Babes in the Wood, Royal Wootton Bassett

This Is Wiltshire:

12:40pm Friday 5th February 2016

WBLOS pantomime, Babes in the Wood, which ended its run at Royal Wootton Bassett Memorial Hall on Sunday, was a lively, colourful show, directed by Mike Davies, with musical director Pip Honour.

Review: The Secret Lives of Henry and Alice

This Is Wiltshire:

11:40am Thursday 4th February 2016

AS I walked into the Wharf, I was very unsure as to what I would be watching.

Review: Phoenix Player's Par for the Course

9:38am Thursday 4th February 2016

Society delivers an above par performance

The Bodyguard, Bristol Hippodrome

This Is Wiltshire:

11:42am Friday 22nd January 2016

THERE’S always a temptation for singers to bludgeon a Whitney Houston classic to death but Alexandra Burke hit all the right notes during her performance in The Bodyguard at Bristol Hippodrome.

Lord of the Flies, Theatre Royal Bath

This Is Wiltshire:

10:34am Friday 15th January 2016

WHEN I first read Lord of the Flies at the age of 16 I was deeply shaken but oddly fascinated by the story of average schoolboys stranded on an island, slowly turning into bloodthirsty barbarians.

Can't Buy Me Love, Salisbury Playhouse

This Is Wiltshire:

10:30am Friday 15th January 2016

MONEY makes the world go round, but it can’t buy me love! That’s the verdict on Can't Buy Me Love at Salisbury’s Salberg this Christmas, where four actor musicians present vocal and instrumental numbers on money-related issues.

Review: The Bodyguard, Bristol Hippodrome

This Is Wiltshire:

4:03pm Friday 15th January 2016

THERE’S always an anticipation for singers to ruin a Whitney Houston classic but Alexandra Burke hit all the right notes during her performance in The Bodyguard at Bristol Hippodrome.

Friday folk return to Trowbridge pub following festive break

This Is Wiltshire:

10:56am Friday 15th January 2016

FRIDAY Folk re-opens after the Christmas break tonight with Village Pump's popular open mic night at the Lamb Inn.

Take a magical journey with Aladdin at Devizes Wharf

This Is Wiltshire:

9:52am Tuesday 15th December 2015

TAKE a magical journey from Devizes Wharf to Old Peking with Ben Crocker's Aladdin and you will find all the ingredients of a traditional pantomime: slapstick, polished song and dance routines, a comedy duo, an evil villain, a love story, and of course the dame sporting an array of colourful costumes. From the moment Peter Wells steps onto the stage as baddie Abanazar, it's clear the audience is in for a treat. His foreboding presence and just the right booming tone ensures the crowd gets into full swing of their boos and hisses straight away. Ryan Chown is an assured Aladdin whose superb singing voice shines through especially in the classic duet with Princess Jasmine (Ellie McMillan) 'Whole New World' as they soar above the clouds to Egypt on a 'magic carpet', complete with visual effects. The song and dance routines are a mix of modern and classic including 'Dancing in the Street' and Pharrell Williams' 'Happy'. Wishee Washee (Colin Harrison) and his panda Nobby (Joe McMillan) raise more than a few laughs, and one of the best is when poor Nobby gets accidentally shrunk in the tumble drier. His gold bikini in one of the final scenes is also a sight to behold. Despite this being his debut in panto, Simon Chown is excellent as dame Widow Twankey and gives an assured performance. He certainly had a few fans in the audience who found his antics hysterical, and it seemed he was loving it just as much as they were. Comedy police duo Ping and Pong (Lesley Scholes and Carolynn Jureidini) are a delight with plenty of helmet bashing and irritating sirens keeping the action moving along. Denise Harrison's years of experience on the stage shines through as the Empress, unimpressed by her daughter's choice of soulmate, who lives in a 'laundry'! (Think Lady Bracknell's 'handbag!' for tone). The Wharf puts on a jolly good show this season and here's to plenty more to come. Aladdin runs until Saturday, December 19.

Comedy is on tap at the Theatre Royal's Christmas panto

This Is Wiltshire: David Alcock as the King, Sarah Louise Day as Princess Jill, David Barrett as Jack, Jon Monie as Simple Simon and Nick Wilton as Dame Trott with the Ensemble. Photo credit: Anna Barclay

11:07am Monday 14th December 2015

SATIRE, slapstick and show-stopping song and dance numbers were the perfect ingredients which made this year’s Christmas panto at the Theatre Royal Bath a festive delight.

Snow White panto is the fairest of them all

This Is Wiltshire:

8:46am Wednesday 9th December 2015

ALL’S well that ends well in the Wyvern’s slaptacular pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – no thanks to the conniving Wicked Queen.

