Full cast list announced for Arts Festival centrepiece

Wiltshire Creative has announced the full cast and creative team for its flagship summer production, The Tempest, which is a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s fabulous tale, and a journey deep into one of Salisbury’s most beloved parks.

The centrepiece to Salisbury International Arts Festival follows a King and his entourage shipwrecked 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?

Many of the cast members have roots in Salisbury or have previously performed in Wiltshire Creative productions and are returning for this bespoke, community-focused project.

Artistic director, Gareth Machin, will direct Robert Bowman (Prospero), Elizabeth Crarer (Antonia), Matt Crosby (Trinculo), Emma Lau (Miranda), Robert MacPherson (Sebastian), Lloyd Notice (Alonso), David Partridge (Caliban), Heather Phoenix (Stephana), Georgina Sutton (Gonzala) and Samuel Tracy (Ferdinand).

The Tempest opens the Salisbury International Arts Festival 2023 on 26 May, with previews from 24 May. It runs until 4 June.

The production is being staged in Salisbury’s Churchill Gardens. It was designed by Dan Potra and features sound design by Mike Beer, movement direction by Khiley Williams, casting by Gabrielle Dawes CDG and musical supervision by Kate Edgar.

Mr Machin said: “It’s a huge privilege to be working with such a fantastic company of actors on this incredible play. With many of the actors based locally or former members of our youth theatre, Stage 65, it’s a brilliant celebration of the creative talent in our city and region.”

The Tempest is a continuation of recent multi-art form projects involving collaboration between professionals and the community such as Congress, Stone Songs, Earth Rise and Bath Philharmonia concert.

This show is an outdoor walkabout production, meaning audiences will move from scene to scene alongside the cast. Audiences should bring a portable chair or picnic blanket, to carry with them to each location.

Limited seating is available for those who need it on request.

Tickets £20. Box office: 01722 320 333 /

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