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Cheltenham College presents

A View from the Bridge

18 January - 20 January

Eddie Carbone is a longshoreman and a straightforward man, with a strong sense of decency and of honour. For Eddie, it's a privilege to take in his wife's cousins, straight off the boat from Italy. But, as his niece begins to fall for one of them, it's clear that it's not just, as Eddie claims, that he's too strange, too sissy, too careless for her, but that something bigger, deeper is wrong, and wrong inside Eddie, in a way he can't face. Something which threatens the happiness of their whole family. Eddie's jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.

Cheltenham College's Drama Scholars present Arthur Miller's classic domestic tragedy, a story of desire, honour and justice in 1950's Brooklyn, in which Miller confronts the reality of the American dream. This is the College's debut Scholar's Play, A View From the Bridge providing an opportunity to showcase the talents of some of the College's highest artistic achievers, in a rare production open to the public.

Cheltenham Operatic & Dramatic Society presents

Blackadder Goes Forth

27 January - 3 February

The final chapter in the chronicles of the Blackadder dynasty brings us into the 20th century and a dark period of history.

It's 1917 and Blackadder is a captain in the British Army at the Front, commanding gallant-but-dumb Lieutenant George St. Barleigh and the even dumber Private Baldrick. Waiting in fear of the dreaded 'over the top' order from the patently insane General Melchett, Blackadder devises serial attempts to escape the trenches always with the offer of one of Baldrick's cunning plans.

The BAFTA-winning Blackadder Goes Forth cemented the series' status as an all-time great sitcom, not least by the bold and highly poignant final episode 'Goodbyeee' which will be performed in this production alongside 'Corporal Punishment' and 'Private Plane'.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Bedknobs & Broomsticks (U)

15 February

Angela Lansbury stars as apprentice witch Eglantine Price who, with the aid of three children, some magic spells and Professor Emelius Browne, take on talking animals and the invading Nazi army during WWII. Singing along is encouraged!

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Pretty Woman (15)

15 February

Richard Gere hires escort Julia Roberts to accompany him to business functions only to fall in love with her in this smash-hit romantic comedy, perfect for a late Valentine's Day date night.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Tangled (PG)

16 February

The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time and who she really is.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: A Fish Called Wanda (15)

16 February

John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin and Kevin Kline (in an Oscar-winning performance) are the four very different characters in this hilarious comedy who get involved in an armed robbery then try to double cross each other for the loot.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Back to the Future (PG)

17 February

Yes, we're screening the whole trilogy in one day! You can choose to come and see your favourite or spend the whole day with Marty McFly and Doc Brown. Each film on its own costs £7 but If you book for all three films in one go, it will only cost you £15 for the whole trilogy (booking will automatically adjust the prices) - and we've even allowed two hours between each film so you can head outside into the light and grab lunch and then dinner before coming back in again!

BACK TO THE FUTURE at 10.30 am
17-year old high school student Marty McFly is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-travelling DeLorean car by eccentric inventor Doc Brown.

TO BOOK FOR ALL THREE FILMS, SELECT YOUR PREFERRED SEAT FOR THE FIRST FILM THEN USE THE "TICKETS" LINK UNDER "WHAT'S ON" IN THE LEFT HAND COLUMN, SCROLL DOWN, FIND PARTS 2 AND 3 AND SELECT SEATS

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Back to the Future Part II (PG)

17 February

Yes, we're screening the whole trilogy in one day! You can choose to come and see your favourite or spend the whole day with Marty McFly and Doc Brown. Each film on its own costs £7 but If you book for all three films in one go, it will only cost you £15 for the whole trilogy (booking will automatically adjust prices) - and we've even allowed two hours between each film so you can head outside into the light and grab lunch and then dinner before coming back in again!

BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II at 2.30 pm
After visiting 2015, Marty must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to his own future (or is that the present?) in 1985 – but without interfering with his first trip!