Dwarfs steal the show in Snow White at Bristol Hippodrome

This Is Wiltshire: (48930167)

9:10am Wednesday 9th December 2015

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Bristol Hippodrome

Dwarfs steal the show in Snow White at Bristol Hippodrome

This Is Wiltshire: (48930167)

9:09am Wednesday 9th December 2015

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Bristol Hippodrome

Prize-winning art on show at Pound Arts Centre

This Is Wiltshire:

11:33am Wednesday 9th December 2015

THERE were nearly 200 works of art - paintings, drawings, photos, textiles, ceramics and sculptures - entered for the annual open art exhibition at the Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, writes REG BURNARD.

Musical Theatre Salisbury A Christmas Carol the musical Salisbury City Hall

This Is Wiltshire:

10:44am Monday 30th November 2015

Rapturous applause for the finale of A Christmas Carol, the musical, at Salisbury City Hall this week reflected the audience’s delight at this colourful , tuneful interpretation of Dickens’ novel.  The clock chimes, simulated at the start of the overture, set the mood for a foray into Scrooge’s world, where wealth initially  overrules well-being. Musical Theatre Salisbury is blessed with a galaxy of talented performers, whose wide age range ensures family  appeal.  Robert Preedy, in the central role of grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge, encounters his early life, his present abhorrence of jollity and a bleak future, in a series of  Christmas Eve visions that disturb his rest. Dave Simmons is the ghost of Scrooge’s former associate, Jacob Marley; Jenny Bakewell is the Ghost of Christmas Past, Derrick Foord is the Ghost of Christmas Present and Kate Sheppard is the Ghost of Christmas Future. Richard Greathead and Claire Parrett play the Fezziwigs; Martin Boniface is Bob Cratchit and Laura Bean is Mrs Cratchit. The young Ebenezer is played by Danny Simmons and the young Marley by Joe Walker.  Hannah Lockwood is Emily, and Scrooge’s parents are played by Sue Tenty and Julian Jeffery. The large, adult cast has splendid support from the many young performers, who alternate, as Team Holly and Team Ivy. Lucas Tomlin and Noah Ferris share the key role of Tiny Tim. Scrooge aged 8 is played by Albert Gulliford and Angus Archer, and at 12  year old by Cameron Hawer and Toby Cooper. The well-drilled chorus numbers and superb, slick dance sequences  enhance a memorable production.  Multi-level staging and interesting props – including a sandwich board worn by the Mother Goose ticket tout, add interest. Crowd movements are well co-ordinated,  and spooky effects enhance Scrooge’s nightmares. As Scrooge is told, “It’s not too late!” Salisbury area theatregoers should take the hint, to see this excellent production before it finishes its run on  Saturday, November 28. From “Bah! Humbug!” to true appreciation of  beauty and kindness, this show has an up-beat message for everyone. The director Martine Burt is assisted by Laura Simmons; musical director is Liz Weager and the accomplished  orchestra Is conducted By Ian Hooper.  

Alice in Wonderland, The Watermill, Newbury

This Is Wiltshire:

12:00pm Thursday 26th November 2015

WHO needs Ugly Sisters when you have Robin Belfield and Simon Slater? With only a teeny bit of audience participation and no innuendo whatsoever, panto this isn’t: but it’s charming, witty, and clever, and a lovely start to the festive season.

Review: The Belle of Amherst, Wharf Theatre, Devizes

This Is Wiltshire:

2:02pm Friday 20th November 2015

THE late 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson is probably not very familiar to British readers.

Review: The Witch of Walkern, Salisbury

This Is Wiltshire:

1:59pm Friday 20th November 2015

JANE Wenham, The Witch of Walkern, an atmospheric drama by BAFTA-winning writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz, brings superstition, fear and tragedy to the stage of Salisbury Playhouse, in a brilliant touring production, set in 1712.

Verdict by the Western Players, Swindon Arts Centre

This Is Wiltshire:

10:27am Monday 16th November 2015

ARE ideas more important than people? That was a pertinent question in the Western Players’ autumn production, Verdict, at the Arts Centre in Old Town, Swindon.

Review: Sister Act, Theatre Royal Bath

This Is Wiltshire:

3:17pm Friday 6th November 2015

FROM first note to last this cast doesn’t miss a beat. It’s an ambitious show for an amateur group but Bath Light Operatic Group tackled it with verve and spirit backed by an impressive reservoir of talent.

Film review: Bond reaches into the past to build for the future in Spectre

This Is Wiltshire: Daniel Craig in his fourth outing as James Bond in Spectre

9:30am Tuesday 27th October 2015

WALKING out of Skyfall I thought to myself 'they'll never top that' and so it proved but Spectre (12), Daniel Craig's fourth outing as 007, goes pretty close.

Film review: Bond reaches into the past to build for the future in Spectre

This Is Wiltshire: Daniel Craig in his fourth outing as James Bond in Spectre

9:29am Tuesday 27th October 2015

WALKING out of Skyfall I thought to myself 'they'll never top that' and so it proved but Spectre (12), Daniel Craig's fourth outing as 007, goes pretty close.

