Alice in Wonderland the Panto, St John’s School, Marlborough.

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12:00pm Friday 19th December 2014

When I first heard that St John’s School, Marlborough, were putting on a pantomime entirely run by students on a minimal budget I have to admit I had my doubts. Within minutes of the show starting my scepticism had faded.

Cinderella, Theatre Royal Bath. Until January 11.

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12:00pm Thursday 18th December 2014

A performance oozing with pizzazz and panache, peppered with camp innuendo and one-liners – that’s the essence of this year’s pantomime in Bath.

Brodsky Quartet, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon

This Is Wiltshire: LUDVIG van Beethoven will be discussed at Dillington House this weekend.

10:56am Thursday 18th December 2014

A doleful, discordant, almost tuneless opening – surely Purcell’s Chacony in G Minor is no appetiser – eventually and mercifully gave way to what in the end turned out to be an interesting evening.

Cirque Berserk, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon.

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2:00pm Saturday 13th December 2014

Direct from four sold-out seasons in London’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, and its sold-out 2014 theatre tour, contemporary thrill circus Cirque Berserk embarks on a nationwide theatre tour, starting off at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon from January 18 to 20.

Rumpelstiltskin, egg theatre, Theatre Royal Bath. Until January 4. Contact: 01225 448844.

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1:00pm Saturday 13th December 2014

The world premiere production of a new adaptation, this musical version of the much-loved Grimm Brothers’ story would make the perfect alternative treat this Christmas if you can’t bring yourself to sit through a traditional pantomime.

White Christmas, Swindon Arts Centre

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3:34pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

This fabulous feel-good show co-directed by Sandra Gilbert and Russell Langdown, was a captivating Christmas cracker. The charity production, promoted by Ray Dance and Judith Sharp, offered a sparkling start to the festive season.

White Christmas, Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon.

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1:00pm Thursday 11th December 2014

White Christmas, a spectacular, feel-good musical by Irving Berlin, is being staged this week in Old Town, Swindon, at the Arts Centre, in Devizes Road.

The Phantom of the Panto, The Wharf Theatre, Devizes. Until Saturday. Contact: Devizes Books, 01380 725944.

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12:00pm Thursday 11th December 2014

The Wharf Theatre is currently showing this year’s annual Christmas pantomime, The Phantom of the Panto.

Dick Whittington, Bristol Hippodrome

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12:00pm Thursday 11th December 2014

There are certain criteria a pantomime needs to meet to be considered a success. Policing my checklist were four of the harshest critics I know; a grumpy toddler, a six and an eight-year-old and a grumpy boyfriend, who would definitely make sure that Dick Whittington at the Bristol Hippodrome was living up to expectations.

Beauty and the Beast, St John’s Academy, Marlborough

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3:10pm Wednesday 10th December 2014

It's a tale as old as time, but St John’s Academy in Marlborough breathed new life into the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast last week with an energetic performance for the whole family.

Stardust, The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham. December 20-23. Tickets: 01249 701628.

4:00pm Monday 8th December 2014

Corsham theatregoers are among only a few in the country to see the first stage adaptation of the magical Neil Gaiman story.

Peter Pan, Watermill Theatre, Newbury. Until January 4

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2:00pm Monday 8th December 2014

‘Butter me barnacles’, as Captain Hook says – what a wonderful show! Robin Belfield and Simon Slater have collaborated before at the Watermill - Pinocchio, Wind in the Willows, Treasure Island - so expectations were high. Every single one was exceeded: I smiled from first sight of the huge blue moon through to the storming finale two hours later.

Heinrich Schütz’s The Christmas Story, The Chandos Singers

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5:00pm Friday 5th December 2014

The Chandos Singers are to perform Heinrich Schütz’s The Christmas Story, with seasonal cantatas by Dietrich Buxtehude and Johann Gottlieb Goldberg.

Anything Goes, Warminster School

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4:00pm Friday 5th December 2014

A delightful piece of Anglo-American froth, Warminster School’s production of Anything Goes played to packed houses over three days at the Athenaeum last week.

Dick Whittington, Arc Theatre, Trowbridge

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1:00pm Thursday 4th December 2014

The Footlights pantomime Dick Whittington at the Arc Theatre from November 20-23 was the best yet.

The Phantom of the Panto, Wharf Theatre, Devizes. December 5-13, 7.30pm. Tickets: £10/£9 from Devizes Books and 01380 725944.

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12:00pm Thursday 4th December 2014

The Wharf Theatre will be rocking with laughter all next week, as their Christmas show takes to the stage.

Jeeves and Wooster, Theatre Royal, Bath

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3:31pm Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Prolific as PG Wodehouse was, and although he had his work produced on Broadway, he never managed to achieve getting Jeeves on stage in the West End in his lifetime. Now, after a year in London, it is touring the UK.

