The Play’s the Thing

Malvoliant Greig cross-gartered

IF you are in need of a Tamsin Greig fix after the end of the Julian Fellowes saga, the actress goes from Belgravia to Malvolia  in the National Theatre production of Twelfth Night. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible in Simon Godwin’s joyous production,…

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Shakespeare’s birthday box set

THE Royal Shakespeare Company has released a “box set” of six plays to celebrate William Shakespeare’s 456th birthday on 23rd April. Each will be available on the site for several weeks, so that viewers can see them all. The scheme marks a new collaboration between BBC Arts and the RSC, as part of a “Culture…

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All open air theatre cancelled*

WITH theatres, concert halls and arts centres – as well as village halls – closed for the immediately foreseeable future, many are wondering what will happen to the vibrant, traditional, open air touring play season, so important to theatre-lovers in rural areas. Here is a run-down of the latest plans today, 18th April 2020. Ten…

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Mender Alert – Coward in Bath

WHO better to shine light at the end of the tunnel than Noel Coward, and that’s what Nigel Havers has in store for Bath audiences in October. In the fervent hope that theatres will be open for business by the time 1st October comes, Wiltshire resident Havers intends to launch his new company with a…

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Kinetics at New York festival

KINETICS, the film adapted from the stage play of the same name, by the Dorchester-based actor and writer Sue Wyle, is to be shown at the ReelAbilities film festival at New York. The festival, from 26th March to 6th April, has moved entirely online, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the shut-down of…

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Wassail tour postponed

THE remainder of the Wassail Theatre pub tour of Horses! Horses! has been postponed. As company founder Nick White says, Wassail means Keep Healthy. He is hoping that the rest of the venues,  The Fox and Badger at Wellow, The Castle Inn at Axminster,  The Tippling Philosopher at  Milborne Port,  Ashbrittle Village Hall, The Black Horse at Hurdcott,  The George Inn…

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Wiltshire Creative venues close

SALISBURY Playhouse, along with the Arts Centre, is closed until at least 16th May. The touring production of The Kite Runner, due at the Playhouse from Tues­day 17th  to Saturday 21st March, has been cancelled. The tour is also due to stop from 4th to 9th May at Plymouth Theatre Royal and from 16th to…

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AUB Caryl Churchill play cancelled

THE Arts Univ­er­sity Bournemouth production of Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information at Pavilion Dance has been cancelled as the venue shuts its doors. Directed by Lucy Phillips, Love and Information is a kaleidoscopic play of short scenes addressing contemporary issues about knowledge, technology and communication, and our capacity for love, as the writer examines, explores,…

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