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

Wiltshire Times: The next edition of BBC History magazine, featuring Dr Ryan Lavelle's article

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.

Wiltshire Times:

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.

Wiltshire Times:

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

Wiltshire Times:

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.

Wiltshire Times:

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

Wiltshire Times:

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

Wiltshire Times:

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

Wiltshire Times:

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.

Wiltshire Times:

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

Wiltshire Times:

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

Wiltshire Times:

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

Wiltshire Times:

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

Wiltshire Times: WHAT A TWITTER: Alun Armstrong stars as tweeting cop Brian Lane in New Tricks

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

Wiltshire Times:

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.

Review: Pirates of Men's Pants, St Laurence School, Bradford on Avon

Wiltshire Times:

12:00pm Thursday 7th August 2014

Courage Performers are once again heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, after previewing its fast paced, humorous adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic at St Laurence School in Bradford on Avon on Tuesday night.

Bardheads prepare for first Edinburgh Fringe show

Wiltshire Times:

7:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Rowde actor Jules Hobbs and her business partner Richard Curnow aim to raise their profiles when they take part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time.

Stage 65 offers chance to act and develop theatre

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

4:33pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

STAGE ’65 Youth Theatre, which has groups at Salisbury Playhouse with a satellite section in Trowbridge, has places in both groups available for youngsters for the new term, which begins in September.

Bardheads prepare for first Edinburgh Fringe show

Wiltshire Times:

4:22pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

Rowde actor Jules Hobbs and her business partner Richard Curnow will be seeking to enhance their reputations when they take part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time.

Opera Alberelli sing Mozart and Puccini, The Cause, Chippenham

Wiltshire Times: webpix entertainment theatre

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.

Wiltshire Times:

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.

Wiltshire Times:

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

Wiltshire Times:

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.

Wiltshire Times:

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.

Wiltshire Times:

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.

Wiltshire Times: Gazette & Herald - zxc

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.

Wiltshire Times:

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: 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.

Wiltshire Times: webpix entertainment theatre

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 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.


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