Ladies’ Day Opens a New Year at The Wharf Theatre

The Wharf Theatre in Devizes begin their 2023 program with Amanda Whittington’s Ladies’ Day, running from January 30th to February 4th……

This play, which premiered in 2005, is the first of a trilogy which follows the adventures of Pearl, Jane, Shelley, and Linda. It’s written by Amanda Whittington with arrangements with Nick Hern Books, and directed by John Winterton.

The ladies are a fish-filleting foursome for whom work, love and life are just one long hard slog until their fortunes look set to change when Linda finds tickets to Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot, the year it is relocated to York.

Out go the hair nets, overalls, and wellies as the four of them ditch work, do themselves up to the nines and head off to the races for a drink, a flirt and a flutter. Secrets are spilled with the champagne but if their luck holds, they could just hit the jackpot and more besides!

Described by The Stage as, “as much fun as a day at the races and, arguably, better value for money,” Ladies’ Day will be the first production at Devizes Wharf Theatre, with more to follow. So, while we await the Wharf’s homegrown program, outsourced productions include a fresh and inventive improvised comedy called Instant Wit, on 18th February, and on February 25th, when the Apollo Theatre Company presents The Songs & Monologues of Joyce Grenfell.

Though word on the grapevine is you’ll be treated to some Shakespeare and The Railway Children, this coming year, and The Wharf also plans a theatre open day one Saturday in April, when they hope people will join them for refreshments and a tour of the theatre, offering the chance to see what goes on behind the scenes.

Tickets for Ladies’ Day can be purchased by ringing 03336 663 366; from the website; and at the Devizes Community Hub and Library on Sheep Street.


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