THE romance of Northern Italy comes to Royal Wootton Bassett later this month when the Clarendon Players stage their latest production.

The group, which is currently recruiting new younger members, is in the final rehearsal stages for the romantic light comedy Enchanted April at the Memorial Hall on June 15 to 17.

Featuring local young actress Andrea Lanham, the play is based on a novel by Elizabeth von Arnim’s, adapted for the stage by Matthew Barber.

It follows the adventures of a group of women in the 1920s who are tired of drizzly London and decided to rent a villa for April to get away from it all, dealing with a housekeeper that speaks no English, dodgy plumbing and the arrival of visitors bringing romance with them.

“We have a wonderful cast and a good audience would be fab,” said Karen Smith, who is directing the production.

The group, which was first formed 48 years ago, is currently on a recruiting drive to attract more young performers as well as people with technical skills to produce stage effects.

It has been struggling to find actors to play younger roles and has had to borrow them from other towns for recent productions.

Tickets for Enchanted April cost £7 and are available from the Post office at WH Smith, on the door or through

Anyone interested in joining the Clarendon Players can find them on Facebook.