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.

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

This Is Wiltshire: Middlewich and District Concerts Society

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.

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.

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

This Is Wiltshire:

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.

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.

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

This Is Wiltshire: The Hope Fairies raise much-needed funds for the charity

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.

Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon

This Is Wiltshire:

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. swindontheatres.co.uk

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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

This Is Wiltshire:

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!

St Mary’s School, Calne

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1:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

A young actor is needed to help make a school’s bid to give students more theatrical experience a success.

Anthony Pates, Corsham artist

This Is Wiltshire:

2:00pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Corsham artist Anthony Pates has been named Oldie British Artist (OBA) 2014, with a painting described by judges as ‘in the great English landscape tradition’.

Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon

This Is Wiltshire:

12:00pm Thursday 18th September 2014

The Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon opens with a Gala Concert on Saturday, when audiences will notice quite a few changes.

Stage is set for new generation to shine in war play

This Is Wiltshire:

5:30am Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE children of Mike and Nikki Sly, stalwarts of the Swindon drama scene, are proving to be chips off the old block as they tread the boards alongside their parents.

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

This Is Wiltshire: 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.

This Is Wiltshire:

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.

This Is Wiltshire:

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.

This Is Wiltshire: 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.

Dead Guilty, Wharf Theatre, Devizes. September 19-17. Tickets: £9/£8, from Devizes Books and 01380 725944.

This Is Wiltshire:

1:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

The first production of the Wharf Theatre’s autumn season is Dead Guilty, a tense psychological thriller from Richard Harris, who is perhaps better known as a TV crime writer. In this play of a different genre, he reels in his victim with a satisfying flourish. When John Haddrell dies of a heart attack at the wheel of his car, the woman beside him is not his wife Margaret, but his lover Julia. Recovering from the injuries she sustained in the crash, Julia is visited by Gary, her gardener/home help, by Ann Bennett, her counsellor, and by Margaret, who knows nothing of the affair. Events then take a sinister turn…..

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

This Is Wiltshire:

12:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

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

Dead Guilty, Wharf Theatre, Devizes. September 19-17. Tickets: £9/£8, from Devizes Books and 01380 725944.

This Is Wiltshire:

12:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

The first production of the Wharf Theatre’s autumn season is Dead Guilty, a tense psychological thriller from Richard Harris, who is perhaps better known as a TV crime writer. In this play of a different genre, he reels in his victim with a satisfying flourish.

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..

This Is Wiltshire: 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.

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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

This Is Wiltshire:

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.

Review: Hay Fever, Theatre Royal, Bath. Until September 6.

This Is Wiltshire:

12:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

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

Preview: Angelina Ballerina The Musical, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon. Tuesdy August 26.

12:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

It is more than 30 years since Angelina Ballerina first enchanted little girls and three decades on the little mouse in still doing it.

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

This Is Wiltshire:

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

This Is Wiltshire:

1:40pm 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.

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

This Is Wiltshire:

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

This Is Wiltshire:

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: Devizes Comedy Night, Corn Exchange, Devizes. September 26, 8.30pm. Tickets: £15 from www. devizescomedy.com

This Is Wiltshire: Puppet Master: Paul Zerdin and friends come to the Tivoli

8:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

UK ventriloquist Paul Zerdin is the headline act at this year’s Devizes Comedy show, to the delight of organiser Emma Cann, who has been trying to book him since the festival began five years ago.

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

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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

This Is Wiltshire:

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

This Is Wiltshire:

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.

Edington Music Festival, Edington Priory Church. August 17-24. All events unticketed, open to all

This Is Wiltshire: Music at Minch - Ashley Grote Organ Recital

12:00pm Saturday 9th August 2014

More than 90 choristers from cathedrals and colleges all over England will converge on Edington Priory for the 59th Festival of Music and Liturgy, which opens next weekend.

Preview: Autumn season at the Ustinov

This Is Wiltshire: 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

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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

This Is Wiltshire:

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

This Is Wiltshire:

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

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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

This Is Wiltshire: 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.

Review: Shake, ripple and roll

This Is Wiltshire:

4:31pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE audience was transported to fifties America for this short but sweet Wharf Youth production, a musical set in Angelo’s ice cream parlour in a little town outside New York, a popular haunt to hang out during the summer.

Bardheads prepare for first Edinburgh Fringe show

This Is Wiltshire:

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.

Review: Singin’ in the rain

This Is Wiltshire:

3:39pm Tuesday 29th 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.






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