TO BOOK FOR ALL THREE FILMS, SELECT YOUR PREFERRED SEAT FOR THE FIRST FILM THEN USE THE "TICKETS" LINK UNDER "WHAT'S ON" IN THE LEFT HAND COLUMN, SCROLL DOWN, FIND PARTS 2 AND 3 AND SELECT SEATS

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Back to the Future Part III (PG)

17 February

Yes, we're screening the whole trilogy in one day! You can choose to come and see your favourite or spend the whole day with Marty McFly and Doc Brown. Each film on its own costs £7 but If you book for all three films in one go, it will only cost you £15 for the whole trilogy (booking will automatically adjust prices) - and we've even allowed two hours between each film so you can head outside into the light and grab lunch and then dinner before coming back in again!

BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III at 7.45 pm
Enjoying a peaceful existence in the wild west in 1885, Doc Brown is about to be killed by Buford 'Mad Dog' Tannen, so Marty travels back in time once more to save his friend.

TO BOOK FOR ALL THREE FILMS, SELECT YOUR PREFERRED SEAT FOR THE FIRST FILM THEN USE THE "TICKETS" LINK UNDER "WHAT'S ON" IN THE LEFT HAND COLUMN, SCROLL DOWN, FIND PARTS 2 AND 3 AND SELECT SEATS

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (U)

18 February

Dick Van Dyke stars as the inventor who turns a wreck into a magical flying car to rescue his father and free the children of Vulgaria from the tyranny of the Baron and the evil Child Catcher. Back on the big screen for its 50th anniversary. Singing along is encouraged!

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Lady Macbeth (15)

19 February

In 19th century rural England, a young bride who has been sold into marriage discovered an unstoppable desire within herself as she enters into an affair with a worker on her estate. An award-winning film based on Leskov's play Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: The Elephant Man (15)

20 February

Anthony Hopkins is the Victorian surgeon who rescues a heavily-disfigured man (John Hurt) who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity. Nominated for 8 Oscars.

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.

Comic Sans Script presents

Comic Sans Script

24 February

After their sell-out début last April, Cheltenham's biggest improvised comedy group (and now an official resident company of the Playhouse!) Comic Sans Script are back with a laugh-filled night of completely spontaneous entertainment in a 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' style.

We'd love to tell you exactly what's in the show, but it's improvised - so we don't know yet! If it helps, their April 2017 Playhouse show had; a murder motivated by space-insurance fraud, a fund-raiser for down-on-their-luck dinosaurs and a four-headed tarpaulin beast answering audience questions. What's not to like!?

We hope to see you for a fun-for-all evening of comedy games sketches made up on-the-spot based on your best audience suggestions.

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.

Simply Theatre Entertainments presents

The Sounds of the 60s

3 March

This fabulous show will take you back to an era where great music filled with guitars and harmonies could be heard everywhere. This musical extravaganza starring The Revolvers catalogues the classic hits from the era that revolutionised modern music.

Suited and booted, The Revolvers are an energetic tribute to the 60s, faithfully recreating songs from artists such as Small Faces, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Who, Spencer Davis Group, The Rolling Stones and many more....

The energy, enthusiasm and accuracy of these musicians will guarantee to get feet tapping and audiences dancing in the aisles! From the fashions worn to the instruments played, The Sounds of the Sixties provide the most authentic 60s experience in the UK, 100% live.

Playhouse Company presents

The Memory of Water

7 March - 10 March

On the eve of their mother's funeral three sisters meet and reveal the conflicts of the past and its grip on the present. The central metaphor - that water retains some biochemical memory of whatever has been dissolved in it however dilute: ''my mother goes through us like wine through water. Whether we like it or not. Nothing ends entirely.'' Families are both blessed and cursed by the generations before them and curse the ones that come after.

This is a wonderfully funny and deeply-felt play, a tragi-comedy that will have you laughing and crying as all good theatre should.

"Blessedly and mercurially funny… Shelagh Stephenson combines a flair for witty dialogue with a relish for the dynamics of theatre … a mistress of comic anguish" – The Guardian

Simply Theatre Entertainments presents

I'm Still Standing: The Elton John Story

17 March

Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time. In a career spanning five decades, he has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time.

I'm Still Standing takes you on a journey through Elton's unparalleled career with an amazing live band recreating the authentic sound of a live Elton concert, performing classics such as Don't Go Breaking My Heart, Your Song, Candle In The Wind, Pinball Wizard, Rocket Man, Crocodile Rock and I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues, to name just a few!

