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24 Sept to 27 Sept 2014.
"Oh What A Lovely War"
Directed by Daphne Breakspear

This year means it's now 100 years since the start of the First World War and this musical play comments on the story of this terrible war using very popular songs of the time, including many old and well-loved songs from WW1.

It's A Long Way To Tipperary
Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag
Hold Your Hand Out Naughty Boy
Roses Of Picardy
Keep The Home Fires Burning

Take note though, some of the songs in the show have been sarcastically re-worded by front line soldiers into their own specific style!
A large cast act, sing and dance their way through numerous characters including various dignitaries in a style very much in place in Old Time Music Halls.

Please Note: Swindon Arts Centre have mis-printed the ticket prices in their latest brochure. Correct ticket prices for Oh What A Lovely War are £10 and £9 for Concessions.

A BEM for Daphne Breakspear in the 2013 Queen's New Year Honours List.
Read all about it here

The Phoenix Players presents

'What is Susan's Secret?'

by Michael and Susan Parker
Directed by Eric Partington

HOT NEWS: A brand new play - and this will be its UK Premiere

The Cider Mill Inn is a rather old, rustic and run-down country Inn owned by a charming elderly couple, Michael and, yes, Susan Edwards. At first sight, Michael and Susan appear to be bordering on senility but watch out; for their charm covers their subtle ability to con their unsuspecting guests by advertising attractive, special discounts to various useful trades-people.

Over a number of weekends their guests - plumbers, tile layers, carpenters and electricians - end up doing work they never expected to do having unwittingly signed a work contract at check-in and the story unfolds from there.

A large cast, young and old, will take you through this delightful farce that is sure to become a firm favourite with British audiences. But what is Susan's secret? It's for you to work out or, indeed, find out!

Wednesday 30 April – Saturday 3 May 2014 at 7.30pm

The Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon. SN1 4BJ.

Important: See Tickets below

Ticket Prices: £ 9.00 or £ 8.00 concessions

Group Bookings: 1 ticket FREE for every 10 tickets booked.

To book tickets please call Pauline on 07517 698083
or email

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