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House Full Productions presents

Lights Up! Back to the Stage

19 August

Following on from the success of last years' Lights Up, the young performers are back and better than ever with another evening filled with your favourite songs from the shows, packed full of foot-tapping tunes and catchy melodies – fun for all the family. Featuring songs from hit musicals such as Rent, Chicago, Oliver, Wicked, Blood Brothers, A Chorus Line, Joseph, Legally Blonde and many more great shows, this is not a night to be missed!

All proceeds from the show will be donated to Elizabeth's Footprint in memory of Elizabeth Spencer, which supports the Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal Charity, providing cutting edge, life-saving equipment, family accommodation and arts, music and play therapy for patients and families at Bristol Children's Hospital. Through a fantastic evening of music, dance and laughter we will support this incredible charity and give thanks for the amazing work they do every day.

Studio Productions presents

Summer School

20 August

We welcome boys and girls from the ages of 4 - 19 and the emphasis is on team work, having a good time and making new friends. Each day begins at 10 am and ends between 3 pm and 5 pm depending on age. We offer specialised performance arts workshops from leading professional theatre specialists and afternoons are spent rehearsing for our exciting end of week performance on the main stage – fully costumed, with technical support from those on the Technical Backstage Course.

Students receive tuition of the highest standard from our professionally trained utors, all who are DBS certified. Alumni of students have gone on to work on and appear in West End Shows, so it's a great place to start if you want to have a career in the theatre or as a lifetime hobby.

For a description of all the exciting courses available, early/late drop off, prices and dates, please contact our Admin Department at info@theatrestudio.co.uk or call 07977 227707. You cannot book places via the box office.

Caamora Theatre Co presents

Alchemy

1 September

Caamora Theatre Company return to the Cheltenham Playhouse for the second edition of "The Fire and the Quest" mini-fest to celebrate the musicals of Clive Nolan. ALCHEMY is a Victorian set tale that sees Professor King embark on a dangerous quest to find three hidden artefacts left behind by an alchemist before they fall into the hands of the villainous Lord Jagman. Its sequel, KING'S RANSOM, will receive its world premiere here on Saturday evening.

Caamora Theatre Co presents

Beyond the Veil

2 September

Caamora Theatre Company return to the Cheltenham Playhouse for the second edition of "The Fire and the Quest" to celebrate the musicals of Clive Nolan. BEYOND THE VEIL is an acoustic concert with Clive and friends performing songs old and new.

Please note performance time is 1 pm and not 2 pm as previously advertised in our brochure.

Caamora Theatre Co presents

King's Ransom (world premiere)

2 September

Caamora Theatre Company return to the Cheltenham Playhouse for the second edition of "The Fire and the Quest" to celebrate the musicals of Clive Nolan. KING'S RANSOM is set two years after Alchemy (presented here Friday evening), this new musical sees Professor King embark on a secret mission to save the Prime Minister and restore order to the British Empire in a journey that takes us from the shadowy tunnels below London to Covent Garden and St Paul's Cathedral.

BWM Promo presents

The Songs of Leonard Cohen

9 September

Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the brush of each line. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility.

With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the 'pure song' Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen's amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Amongst a concert of such songs as Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also poems by Lorca that Keith has set to music.

'Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear' The Independent

'Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice' Sunday Times


Cheltenham Paranormal Festival presents

Tales of the Supernatural

18 September

A collection of short plays to scare, to entertain and to terrify!

Cheltenham Paranormal Festival presents

Ghost Walk with Ghost Hunt

19 September - 20 September

A ghost walk around haunted Cheltenham, hosted by the author of the book 'Paranormal Cheltenham', followed by a backstage tour of, and ghost hunt around, the Playhouse auditorium. Includes a free PDF CD copy of 'A Paranormal Tourist Guide to Gloucestershire'.

Event finishes at midnight.

Cheltenham Paranormal Festival presents

Frighteningly Funny

19 September

Those merry mirthsters of Knowing Smirk are back with a frighteningly funny night of comedy and improvisation.

Cheltenham Paranormal Festival presents

Something Wicked

21 September

An evening of songs from musicals with a supernatural theme, including The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty & The Beast, The Rocky Horror Show and many more.

