2023 highlights at Salisbury Playhouse & Salisbury Arts Centre

If you're looking for live theatre, cabaret, and comedy to kickstart your 2023, Wiltshire Creative has it all this Spring!

There are new main house productions and touring productions at Salisbury Playhouse, two-night specials at Salisbury Arts Centre, and an outdoor theatrical event in which residents are invited to take part.

Artistic Director of Wiltshire Creative Gareth Machin said, “I am thrilled to announce the highlights of Wiltshire Creatives' upcoming 2023 season. We are really looking forward to these superb productions at the Playhouse and co-producing with New Wolsey Theatre for Brief Encounter. 

“Our programme at the Art Centre is a varied array of one-to-two-night special events from improv to Cabaret to Kate Bush. Finally, I am so excited to announce our production of The Tempest, as part of our annual Arts Festival; encouraging all residents to get involved.”

Here are some of the highlights we think you should look out for…

Salisbury Playhouse

Alan Ayckbourn’s How the Other Half Loves opens Salisbury Playhouse’s Spring season, exploring a world of dysfunctional marriages, domestic drama and infidelity. 

Running from 9th February - 4th March there’ll be three couples, two dining rooms and one big mess.

On the 14th and 15th of March the team who brought Good Luck, Studio to the Playhouse in 2022 return for two nights only with Mind Mangler

From the original cast of the multi-award-winning sold-out smash hit The Play That Goes Wrong, Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer star in this hilarious new comedy by Mischief. 

From 31st March - 22nd April, Wiltshire Creative and New Wolsey Theatre, in association with Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, present Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter.

Tender and joyous, a married doctor and a suburban housewife are forced to question if it’s worth risking everything for the sake of love. Expect all the drama of the original masterpiece with added live music, comedy and spectacle.

Salisbury Arts Centre

Salisbury Arts Centre also brings a varied lineup, featuring music, cabaret, and comedy. 

Do not miss Moscow Drug Club as they bring elements of Berlin Cabaret, Latin Tinge, French musette and storytelling to Salisbury Arts Centre for one night only.

On the 28th of January 2023, Moscow Drug Club promise an intoxicating and intimate musical experience.

Do you wanna feel how it feels? Join Russell Lucas and Sarah Louise Young on the 18th of March as they pay homage to the music, fans, and mythology of one of the most influential voices in British music in An Evening Without Kate Bush.

Kate won’t be there, but you will be, and it’s set to be a joyful, unique and mind-blowing show.

The quickest wits in comedy come to Salisbury on 24th March 2023 as Britain’s Got Talent’s The Noise Next Door presents Hometown Heroes.

There’ll be hilarious off-the-cuff songs, scenes and characters as the stars of Tonight at the Palladium (ITV1) spin comedy gold out of all the things that the live audience, think are the best, worst and weirdest things about Salisbury.

Outdoor theatre

Finally, Wiltshire Creative will present The Tempest in Churchill Gardens. Residents are invited to take part in this fantastic outdoor theatrical event – in either a backstage capacity or, for those interested, there is a chance to perform alongside the professional cast too!

From 24th May - 4th June this stunning re-imagining of Shakespeare’s fabulous tale comes to one of Salisbury’s most beloved parks.

The unique new show is an outdoor walkabout production, meaning the professional actors and talented community contributors will take you from scene to scene to different locations around the park…

For Wiltshire Creative’s full spring lineup, visit the website here. For more of What’s On in Salisbury this Spring, visit our What’s On pages here.

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