London Gala Orchestra, The Forum, Bath. New Year’s Day.

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8:00pm Sunday 30th November 2014

Open your New Year in Viennese style at The Forum in Bath on New Year’s Day at 3pm, when the London Gala Orchestra play Waltz Dream, Waltz of the Flowers, Skaters Waltz, Edelweiss, Vienna City of Dreams and of course the famous Emperor and Blue Danube Waltzes plus many more gallops and polkas.

Alchemy, Devizes Conservative Club. December 6, 7.30pm. Tickets: £15/£10 from 07552 995353 or direct from the club.

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12:00pm Friday 28th November 2014

Singer Victoria Bolley, who performed in London’s West End as part of the cast of Alchemy, will be coming to Devizes to kick off the musical’s national tour.

Candlelight Christmas Concert, St John's Church, Devizes.

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12:00pm Friday 28th November 2014

Theatre companies, an opera group and school choirs are coming together for a Christmas concert to raise funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

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

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8:00am Friday 28th November 2014

This season of concerts formulated by the music centre’s new artistic director, James Slater, is becoming a year of superlatives.

Contemporary art & design exhibition, Trowbridge Town Hall, Friday, November 28, to December 13, 10-6pm from Monday to Saturday. Free entry. Twitter: @contemporary_sw

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1:00pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Local artists and designers will showcase a diverse range of work, from sculpture to illustration, painting to mixed media.

Christmas Concert, St John’s Church, Devizes. Saturday, December 6, at 7.30pm. Tickets: £6 from Devizes Books, Sidmouth Street, or titco.ticketsource.co.uk

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12:00pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Theatre companies, an opera group and school choirs are coming together for a Christmas concert to raise funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Brief Encounter, Royal Wootton Bassett Memorial Hall.

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7:00am Saturday 22nd November 2014

The Clarendon Players excelled in last week’s poignant production of Brief Encounter, skillfully co-directed by Paula Clifford and Zoe Stewart.

Northanger Abbey, Trowbridge Town Hall

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8:00am Friday 21st November 2014

In an intimate courtroom setting at Trowbridge Town Hall last Friday, Box Tale Soup performed a short adaptation of this classic Jane Austen novel.

Calling keen artists to Kington Langley

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5:00pm Thursday 20th November 2014

Budding artists and illustrators are invited to get some tips from the experts on Saturday, when the Brillustration team will be at the opening of the Christmas Art Fair at The Barn gallery in Kington Langley.

The Kite Runner, Salisbury Playhouse. Until Saturday.

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12:00pm Thursday 20th November 2014

The Kite Runner took Salisbury by storm on Monday when a packed audience rewarded this stylish, sensitive production with a standing ovation.

Saturday Night Fever, Theatre Royal Bath. Until Saturday.

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12:00pm Thursday 20th November 2014

After the opening night show was cancelled due to technical reasons I wasn’t sure what to expect in this new production of Saturday Night Fever, directed by Ryan McBryde and choreographed by Andrew Wright.

A Vicar of Dibley Christmas, The Second Coming: Athenaeum, Warminster

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6:00pm Sunday 16th November 2014

Following the Athenaeum Limelight Players’ amazing 2012 success with The Vicar of Dibley, they have decided to continue the story for Christmas 2014.

Rapunzel, Seend School. Friday, November 28, 7.30pm. Tickets, £7/£6/£4.50/£18 family, from 01380 282334

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10:00am Sunday 16th November 2014

Roll up! Roll up! Come and join Proteus Theatre Company as it brings its brand new circus-inspired family performance of Rapunzel to Seend later this month.

Anything Goes, Warminster School

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2:00pm Saturday 15th November 2014

Young actors from Warminster School have been rehearsing hard for their Senior School musical Anything Goes, which runs from November 20-22.

A Chorus of Disapproval, St Margaret's Hall, Bradford on Avon

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10:00am Saturday 15th November 2014

The Bradfordians Dramatic Society comes home to the beautifully restored St Margaret’s Hall this month, when after a 26-year gap they are delighted to be back in the centre of Bradford on Avon to put on Alan Ayckbourn’s A Chorus Of Disapproval.

Reflections on the First World War

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5:00pm Friday 14th November 2014

Reflections on the First World War is the theme for the second Swindon Recital Series concert this month, at the Arts Centre on November 23.

Derwent Art Prize exhibition, Trowbridge Town Hall. Until November 22

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1:00pm Friday 14th November 2014

An exhibition of prizewinning drawings is now on show in Trowbridge, the only chance to see it outside London.

The Hired Man, Bear Hotel, Market Place, Devizes. November 6 and 7.

