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30 July 2021


Wiltshire Creative today announce their programme for Autumn 2021, featuring theatre, live music, comedy nights, film screenings, workshops and more. Throughout the season they will also continue their commitment to engaging communities in the South West and encouraging creativity in audiences of all ages, from an extensive youth arts programme to celebrating older generations.

Wiltshire Creative’s autumn season features three main stage productions at Salisbury Playhouse, opening with John Godber’s September in the Rain (16 September – 9 October), followed by Julian Barnes The Lemon Table (14 October – 23 October) with Ian McDiarmid and directed by Michael Grandage, and concluding with Mike Ayers’ Snow White and the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon (3 December – 31 December), directed by Gareth Machin with music by Tayo Akinbode.

Also included in the autumn programme, Original Theatre Company returns to Salisbury Playhouse with Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles (15-20 November), there will be sets from top comedians including  Phil Wang and Shaparak Khorsandi, with the chance to see the best of the London comedy scene’s emerging talent with Barnstormers comedy nights. There are also live music nights from an array of acts, including Something About Simon:The Paul Simon Story from Gary Edward Jones, hip-hop reggae ska band The Tribe and cabaret act Moscow Drug Club.

Highlights of the autumn community offering include Take Part, a selection of activities and events for people aged 21 and under, including Wiltshire Creative’s youth groups Stage 65 and SHIFT Social Club from the SHIFT Young Ambassadors (30 October) following the success of SHIFT Now and The Late SHIFT: Social. There will also be Audition Workshops for drama school applicants and fortnightly Youth Arts: Play Reading workshops throughout October and November. 

In celebration of International Older People’s Day on 1 October, Silver Salisbury will include the Jazz Social Afternoon Tea (30 September) offering afternoon tea, poetry and live performances of jazz classics in the beautiful setting of Salisbury Arts Centre. Silver Salisbury concludes on 2 October with The Parkinson Monologues, a livereading of local writer Jim Read’s comic monologues about living with Parkinson's disease, and excerpts from his new project Let’s Talk About Walking - observations about himself and Salisbury pedestrians before and after lockdowns.  

Following the Summer Open Exhibition (8 July – 4 September), Art in the Arches returns to Salisbury Arts Centre for 2021 with a showcase of work celebrating local artists. The popular Friday Nights at Salisbury Arts Centre (Fridays throughout October and November) also return for 2021, with live music from local talent and open mic nights.

As well as an extensive programme of live events, there will be film screenings at Salisbury Playhouse of NT Live’s Encore screening of  Follies on 3 November and Nomadland on 10 November. 

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Autumn at Wiltshire Creative

By John Godber
Directed by Gareth Machin

16 September – 9 October
Press night: Friday 17 September at 7.30pm
Socially distanced performances: 20, 23 and 29 September, 4 and 6 October

Director Gareth Machin; Designer Toots Butcher; Lighting Designer Johanna Town
Sound Designer Andrea J Cox; Casting Director Gabrielle Dawes CDG

1950. Blackpool. Newly-wed Yorkshire couple, Jack and Liz have crossed the Pennines for their first trip to the seaside mecca. Beneath an uncertain September sky, they holiday in a world of stripy deckchairs, sandy sandwiches and stroppy donkeys. As the Wurlitzer organ plays, they sway together on the dance floor of the Tower Ballroom.

For thirty years, come rain or shine, they never miss their annual week-long holiday on the Blackpool sands. Three decades of boarding houses, talent contests and fish and chips on the prom. Moving backwards and forward through time, a married life unfolds through squabbles, children, laughter and tears against the backdrop of the heyday of the British seaside.


Wiltshire Creative, Malvern Theatres, Sheffield Theatres and HOME  in association with MGC present 

By Julian Barnes
 Cast: Ian McDiarmid
Directed by Michael Grandage
14 October – 23 October
Press night: 15 October at 7.30pm 

 In The Lemon Table, Julian Barnes brings his unsentimental, wryly comic, perspective to the complicated business of ageing, with its attendant, and often bizarrely, fluctuating emotions.

Olivier and Tony Award-winning Ian McDiarmid and Michael Grandage have collaborated to bring The Lemon Table to the stage for the first time. In McDiarmid ’s own adaptation for performance, we encounter a spectrum of bitter-sweet pleasures, wild eccentricity and dark secrets.

Following the run at Wiltshire Creative, the production tours to Sheffield Theatres; Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford; HOME Manchester and Malvern Theatres. 





Wiltshire Creative brings together Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Salisbury Playhouse. Salisbury Playhouse is one of Britain’s leading producing theatres, with a national reputation for home grown work of the highest quality that attracts audiences from across Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and beyond. Recent theatre productions include the world premieres of Blood Wedding by Barney Norris and The Mirror Crack’dby Rachel Wagstaff. Recent audio and digital productions includes the world premiere of Making Massinger by Simon Butteriss, the British premiere of Call Cutta at Home by Rimini Protokoll and Shift a significant youth led project amplifying young voices.


Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @WiltsCreative



Salisbury Arts Centre is part of Wiltshire Creative, which incorporates Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury Playhouse and Salisbury International Arts Festival.


Salisbury Arts Centre was formerly St Edmund’s Church, named after St Edmund who taught “the arts” at Oxford in the early 13th Century. Salisbury Arts Centre was founded in 1975 and, from small beginnings, developed into a fully-fledged community arts centre with live performances, film screenings, visual arts exhibitions and a creative workshops programme.


Salisbury Arts Centre is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 3pm.


For more information please contact:

Kate Morley                            / 07970 465 648 

Hannah Margerison          / 07375 660 957