Corr

4:00pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

Violinist, Eleanor Corr, pictured, is returning to her roots in Wiltshire, to perform a concert at the start of a UK tour with Swedish colleague, Daniel Beskow.

Review: The Play That Goes Wrong, Theatre Royal Bath. Until May 31. Contact: 01225 448844.

Wiltshire Times: Chaos reigns in amateur show with professional polish

3:00pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

A couple of months ago Bath audiences were treated to Noises Off – a comedy about the shambolic stage performance.

Review: Fame, Bristol Hippodrome. Until May 31. Contact: 0844 871 3012.

Wiltshire Times: Fame costs and here’s where you start paying – in sweat

3:00pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

Fame at the Bristol Hippodrome is full of energy, flashing lights, catchy electric guitar tunes and some of the smallest hot pants seen on stage.

Preview: the Witches of Eastwick, Arc Threatre, Trowbridge

Wiltshire Times: Gary Robson, Dora Bishop, Leonie Macaslin and Lou Knight star in The Witches of Eastwick

12:00pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

TAOS Musical Theatre are bringing magic to the Arc, when they perform The Witches of Eastwick from June 3-7.

Review: Richard Durrant Cycling Music

Wiltshire Times: Richard Durrant's cycling music tour. Photo: Dawn Jee.

3:00pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

There are only three certainties in a performance by guitarist Richard Durrant; the music will be superb, he will be disarmingly entertaining and you will want to see him again.

Review: New Jersey Nights at Bath Theatre Royal

Wiltshire Times: The music of The Four Seasons and Frankie Valli is alive and well in the hit show New Jersey Nights at the Theatre Royal in Bath, says Diana Deal

10:07am Tuesday 20th May 2014

It might well be 40 or 50 years since The Four Seasons and Frankie Valli topped the charts. But their music is alive and well, blasting out in the hit show New Jersey Nights at the Theatre Royal in Bath.

Lewis Cowen, Devizes Books, May 30 and 31.

12:00pm Saturday 17th May 2014

Reporter reporter Lewis Cowen will celebrate his forthcoming retirement from the Wiltshire Times’ sister paper the Gazette and Herald by reprising his successful one-man show about Hollywood legend Samuel Goldwyn.

Review: Deverills Festival, various venues.

Wiltshire Times: Spectra Musica’s performance filled Kingston Deverill Church on Saturday night

4:00pm Thursday 15th May 2014

Organissers of the first Deverills Festival have confirmed that they plan to do it again, after the four-day celebration of the performing arts held over the May bank holiday weekend was a great success.

Preview: Edward Reeve, piano, Salisbury Cathedral. Sunday 3pm.

Wiltshire Times: Edward Reeve

12:00pm Thursday 15th May 2014

Salisbury Cathedral’s Organ Scholar is giving a piano recital on Sunday at 3pm as part of the celebrations for Cathedral Day.

Review: Last of the Duty Free, Theatre Royal Bath. Until Saturday.

Wiltshire Times: Keith Barron as David, Carol Royle as Linda, Graham Elwell as Carlos, Neil Stacy as Robert and Gwen Taylor as Amy in Last of the Duty Free.									                    Photo: Keith Pattison

11:00am Thursday 15th May 2014

Can a popular television series from the 1980s really bear reviving for the stage of the 21st century?

Review: Under Milk Wood, Theatre Royal Bath. Until Saturday.

Wiltshire Times: Owen Teale in Under Milk Wood. Picture by Catherine Ashmore

12:00pm Thursday 8th May 2014

Everyone of my generation and above has heard and read Dylan Thomas’ poetry and prose poems, whether it’s Do not go gentle, the Child’s Christmas or bits of Under Milk Wood. He died 60 years ago, aged just 39, and at the time was at the top of the celebrity tree, holding the sort of place in the nation’s hearts, both for his art and his outrageous lifestyle, currently reserved for reality TV stars.

Review: Under Milk Wood at Bath Theatre Royal

Wiltshire Times: Owen Teale in Under Milk Wood. Picture by Catherine Ashmore

1:29pm Tuesday 6th May 2014

Everyone of my generation and above have heard and read Dylan Thomas’ poetry and prose poems, whether it’s Do not go gentle, the Child’s Christmas or bits of Under Milk Wood.

Review: The 39 Steps at The Wharf Theatre, Devizes

Wiltshire Times: Excuse me sir, can you explain this? Chris Smith, Kevin Smith and Chris Underwood in The 39 Steps at The Wharf, Devizes

11:30am Tuesday 6th May 2014

The 39 Steps is a wonderfully British play and Paul Snook’s production at The Wharf is one not to be missed.

