Review: Blood Brothers, Bristol Hippodrome, until Saturday

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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, The American Museum, Claverton Down, Bath. Until November 2.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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). 

Preview: The 39 Steps, Wharf Theatre, Devizes. May 2-10. Tickets Devizes Books 01380 725944, price £8 and £9.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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.

Review: Sense and Sensibility, Watermill Theatre, Newbury. Until May 10.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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: Worst Wedding Ever, Salisbury Playhouse. Until April 19.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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: 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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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: Pygmalion, Theatre Royal Bath

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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’.

Preview: Corsham Film Festival, The Pound Arts Centre

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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.

Superbly skittering swans and evil twin bewitch at Theatre Royal

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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.

Sixties farce packs them in as lovelies arrive and depart

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: American Gloria (Laura Keogh), German Gretchen (Sarah Cousens), and Italian Gabriella (Alex Praska) in Boeing Boeing at Swindon Arts Centre

10:33am Tuesday 11th March 2014

Spilt-second timing clinched spectacular success for The Western Players in Marc Camoletti's hilarious '60s romp, directed by Julia Edwards at Swindon Arts Centre last week. 

Review: Birdsong, Salisbury Playhouse. Until Saturday.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Waiting for the whistle to go ‘over the top’ in the battle of the Somme.			                 Photo: Jack Ladenburg

9:00am Wednesday 5th March 2014

The 2014 First World War centenary commemorations make this production of Birdsong, adapted from Sebastian Faulks’ bestseller, more poignant, but its essential power derives from the quality of the original.

Preview: London Underground Orchestra, St Mary’s Church, New Park Street, Devizes. Saturday, 7.30pm

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Valuable musical instruments stolen from house

12:00pm Thursday 27th February 2014

The first event at the new Devizes Arts Centre brings Swindon musician Shaun Buswell and his amazing London Underground Orchestra to the town on Saturday night.

Review: Dance 'Til Dawn, Bristol Hippodrome. Until: Saturday

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone sparkle in Dance ’til Dawn  Photo: Manuel Harlan

12:00pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Former Strictly Come Dancing Stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace give a stunning performance full of passion and drama in Dance ’Til Dawn. After years of dancing on the nation’s television screens the pair have become household names, and director and co-choreographer Karen Bruce has clearly played to their strengths.

Preview: Boeing, Boeing. Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon. March 5-8, 7.30pm

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Bernard’s three fiancees, from left, Gloria (Laura Keogh), Gretchen (Sarah Cousens) and Gabriella (Alex Praska) are never supposed to meet.......

2:25pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

The Western Players’ spring show is hilarious romp Boeing Boeing, directed by Julia Edwards.

Review: Fallen Angels, Theatre Royal Bath. Until March 1.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Tired and emotional: Sara Crowe as Jane and Jenny Seagrove as Julia in Fallen Angels

12:00pm Thursday 20th February 2014

Vulgar, disgusting, shocking, nauseating, vile, obscene and degenerate are just come of the adjectives that were used by critics to describe Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels when it premiered in the mid-1920s.

Hay Fever, by Hardenhuish School and the Green Stag Theatre Company

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The young cast of Hay Fever in their ‘pop-up’ theatre

12:00pm Thursday 20th February 2014

The old school hall next to St Andrew’s Church in Chippenham became home to a dramatic family as Hardenhuish School and the Green Stag Theatre Company brought Noel Coward’s play Hay Fever to two full-house performances.

Review: Gaslight, Salisbury Playhouse Until March 1

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Joseph Marcell gives a brilliant performance in Gaslight

12:00pm Thursday 13th February 2014

Fog blankets the London streets, and menace lurks within the Victorian house where the cruel, autocratic Jack Manningham (Daniel Pirrie) persists in trying to erode the sanity of his unfortunate wife Bella (Laura Pyper).

Le Week-End is being shown as part of Colerne Film Nights

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: CITY OF ROMANCE Lindsay Duncan with Jim Broadbent (left) and Jeff Goldblum in Le Week-End.

12:17pm Monday 10th February 2014

Colerne Film Nights' winter/spring season continues on Tuesday, February 11, with Le Week-End (15).

Review: The Full Monty, Theatre Royal, Bath

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Cheeky chappies bare their all in The Full Monty

10:00am Wednesday 5th February 2014

THE mere phrase 'The Full Monty' readily conjures up images of screaming, frenzied women and the wailings of Donna Summer and Tom Jones, but this stage production of the BAFTA-winning film offers ample reminders that Simon Beaufoy's first screenplay was so much more than that.

Review: Lend Me a Tenor

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The cast of Lend me a Tenor

6:00pm Friday 31st January 2014

The Phoenix Players had audiences rocking with mirth at The Arts Centre in Swindon last week.

Review: Peter Pan, Royal Wootton Bassett Memorial Hall.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: ROYAL WOOTTON BASSETT: Ready for the Princess

11:00am Friday 31st January 2014

Youthful talent proved impressive in Wootton Bassett Light Operatic Society’s tenth pantomime, based on J M Barrie’s novel, last week.

Review: Black Coffee, Theatre Royal Bath. Until Saturday

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Robert Powell charms as Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee

12:00pm Thursday 30th January 2014

Theatre fans are guaranteed another good night out with The Agatha Christie Theatre Company’s latest production.

Preview: Cinderella. Cherhill village hall. Today until February 1. Tickets: www.cherhill.org or 07513 642565

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Back row: The Ugly Sisters (Margaret Angell, left, and Stephen Horton, right) with Fairy Godmother Julie Sinnick (centre) watch as Cinderella (Annie Kinge) uses Buttons (Chris Kinge) as a footstool while Prince Charming (Jake Stokes) tries on the slipper

12:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

Members of Cherhill Village Theatre are gearing up for an action-packed 10 days on stage which they hope will get residents laughing their socks off.

Preview: Fireside tales with Grandad. Kington Langley village hall, Sunday, 3pm. Tickets: (01249) 750362

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Watch out, Granddad, there’s a shark about! Get ready to be thrilled

12:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

A show for all the family, Fireside Tales With Grandad is a beautiful puppet show for everyone aged four to 104.

Review: Bowjangles on the Box. The Pound, Corsham

12:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

An enthusiastic audience welcomed Bowjangles back to Corsham with their new show, Bowjangles on the Box. This sees the hugely talented string quartet, Bertie Anderson, Ezme Gaze, Ed Bruggemeyer and Mitch McGugan sing, dance and play their way through a day in the TV schedules of The Bowjangles Broadcasting Corporation, from breakfast show to evening feature film.




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