Devizes theatre company looks to America for inspiration

This Is Wiltshire: Helen Wuscher as Emily Dickinson

11:18am Friday 16th October 2015

DEVIZES' newest theatre company, the Northgate Theatre Company, presents The Belle of Amherst by William Luce, at the Wharf Theatre, Devizes, on November 13 and 14 at 7.30pm.

Review: The Shawshank Redemption, Theatre Royal Bath

This Is Wiltshire: Ian Kelsey as Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank RedemptionPhoto: Mark Yeoman

8:46am Tuesday 22nd September 2015

I'VE never been a fan of the American prison movie, having been put off the genre years ago by what I felt was an unnecessary level of gratuitous violence.

Review: The Shawshank Redemption, Theatre Royal Bath

This Is Wiltshire: Ian Kelsey as Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank RedemptionPhoto: Mark Yeoman

8:45am Tuesday 22nd September 2015

I'VE never been a fan of the American prison movie, having been put off the genre years ago by what I felt was an unnecessary level of gratuitous violence.

Review: Fallen Angels, Salisbury Playhouse

This Is Wiltshire: Carolyn Backhouse and Jackie  in Fallen Angels Photo Helen Maybanks

12:56pm Monday 14th September 2015

NOEL Coward's 1925 play, Fallen Angels, was written three years before women over 21 were allowed to vote. At home a husband was the undisputed Head of the Household, whose views were paramount and who was not expected to remain 'in love' with his wife after several years of marriage. Double standards were rife.

Review: Seven Ages or What You Will, various venues

3:03pm Monday 31st August 2015

LOCAL drama group Shakespeare Live, who are very well known locally for their annual outdoor Shakespeare week at Lackham, have just returned from their fourth consecutive annual visit to perform at the Royal Shakespeare Company's outdoor venue in Stratford upon Avon, The Dell.

Review: Athenaeum Limelight Player's Macbeth, Stratford Upon Avon

This Is Wiltshire: Review: Athenaeum Limelight Player's Macbeth, Stratford Upon Avon

5:03pm Thursday 27th August 2015

Warminster’s Athenaeum Limelight Players (ALPs) had the honour of taking their modern-dress and high-tech version of Macbeth to the home of William Shakespeare himself on Sunday, August 16. They played to 450 people in late summer sunshine in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s open-air venue, The Dell in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Review: Mrs Henderson Presents, Theatre Royal Bath

This Is Wiltshire: Theatre Royal Bath Dress Rehearsal Aug 2015
Mrs Henderson Presents Director/Book Terry Johnson
Don Black/Lyrics  George Fenton&Simon Chamberlain/Music
MD Mike Dixon  Choreographer/Andrew Wright
Designer/Tim Shortall   Lighting/Ben Ormerod
Tracie Bennett /

2:53pm Thursday 27th August 2015

FUN, frothy, light-hearted and with an enduring optimism, the story of how the Windmill Theatre battled the Blitz has become a theatre legend.

Loyd lectures on American art

This Is Wiltshire: Loyd Grossman

12:44pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

DR Loyd Grossman, CBE OBE, will deliver a lecture at the American Museum in Bath entitled How to Paint History this autumn.

Trowbridge teenager stars in Phantom performance

This Is Wiltshire: Georgia Butt

12:18pm Monday 24th August 2015

A Trowbridge teenager has been combining fundraising with rehearsals for a production of Phantom of the Opera.

Preview: Hands Up for Jonny Wilkinson's Right Boot, The Wharf, Devizes

This Is Wiltshire: Preview: Hands Up for Jonny Wilkinson's Right Boot, The Wharf, Devizes

12:02pm Monday 24th August 2015

THE magical moment when England won the Rugby World Cup in 2003 is enshrined in a new professional theatre production that will be coming to Devizes in October.

Preview: Game Face, Swindon Arts Centre

This Is Wiltshire: Preview: Game Face, Swindon Arts Centre

10:33am Monday 24th August 2015

THIS October will see the stage debut of TS Theatre Production’s latest offering at Swindon Arts Centre.

Preview: Life Raft, Bristol Old Vic

6:10pm Sunday 23rd August 2015

IN A mysterious dystopia, against a backdrop of war, a lifeboat filled with children is adrift at sea – their passenger liner sunk by an unknown and unseen enemy.

John Emil, Acoustic Oak, The Royal Oak, Corsham

This Is Wiltshire: John Emil, Acoustic Oak, The Royal Oak, Corsham

12:02pm Sunday 23rd August 2015

John Emil, a professional slide roots guitarist from the USA is performing at the Acoustic Oak at The Royal Oak in Corsham.

