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Rebecca Lenkiewicz’ Her Naked Skin to lead inaugural season of new Wiltshire arts organisation

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Rebecca Lenkiewicz’ Her Naked Skin will have its regional premiere as part of the first season of a new Wiltshire-based arts organisation.

Salisbury Playhouse has merged with Salisbury Arts Centre and the Salisbury International Arts Festival to form pan-arts organisation Wiltshire Creative, which launched its inaugural season in London on May 17.

Suffragette drama Her Naked Skin, which was the first original play by a female to be produced on the National Theatre’s Olivier stage, will run from October 4 to 20.

Rachel Wagstaff is to adapt Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d, which will be directed by Melly Still, in a co-production with Wales Millennium Centre.

Other stage highlights include Silence by Nicola Werenowska, a new play about three generations of a Polish family, co-produced with Mercury Theatre Colchester and Unity Theatre Liverpool.

August bank holiday weekend will play host to Lift Off!, a free party for residents and visitors to celebrate the new arts organisation. Working with outdoor arts organisation Without Walls, Wiltshire Creative has commissioned a new dance piece from the Rosie Kay Dance Company and circus from Ockham’s Razor.

The new arts organisation has also announced its Christmas shows, which include Beauty and the Beast by Andrew Pollard and a revival of Salisbury Playhouse’s production of musical The Night Before Christmas.

Wiltshire Creative will balance its home-produced programme with visiting touring work including Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art starring Matthew Kelly and Tom Kempinski’s Duet For One starring Belinda Lang.

Salisbury International Festival will return from May 25 to June 8 in 2019 at venues across the city after a year’s hiatus, with composer Jonathan Dove appointed guest festival director for 2019.

Chief executive of Arts Council England Darren Henley said: “We’re delighted to have supported Wiltshire Creative through a transformational journey that builds on the exceptional legacy of Salisbury International Festival, Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury Playhouse and ensures a resilient and sustainable future for the cultural offer in Wilshire.

“This unique and pioneering business model is set to become a national exemplar of how organisations can work together in the face of financial challenges to ensure the benefits of art and culture for communities and audiences.”


Season at a glance:


Her Naked Skin by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Directed by Gareth Machin

October 4 to 20

Salisbury Playhouse, main house


Silence by Nicola Werenowska

Directed by Jo Newman

November 13 to 17

Salisbury Playhouse, the Salberg


Beauty and the Beast by Andrew Pollard

Directed by Ryan McBryde

December 1 to January 13

Salisbury Playhouse, main house


The Night Before Christmas by Glyn Kerslake and Gareth Machin

Musical Direction by Glyn Kerslade

December 10 to 30

Salisbury Playhouse, the Salberg


The Mirror Crack’d by Rachel Wagstaff

Directed by Melly Still

February 15 to March 9

Salisbury Playhouse, main house

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