Cheltenham Paranormal Festival presents

The Tale of Mr Skeleton

23 September

Bee Daws Puppetry invites the whole family to come and meet Mr Skeleton in this child-friendly show

Cheltenham Paranormal Festival presents

The School of Magic

23 September

A one-hour magic show where we teach you how famous magic tricks are really done - then get you to have a go at performing them yourself!

Cheltenham Paranormal Festival presents

Goodbye Again

23 September

Premiere performance of Ross Andrews' new musical about the ghost of a soldier who returns to watch his daughter growing up and his wife living without him. All profits will be donated to the British Legion Poppy appeal.

Cheltenham Paranormal Festival presents

Ghost Hunts

21 September - 23 September

All theatres are reputed to have ghosts and the Playhouse is no exception. There are at least three frequently seen - or heard - spirits roaming our complex; not surprising when there have been seven deaths here since the building was first established in 1806, including (and we're not joking) a gruesome death by vaulting horse! So come and spend a few hours roaming around the many different rooms within our historic building and see if you experience anything otherworldly!

Please note different start times and length of ghost hunting on different nights. Don't worry - if you get really scared we may let you leave early!

Thursday: 21.00 - 00.00 (3 hours)

Friday 21.00 - 03.00 (6 hours)

Saturday 22.00 - 03.00 (5 hours)

House Full Productions presents

Sir Roger Moore Tribute: The Spy Who Loved Me (PG)

25 September

We've been asking patrons to vote for which film we should show as a tribute to UNICEF ambassador and the country's most self-deprecating actor, Sir Roger Moore. After all, nobody did it better. The winning film was - perhaps not surprisingly - probably Sir Roger's best outing as 007 where he encounters the underwater world of Stromberg and the villainous gold-teethed assassin Jaws.

House Full Productions presents

Jawbone (15)

26 September

This British film starring Ray Winstone, Ian McShane and Johnny Harris has been described as I, Daniel Blake meets Rocky. A former youth boxing champion, Jimmy McCabe, is a man in search of hope but looking in all the wrong places. When he hits rock bottom he turns to his childhood boxing club and the only family he has left: gym owner Bill corner man Eddie and promoter Joe. Back in training, years after anyone thought he was a contender, he risks his life, as he tries to stand tall and regain his place in the world.

House Full Productions presents

The Descent (18)

28 September

One year following the death of her husband and daughter Sarah and her five closest female friends decide to go on a caving adventure in North Carolina. As the group moves through a narrow passage it collapses behind them, trapping them within the cave system. Their only chance of survival is to find another exit. Unfortunately, they are not alone... This superbly claustrophobic horror film stars Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza and Alex Reid.

House Full Productions presents

Eddie The Eagle (PG)

29 September

In this film starring Hugh Jackman, Jim Broadbent and Taron Egerton, Cheltenham-born Michael "Eddie" Edwards fights against all odds to represent Britain at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. To quote our own local hero: "The film makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you think".

There will also be a filmed interview with Eddie by BBC Points West's Steve Knibbs before the film and we hope that Eddie will be with us in person.

This is a special "Feel Good Friday" film night in aid of the Mayor's Charity Appeal. All tickets £10 with funds going to The Hollie Gazzard Trust and Cheltenham & Gloucester Hospitals Focus Fund. Bar open from 7.00 pm and post film, when the raffle will be drawn by Mayor Klara Sudbury. To purchase raffle tickets in advance of the screening or two find out more about the prizes, contact Lorelei on lorelei75@btinternet.com

House Full Productions presents

West Side Story (PG)

30 September

Two warring New York City gangs - the white Jets led by Riff and the Puerto Rican Sharks led by Bernardo - cannot coexist with any form of understanding. But when Riff's best friend (and former Jet) Tony and Bernardo's younger sister Maria meet at a dance, no one can do anything to stop their love. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away. Then the Sharks and Jets plan a rumble under the highway - whoever wins gains control of the street. This multi Oscar-winning film of Bernstein's hit musical version of Romeo and Juliet stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer and Russ Tamblyn.

The Album Project presents

The Eagles' Hotel California

5 October - 7 October

The Album Project are back with another stunning gig but this time it's all about The Eagles - the whole of the exceptional Hotel California album (rated 37 in Rolling Stone's list of the greatest albums of all time) together with other songs from that superb band.

