When invading Germans kill a missionary and level their village, Allnut (Humphrey Bogart) offers to take Rose (Katherine Hepburn) back to civilisation on his boat, The African Queen. She can't tolerate his drinking or bad manners, he isn't crazy about her imperious, judgmental attitude. Together the disparate duo work to ensure their survival on the treacherous waters and devise an ingenious way to destroy a German gunboat.
FBI Officer Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is investigating a bizarre and gruesome series of murders and turns for help to incarcerated psychopath Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), who has a penchant for chewing people's faces off. The film won the four big Oscars - Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress.
Tracy Turnblad is an overweight teenager with all the right moves who is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Tracy makes it on the show, but decides to take action when she discovers black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month. You may find it hard not to sing along… Starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Queen Latifah and John Travolta in drag!
Cheltenham's biggest improvised comedy group Comic Sans Script have proven themselves so popular with local comedy lovers over the last few years, and with this year's sell-out Cheltenham Comedy Festival crowd, that it's now time to upgrade and play the Playhouse!
Come and join the eclectic bunch of comedians, as they create an evening of completely-made-up sketches and games based off suggestions from YOU the audience, in the style of TV's Whose Line Is It Anyway? Be prepared to be blown away at a fun-for-all show that's one-of-a-kind every time.
Featuring the astonishing vocals of Lars Young
Roy Orbison was one of the most successful singer-songwriters of his era recording such iconic hits as Only The Lonely, Oh, Pretty Woman, Running Scared, Dream Baby, Penny Arcade, It's Over, Claudette and Crying. A Night of Orbison reminds us all of these wonderful hits plus many, many more as New Yorker Lars Young becomes the legend. With support from his fabulous band, this is a concert event that will have audiences mesmerised, thrilled and singing along!
ON SALE FROM 23 FEBRUARY
Dr Seuss's best-loved characters collide and cavort in this unforgettable musical caper.
Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza, bringing to life all of your favourite Dr. Seuss characters. Join us on an adventure of a lifetime from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos!
It tells the story of Horton, an elephant to discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.
ON SALE FROM 10 am WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER
Cheltenham's resident burlesque queen, Missy Malone, and her band of glamorous friends are extremely pleased to be bringing their hugely successful sell out show back to the Playhouse for the 8th successive year! Presenting the very best in Burlesque and Cabaret from across the globe, this show incorporates vintage style glamour, comedy, circus and music for a spectacular night out. The breathtaking costumes and award winning routines will leave you as bedazzled as the crystal covered costumes you see on stage!
Performers include Desmond O'Connor, Velma Von Bon Bon, Ayesha H, plus other special guests to be announced - not to mention Missy Malone herself!
Each show will contain different performances from the cast, as no show is ever the same!
Hanged men, witches, sea serpents and drunken fairies can all be found in Spaniel In The Works Theatre Company's popular show Dark Tales of Gloucestershire.
Dark Tales of Gloucestershire takes traditional folk tales from the county and retells them in a lively, funny and exciting way using rhyme, music, dance and puppets. From the Royal intrigue of the Bisley boy to the sad tale of the ghost pub of Dursley and the strange Sea Serpent of Coombe Hill, this is an ideal fun entertainment for family audiences.
"Extremely funny.....The company are masters of their art" - Stroud News & Journal
"Top class entertainment" – The Citizen
PLEASE NOTE this is the full-length version of the show and not the hour-long version as stated in our brochure
Following astonishing public demand for their Music of Pink Floyd, the guys at The Album Project have decided to come back to the Playhouse with just one final burst of Floyd with a one-night only performance of The Wall. This is a one-off event, so once those 184 seats are gone, they are gone and you will have missed it!
As The Album Project are hugely popular, no reservations will be taken for this event as we expect it to sell out well ahead of time and it's only fair to give everyone the same chance to get these limited numbers of seats.
Eleanor McEvoy continues her 'Naked… Live' tour, which has seen dates across Ireland, Spain, Germany, Australia and Scotland and now with further dates in Ireland, Great Britain and Europe being added in 2017. Naked Music is Eleanor's new album, her music played in solitude in a beautiful farm- recording studio in Norfolk, England. The recordings turned into this collaboration with famed British artist Chris Gollon. The Purchase of a Chris Gollon painting, and the subsequent meeting and conversations with the Artist, led to the Title Naked Music. Four canvasses were painted for the album artwork.
Naked… Live sees this solitary exploration of the best of her catalogue in the simple engaging starkness of her own performance.
She walks in a single pool of light; the stage is set with her electric guitar, acoustic guitar, violin, piano and a small amp. What follows has enthralled houses across Ireland Germany and the UK.
ADVANCE BOOKING OFFER - BOOK BEFORE THE NIGHT OF THE GIG AND TICKETS ARE JUST £12
Our lounge bar is hosting several events on Sunday 7 May as part of Cheltenham Poetry Festival. The theatre is not handling the box office for these events for which limited seating is available. To book, please click "View More Info" and then use the link next to the specific event you are interested in. Any remaining seats will be available on the door, but at an increased price - so it pays to book early.
