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.

Review: Worst Wedding Ever, Salisbury Playhouse.

Wiltshire Times: Review: Worst Wedding Ever, Salisbury Playhouse.

12:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

The world premiere of Worst Wedding Ever, Chris Chibnall’s brilliant new play, directed by Gareth Machin, is a major triumph.

Review: Blood Brothers, Bristol Hippodrome, until Saturday

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

4:06pm Tuesday 15th 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: The Colourful World of Kaffe Fassett

Wiltshire Times: Kaffe Fassett’s Suzani needlepoint,  courtesy Hugh Ehrman

1:00pm Saturday 12th April 2014

Walking into the exhibition hall at the American Museum in Britain there is so much colour leaping off the walls that it’s almost disorientating.

Preview: Three Sisters performed by Bath Drama, Rondo Theatre, Bath. From April 16-19 at 7.30pm. Tickets from www.bathboxoffice.

Wiltshire Times: You're forgetting the Harlequin theatre

12:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

This is a classic that, it can be argued, everyone interested in the theatre should see – but why? Set in 1900s Russia, it is just as powerful and moving today. The themes of frustration, love and hatred, boredom and thwarted ambition resonate through time.

Review: London Sinfonia,

Wiltshire Times: Bring in the Springtime with Latin Jazz and Wine

12:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

The wondrous sound of nearly a full sinfonia-size orchestra filled the Wiltshire Music Centre not only with sound but, significantly, with people.

Preview: The 39 Steps, Wharf Theatre, Devizes. May 2-10. Tickets Devizes Books 01380 725944, price £8 and £9.

Wiltshire Times: Look behind you...Chris Smith, Chris Underwood and Roxy Appleby-Dymond in The 39 Steps

12:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

The Wharf’s next production is a fast-paced comedy thriller based heavily on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film adaptation of the famous John Buchan novel.

Review: The Witches of Eastwick, Theatre Royal Bath. Until Saturday.

Wiltshire Times: Clockwise from left, Emma Puddick as Alexandra Spofford, Richard Pugh as Darryl Van Horne, Jenny Lavender as Sukie Rougemount and Sabrina Messer as Jane Smart. 					           Photo: Rupert Davis

12:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

This risqué performance had the audience in stitches and, at times, with their jaws dropped as the Bath Operatic and Drama Society (BODS) took to the stage for their main musical of the year.

Review: Marcus Farnsworth, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon.

12:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

According to BBC Radio 3 In-Tune, music in the round has revolutionised the way people listen to music.

Review: Accrington Pals, Athenaeum, Warminster

Wiltshire Times: webpix entertainment theatre

12:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

In recognition of the First World War centenary, Warminster’s Athenaeum Limelight Players staged this moving story of young volunteers, directed by Pete Davidson.

Review: Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, Theatre Royal Bath. Until 5 April.

Wiltshire Times: Jude Akuwudike as Charlie and Tahirah Sharif as Esthe  in Moon on a Rainbow Shawl. Inset, Bethan Mary-James as Mavis and Ray Emmet Brown as Prince.         Photo: Richard Hubert Smith

3:10pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

This is set in a rundown backyard in 1940s and 50s Trinidad, where prostitutes ply their trade under the accusing eye of respectable families; where jobs are few and far between and where Calypso music, wit and raw sexual energy abound.

Preview: The Witches of Eastwick, Theatre Royal Bath. April 8-12.

Wiltshire Times: Richard Pugh as Darryl Van Horne with Witches Emma Puddick, Sabrina Messer and Jennifer Lavender. 				           Photo: Rupert Davis

10:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

Wiltshire stars are flying into Bath’s Theatre Royal next month, when Emma Puddick from Corsham and Jennifer Lavender from Chippenham play two of the three title roles in a new production of The Witches of Eastwick.

Review: Wiltshire Young Musicians, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon

Wiltshire Times: Valuable musical instruments stolen from house

4:00pm Friday 28th March 2014

On Tuesday evening ambitious young instrumentalists from around the county displayed their talents: from the icy waters of the Arctic in Horner’s Titanic to the warmth of the Pacific, a fantastic array of pieces was confidently performed.

