SALISBURY’S Studio Theatre is promising a season of comedy, drama, musicals and Shakespeare with the chance to audition next week for the first show of the season.

The amdram group will be holding open auditions for its October show A Bunch of Amateurs at its Ashley Road theatre on July 10, 12 and 16 from 7.30pm.

The comedy by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, writers of the hugely successful The Wipers Times, follows what happens when washed-up American movie star Jefferson Steele arrives in Stratford to play King Lear, only to find that this Stratford is in sleepy Suffolk.

What’s more, it’s not the RSC, but the local amateur dramatics company staging it as a fundraiser to save their theatre - and he’s signed the contract.

Director Anthony von Roretz is looking for a cast of three men and four women from young to middle-aged (with possible extras). Contact him for more information on 07764 849429 or via email on

A Bunch of Amateurs opens the season running from October 14 to 19.

The season also includes children’s classic Goodnight Mr Tom in December, Amanda Whittington’s thriller about murderess Ruth Ellis, The Thrill of Love, in March, autumn love story A Fine Bright Day Today by Salisbury writer Philip Goulding in May, and popular Priestley classic When We Are Married in July.

Studio Youth Theatre take to the stage with one of our best loved musicals, My Fair Lady, in February and the season will close with Merely Players, a Shakespearean extravaganza, in late July.

Details of all the shows and ticketing information will be on the Studio Theatre website at