After their previous ventures with The Who, Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac, we can assure you of exceptional musicianship and in all probability yet another sell out.

Gig starts promptly at 7.45 pm with no support act.

House Full Productions presents

Acting & Directing Course

10 October

We will be running a practical acting and directing course over six consecutive Tuesdays starting at 7.30 pm on October 10. Both experienced performers and beginners will find it a great way to learn new skills. It will be run by John Shirley who has taken leading roles in plays such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and directed numerous productions including The Caretaker, Shadowlands, Death of a Salesman and The Government Inspector. He has also adjudicated many drama festivals across the UK and abroad.

The cost for the full six-week course is £50 (or £40 if you are a theatre member), payable in advance, and places can be booked using our online booking system or by calling the box office. Please ensure you provide your email address and telephone number when booking.

"The course is fantastic and I would recommend it to everyone" – former student

Cheltenham Operatic & Dramatic Society presents

Sweeney Todd

14 October - 21 October

One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd: A Musical Thriller is the tale of a Victorian barber who returns home to London after years of exile to take revenge on a corrupt judge who ruined his life. Using his new alias Sweeney Todd he resumes work in a barber shop above Mrs. Lovett's struggling pie shop. Swearing vengeance against the man that tore his family apart, Todd and Mrs Lovett plot an 'unsavoury' plan that leads them down a dangerous and thrilling path with deadly consequences.

Widely acknowledged as Stephen Sondheim's most perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy and terror. This award winning gothic musical is the pinnacle of Sondheim's work with songs Worst Pies in London, A Little Priest and The Ballad of Sweeney Todd.

Celtic Circle presents

Gaelic Beats

26 October - 28 October

Following the sell-out success of its last production at Cheltenham Playhouse, the ever-popular Celtic Circle returns with a brand new show.

With a cast of over 60 dancers and vocalists, Gaelic Beats pushes the boundaries of Irish dancing by adding a creative modern twist to the magical traditional style. A mixture of solo and group routines set to an uplifting and atmospheric soundtrack, and powerful ballads from local vocalists, this show promises a captivating evening that celebrates the true magic of Ireland.

Playhouse Company presents

Season's Greetings

3 November - 11 November

It's Christmas Eve in the Bunker household and stress levels are rising. Belinda wants peace and goodwill ; Uncle Harvey wants peace and quiet to watch the telly; Phyllis wants another drink, and Rachel just wants to be loved! The arrival of Clive a young author, and an incompetent puppet show from the hapless doctor Bernard, sets the scene for a night of comedy of the darkest variety. Before you start to think about decking the halls with boughs of holly, and trying to remember the names of all Santa's reindeer, why not join us for a Yuletide comedy treat from one of UK's best loved playwrights - Alan Ayckbourn.

The Cotswold Savoyards presents

A Little Night Music

17 November - 25 November

Meet Desirée, a one woman wrecking ball of love & lust who leaves a trail of broken hearts wherever she goes. Things are awkward enough as she starts an affair with old boyfriend Frederic right under the nose of her current lover Carl, but when their wives Anne & Charlotte find out, things start to get real.

What's a girl to do? In Desirée's world the only thing to do is invite the whole gang for a weekend away with her family, throw in songs, banter, the mother of all parties and hope for the best. With everyone in one place, romance and the promise of second chances in the air, things are bound to work out, right?

A witty story of love, lust & regret, Stephen Sondheim's elegant wordplay and musical mastery won four Tony Awards, and features the classic Send in the Clowns. A Little Night Music will fire your passion & leave you breathless.

Jacob’s Well Productions presents

A Christmas Carol

29 November - 2 December

This winter, Jacob's Well return to the Playhouse with Dickens' immortal tale of hope and redemption.

Bah, humbug!

In the heart of London town, on Christmas Eve, Victorian miser Ebenezer Scrooge faces past, present and future with a haunting truth about the life he's lived. Lights of long ago dance before the here and now and then a bleak tomorrow. What hope is there for a wicked, old sinner like Scrooge?

Ghosts, Marley, the Fezziwigs, Bob Cratchet and Tiny Tim… Join us for this familiar, old tale, told in unfamiliar ways. Alan Menken (composer of Disney's Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid) provides the glorious musical score for what promises to be the hit musical sensation of the festive season.

