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.

Disney dreams really can come true

This Is Wiltshire:

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: 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.

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.

Bardheads prepare for first Edinburgh Fringe show

This Is Wiltshire:

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.

Opera Alberelli sing Mozart and Puccini, The Cause, Chippenham

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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.

This Is Wiltshire:

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

This Is Wiltshire:

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.

This Is Wiltshire:

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.

Summer Concert, St John’s Church, Chirton. Saturday, July 26.

This Is Wiltshire:

12:26pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

The programme of summer concerts at St John’s Church, Chirton, gets under way with The Larkin Quartet on Saturday.

Review: Kafka's Dick at Theatre Royal Bath until July 26

This Is Wiltshire:

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.

This Is Wiltshire:

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.

This Is Wiltshire:

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.

This Is Wiltshire:

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.

This Is Wiltshire: 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.

Preview - Thank you for the Music, Neeld Hall, Chippenham. July 11 and 12, 7pm. Tickets: Friday only available from www.samanthajonesdanceacademy.co.uk

This Is Wiltshire:

4:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

When Samantha Jones opened her dance school in Chippenham three years ago, it was the culmination of an ambition and more than 20 years of hard work training, dancing and working to get her qualifications.

Review: Rock of Ages at the Bristol Hippodrome

This Is Wiltshire:

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.

Review: A Handful of Songs at the Arts Centre, Swindon

This Is Wiltshire:

10:15am Monday 7th July 2014

Popular duo Ray Dance and Judith Sharp and friends delighted audiences with their Handful of Songs at the Arts Centre in Old Town, Swindon, last week.

The Boyfriend, Memorial Hall, Royal Wootton Bassett.

This Is Wiltshire:

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: www.shakespearelive.com/ 07780 938107

This Is Wiltshire: 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.

This Is Wiltshire: 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.

This Is Wiltshire: 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.

This Is Wiltshire: 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.

Caught In The Net byThe Clarendon Players, Memorial Hall, Royal Wootton Bassett.

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12:00pm Thursday 19th June 2014

The plot of Ray Cooney’s farce epitomises a quotation from Sir Walter Scott: “O what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive.”

Devizes Festival Review: The Blockheads

This Is Wiltshire: Devizes Festival Review: The Blockheads

10:11am Friday 13th June 2014

The Blockheads were dragged into the spotlight on the tattered coat tails of punk, but always owed a greater debt to Steely Dan than the Sex Pistols, writes Chris Palmer.

Devizes Festival Review: Andy Mcnab

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

10:06am Friday 13th June 2014

ONE of the world’s best-selling authors was virtually illiterate before joining the Army, an audience at Devizes Festival heard.

Devizes Festival Review: Vulgar, but fun

This Is Wiltshire: Devizes Festival Review: Vulgar, but fun

10:10am Friday 13th June 2014

IT takes a special kind of talent to have an audience in fits of laughter for the best part of two hours, but Jenny Eclair has that in spades.

Devizes Festival review: PAUL SEARLE- BARNES

10:04am Friday 13th June 2014

Paul Searle-Barnes’s choice of programme put the organ in St John’s Church through its paces in a performance which was enthusiastically received by the lunchtime audience, writes Jane Scorer.

Devizes Festival: Trapped by love

This Is Wiltshire: Anne Sebba

10:03am Friday 13th June 2014

WALLIS Simpson had no intentions of marrying Edward VIII and had expected to return to her divorced husband, Ernest, according to her biographer, Anne Sebba.

Nightmare, by Norman Robbins. Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Old Town, Swindon.

This Is Wiltshire: Players ready for intriguing night

12:00pm Thursday 12th June 2014

The Western Players’ summer production, at the Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Old Town, Swindon, from June 18-21, is Nightmare, by Norman Robbins.

Bath Symphony Orchestra and Cwmbach Male Choir, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon.

This Is Wiltshire: 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.

This Is Wiltshire: 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

This Is Wiltshire: 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

This Is Wiltshire: 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.

A Bunch of Amateurs, Watermill Theatre, Newbury. Until June 28

This Is Wiltshire: From left, Michael Hadley, Mitchell Mullen, Sarah Moyle and Damian Myerscough in A Bunch of Amateurs Photo: Philip Tull

12:00pm Thursday 5th June 2014

The message is very simple: just ring the box office on 01635 46044 and book your tickets now.

Preview: Woman Alone, Wharf Theatre, Devizes. June 11-14, 7.30pm. Tickets: £9 from 01380 725944.

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12:00pm Thursday 5th June 2014

The Wharf’s production coinciding with the Devizes Festival always offers audiences a different and often challenging approach.

Review: The Witches of Eastwick, Arc Theatre, Trowbridge

This Is Wiltshire: 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: Raymondo, Corn Exchange, Devizes. June 15, 8pm. Tickets: £10, festival friends £9, from 01380 738686.

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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.

Preview: SenseAbility, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham. June 10-14.

This Is Wiltshire: 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.

Review: 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Theatre Royal Bath.

This Is Wiltshire: 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 www.greenstagtheatre.co/projects/ brotherhood

This Is Wiltshire: 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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