Preview: Blithe Spirit, Arc Theatre, Trowbridge. May 7-9, at 7.30pm.

Wiltshire Times: The cast of Blithe Spirit prepare for first night

2:00pm Thursday 1st May 2014

London has seen the popular return of Noel Coward’s witty play to the Gielgud Theatre this year, and now West Wiltshire can enjoy Coward at his best, with Trowbridge Players presenting Blithe Spirit at the Arc Theatre from May 7-9, at 7.30pm.

Preview: Deverills Festival, venues in Deverill valley

Wiltshire Times: Preview: Deverills Festival, venues in Deverill valley

12:00pm Thursday 1st May 2014

A world premiere, a chance to get involved in live theatre, music across the spectrum, storytelling and walks around some of Wiltshire’s most beautiful countryside are all on offer this weekend south of Warminster, as the Deverills Festival of the Performing Arts gets under way today (Friday).

Preview: Summer Season, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham.

Wiltshire Times: The only way is...Downton, in Luke Kempner’s hilarious one-man show in July

12:00pm Thursday 1st May 2014

A packed programme at the Pound Arts Centre in Corsham over the next three months features drama, dance, comedy, music in several genres, films and includes the four-day Corsham Summer Festival: no excuse for boredom here.

Review: HMS Pinafore, Theatre Royal Bath. Until Saturday.

Wiltshire Times: Beverley Klein as Buttercup in HMS Pinafore

12:00pm Thursday 1st May 2014

My first experience of G&S was when I was taken, aged about 10, by my parents to see a local amateur operatic group. I thought then what a jolly lot they were and the cheerful music has been with me ever since. All the performances since have been similar – the cast having a good time, never mind the audience.

Review: Robin Cousins’ Ice at the Bristol Hippodrome

Wiltshire Times: A dramatic pose in Robin Cousins’ Ice, now at the Bristol Hippodrome

2:25pm Thursday 1st May 2014

Choreographed by ITV’s Dancing on Ice head judge Robin Cousins, I knew this was going to be special.

Preview: Songs from Alchemy, Devizes Conservative Club. Saturday, May 10.

Wiltshire Times: Vicky Bolley made her name singing in Devizes

12:00pm Saturday 26th April 2014

Songstress Vicky Bolley is headed to the West End of London in the leading role of a new musical with a magical theme.

Preview: Shakespeare Live, Lackham House

Wiltshire Times: Cast members perform A Royal Murder in Stratford upon Avon

10:00am Saturday 26th April 2014

Shakespeare Live, now in its 26th year of outdoor shows, is on a high.

Preview: Bard Heads, The Pound, Corsham. Saturday, April 26.

Wiltshire Times: webpix entertainment theatre

9:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

Devizes actor Jules Hobbs is shaking up Shakespeare in an innovative production.

UK drama debut for Natalie Imbruglia in Alan Ayckbourn’s Things We Do For Love at Bath

Wiltshire Times: Natalie Imbruglia makes her UK drama debut in Alan Ayckbourn’s Things We Do For Love at the Theatre Royal Bath. Photo: John Swannell

4:09pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A new staging of Alan Ayckbourn’s Things We Do For Love is at the Theatre Royal Bath until Saturday, April 26, prior to an eight-week tour.

Review: High Society, Devizes Musical Theatre

Wiltshire Times: Some of the leading lights of High Society

3:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

I am always in admiration of anyone who possesses the triple talents of being able to dance, sing, and act well all at the same time.

Review: Sonia Wieder-Atherton and Imogen Cooper WMC

Wiltshire Times: BIG DRAW: The £5,000 cello

3:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Miss Cooper must be one of the world’s best and Miss Wieder-Atherton can’t be far behind.

Review: Blood Brothers, Bristol Hippodrome

Wiltshire Times: The ties of blood prove stronger than upbringing in Willy Russell’s powerful musical

2:22pm Thursday 17th April 2014

This has to be one of the most powerful stories on the modern stage: from the dramatic opening scene it pulls no punches and tugs at the heartstrings.

Review: Dead Guilty, The Woolstore Theatre, Codford

Wiltshire Times: Hilary Armstrong as Margaret and Sophia Milburn as Julia  in Dead Guilty. 		                    Photo by Bridget Lorimer

2:17pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Director Karen Johnstone opted for a slow burning drama building up to an unexpected and shocking climax for the Woolstore Theatre’s Spring production.



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