Artistic Director, Gareth Machin and Executive Director Sebastian Warrack today announces Wiltshire Creative’s 2023 spring/summer programme.

Alan Ayckbourn’s How the Other Half Loves kickstarts Salisbury Playhouse’s season, inviting audiences into a world of dysfunctional marriages, domestic drama and infidelity. Gareth Machin directs one of Ayckbourn’s best loved plays, set in the 1970s – his follow up to Relatively Speaking, which previously staged at Salisbury Playhouse in 2019.

On 14 and 15 March Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence will present the Mischief production of Mind Mangler. For two nights only, from the team who brought Good Luck, Studio to the Playhouse in 2022, the Mind Mangler’s solo spectacular is predicted to spiral into chaos as he attempts to read minds...

Following this the company will co-produce Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter, with New Wolsey Theatre in association with Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - a dazzling adaptation of this renowned love story by Emma Rice.

Salisbury Arts Centre also brings a varied line up, featuring music, cabaret, and comedy. In January Moscow Drug Club will bring elements of Berlin Cabaret, Latin Tinge, French musette and storytelling for one night only. Following this, Sarah Louise Young and co-creator Russell Lucas pay glorious homage to the music, fans, and mythology of one of the most influential voices in British music in An Evening Without Kate Bush. Britain’s Got Talent’s The Noise Next Door will invite the audience to an evening of music and improv about your hometown.

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.

Artistic Director of Wiltshire Creative Gareth Machin said today: “I am thrilled to announce 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 outdoor production of The Tempest and would encourage all residents to get involved.”

Wiltshire Creative Presents
How The Other Half Loves
By Alan Ayckbourn
Director: Gareth Machin

9 February – 4 March
Press Night: 10 February 2023

Three couples. Two dining rooms. One big mess.

The lives of three couples frantically intertwine in this classic Ayckbourn comedy of confusion and chaos. When one of the women arrives home suspiciously late one night, a chain of events unfolds drawing each of the couples ever deeper into hilarious misunderstanding.

Kenny Wax Ltd & Stage Presence Ltd present the Mischief production of
Mind Mangler
By Henry Lewis, Jonathan Seyer, and Henry Shields

14 March – 15 March

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. Join the Mind Mangler as he returns to the stage following a reasonably good two-night run at the Luton Holiday Inn conference centre, suite 2b.

Wiltshire Creative and New Wolsey Theatre present in association with Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Noel Coward’s
Brief Encounter
Adapted by Emma Rice
Director: Douglas Rintoul

31 March - 22 April
Press Night: 1 April

When a chance encounter in a train station tearoom kindles a timid, yet passionate, love affair between a married doctor and a suburban housewife, the two are forced to question if it’s worth risking everything for the sake of love. Tender and joyous, this show has all the drama of the original masterpiece with added live music, comedy and spectacle, taking you on a rollercoaster ride through all of love’s beautiful complications.

Moscow Drug Club presents
Moscow Drug Club
28 January 2023
Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen & Eartha Kitt, Moscow Drug Club delivers an intoxicating and intimate musical experience.

Russell Lucas and Sarah Louise Young present
An Evening Without Kate Bush
18 March 2023
Howl with the Hounds of Love and dance on the moors with Wuthering Heights! Whether a fan for decades or recently joined the shoal via the Stranger Things phenomenon, there has never been a better time to celebrate Bush with this joyful, unique and mind-blowing show. Following its sold-out, critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe runs, two Soho Theatre seasons and 2020-2022 UK tours this smash-hit, award-winning show is back.

The Noise Next Door presents
Hometown Heroes
24 March 2023
The quickest wits in comedy are coming to town with a side-splitting evening of hilarious off-the-cuff songs, scenes and characters. The stars of Tonight at the Palladium (ITV1) will spin comedy gold out of all the things that the live audience, think are the best, worst and down-right weirdest things about your hometown

A Wiltshire Creative production
The Tempest
By William Shakespeare
24 May – 4 June
Press Night: 25 May
Churchill Gardens, Salisbury, SP1 2HS

“Oh brave new world That has such people in’t!”

A stunning re-imagining of Shakespeare’s fabulous tale, and journey deep into one of Salisbury’s most beloved parks. A mighty storm shipwrecks a King and his entourage on an island of magic and mystery. It is a place of music and visions, surprising encounters and unlikely friendships. But what secrets does this island hold? Who or what is really in charge? And will the world ever be the same again? This unique new show is an outdoor walkabout production, meaning our professional actors and talented community contributors will take you from scene to scene to different locations around the park. Some locations will involve standing. Before booking please be confident that you can move with us during this performance (approx. 1km).

Salisbury Playhouse, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury,

Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury,

Churchill Gardens, Salisbury, SP1 2HS

Box office: 01722 320 333 /

Press Night: 10 February 2023
Tickets from: £12

14 March and 15 March
Tickets from £15

Press Night: [xx]
Tickets from: £12

28 January 2023
Tickets from £18

18 March 2023
Tickets from £19.50

24 March 2023
Tickets from £15.50

Wednesday 24 May - Sunday 4 June
Various times
Tickets from £20