Review: Sam Carter Trio

11:00am Thursday 27th March 2014

There is a youthful energy and simplicity about Sam Carter’s ensemble. Sam has developed from Best Newcomer in the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards into a seasoned and accomplished performer. He is engaging and entertaining.

Review: Pygmalion, Theatre Royal Bath

Wiltshire Times: Jamie Foreman as Alfred Doolittle and Rula Lenska as Mrs Higgins in Pygmalion. Photo: Manuel Harlan

9:42am Thursday 27th March 2014

With the musical My Fair Lady having largely overtaken Pygmalion in people’s minds when they think of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins, it was interesting to see where the story began – with George Bernard Shaw’s 1914 play.

Review: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon

Wiltshire Times: Henrietta Wayne of the Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment

12:00pm Thursday 20th March 2014

Few people in a sell-out audience – how wonderful to see that – will have heard two of the six Brandenburg Concertos played more convincingly and fewer still will have heard the final one played at such a pace. It was truly eye-watering.

Review: Table Manners, The Pound, Corsham. Until Saturday.

Wiltshire Times: Table Manners

12:00pm Thursday 20th March 2014

How are your table manners? What if you are sitting with your disparate siblings, their warring spouses, and a hanger-on who can’t quite work out whether he’s part of the family or not? Add in a threatened affair and it’s not likely to be all sweetness and light.

Review: Dirty Dancing, Bristol Hippodrome

Wiltshire Times: Lewis Kirk, as Johnny Castle, and Claire Rogers, as dancing partner Penny Johnson, in the new tour of Dirty Dancing at the Bristol Hippodrome

10:37am Thursday 20th March 2014

The cast of Dirty Dancing brought fun, laughter and swagger to the Hippodrome this week, giving a performance guaranteed to delight fans of the original film.

Review: A Life of Galileo, Theatre Royal Bath. Until Saturday.

Wiltshire Times: Ian McDiarmid as Galileo, Chris Kum Hoi as Cosimo de Medici and Paul Westwood as Ludovico in A Life of Galileo

12:29pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

The year is 1609 and Galileo, a brilliant mathematician, uses the newly-invented telescope to observe the heavens. A year later his observations provide the first experimental proof that the Earth goes around the Sun, not the other way around.

Review: Pack of Lies, Wharf Theatre, Devizes

Wiltshire Times: Lewis Cowen, Peter Wallis and Merrily Powell in Pack of Lies

5:00pm Monday 17th March 2014

AFTER seeing Pack of Lies you can’t help but have a lively discussion about what you would do were you faced with the dilemma put in front of protagonists Bob and Barbara Jackson.

Musical evolution quite understandable

Wiltshire Times: Sigiswald Kuijken with his violoncello da Spalla

2:30pm Monday 17th March 2014

FEW people in a sell-out audience – how wonderful to see that at the Wiltshire Music Centre on Friday – will have heard two of the six Brandenburg Concertos played more convincingly and fewer still will have heard the final one played at such a pace. It was truly eye-watering.

Review: Swan Lake. The Theatre Royal, Bath

Wiltshire Times: Odile ensnares Prince Siegfield in Swan Lake, which is at the Theatre Royal, Bath, until Sunday afternoon

1:30pm Friday 14th March 2014

Until now my previous experience of live ballet has been watching a small daughter trip round the stage as a flower/leaf/butterfly at her class’ twice-yearly ‘parents performance’.

Enjoy the glamour of the Guys and Dolls, with discount tickets for first 20 readers

Wiltshire Times: Enjoy the glamour of the Guys and Dolls, with discount tickets for first 20 readers

1:35pm Friday 14th March 2014

GUYS and Dolls is the classic musical tale of illegal New York gamblers, nightclub dancers, and the hard-pressed Save-a-Soul mission members who are trying, in vain, to convert all the sinners on Broadway. High roller Sky Masterson accepts the seemingly impossible bet of taking Sarah Brown to Havana on a date. Will he win the bet or will he lose his heart? When faced with some bets, sometimes it’s better to call "No dice!"

