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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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..

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: webpix entertainment theatre

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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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.

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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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.

Shrek The Musical, Bristol Hippodrome. Until September 7

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: webpix entertainment theatre

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.

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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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.

Review: Therese Raquin, Theatre Royal Bath

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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.

Review: Singin’ in the rain

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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.

Calamity Jane, Watermill Theatre, Newbury. Until September 6.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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.

Opera Alberelli sing Mozart and Puccini, The Cause, Chippenham

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: webpix entertainment theatre

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.

Review: Singin' In The Rain at Bristol Hippodrome

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: webpix entertainment theatre

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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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.




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