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Barney Norris premiere leads new Salisbury Playhouse season

Barney Norris. Photo: Mark Douet Barney Norris. Photo: Mark Douet
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A new play by Barney Norris will premiere at Salisbury Playhouse during the theatre’s spring/summer season.

Echo’s End will be directed by Alice Hamilton, and will play at the theatre from March 29 to April 15.

At the same time, Hattie Naylor’s new play As the Crow Flies will premiere in the theatre’s smaller theatre – running from March 28 to April 8.

Directed by Elizabeth Freestone, the play will go on tour around venues in rural areas.

The theatre will also host a new revival of Rodney Ackland’s Before the Party, running from May 4 to 27, as well as a return of its first original in-house production Worst Wedding Ever.

The comedy, starring Julia Hills, will run at the theatre from February 2 to 25, before transfers to New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch.

Artistic director Gareth Machin said the season balanced “high quality revivals of classic English drama with a bold commitment to new work that celebrates the unique perspective of the South West region”.

2017 will also see the Playhouse host Theatre Fest West for the sixth time, welcoming theatre companies from across the south west to stage work in Salisbury.

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