Preview: Corsham Film Festival, The Pound Arts Centre

Wiltshire Times: Preview: Corsham Film Festival, The Pound Arts Centre

1:25pm Friday 14th March 2014

Children, the wild outdoors, the relationship between a farmer and his livestock, the mysteries and dangers of deep sea fishing, both by man and mammalian predator, music, the Piper Alpha oil rig disaster and the a portrait of a ruthless sportsman Lance Armstrong are just some of the subjects covered by films in the 2014 Corsham Film festival, which starts today (Friday) and runs until Sunday.

Preview: Accrington Pals Athenaeum , Warminster

Wiltshire Times: The cast of Accrington Pals: from left, top row Rob Billen, Jackie Brown, Tony Knowles,  Tony South; middle row Nathan Lamb, Tanya Stockting, Carla Maguire; bottom row Ian Morrison, Beth Dombkowski, Dora Bishop

1:21pm Friday 14th March 2014

A talented cast of young people has been gathered for Warminster's Athenaeum Limelight Players production of Peter Whelan's Accrington pals.

Review: Time of My Life by Alan Ayckbourn, Ayckbourn Ensemble at Theatre Royal Bath. Until Friday March 7.

Wiltshire Times: James Powell as Adam and Rachel Caffrey as Maureen in Time of My Life.  Photo: Tony Bartholomew

9:01am Thursday 6th March 2014

 On the surface, Time of My Life, first performed in 1992, is a tragi-comedy about a dysfunctional family – a subject which features frequently in Ayckbourn’s work.

Review: Arrivals and Departures, Theatre Royal Bath

Wiltshire Times: Emily Pithon as Daisy and Kim Wall as Barry in Arrivals and Departures. 							        Photo: Tony Bartholomew

9:00am Wednesday 5th March 2014

There's a feast of Ayckbourn in Bath this week; some revived, some new, performed by a versatile ensemble company.

Preview: Macbeth, Athenaeum Theatre, Warminster. March 8.

12:00pm Saturday 1st March 2014

Shakespeare's Macbeth has been given a Celtic twist in a new production by acclaimed Dorset based Arena Theatre, which is coming to Warminster next week.

Review: Dance 'Til Dawn, Bristol Hippodrome. Until: Saturday

Wiltshire Times: Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone sparkle in Dance ’til Dawn  Photo: Manuel Harlan

12:00pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Former Strictly Come Dancing Stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace give a stunning performance full of passion and drama in Dance ’Til Dawn. After years of dancing on the nation’s television screens the pair have become household names, and director and co-choreographer Karen Bruce has clearly played to their strengths.

Preview: Crusoe, Sea, Sand, Sex and Space

Wiltshire Times: Gavin Robertson

2:00pm Saturday 22nd February 2014

Although the word Crusoe conjours up images of being cast away, Gavin Robertson’s one-man show, which plays at Trowbridge Town Hall on Friday, February 28, looks at solitude from a number of different angles.

Review: The Snow Queen, St Laurence School, Bradford on Avon

Wiltshire Times: Kate Burton as The Snow Queen with sprites Katie Cooper, Faradegh Roberts, Amber Binney and Libby Forsyth with Lewis Callaghan as Kay

3:00pm Thursday 20th February 2014

The Bradfordians’ production of The Snow Queen follows the traditional Hans Christian Anderson storyline: the evil Snow Queen kidnaps her brother Kay, so Gerda travels to the Far North to save him.

Review: Florilegium, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon

3:00pm Thursday 20th February 2014

What should have been a thoroughly absorbing evening of baroque music was spoilt for me – and others, I sadly discovered in the interval – by almost inaudible announcements by the artists before various numbers.

Sleeping Beauty, Athenaeum, Warminster. February 19-23.

Wiltshire Times: The Athenaeum, Warminter

4:00pm Sunday 16th February 2014

This year’s annual family pantomime from the Athenaeum Masqueraders will be the classic fairytale of Sleeping Beauty, with the production running from next Wednesday to Saturday at Warminster Athenaeum.

See London shows here

Wiltshire Times: Dancing chimney sweeps and Mary Poppins, played by Charlotte Tollan, welcome Trowbridge mayor Cllr David Halik to the official opening of the Odeon cinema at the £17m St Stephen’s Place development                   Photo: Trevor Porter (47939)

3:00pm Sunday 16th February 2014

The chance to enjoy top London shows, live via satellite, without leaving west Wiltshire is on offer over the next few weeks.