Mere sculptor wins British Equestrian Trade Association award

This Is Wiltshire: (From left to right) Peter Phillips presents the BETA Best Large Stand Award to sculptor Sarah Coward, with husband Will Shields (34909764)

11:56am Sunday 23rd August 2015

MERE sculptor Sarah Coward has been recognised for her amazing range of equine bronzes and ceramics after winning the Best Large Stand Category at the Festival of British Eventing.

New dance festival coming to Grange Farm,West Ashton

11:02am Sunday 23rd August 2015

WEST Ashton will be the setting for a new dance and electronic music festival in September created by two Frome-based friends with the intention of finishing off the summer festival season in style.

Mere sculptor makes her mark after winning British Equestrian Trade Association award

This Is Wiltshire: (From left to right) Peter Phillips presents the BETA Best Large Stand Award to sculptor Sarah Coward, with husband Will Shields (34909764)

9:02am Saturday 22nd August 2015

MERE sculptor Sarah Coward has been recognised for her amazing range of equine bronzes and ceramics after winning the Best Large Stand Category at the Festival of British Eventing.

Preview: Hands Up for Jonny Wilkinson's Right Boot, The Wharf, Devizes

This Is Wiltshire: Preview: Hands Up for Jonny Wilkinson's Right Boot, The Wharf, Devizes

12:07pm Thursday 20th August 2015

THE magical moment when England won the Rugby World Cup in 2003 is enshrined in a new professional theatre production that will be coming to Devizes in October.

Preview: Hairspray, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

This Is Wiltshire: Olympia Curry, Kerrie Scarff and Tino Muronda

12:02pm Thursday 20th August 2015

THE Wyvern Theatre’s Summer Youth Project is well underway and as Hairspray’s opening night approaches, three of the cast members took a trip to Sardaya Hair & Beauty on Commercial Road to perfect their 1960s-style bouffants.

Preview: Hairspray, Wyvern Theatre

This Is Wiltshire: Olympia Curry, Kerrie Scarff and Tino Muronda

12:02pm Thursday 20th August 2015

THE Wyvern Theatre’s Summer Youth Project is well underway and as Hairspray’s opening night approaches, three of the cast members took a trip to Sardaya Hair & Beauty on Commercial Road to perfect their 1960s-style bouffants.

Preview: La Traviata, Wyvern

1:21pm Monday 17th August 2015

THE world renowned Russian State Ballet and Opera House is coming to Wiltshire to perform Verdi’s opera La Traviata, as part of its UK wide opera tour.

Jackson Live in Concert, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

6:04pm Sunday 16th August 2015

Michael Jackson is not only remembered as one of the most influential artists of all time, but many of today’s artists have been inspired by his iconic style. His career spanned nearly five decades of music, and he was continually at the forefront of popular music.

Search for Assistant Director, Salisbury Playhouse

9:06am Saturday 15th August 2015

Salisbury Playhouse, in partnership with The JMK Trust, is looking for a south west based assistant director to work on its upcoming production of Deathtrap.

Preview: The Teacup Poisoner, Ball Court, Prior Park College

This Is Wiltshire: Declan Tonkinson, Fionnuala Donnelly, Tom Davies and Georgina Littlewood By Nick Spratling

4:06pm Friday 14th August 2015

ORIGINAL musical The Teacup Poisoner promises to thrill as Storm on the Lawn takes its final bow after 18 years of exceptional stage productions at Prior Park’s historic outdoor Ball Court.

Preview: Patronal Festival, St Mary theVirgin, Orchardleigh

10:05am Friday 14th August 2015

On Sunday 16 August the church of St Mary the Virgin, Orchardleigh, will celebrate its

Review: Oliver, The Watermill, Newbury

This Is Wiltshire: Review: Oliver, The Watermill, Newbury

9:38am Friday 14th August 2015

Oliver!

Preview: Mrs Henderson Presents, Theatre Royal Bath

This Is Wiltshire: Katie Bernstein Lizzy Connolly & Lauren Hood (34410331)

1:16pm Thursday 13th August 2015

West Country audiences will be the first in the world to see a new musical based on the hit film, Mrs Henderson Presents, when it opens in Bath tomorrow.

Preview: Mrs Henderson Presents, Theatre Royal Bath

This Is Wiltshire: Katie Bernstein Lizzy Connolly & Lauren Hood (34410331)

12:18pm Thursday 13th August 2015

West Country audiences will be the first in the world to see a new musical based on the hit film, Mrs Henderson Presents, when it opens in Bath tomorrow.

Review: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical, New Theatre, Oxford

This Is Wiltshire: Michael Praed and Noel Sullivan during the Ruprecht sequence in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical

9:33am Wednesday 5th August 2015

MICHAEL Praed once robbed the rich to pay the poor as a TV Robin Hood but in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels he is doing it all for himself.








click2find


About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree