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

This Is Wiltshire: 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: Sonia Wieder-Atherton and Imogen Cooper WMC

This Is Wiltshire: 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: High Society, Devizes Musical Theatre

This Is Wiltshire: 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: Dead Guilty, The Woolstore Theatre, Codford

This Is Wiltshire: 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: Blood Brothers, Bristol Hippodrome

This Is Wiltshire: 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: Worst Wedding Ever, Salisbury Playhouse.

This Is Wiltshire: 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

This Is Wiltshire: 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

This Is Wiltshire: 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.

Review: The Colourful World of Kaffe Fassett, The American Museum, Claverton Down, Bath. Until November 2.

This Is Wiltshire: Kaffe Fassett’s Jewel Squares Blind quilt, courtesy of Debbie Patterson

10:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

Walking into the exhibition hall, there is so much colour leaping off the walls that it’s almost disorientating.

Review: Bright and breezy Oklahoma! proves a spring tonic

This Is Wiltshire: Members of the Wootton Bassett Light Operatic Society dressed as  cowboys and girls to promote new production Oklahoma. Pictured are Kevin Taylor, Michelle Harper, Hatty Aspella and Mike Davies. Picture: THOMAS KELSEY

3:26pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Wootton Bassett Light Operatic Society offer a sparkling spring tonic in Rodgers & Hammerstein's bright and breezy show Oklahoma! (running until Saturday at the Memorial Hall). 

Review: London Sinfonia,

This Is Wiltshire: 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.

This Is Wiltshire: 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.

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

This Is Wiltshire: 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: Sense and Sensibility, Watermill Theatre, Newbury. Until May 10.

This Is Wiltshire: From left, Sally Scott, Cassie Layton, Jenny Funnell and William Owen. 			    Photo: Michael Wharley

10:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

Sense and Sensibility is like an old much-loved coat. Its familiarity is a goodly part of its charm, and you know it will wrap you in warmth, making you feel good without much of an effort on your part. This exquisite production shows that sometimes that old coat is made of cashmere.

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

This Is Wiltshire: 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: Guys and Dolls, Neeld Hall, Chippenham.

5:00am Sunday 6th April 2014

CLOGS Musical Theatre gave an enthusiastic and entertaining performance of this musical, the story of New Yorkers Sky Masterson, a rich gambler, and Sarah Brown, a young missionary, who fall in love despite their obvious differences.

Review: Box Shakespeare Festival, Selwyn Hall, Box.

This Is Wiltshire: Lisa Creighton as Lady Olivia, Mike Dando as Sir Toby and Gary Dutton as Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night

5:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

The famous words of William Shakespeare were brought to life in Box last month, as versions of five of the bard’s most famous plays were performed by a troupe of amateur actors.

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

This Is Wiltshire: 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: Worst Wedding Ever, Salisbury Playhouse. Until April 19.

This Is Wiltshire: Rudi Dharmalingam and Rosie Wyatt in the Worst Wedding Ever;  inset, Rosie in her wedding dress.          Photo: Robert Workman

12:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

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

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

This Is Wiltshire: 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.

Review: White Horse Opera Spring Concert, Town Hall, Devizes. March 29th

8:20am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

White Horse Opera’s Spring Concert promised us a musical trip ‘all around the world’ but in reality took us to most points of Europe with a last minute flit to the United States. But those of us downcast at the lack of Asian arias were more than compensated by an excelling programme that majored on works from Italy and Germany (and why not?), England’s sole entry was a worthy one : Dido’s Lament from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, beautifully interpreted by Chrissie Higgs.

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

This Is Wiltshire: 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

This Is Wiltshire: 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

This Is Wiltshire: 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.

Listings: THEATRE

This Is Wiltshire: Preview: Corsham Film Festival, The Pound Arts Centre

2:20pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

Bath Theatre Royal (01225) 448844 A LIFE OF galileo Until Saturday: See review, above.

Review: Dirty Dancing

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

2:14pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

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

Preview: Calne's Big Mix

This Is Wiltshire: Benji Clements hosts the first BIG Mix night

2:07pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

A new event, Calne’s Big Mix has its first night on Saturday, and is, according to organiser Ronnie St John Laurie, going to be a banger.

Back to nature sounds echo through album

This Is Wiltshire: Patrick Duff

2:08pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

The former Strangelove frontman visits Corsham this weekend as part of his Land’s End tour, also performing songs from his immense back catalogue.

Schubert Ensemble raises standard after questionable piano trio

This Is Wiltshire: Featured artist: William Howard

10:26am Monday 24th March 2014

A 30-year celebratory commissioned piano trio by Colin Matthews, who didn’t appear to be at the event, ostensibly the highlight of The Schubert Ensemble’s concert at the Wiltshire Music Centre, didn’t quite live up to the heralded expectations and instead left more musical questions than it did answers.

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

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

This Is Wiltshire: 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: Role Play, Memorial Hall, Royal Wootton Bassett.

This Is Wiltshire: Alan Ayckbourn

10:54am Thursday 20th March 2014

Large audiences responded warmly to the Clarendon Players’ entertaining Alan Ayckbourn production last week.

Review: Pack of Lies, Wharf Theatre, Devizes. Until Saturday.

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

10:49am Thursday 20th 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.

Review: Dirty Dancing, Bristol Hippodrome

This Is Wiltshire: 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.

This Is Wiltshire: 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: Meet the parents is comic classic

9:26am Wednesday 19th March 2014

Large audiences responded warmly to the Clarendon Players’ entertaining Alan Ayckbourn production last week.

Hear heavenly choir’s sound

This Is Wiltshire: Preview: Corsham Film Festival, The Pound Arts Centre

9:24am Wednesday 19th March 2014

Salisbury Cathedral Choir, with boy and girl choristers and lay vicars, can be heard performing together in the cathedral on Monday at 7.30pm, when they sing some of the repertoire they take with them on tour to France next month, based around Salisbury’s twin city of Saintes.

Review: Secrets of suburbia

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

9:22am Wednesday 19th 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.

Review: Setting world spinning

This Is Wiltshire: Ian McDiarmid as Galileo in A Life of Galileo Photo: Ellie Kurttz

9:19am 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: An evening packed full of Baroque gems

9:16am Wednesday 19th 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: Pack of Lies, Wharf Theatre, Devizes

This Is Wiltshire: 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

This Is Wiltshire: 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

This Is Wiltshire: 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

This Is Wiltshire: 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

This Is Wiltshire: 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

This Is Wiltshire: 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.

Superbly skittering swans and evil twin bewitch at Theatre Royal

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

9:43am Thursday 13th 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’.

Review: Balletboyz, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

This Is Wiltshire: What's On module top link image

10:55am Wednesday 12th March 2014

If your experience of the ballet is Swan Lake, Giselle or The Nutcracker, then The Talent’s BalletBoyz will certainly have you thinking again.






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