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The Warehouse Theatre


Part of the Ilminster Literary Festival

Ilminster Entertainment Society Presents:

An Oscar Wilde Play Reading Evening FREE EVENT

Our next play reading evening is part of the Ilminster Literature Festival and is on Monday 3rd June 2024 7.30pm at the Warehouse Theatre in Iliminster. This is a free event and open to anyone over 16.

Our play readings are always a fun and enjoyable night out. You are encouraged to participate and read parts but equally if you simply want to come along and listen, you are more than welcome. We are holding this one in the auditorium so there is plenty of seats for those that just want to watch and listen. If you have never been to one of our play reading evenings, do come along. It is a great introduction to reading plays and it might just inspire you to want to perform on stage.

The Literary Festival have requested that we read an Oscar Wilde play as that will link into the Oscar Wilde Themed night on Thursday 6th June when Simon Whitehouse will be giving a talk at the theatre about the impact the dramatist, writer and wit had on London’s West End.

We have a choice of two plays – An Ideal Husband and Lady Windermere’s Fan. We can decide which one we read on the night.

An Ideal Husband is a comedy satirising the upper class and their values. It tells the story of Sir Robert Chiltern, who is a respected politician and to all extent an ideal husband, who is blackmailed by the scheming Mrs Cheveley. Lady Chiltern is initially horrified by her husband’s scandalous behaviour and can she ever forgive him? The play is full of political intrigue, financial fraud, blackmail, scandal and explores the role of women in public life. Not surprisingly, it was one of the nineteenth century’s leading plays and is today, the most frequently revived on stage and in film.


Cast: The Earl of Caversham, Viscount Goring, Sir Robert Chiltern, Vicomte de Nanjac, Mr Montford,, Mason, Phipps, James, Harold, Lady Chiltern, Lady Markby, The Countess of Basildon, Mrs Marchmont, Miss Mabel Chiltern, Mrs Cheveley.


Lady Windermere’s Fan is again a satirical comedy based on a wife (Lady Windermere) who suspects that her husband is having an affair. Of course, he denies it when she confronts him but then goes and invites the other woman to his wife’s birthday party! The plot thickens even further as Lady Windermere leaves him for another lover and then the other woman pursues her to return to her husband disclosing her identity. It has twists and turns as the clever, witty and perceptive writing highlights that below the surface of a modest and elite society there is a current of infidelity…similar to today’s society, perhaps!! This play contains one of Wilde’s best-known lines. Lord Darlington says, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Cast: Lord Windermere, Lord Darlington, Lord Augustus Lorton, Mr Dumby, Mr Cecil Graham, Mr Hopper, Parker (Butler), Lady Windermere, The Duchess of Berwick, Lady Agatha Carlisle, Lady Plymdale, Lady Stutfield, Lady Jedburgh, Mrs Cowper-Cowper, Mrs Erlynne, Rosalie (Maid)

Free Event - no tickets or booking required

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Part of the Ilminster Literary Festival

Ilminster Entertainment Society Presents:

An Evening of Poetry, Prose and Prosecco

This evening, the Warehouse Theatre will present an entertaining mixture of Poetry and Prose performed by IES members and a few special guests. As part of this special event, they will be opening their Prosecco Bar so that you can indulge in a glass of bubbly, sit back, and enjoy the evening.  Please note that the Prosecco bar is a paid bar and Prosecco is not included in the entry price.


Ilminster Community Choir – conducted by Chris Grabham

Starting out over 30 years ago as a young mum’s choir, and originally known as Serenade, the Community Choir reformed in 2021, and now meets in the Arts Centre every Thursday evening, to sing under the inspiring leadership of Chris Grabham. The choir is now a mixed voice choir – though continually on the lookout for more male voices! We tackle a wide range of songs, drawn from many genres, and most are in 4-part harmony. Practice nights are an uplifting mix of song, socialising, and enjoyment, and it is that happy mix that we aim to bring to our fundraising entertainment, and our local performances’.


Chris Grabham, choir leader                                                                     

Chris is a young composer, conductor and musician who lives near Ilminster, and has now led the choir for almost 3 years.  He specialises in Music for the Stage and Screen and has conducted a large number of musical ensembles throughout the South West, including numerous choirs, bands, and his very own Pop orchestra. Chris has twice been awarded the Pride of Somerset Youth Award for his services to Music and Theatre.


The Beach’d Buoys

The Beach’d Buoys, Weston-Super-Mare’s acclaimed Shanty Band, have been entertaining Somerset and South West audiences since 2018. The ‘crew’ originally come from various parts of the country, such as the North West, Birmingham and the Black Country, London and Kent, but claim to have been resurrected from jetsam and flotsam found in and around the bay!

The Buoys have had terrific reviews at the Weston-Super- Mare Festival in 2022 and ‘23, followed up with successful Sea Shanty weekends in Mevagissey and in Port Issac.


‘We get together because we love sea shanties, the work songs of seafarers. Most of our songbook comes from the 18th and 19th centuries, although we include more modern stuff too. Audiences seem to enjoy our relaxed style and we encourage everyone to join in the choruses!  We perform for community groups, festivals and all sorts of social gatherings, with proceeds from many of our appearances going to Children’s Hospice South-West’.


All this evening’s acts are available for fundraising gigs, and performance dates.

This evening’s concert is a fundraiser for the Warehouse theatre.

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. - The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

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An Evening Of Mediumship With Mitch Garlington


Come Along To A Magical Demo To Connect The Two Worlds In Love, Light & Laughter




The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde

Summer Comedy Theatre

“It is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that
all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth.”

When two Victorian gentlemen assume the name of ‘Earnest’ to win the affections of two ladies, both determined to marry a man of that name, the scene is set. Join Rain or Shine Theatre Company for an evening of hilarious confusion in a world of handbags, perambulators, cucumber sandwiches, muffins, butlers, and of course, that theatrical tour de force – Lady Bracknell!


We invite you to witness the comical confusion of Oscar Wilde's hilarious masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest!

Audience Comments

“Rain or Shine at their maniacal best yet again. Another master-class in multiple role-playing, expert timing, rapid costume changes, and all played out on their trademark minimal set. Vintage Rain or Shine that’s utterly hilarious sending everyone contentedly away into the night.”

“We just love going to see travelling shows and this company has to be one of the best. Great acting, super friendly, lots of humour and a fascinating trip back in time. Many congratulations.”

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Hayley Renee comes to the Warehouse Theatre for one night only with her new cabaret show, Broadway & Beyond. A thrilling journey through musical theatre and film favourites, Disney classics, famous opera arias, high energy medleys and more – come along for a night of powerhouse music, spine tingling high notes, lots of laughs and heart-warming stories.


Known for her angelic voice and engaging stage charm, the Somerset-born classical crossover singer has entertained audiences from ages 1 to 98 all around the UK, Europe and beyond. From Phantom of the Opera to My Fair Lady, Somewhere Over the Rainbow to O Mio Babbino Caro, the Beatles to Beauty and the Beast, this is a musical feast not to be missed, with something for everyone.

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