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Mander Hall Academy presents

Mander Hall Rocks

30 June - 1 July

Mander Hall Academy presents their own versions of some of their favourite musicals. Featuring songs such as Under The Sea (from The Little Mermaid), Circle Of Life (The Lion King) and Stick It To The Man (School of Rock) their enthusiasm and energy will help you to have "Hakuna Matata"- No Worries!

Studio Productions presents

Summer Showcase 2017

6 July - 8 July

Join us for Theatre Studio's Summer Showcase 2017 where our highly talented students will perform an evening of song, dance and drama. The performances highlight the unique talent of Theatre Studio students from the ages of 4 - 18 and will also show work from this year's Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts and other festivals that the students have participated in during the academic year. Our Tutors will also be on hand to answer any questions regarding Theatre Studio for prospective students and parents.

So come along and watch Theatre Studio's talented young performers release their aspirations!

Thursday 7.30 pm – Senior Showcase

Friday 7.30 pm – Intermediate Showcase

Saturday 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm – Junior Showcase

Belsize Opera presents

The Fallen Soldier

12 July

To commemorate the centenary of World War One, Belsize Opera brings a moving Opera Double-bill to Cheltenham Playhouse.

Set in a Belgian trench during the Great War, two British soldiers tell their story of love, loss and conflict on the front line. Louis Mander's lyrical score evokes all of the painful reality and bittersweet comradery of two young men in 1917. As a commemorative production marking 100 years since the Great War, Jack Cherry's production captures the stark truth of trench warfare. Gloucester born composer Ivor Gurney's song cycle Ludlow & Teme is used to dramatic effect in the concluding half of this double bill of opera inspired by the First World War.

14 July

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!

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, West Side Story, Billy Elliot, Wicked and many more, 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 or call 07977 227707. You cannot book places via the box office.

Caamora Theatre Co presents

The Fire & The Quest

1 September - 2 September

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.

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

Headfirst Theatre Company presents

Take It From The Top

16 September

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.

Cheltenham Paranormal Festival presents

Ghost Hunt (3 hour)

21 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 three hours roaming around the many different rooms within our historic building and see if you experience anything otherworldly!

This event finishes approximately at midnight.

Cheltenham Paranormal Festival presents

Ghost Hunt (5 hour)

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 five hours roaming around the many different rooms within our historic building and see if you experience anything otherworldly!

This event finishes at approximately 3 am - but we will allow you to leave earlier if you're scared!

House Full Productions presents

Sir Roger Moore Tribute Screening (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 choices were Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, comedy The Cannonball Run and thriller The Man Who Haunted Himself. We'll be revealing the winner shortly, when tickets will go on sale.

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

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

6 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 returns to the Playhouse with Dickens' immortal tale of hope and redemption.

On Christmas Eve Victorian miser Ebenezer Scrooge faces his past, present and future, with a haunting truth about the life he's lived. What hope is there for a wicked, old sinner like Scrooge? Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid) provides the glorious musical score for what promises to be the hit musical sensation of the festive season.

"A thoroughly entertaining show...tip top" - Gloucestershire Echo on the company's production of Pippin

Jacob's Well Productions are proud to be sponsored by The Big Yellow Self Storage Company.

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!

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"


Rolling Stock Theatre Company presents

Pinocchio & The Christmas Wish

16 December - 29 December


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!