Beyond Eternity Promotions presents

A Swinging Christmas Evening

7 December

Join us for our now traditional lead in to the festive season as one again we welcome back boogie woogie and swing pianist/vocalist Peter Gill and his swing band to perform an eclectic mix of swing standards, boogie woogie classics and Christmas gems such as White Christmas, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, Baby It's Cold Outside, Winter Wonderland and Mr Bojangles.

This is an evening of sublime, cool, boogie and blues interlaced with Peter's friendly and witty banter as he is joined on stage by his band and special guests – guaranteed to give you the ideal swinging start to the Christmas period!

8 December

BOOKING OPENS AT 10 AM ON FRIDAY 11 AUGUST

Ding Dong! Merrily On High! Angus Prune OBE is back, with the Plum Pudding of Radio Comedy - It's …I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again (Again) - A Christmas Wonder Show!

A brand-new and strictly one-off compilation, celebrating the festive episodes of this anarchic and deliciously surreal comedy series that gave birth to The Goodies, Monty Python's Flying Circus and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. After their critically-acclaimed tour this year, The OFFSTAGE Theatre Group once again recreates the famously full-frontal sketch show that laid waste to BBC Radio from 1964 to 1973 - with a live band, sound effects and original cast member TIM BROOKE-TAYLOR.

Noodle presents

Grandma Claus

9 December - 9 December

Grandma Claus is the kindest, funniest and silliest lady in town - and this Christmas she's inviting all your family over to visit her for a load of festive cheer! It's been at least two decades since she last saw her grandson Santa and she lives in hope that this year might be the one he decides to come to call. She'd really like to have some other visitors this Christmas as she loves telling children stories of what Santa gets up to. And who knows, this may be the day Santa pops in to say hello at last and he's BOUND to want to meet any children who just happen to be here and give them a little gift!

"Grandma Claus made me laugh and cry!"

"A festive treat for the entire family"

EARLY BIRD OFFER - BOOK BEFORE 1 OCTOBER AND ALL SEATS ARE £7.50

Rolling Stock Theatre Company presents

Pinocchio & The Christmas Wish

16 December - 29 December

TICKETS ON SALE FROM 10 am ON THURSDAY 1 JUNE

Rolling Stock Theatre Company are delighted to return to the Playhouse for a third successive Christmas to bring another story to life in a festive show that's perfect for the whole family. This enchanting new version of Carlo Collodi's traditional fairy tale features an original score of songs, timeless characters - whom you know and love - and a humorous and touching story that will melt your heart.

Brought to you by the same creative team behind Peter Pan & The Revenge of Captain Hook and The Snow Queen, this year our message is "you can be whatever your heart wants you to be". So make sure you join us on this thrilling and magical adventure - and who 'nose' whoyou'll meet along the way!

EARLY BIRD OFFER - BOOK BEFORE 1 OCTOBER AND GET £2 OFF THE TOP THREE PRICE BRACKETS

SCHOOLS & YOUTH GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE CAN GET TICKETS FOR £8 - CONTACT BOX OFFICE

The Album Project presents

Led Zeppelin IV

22 February - 23 February

The Album Project are delighted to be returning to the Playhouse to perform another classic album, this time the entire fourth album by Led Zeppelin (often referred to as the 4 Symbols album). As usual at an Album Project gig, the band will then perform further tracks from other Led Zep albums.

After their previous ventures with The Who, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles, we can assure you of exceptional musicianship and, in all probability, yet another sell out - so book early to avoid disappointment.

Gig starts promptly at 7.45 pm with no support act.

Headfirst Theatre Company presents

Take It From The Top

2 March

Show tunes, music, dancing and fun! Join us for an evening of your favourite numbers performed by some of the best local talent. It is all for a good cause too - all proceeds will be donated to the Brain Tumour Charity. Through a mixture of song, celebration and a little humour, Headfirst Theatre Company is dedicating this one-off performance to raising awareness of this terrible disease. The Brain Tumour Charity is committed to having the biggest possible impact for everyone affected by a brain tumour, to defending the most amazing part of the human body, so that the diagnosis is no longer a death sentence. The fight brain tumours on all fronts through research, awareness and support to save lives and improve the quality of life.