Expect a fabulously entertaining and dynamic evening, watching this fantastic tribute to Sir Elton - shut your eyes and you'll think you're listening to the 'Queen of Pop' himself!

House Full Productions presents

FILM: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (15)

20 March

Former child star Baby Jane Hudson (Bette Davis) torments her paraplegic sister (Joan Crawford) in their decaying Hollywood mansion while planning her comeback. This film is the background to the recent hit TV series Feud.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: North By Northwest (PG)

21 March

A hapless New York advertising executive (Cary Grant) is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies and is pursued across the country in one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films – with the stunning scene on the faces of Mount Rushmore.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: The Third Man (PG)

22 March

Orson Welles stars in this all-time classic with a screenplay by Graham Greene, and voted by the BFI as the greatest British film of all time. Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to post-war Vienna to find himself investigating the mysterious death of old friend Harry Lime.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Bridesmaids (15)

23 March

It's chick-flick time! Sit back with a glass or two of chilled Prosecco and laugh at this hugely successful comedy where the competition between the maid of honour and a bridesmaid over who is the bride's best friend threatens to upend the life of an out of work pastry chef.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Fantasia (U)

24 March

To mark Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday, we're screening his most notable role, that of the Sorcerer's Apprentice, in Walt Disney's original Fantasia, where his animators create incredible scenes around some of the greatest pieces of classical music including the Nutcracker Suite, the Rite of Spring, Night on a Bald Mountain and Ave Maria.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Little Shop of Horrors (PG)

24 March

A nerdy florist (Rick Moranis) finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plants who demands to be fed. This hilarious musical also stars Steve Martin and Bill Murray.

"Feed me, Seymour!"

Studio Productions presents

Sister Act

5 April - 7 April

When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to rejoice!

Patesian Players presents

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

12 April - 14 April

It's 1955 and it's hot in the Mississippi Delta, where 'Big Daddy' Pollitt, the richest plantation owner around, is celebrating his sixty fifth birthday.

His family are gathered around him including his sons Gooper, with his wife and five small children, and Brick, an ageing football star who has turned to drink, with his feisty wife Maggie, the 'Cat' of the title. As the evening unfolds family tensions first emerge, then rise to boiling point. Greed, jealousy, frustration, loneliness and the fear of impending death all combine in a ferocious cocktail of dysfunctional family relationships.

This Pulitzer Prize winning play was Williams' personal favourite, and his most passionate and articulate exploration of human frailty.

Simply Theatre Entertainments presents

The Sounds of Simon

20 April

As seen on BBC's The One Show, The Sounds of Simon is the UK's No.1 tribute to the wonderful music of Simon and Garfunkel.

Lose yourself to nostalgia as the full band play such classics as Mrs Robinson, Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Boxer, The Sounds of Silence and You Can Call Me Al as well as all the others that have established Paul Simon as one of the most successful songwriters of all time.

Paul and Art are played to perfection, bringing in elements of their famously fractious relationship, as well as replicating the beautiful harmonies flawlessly. This is a wonderful show filled with excellent music, nostalgia, and a genuine love for some great musicians.

"A world class act" - The Times

21 April

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 Theatre Cheltenham for the 9th 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, musicality and award winning routines will leave you shouting for more!

Performers include Desmond O'Connor, Cece Sinclair, Havana Hurricane, Alexandra Hofgartner and Snookie Mono - not to mention Missy Malone herself!

Each show will contain different performances from the cast, as no show is ever the same!

Cheltenham Poetry Festival presents

Stanza Up for Poetry

27 April

Award winning Slam-Champ 'poetry powerhouse' Brenda Read Brown and the 'completely spellbinding' poet and comedienne Tina Sederholm smashed the Cheltenham Poetry Festival slam last year with their electrifying performances. Now these rising stars offer an hour of smoking hot spoken word. Don't miss your chance to see two excessively entertaining wordsmiths perform on one stage.