2.00 pm: Michael Scott / 3.30 pm: Worple Press Poetry Showcase / 5.00 pm: In Your Own Words / 7.00 pm: Paul Stephenson and Owen Lowery / 8.30 pm: Dead Poets Live
In this drama with smiles and laughter, two Cheltenham women cheer up Oscar Wilde, who's dying, exiled and lonely, in Paris. Amelia and Christina, campaigners for women's voting rights, seek Oscar's support. Amelia believes that poems, songs, and marches will secure women's suffrage. But Christina insists on something more dramatic: like plays or even civil disobedience. Oscar's response, at first amusing and bemusing, becomes disruptive until it brings reconciliation about the suffrage movement's future.
Howard's seventh Playhouse New Drama production is devised as a fundraiser for Cheltenham Poetry Festival and the Playhouse.
Indigo Dreams is an award-winning publisher renowned for its beautifully produced collections of contemporary poetry by both new and established writers. Join us for spoken word showcase featuring four exciting poets; Mab Jones, Anna Saunders, Jennie Farley and Bethany Pope.
The 'satirical yet life-affirming' Tina Sederholm is a slam champ, raceunter, performance poet and comic. She's been described as 'a poet and performer of exceptional prowess' and 'completely spellbinding' by Edinburgh Fringe Review. Join Tina for an hour of deliciously mischevious, wry, witty and highly entertaining spoken word. Also appearing is Raymond Antrobus.
Join us as we make sure that rhyme serves its time at the 7th CPF Slam! For one night only we offer a criminally good, fast and furious spoken-word stand-off. Come and cheer on your favourites as they go head to head or simply sit back and enjoy the oral dexterity and literary prowess of some of the UK's hottest slam stars as they do battle in an adrenaline-fuelled war of the words. Book early as this is set to 'cell' out.
'Comedy's poet laureate' (Independent) John Hegley returns to the Playhouse to perform seriously funny, cleverly comic poems on everything from love, family, France, art and the sea to dogs, dads, gods, taxidermy, carrots, spectacles and – of course – potatoes.
John Hegley has captivated audiences all over the country and been described in Time Out as 'Fabulously funny' and in the Sunday Times as 'Scandalously talented'.
Stuart Maconie is a national treasure – BBC radio DJ, television presenter, "pop professor" (one of the UK's leading authorities on music and popular culture), writer for many publications ranging from Mojo to The Guardian and best-selling author of highly acclaimed books such as Cider With Roadies and Never Mind the Quantocks. He has been described as being 'as funny as Bill Bryson and as wise as George Orwell' by The Observer.
Stuart also appeared on Mastermind answering questions on 20th Century poetry. Don't miss your chance to join this much-loved star of radio and TV, when he returns to perform a new stand-up show inspired by poetry!
Geraldine Monk has been a vital member of the British poetry scene since the mid-1970s. A fiercely inventive avant-garde poet her work has been described as "undeniably fascinating" by Tony Franzer and Horizon Review suggested that she is "more attuned to the physical heft of words than any other poet working in English today". Geraldine will be reading a selection from her extensive body of work, including poems commissioned by BBC 3's The Verb, 'The Three Stepping Stones of Dawn' plus poems from They Who Saw The Deep – new work which explores historical events, migrations and mythologies.
Christine Whittemore's prize winning novel Inscription ("The author's poetic sensibilities shine throughout this beautiful narrative"- Orla McAlinden) won the 2013 Eludia award from Hidden River Arts and was praised for its "lean, superb prose" by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Christine reads from her new Oversteps Books poetry collection.
Diana Taylor of Redcliffe Films presents this ground-breaking showcase of new poetry films which includes the first screening of Burne Jones and the Fox – poetry cinema inspired by Festival Director Anna Saunders' new Indigo Dreams collection. The event also includes a live performance by poets Melanie Branton, Tim Vosper, Kay Baxter and David C. Johnson and the announcement of the winner of our Poetry In Motion Competition.
After graduating from college, Ben Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) returns to his wealthy parents' South Californian home unsure of what he wants to do next. He begins an aimless affair with the older Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft) while dating Mrs Robinson's daughter. Featuring a score performed by Simon and Garfunkel.
First seen in cinemas 40 years ago, Close Encounters is one of those films that simply has to be seen on a big screen with surround sound to get the full impact of Spielberg's vision. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) becomes obsessed with meeting extra-terrestrials after encountering a UFO on an abandoned road one night. Against the wishes of his wife, Neary travels to a mysterious mountain where the government has built a landing strip hoping to attract the aliens.
First released 30 years ago, The Untouchables remains a stylish depiction of corruption in Prohibition Chicago as Federal Agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) sets out to remove gangster Al Capone (Robert De Niro) any way he can with the assistance of cop Jimmy Malone (an Oscar-winning Sean Connery). With a stunning score by composer Ennio Morricone.
