Barney Norris’s retelling of Lorca’s Blood Wedding to premiere at Salisbury Playhouse

Wiltshire Creative will premiere Barney Norris’ explosive new adaptation of Lorca’s Blood Wedding, retold in present-day Wiltshire, at Salisbury Playhouse in February as part of its Autumn/ Winter season.

Blood Wedding, a Wiltshire Creative, Up In Arms and Oxford Playhouse production, is a tragedy by Federico Garcia Lorca about the cycle of life, the progression of time, choice, deception, fate and nature. Alice Hamilton of Up In Arms will direct.

Norris’s previous plays include Echo’s End (Salisbury Playhouse), Nightfall (The Bridge Theatre) and The Remains of the Day (Out of Joint).

Barney Norris said: “I can’t express how fortunate I feel to be making work for Salisbury once more.

“This is the ninth story I’ve told in this theatre; the support Wiltshire Creative has given me over that period has shaped the stories I tell, the artist I am.

“Since I was a kid growing up in Salisbury, I’ve had a dream: to make a play for the main house that could then tour round the country, carrying the city’s stories far and wide for all to hear.

“With this play, I’m finally achieving my dream, and I’m thrilled to be championing the lives of the people of Wiltshire at a moment when the world is talking about us for reasons we’d rather hadn’t happened.

“This play is an attempt to insist on the epic dignity of our lives, wherever we live them: this feels like a good moment for this county to be telling that story.”

Also part of the forthcoming season are Wiltshire Creative productions of Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy, Relatively Speaking, and of Hugh Whitemore’s Alan Turing drama Breaking the Code.

Salisbury Playhouse will welcome visiting companies with Nigel Slater’s Toast direct from the West End (read Stage Review’s ★★★★ verdict HERE); three nights of the legendary Eric and Ernie; two-time Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett in the musical Mame and an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ 1940s-set novel The Night Watch from Original Theatre.

The line-up in the Salberg at Salisbury Playhouse includes David Hare’s Skylight from Theatre Chipping Norton, The Soldier by Rachel Wagstaff (The Mirror Crack’d) from Mesh Theatre, magicians Morgan & West and Graeae with a re-imagining of One Under, the story of a tube train driver who experienced a suicide first-hand.

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