Cheltenham Poetry Festival presents

Slamageddon: The 8th Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam

27 April

In this adrenaline-fuelled, x-factor style word- off, 14 of Britain's best-loved slammers go head to head for the prestigious Cheltenham Poetry Festival Cup. Come and whoop and cheer on your favourites as they fight it out in the ultimate verbal battle armed only with their sharp wits and killer lines. Who will be victorious in verse? Find out at this high energy live-literature event. Hosted by slam champs Tina Sederholm and Neil Spokes.

Cheltenham Poetry Festival presents

JB Barrington & Jim Higo

28 April

JB Barrington is renowned for his searingly satirical poetry, and snarling delivery of strong sentiments and sharp rhymes. A spoken word maestro who provides one of the most powerful performances on the UK scene JB has performed to huge sell-out crowds across the UK and supported bands including the Sleaford Mods and The Charlatans. JB's fans include Johnny Vegas and Suggs from Madness and he has been praised for his "warm charm, rapier wit & a real appreciation of words" by Louder Than War. Savagely witty, provocatively outspoken and seriously funny, Jim Higo is a rising star on the spoken word scene. Book early for this powerful poetry pairing!

Cheltenham Poetry Festival presents

Murray Lachlan Young

28 April

An evening of satirical soliloquy, rock-n-roll reverie and ditty as Murray Lachlan Young presents his stunning new live show - a delightful romp into the bizarre facets of fame, fashion, people, politics, and the space-time continuum; a no holds barred collection of work that echoes the great rhymers Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and Gilbert and Sullivan, along with more contemporary influences such as Grandmaster Flash, Ian Dury and Tom Waits. This is unique stand up poetry/spoken word performance, from one of the very best in the business.

Ignoring the boundaries between poetry, rock-n-roll and comedy, Murray Lachlan Young's career has been a creative rollercoaster ride across three decades - from becoming the first poet to sign a £1m record contract in the late '90s to being current poet in residence at BBC6 music, via regular slots at The Glastonbury Festival, Latitude, Port Eliot, Womad, No 6 Festival and many more.

"Simply brilliant, hysterically funny and strangely moving" - Claudia Winkleman

Cheltenham Poetry Festival presents

Love Somehow

30 April

Caitlin Thomas was a dancer, writer and the woman behind the famous/infamous and brilliant Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. She partied as hard as him, advised him, loved him, kept him sober enough to write his poetry and brought up their family on no money, finally surviving his early death. Very little is written about Caitlin, her role in their legend or her recovery, and most portrayals are laughably inaccurate. This is an acclaimed film showing Caitlin's poetic version of her life with Dylan.

This special screening of Love Somehow, directed by Kate Cheeseman and starring RSC actress Sally George and Griff Rhys Jones as the voice of Dylan Thomas, includes a Q&A with writer and poet Phil Bowen, who produced the original one-woman show on which the film – with a screenplay by BAFTA-winning Anna Maloney – is based.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Who's Gonna Love Me Now? (15)

3 May

At 21, Saar was expelled from his religious kibbutz and fled to the UK where he created a new family with the London Gay Men's Chorus. Now, after 19 years, he reaches out to his own family in the hope of a reconciliation. A stunning documentary film.

Students from the University of Gloucestershire presents

Trust

11 May - 12 May

What goes on behind the scenes of the TRUST Media corporation? Who is running TRUST and why does everybody have to have a TRUST TV BOX by law? Why is the study of literature and the arts forbidden?

What fragments from an obliterated past are found at the T.I.P by the undesirables who meet secretly at midnight in the park by Annette's hidden caravan? Who is returning to turn the city upside down?

In a stunning multi-media production you are invited to enter a futuristic dystopian Britain and experience the world of …TRUST. Bring your phones – bring your thoughts – and hold onto your past…. TRUST – YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE.

1984 has nothing on this!

Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra presents

May Concert

12 May

Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of conductor James Ross, present the second of their concerts in their 2018 season. The programme of French music will include

  • Debussy: Petite Suite
  • Roussel: Le Festin d'araignée
  • Fauré: Pavane
  • Saint-Saens: Symphony No 2

The Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1966 by Laurence Hudson to harness the talents of professional musicians in the area. It has retained its tradition of performing music from the 17th Century to the present day and, through its regular concerts in Pittville Pump Room and St Andrew's Church, Montpellier, has built up an appreciative audience.