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6:00pm Thursday 13th November 2014

In this week of remembrance, The Invitation Theatre Company provided a poignant statement on the sacrifice and waste of war in its production of Howard Goodall’s musical.

Do We Do The Right Thing, Salisbury Playhouse

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1:00pm Thursday 13th November 2014

Befrank Theatre Company have clearly put hours of thought and effort into this devised piece, which opens as a group of family members, clearing the house after the death of an aged parent, converse amid cardboard boxes of possessions – some for relatives, some for a charity shop, some for the tip.

Northanger Abbey/Monkey/Churchhill, Trowbridge Town Hall

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12:00pm Thursday 13th November 2014

Trowbridge Arts is hosting three professional touring productions for all ages over the coming weeks, beginning on Friday at 7.30pm with Northanger Abbey, a performance for anyone over the age of 10.

Trivial Pursuits by Bratton's Jubilee Players

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8:00am Saturday 8th November 2014

Bratton's Jubilee Players, pictured in rehearsal, take to the stage this week with the comedy Trivial Pursuits. Join them in the Jubilee Hall as they recreate the mayhem that ensues at the local Amateur Operatic Society’s annual barbecue, at 7.30pm on November 13, 14 and 15. Tickets are on sale now from the box office on 01380 830497 or at Hillworth Stores in the village.

Joanna MacGregor, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon

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3:00pm Thursday 6th November 2014

Most pianists, and particularly those enlightened souls with a love of Bach, will have their favourite recording of the heavenly Goldberg variations. Mostly, I fancy, on now scratchy vinyl.

Fame, Devizes Musical Theatre, St Mary’s Church, Devizes.

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3:00pm Thursday 6th November 2014

Devizes Musical Theatre’s youth group, Footlights, put on their second full-scale musical production at the weekend, with the ever-popular Fame.

WCR Community Radio’s A Christmas Carol

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2:00pm Thursday 6th November 2014

Warminster's very own radio station has seen one of its shows win a top national award, after WCR Community Radio’s Christmas production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was listed as one of the top three finalists at the Jerusalem awards from BAFTA in London.

Passion, Athenaeum, Warminster. Saturday November 8 at 7.30pm.

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12:00pm Thursday 6th November 2014

Soldiers'’ memories of both the First World War and the Afghan conflict, along with a look at the effect of military life on civilian families, are at the centre of Passion, a specially-commissioned play which Dorset-based AsOne Theatre Co brings to Warminster tomorrow night.

Tiff Stevenson, The Pound Arts Centre, Pound PIll, Corsham. Saturday, 8pm. Tickets £10 from 01249 701628

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12:00pm Thursday 6th November 2014

Are you a glass half full kind of person? If so, congratulations, you are an optimist and this is the show for you.

Henry IV Part 2, Theatre Royal, Bath. Until Saturday.

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12:00pm Thursday 6th November 2014

Elizabeth I was so sensitive about Henry IV – the usurper who dethroned Richard II some 200 years earlier – that she locked a historian in the Tower simply for writing a book about him.

Pewsey play is tribute to WWI fallen

This Is Wiltshire: REMEMBRANCE DAY: A field of poppies will be planted St Cuthbert’s Church, in Darlington, to mark the centenary of the First World War

12:05pm Thursday 6th November 2014

The youth play Call2Duty written by Nettie Bascombe Brown will be performed on Sunday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm in the Bouverie Hall, Pewsey.

Review: Henry IV Part I at Bath Theatre Royal

This Is Wiltshire: Fat knight: Antony Sher as Stratford's new Sir John Falstaff

3:01pm Wednesday 5th November 2014

Elizabeth I was so sensitive about Henry IV – the usurper who dethroned Richard II some 200 years earlier - that she locked a historian in the Tower simply for writing a book about him.

Trowbridge Arts Festival

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8:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

The third annual Trowbridge Arts Festival draws to a close this weekend and has already been a fantastic success. The two weeks of arts activities kicked off with a day of dance, music and arts in the Town Hall, which was also home to a week-long art exhibition hailed as Trowbridge’s largest ever arts event, with over 3,000 people passing through the doors.

Ottone, English Touring Opera Theatre Royal Bath

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7:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

“There's a distinct lack of testosterone in the men,” quipped an audience member to his partner during the interval of Handel’s opera Ottone. It was hard to disagree.

Oliver! Wyvern Theatre, Swindon.

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1:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

SALOS, founded in 1952, continued its stunning success story this week with Lionel Bart’s musical version of Dickens’ novel.

Bach Advent Cantatas, Wiltshire Music Centre. October 26.

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2:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

So many elements combined to make this one of the most divine enterprises of English Touring Opera’s outstanding season.








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