The Wizard of Ox, Matravers School, Westbury.

Wiltshire Times: Some of the stars of the Wizard of Oz at Matravers School

10:00am Friday 14th February 2014

Pupils and staff at Matravers School took to the yellow brick road this week, putting on a production of L Frank Baum’s classic children’s book The Wizard of Oz.

Kathryn Stott - Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon.

11:36am Wednesday 12th February 2014

While you could say a lot of Kathryn Stott’s recital at the Wiltshire Music Centre was loud pedal-ish, the range and ebullience of Miss Stott was quite revealing.

Preview: Wiltshire Unravelled, Pound Arts, Corsham.

11:31am Wednesday 12th February 2014

Bath Textile Artists has been running for more than 10 years and its members, who live in or close to Bath or in Wiltshire, produce and show very modern work using a rich variety of traditional and innovative techniques. Their new exhibition at the Pound, which runs from February 8-March 22, will have work by 10 artists, who have taken themes from Wiltshire and used textiles as their medium: layered, painted, printed, stitched, quilted and embellished.

Review: September in the Rain, Wharf Theatre, Devizes.

11:23am Wednesday 12th February 2014

John Godber’s play could carry the subtitle a Life More Ordinary.

Review: The Full Monty, Theatre Royal, Bath

Wiltshire Times: Cheeky chappies bare their all in The Full Monty

10:00am Wednesday 5th February 2014

THE mere phrase 'The Full Monty' readily conjures up images of screaming, frenzied women and the wailings of Donna Summer and Tom Jones, but this stage production of the BAFTA-winning film offers ample reminders that Simon Beaufoy's first screenplay was so much more than that.

Review: West Side Story, Bristol Hippodrome. Until February 8

Wiltshire Times: Feuds aplenty as West Side Story dazzles the audience at the Bristol Hippodrome this week

8:00pm Saturday 1st February 2014

Jerome Robbins’ gangland take on Romeo and Juliet, involving rival white and Puerto Rican gangs, was first seen in 1957.

Preview: Wrong 'Un, Trowbridge Town Hall. Saturday 7.30pm.

Wiltshire Times: Wrong ‘Un

12:00pm Thursday 30th January 2014

Stories of the women’s suffrage movement in Trowbridge will be told this weekend, alongside a performance of a new one-woman musical about the era.

Review: Black Coffee, Theatre Royal Bath. Until Saturday

Wiltshire Times: Robert Powell charms as Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee

12:00pm Thursday 30th January 2014

Theatre fans are guaranteed another good night out with The Agatha Christie Theatre Company’s latest production.

Bowjangles on the Box

Wiltshire Times: Bowjangles’ exuberance is a joy to watch

2:00pm Sunday 26th January 2014

An enthusiastic audience welcomed Bowjangles back to Corsham with their new show, Bowjangles on the Box. This sees the hugely talented string quartet, Bertie Anderson, Ezme Gaze, Ed Bruggemeyer and Mitch McGugan, sing, dance and play their way through a day in the TV schedules of The Bowjangles Broadcasting Corporation, from breakfast show to evening feature film.

Review: Calendar Girls, The Athenaum, Warminster

Wiltshire Times: Lisa Schuckford, as Celia, poses as Miss September

1:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

Despite the chill in the air, the plucky cast of Calendar Girls bared all in the name of charity at the Athenaeum Theatre.

Review: Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively adapted by Simon Read, Theatre Royal Bath. Until Saturday.

Wiltshire Times: Jane Asher takes centre stage as Claudia in Moon Tiger. 					      Photo: Simon Annand

12:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

Jane Asher demonstrates remarkable stamina in the central role of this very personal perspective of the 20th century.

Preview: Fireside Tales with Granddad, Arc Theatre, Trowbridge. Friday, January 24.

Wiltshire Times: Watch out, Granddad, there’s a shark about! Get ready to be thrilled

12:00pm Thursday 16th January 2014

Trowbridge Arts’ first event of 2014 is a show for all the family, Fireside Tales With Granddad, a beautiful puppet show for everyone aged four to 104.


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