PLEASE NOTE: This concert takes place at St Andrew's Church, Montpellier, and not the Playhouse, and all seats are unreserved.

Offstage Theatre Group presents

Blues Brothers Reloaded

18 May - 19 May

Gloucestershire-based Blues Brothers Reloaded began in 2005 and ran for a decade, touring all over the UK; headlining festivals and supporting acts as diverse as Rick Astley and Showaddywaddy! This 10-piece ensemble is not a straightforward tribute - it's more of a theatrical show. There's a musically tight band, playing blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll - as well as an all-dancing, all-singing duo of Soul Sisters, shaking their tail feathers and straining their vocal chords. And guess who else you'll see? That's right; Jake and Elwood Blues. Or as near as dammit.

Blues Brothers Reloaded is a high-kicking, ball-busting, blues-bitching, hard-rocking, nail-biting, cat-fighting, mickey-taking, film-faking, tight-fitting, feet-stomping, dance-crazy, alcohol-hazy, powerhouse performance of a show.

They're definitely on a mission… why don't you join them?!

The National Production Company presents

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)

25 May

This critically acclaimed play is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's 37 plays! Join these madcap performers in tights as they weave their way through all of Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

NOTICE! The National Production Company take no responsibility for any loss of blood pressure, brain cells or partners during the course of the proceedings. This is a high paced action packed thrill ride and we ask that, should the intense hurtling speed of the Shakespearean canon and our majestic performances cause you to vomit and burst into flames, please refrain from screaming too loudly so as not to affect the enjoyment of those around you. May the Bard be with you!

Noodle presents

One Hungry Butterfly

30 May - 31 May

With a burst from her cocoon & a shake of her wings, Butterfly is all set to see the big wide world from her new insect perspective, but her new life isn't quite what she imagined. Head off on a magical journey with Butterfly as she searches for food, a home & friends in a world that is rapidly running low on wildflowers. Can she overcome her challenges with the help of Bumble Bee & the audience in this fun filled interactive show?

'The talented cast managed to embed facts about wildlife seamlessly into the performance, while interactive elements kept even the youngest of theatre goers engaged' - Newport City Radio

30 May - 31 May

As the preparations for Boo's party are underway, his Papa takes him for his annual birthday stroll to see the butterfly migration, when suddenly the weather takes a turn for the worst. The torrential rain and wind separate them and Bunny Boo finds himself sad, lonely and nowhere near home. As Boo realises the challenge ahead, he bumps into many different creatures. One of those creatures is a clumsy flamingo who helps lend a hand to reunite Boo with his family!

An exciting tale for all ages about spring, family, new friendships as well as the coming of age…13 that is! A spring adventure for all the family.

Caamora Theatre Co presents

King's Ransom

8 September

Caamora Theatre Company return to the Cheltenham Playhouse for a special one-off performance following its premiere here in September 2018. It's the era of Queen Victoria and Professor King embarks on a secret mission to save the Prime Minister and restore order to the British Empire which has been threatened by the treacherous schemes of Colonel Scovil and his ruthless sidekick, Roza, the assassin, in a journey that takes us from the shadowy tunnels below London to Covent Garden and St Paul's Cathedral.

Proceeds from this performance, for Ian, will be donated to the Sue Ryder hospice at Leckhampton.

Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra presents

October Concert

6 October

Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Gavin Sutherland, present the third and final of their home town concerts in their 2018 season. The programme will include

  • Tchaikovsky: Black Swan pas de deux (arr Sutherland)
  • Minkus: Don Quixote pas de deux (arr Sutherland)
  • Drigo/Gerber/Fitinhof-Schnell: Le Corsaire pas de deux (arr Sutherland)
  • Matthew Curtis: Flute Concerto
  • Mathias: Serenade

The Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1966 by Laurence Hudson to harness the talents of professional musicians in the area. It has retained its tradition of performing music from the 17th Century to the present day and, through its regular concerts in Pittville Pump Room and St Andrew's Church, Montpellier, has built up an appreciative audience.

PLEASE NOTE: This concert takes place at St Andrew's Church, Montpellier, and not the Playhouse, and all seats are unreserved.