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28 September 2021


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The Stage

Will leave you with a smile on your face
Salisbury Playhouse

★ ★ ★ ★
Fairy Powered Productions

Wiltshire Creative today announces that their critically acclaimed production of September in the Rain, currently playing at Salisbury Playhouse, will be available to stream online for a limited period from 4-9 October. Directed by Gareth Machin, Artistic Director of Wiltshire Creative, this major revival of John Godber’s play stars Nicola Sloane as Liz and Ian Kelsey as Jack. Tickets for the livestreamed performances are now on sale at

Gareth Machin, Artistic Director of Wiltshire Creative and director of September in the Rain, said today, ‘We are thrilled to have the opportunity for audiences globally to enjoy September in the Rain as much as local audiences have, getting a glimpse into Jack and Liz’s touching yet hilarious marriage from the comfort of their own homes. This has been a turbulent year for the arts, but one positive that has come out of it is the surge of livestreams and the ability for audiences to still enjoy theatre where they may not have previously.’ 

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.


John Godber is a writer and director. His credits as a playwright include Scary BikersBouncersUp ‘n’ Under (Olivier Award for Best New Comedy), April in ParisTeechersBlood, Sweat and TearsCrampHappy JackSeptember in the RainSalt of the EarthPassion KillersHappy FamiliesUp ‘n’ Under llGym and TonicDraculaLucky SodsHooray for HollywoodWeekend BreaksIt Started With a KissUnleashedThick As a BrickBig Trouble in the Little BedroomSeasons in the SunOn a Night Like ThisOur House, DeparturesMen of the WorldReunionScreaming Blue MurderBlack Ties and TalesPerfect PitchGoing DutchChristmas Crackers and Crown Prince. Film writing credits include My Kingdom for a Horse (starring Sean Bean). 


Ian Kelsey plays Jack. For theatre, his work includes Legally Blonde (Curve, Leicester), The Shawshank Redemption (UK tour), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), Same Next Year (Theatre Royal Windsor), Kes (Leeds Playhouse), Grease (UK tour/Cambridge Theatre). For television, his work includes as series regular Vinny Ashford in Coronation StreetLovesick, as series regular Alex Wakefield in DoctorsDustin Baby, as lead regular Richard Mayne in Blue MurderHotel Babylon, as lead regular Jack Clayton in Where the Heart Is, as lead regular in Matt Brewer in Down to Earth, as series regular Dr. Patrick Spiller in Casualty and Holby CityMurder in Mind, Touching Evil, Adams Family Tree, Men Behaving Badly, and as series regular Dave Glover in Emmerdale; and for film, Black Beauty and Wild Justice


Nicola Sloane returns to Wiltshire Creative to play Liz – she previously appeared in Two Cities. Her theatre work includes GHBoy (Charing Cross Theatre), The Butterfly Lion, Strife, Way Upstream, The Gondoliers and The Waterbabies (Chichester Festival Theatre), Our Town (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Frankenstein, To Kill a Mockingbird (Royal Exchange Manchester), Love in Idleness, A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factory/West End), London Road, 50th Anniversary Gala, Anything Goes, Love’s Labour’s Lost (National Theatre), Flowers for Mrs Harris, My Fair Lady, Me and My Girl (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Enter the Guardsman (Donmar Warehouse),The Sound of Music (London Palladium), Acorn Antiques (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Spend Spend Spend (Picadilly Theatre), Martin Guerre (Prince Edward Theatre), Les Miserables (Sondheim Theatre) and The Woman in Black (Fortune Theatre). For television, her work includes Maigret, Black Mirror, Home Fires, Call the Midwife, Parade’s End, Dancing on the Edge and Home Again; and for film, Red Joan, The Danish Girl, The Tale of Tales, London Road, Mr Turner, The Theory of Everything, Les Miserables, Broken and Season of the Witch. 


Gareth Machin is the Artistic Director of Wiltshire Creative. Previously, he was studio associate at the National Theatre, artistic director of Southwark Playhouse and associate director at Bristol Old Vic. For the company, his work includes Making Massinger, Robin Hood, Her Naked Skin, Moonfleet, Little Robin Redbreast, Worst Wedding Ever, The Night Before Christmas, A Little of What You Fancy, Hedda Gabler, Can’t Buy Me Love, The Magna Carta Plays, Little Shop of Horrors, Separate Tables, Bedroom Farce, London Calling, The Recruiting Officer, A Man of No Importance, Dangerous Corner, The Spire and Epsom Downs. His other directing credits include Fanta Orange(Finborough Theatre), Three More Sleepless Nights (National Theatre), The Canterville Ghost, Gaffer!, The Canterbury Tales, The ChimesThe Archbishop’s Ceiling (Southwark Playhouse), The Real Thing (Royal Theatre, Northampton), Macbeth (Creation Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (Hall for Cornwall), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Look Back in Anger, Betrayal, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, The Beggar’s Opera, Molly Sweeney, Up the Feeder Down the ‘Mouth and Back Again, Sea Life, Croak Croak Croak, A Tender Prayer, Anatomy of a Madman, Bitter With a Twist, Krapp’s Last Tape and Spring Awakening (Bristol Old Vic). As a playwright, his work includes The Tailor of Gloucester, Moonfleet, Little Robin Redbreast, The Night Before Christmas (Salisbury Playhouse), Pinocchio, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom Thumb and Other Giant Stories and The Canterbury Tales (Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster).


September in the Rain is kindly supported by:

Christopher & Frances Wain, long-standing Members of Salisbury Playhouse.