Entertainment at the Playhouse

SALISBURY Playhouse will host a series of special one night events in January.

One of the country’s leading jazz vocalists, Jacqui Dankworth, will showcase her new album, Live to Love, on Friday, January 17.

A deeply personal album, Live to Love draws on Dankworth’s thoughts on life and love.

The evening will display her versatility in a wide spectrum of genres, drawing on jazz, folk, soul and blues.

On Saturday, January 18 stage and screen legend Honor Blackman, pictured, will be in conversation with Richard Digby Day, talking about her life and career.

Known for iconic roles such as Cathy Gale in The Avengers and Pussy Galore alongside Sean Connery in Bond classic Goldfinger, Blackman’s illustrious stage and screen career spans six decades but she has rarely appeared simply as herself – until now.

Audiences will have the opportunity to hear her in conversation as she looks back over her astonishing life.

On Friday, January 24 Martin Bell, who has spent more than 50 years as a BBC correspondent, will speak about his experiences in the unquiet corners of the world, with the costs and casualties of recent conflicts very much in mind.

Proceeds from the evening will support Salisbury Playhouse and the military charity Combat Stress.

Salisbury Playhouse’s first homeproduced production of 2014 will be Patrick Hamilton’s thriller of murder and mind games, Gaslight, which runs in the main house from Thursday, February 6 to Saturday, March 1.

In the home Bella Manningham shares with her husband in fogstricken south London, the floorboards creak, the gaslights dim and she becomes increasingly concerned that she is losing her mind.

But does the terror exist in her imagination or does the house contain darker secrets?

The arrival of retired Detective Rough reveals some startling truths that will shake her respectable marriage to its core.

Detective Rough will be played by Joseph Marcell, whose extensive credits include playing King Lear in the recent Shakespeare’s Globe production that visited Old Wardour Castle and Geoffrey in the American television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Mr and Mrs Manningham will be played by Daniel Pirrie, whose television credits include Downton Abbey, and Laura Pyper, who has appeared in Punk Rock at the Lyric Hammersmith and Troilus and Cressida at The Globe.

* For tickets contact the box office on 01722 320333 or visit salisburyplayhouse.com.

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