Wiltshire Creative announces new spring 2020 season at Salisbury Playhouse

Spring 2020 SPH
13 January 2020
  • The premiere of Barney Norris’s adaptation of Lorca’s Blood Wedding
  • Major new revivals of classics Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Hay Fever
  • Star-studded productions of Shirley Valentine and Dial M For Murder
  • The return of The Kite Runner direct from the West End
  • Packed programme in The Salberg includes comedian Harry Secombe’s son and the best of Roald Dahl

Wiltshire Creative is premiering Barney Norris’s new adaptation of Lorca’s Blood Wedding as part of its spring 2020 season followed by major revivals of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Hay Fever plus star-studded productions of Shirley Valentine and Dial M For Murder.

Barney Norris has set his adaptation of Blood Wedding (6-22 February) in the present day in the Wiltshire village of Edington. The Wiltshire Creative co-production with Up In Arms follows a young couple as they prepare for their wedding day. The emergence of a figure from the past leaves the bride-to-be questioning who really is the love of her life. The cast includes Jeff Rawle (Harry Potter And the Goblet of Fire and Drop the Dead Donkey).

Edward Albee’s compelling black comedy Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (26 March-11 April) was made famous in the 1960s by the film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The Wiltshire Creative co-production with Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatres follows two American couples over the course of a late-night drinks party where toxic domestic games ultimately entangle them all. The cast includes Mark Meadows (Tartuffe, Tobacco Factory Theatres).

Noel Coward’s brilliantly entertaining comedy Hay Fever (22 April-16 May) is one of Coward’s best loved plays, set in an English country house in the 1920s. It follows the outlandish behaviour of four eccentric members of the Bliss family who have each invited a guest to spend the weekend at the house. It is a Wiltshire Creative production directed by Artistic Director Gareth Machin.

The season in the Main House continues with Claire Sweeney (Brookside; Benidorm) starring in Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine (25 February – 7 March). Tom Chambers (Holby City, Casualty and Strictly Come Dancing) and Sally Bretton (Not Going Out) lead the cast in the iconic murder mystery Dial M For Murder (10-14 March) and the outstanding and unforgettable play The Kite Runner returns to Salisbury direct from the West End (17-21 March).

A packed programme in The Salberg includes Theatre Temoin with Feed which follows what happens when a photo goes viral after it’s unwittingly posted online (23-25 January). In You’re Not As Funny As Your Father (30 January-1 February) Andrew Secombe reveals what it was like growing up as the son of much loved comedian Harry Secombe.

Also in The Salberg, Polly: The Heartbreak Opera is a viciously satirical not-quite-musical about love, loss and revenge (3-4 April).

Family theatre in The Salberg includes Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers (27 & 29 February), a theatrical exploration of Roald Dahl’s best loved stories including The Twits, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG and, for Easter, Spontaneous Potter (8 April), an entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play with live musical accompaniment.

As part of its commitment to presenting shows outside of its venues, Wiltshire Creative will present multi award-winning musical comedian Jay Foreman’s Even More Brand New Disgusting Songs for Children (and Grown Ups) at venues in Bemerton and Tidworth.

ENDS

For press enquiries please contact Lucy Rouse, PR & Communications Officer, on 07756 314437 01722 345166 or press@wiltshirecreative.co.uk.

Notes to Editors:

Wiltshire Creative brings together Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Salisbury Playhouse.

Wiltshire Creative has commissioned A Wiltshire Tale from musician Nick Harper and produced the regional premiere of Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s suffragette drama Her Naked Skin and new musical Moonfleet. Other productions include Rachel Wagstaff’s new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d, co-produced with Wales Millennium Centre, and Hugh Whitemore’s Breaking the Code.

In 2019 Wiltshire Creative commissioned and produced its first site-specific audio experience, Imber: You Walk Through, about the forgotten village on Salisbury Plain.