In 1927, Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) has worked his way up from being a song-and-dance man to become a top movie star. His on-screen partner believes that Don loves her for real but needs to have her awful voice dubbed with the arrival of talkies. Enter 'serious' actress Kathy Selden…
Epic, multi-Oscar winning romantic drama based on Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning novel set during the American Civil War. Southern belle Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) often uses men to get what she wants, but is unable to get the one man she truly desires. She soon meets her match in the roguish Captain Rhett Butler (Clark Gable).
Please note that the film is almost four hours long and we are not permitted to add an intermission so please bring a cushion!
Tony (John Travolta) lives for Saturday nights at the local disco. But at home Tony fights constantly with his father and he gets no satisfaction at his dead-end job. Things begin to change when he spies Stephanie in the disco and starts training with her for the club's dance competition. With a hugely successful score by The Bee Gees, this classic drama which made a star of Travolta, marks its 40th anniversary in 2017.
Keep your ticket as the fun continues after the film in the Green Room bar where DJs Manero and Shaft will be playing classic disco tunes in aid of Macmillan Cancer!
1997 was a big year. Dolly the Sheep hit the big time. Some people thought that the 'internet' and 'mobile phones' could end up being quite popular. Labour would win the election. Everything was changing. And then there was Diana...
In a small corner of Cardiff, Quincy Jones - 18 years old (no boyfriend) and full of relentless optimism - is setting out to make the world a better place.
Funny and moving, '97 is an original coming of age musical set in a time when everybody knew that 'things can only get better'.
A Hamlet for the digital age!
Daniel loves Ellie but he loves his virtual world more and exists in the confines of a single room. Ellie is a theatre designer in Berlin where the characters in her shows are becoming more real than reality. Daniel's mother has married her dead husband's brother (alas, they knew him well), and is travelling a world that Daniel views through a web of distrust until he meets Willow – should he trust him when the Devil hath power to take a pleasing shape?
This "digital Hamlet" explores the nature of being, love, revenge, hope and reality – connections and disconnections at a press of key. But change is in the ether - for each person knows what they are, but not what they may be…
Bring your phone and connect to an EXPLOSIVE multi-media and live performance.
When a beautiful stranger comes to stay with Laura and her family, a dark shadow falls over the village of Karstein. But are the sudden deaths amongst the young women of the village due to a rare tropical disease or is there something far more sinister at work?
This is a dark and brooding musical adaptation of the novel 'Carmilla' which was written some 25 years before 'Dracula'.
Good moaning. Now, listen very carefully, I shall say this only once - we're presenting the stage version of one of the most successful TV sitcoms of all time.
Rene and his wife have stashed a priceless portrait - the infamous Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies - stolen by the Nazis in a sausage in their cellar, where two British airmen are also hiding until the Resistance can repatriate them. Communications with London using the wireless that is disguised as a cockatoo add to the many embarrassments this intrepid proprietor endures in the company of his patrons. News that the Fuhrer is scheduled to visit the town inspires tricksters disguised as Hitler to frequent the cafe. Meanwhile Rene summons all the wit he can muster to save his cafe and his life.
Roll up, Roll Up! Angus Prune OBE is back, with the Custard Pie of Radio Comedy - It's …I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again... AGAIN! Performed on stage in classic radio comedy style with music and sound effects, The OFFSTAGE Theatre Group recreates the anarchic and deliciously surreal cult comedy show that laid waste to BBC Radio in the 60's and 70's.
A Greatest Hits compilation of original material by Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie, this knockabout show celebrates the radio series that gave birth to The Goodies and Monty Python's Flying Circus - not to mention I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. Stand by for wicked parodies, glorious puns and manic songs.
With a special cameo appearance by none other than TIM BROOKE-TAYLOR!
Clive Nolan and Caamora Theatre Company will return to the Cheltenham Playhouse for the second edition of "The Fire and the Quest"! During the mini festival the audience will be able to see two of Clive's musicals: 'Alchemy' and 'King's Ransom', being the next adventure of Professor King and his companions.
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. The chilling announcement of Leonard's passing has marked the end of an era. 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. A Man of Grace. This world will miss him very much!
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; Cohen's greatest influence. There will also be songs from 'You want it Darker' released only 10 days before his death – produced by his Son, Adam.
'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
'an elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great Artist's words' BBC Radio Scotland
'certainly the UK's most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music' The Guardian
'All the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines' Times Literary Supplement
'a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves' Acoustic Magazine
TICKETS ON SALE AT 00.01 SUNDAY 12 FEBRUARY
The Album Project are back with another stunning gig but this time it's a double header - two albums by two different bands for the price of one: Deja Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Hotel California by The Eagles (the latter being rated 37 in Rolling Stone's list of the greatest albums of all time).
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.