Salisbury Playhouse is a regional producing theatre, serving Salisbury and the wider region of Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset. It presents its productions in both its 517 seat main house and its 149 seat studio throughout the year, and also operates a thriving education and outreach department and youth theatre. In December 1996, the Playhouse completed a major refurbishment programme, made possible by a grant of £1.47 million from the National Lottery, through the Arts Council of England. In summer 1998, the Playhouse was also awarded £218,000 for a programme of artistic and audience development through the Arts for Everyone Scheme, funded by the National Lottery.
In 2003, Salisbury Playhouse was one of three theatres in the country nominated for the Most Welcoming Theatre award..