Arts news

Cast announced at Bath Theatre Royal

THREE of the greatest plays of the late 20th century have been chosen for the reopening season at Bath’s historic Theatre Royal. The Welcome Back Season will run from 14th October to 12th December. The first of the three modern classics chosen to reopen the main house is Harold Pinter’s masterpiece of adultery and guilt,…

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Carrivick Sisters join local musicians at Wiltshire Music Centre

TALENTED folk star twin sisters Charlotte and Laura Carrivick head the line-up for a free community concert to mark the reopening of Wiltshire Music Centre, at Bradford-on-Avon, from noon to 4pm on Saturday 26th September.The concert will celebrate the local musical community, with performances by many of the ensembles and groups who regularly rehearse and…

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New rules scupper Love and Laughter

SHAKESPEARE Live, a company of talented and adventurous amateur actors, will no longer be able to perform Of Love and Laughter  (a Covid compliant compilation of scenes from Shakespeare’s plays) at the Merlin Theatre in Frome on Saturday 26th September. Following the new regulations for amateur theatre, announced this week, the Merlin is unable to host…

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Young musicians play for the Ath

FOUR talented young musicians who live in or have connections with Warminster are taking part in concerts to raise funds for the historic Athenaeum theatre, on 26th and 27th September. The concert has been put together to showcase some of the talented artists who started their careers at the Ath and who now wish to…

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Romeo and Juliet, The Handlebards at Bradford on Avon and touring

WHAT more apt venue for cycling theatricals The Handlebards than the home of Moulton Cycles in Bradford-on-Avon? And what lovelier setting to watch a hilarious three-wheeled version of Romeo and Juliet on the night before the imposition of Boris’s latest three-word slogan, the Rule of Six? The company usually tours in two groups, boys and…

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Playhouse reopens with six week season 

SALISBURY Playhouse will re-open in October with a socially-distanced six-week season of theatre, dance, music and live screenings, running between 14th October and 21st November. To follow government guidelines for indoor performances and social distancing, the capacity of the main house will be reduced from 512 to 148, with audiences sitting in their household bubbles…

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Salisbury Cathedral recovery appeal

SALISBURY Cathedral, like other historic churches and heritage sites, closed to visitors in March, with all tours, events and concerts cancelled. Taken together, the effect on the cathedral’s income has been catastrophic, a loss off up to £2 million this yea, which marks the 800th anniversary of the founding of one of Europe’s greatest churches. …

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Brilliant young cellist at Wells Cathedral

SHEKU Kanneh-Mason, the brilliant cellist who won the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016, is coming to Wells Cathedral to give two concerts on Wednesday 16th September, accompanied by members of the Fantasia Orchestra, with conductor Tom Fetherstonhaugh. The programme will include Dvorak’s beautiful Cello Concerto in B Minor, a selection of Dvorak’s…

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Triumph on the river bank

WITH the ten minutes notice in which our leaders specialise, the intrepid alfresco theatre companies of England were told that they could go ahead with outdoor performances. Illyria was one of the first four to take up the challenge, creating a Covid-secure bubble  in which to tour a delightful, satirical, hilarious three-person retelling of Kenneth…

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