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When you trap 15 people in a theatre for 24 hours to create a new show, who knows what will happen? But it will certainly be a show like no other!

A guaranteed entertaining evening of Fringe theatre unlike anything that has been done before. Will it be a great show of comedy or will it be a tragedy that will leave you bursting at the seams? There is only one way to find out – and you'll be supporting local charity too.

St Vincent's and St George's Association directly supports individuals with achieving their aspirations, building self-esteem as well as developing new skills. The charity supports adults with a wide range of disabilities and passionately believe that everyone has the right to independence and strive to support service users with any challenges they face on a daily basis. Based in Cheltenham, it provides care and vital services to the most vulnerable and isolated adults in Gloucestershire.

This is a show not to miss and we are confident that it will catch you right out!

Studio Productions presents

Summer School 2018

20 August - 24 August

Our Summer School is dedicated to the amazing capabilities of children; as well as morning classes in various elements of performance and technical theatre, the children also rehearse and perform five different shows, which are performed on the final day to family and friends!

Each age group has their own show to rehearse, enabling them to achieve within their own age group. The final performances are performed by children who are integrated across every aspect: the actors and actresses, chorus line, set builders, music, sound and lighting.

Reception - Year 2 Musical & Acting Course (£150, all inclusive)

Year 3 - Year 4 Musical & Acting Course (£160, all inclusive)

Year 5 - Year 6 Musical & Acting Course (£160, all inclusive)

Year 7 - Year 9 Musical & Acting Course (£160, all inclusive)

Year 10+ Musical & Acting Course (£160, all inclusive)

Year 6 - Year 13 Technical Theatre Course (£160, all inclusive)

To book or for more information email or telephone 07977 227707

Diva Opera presents

A Matter of Patter

1 September

An evening inspired by patter songs from the popular Gilbert and Sullivan characters performed by Richard Suart, world specialist in the comic roles of Gilbert and Sullivan and best known for his numerous portrayals of Ko-Ko in The Mikado which he has performed in New York, Vancouver, Penang and Venice and in English National Opera's iconic production for over 25 years.

The entertainment features arias from Gilbert and Sullivan's best loved operettas, songs by Noel Coward, Flanders and Swann and Tom Lehrer, and is spiced with anecdotes, dialogue and general patter - as you might expect!

"The indefatigable Richard Suart is still at the top of his game" - Financial Times

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.

Strictly Theatre Entertainments presents

Careless Whisper - The George Michael Tribute

14 September

Fronted by one of the UK's top George Michael tribute artists and live band, this authentic high energy tribute show is dedicated to the life and music of the legend that is George Michael.

George Michael was a global sensation. Carving his career in Wham! and producing timeless hits including Wake Me Up (Before You Go, Go), Club Tropicana, I'm Your Man, Edge of Heaven, Young Guns and Freedom, selling more than 28 million certified records worldwide from 1982 to 1986. In 1987, George decided to go solo. Trailing on the success of Wham! George Michael went on to create iconic and incredible records such as Faith, Jesus To A Child, Kissing A Fool, Outside, Father Figure, Fast Love and, of course, Careless Whisper.

Cheltenham Playhouse presents

Heritage Open Day 2018

16 September

As seen on TV!

We're opening our doors again this September as part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme, allowing you to take a free guided tour to access parts of the theatre you can't usually see and learn about the history of this fascinating property dating back to 1806. These include the swimming pool beneath the auditorium (now used as a furniture store), the workshop (part of which was once a steam mill and bakery) and the dressing rooms (which were once used to provide medical treatments).

Refreshments will also be available for you to enjoy while looking at a range of old maps, plans, photographs, advertising material and some 1920s film showing the medical baths being used.

Please note that due to differing floor levels, some areas are not accessible for those with disabilities, and we're often especially busy between 12 noon and 2 pm.

Headfirst Theatre Company presents

Take It From The Top - NEW DATE

19 September

RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH - currently re-allocating previous ticket holders, remaining tickets will be available from July onwards

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.

Steve Ashley presents

Steve Ashley solo concert

21 September

Steve Ashley is one of British folk's finest singer-songwriters. His songs have been recorded by Fairport Convention, Martin Simpson, Anne Briggs, Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones, O'Hooley & Tidow, Phil Beer and many others. His album career began in 1974 with the award-winning 'Stroll On', which today is regarded as a folk-rock classic. In total, Steve has released eleven albums of original songs, consistently melding tradition with innovation and delivering intelligent and inspired English poetry amid beautiful and distinctive original melodies.

His latest album, 'Another Day' has received many rave reviews and its predecessor, 'This Little Game' was in two lists of The Best Folk Albums of 2015 in The Telegraph and Folk Radio. He's recorded with Anne Briggs, Shirley Collins, Maddy Prior, Linda Thompson, Richard Thompson, Danny Thompson, Robin Williamson and Fairport Convention. He's also performed his songs with chamber orchestras conducted by Nick Drake's arranger, the late Robert Kirby.

A former lead singer with The Albion Country Band and his own Ragged Robin, Steve is a consummate entertainer and has what America's Variety magazine has called 'one of the funniest dry stage raps'.

If you like songs that are edgy, challenging and compassionate – and sometimes very funny - then don't miss this performance.

"He's one of the British folk scene's finest singer-songwriters" - Mike Harding

Comic Sans Script presents

Comic Sans Script

22 September

Our own motley group of improvised comedians, Comic Sans Script, are back for their third main house show of the year. We'd love to tell you what they will get up to but we don't know and nor do they, because YOU the audience get a say in what bizarre or surreal or perhaps even perfectly normal situations you might impose on them.

Come along for an evening of completely spontaneous entertainment of comedy games and sketches in a "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" style. This is their last show for 2018, so if you miss this one you'll have to wait until February 2019 (doctor's notes will be accepted as reasonable excuse for non-attendance).

House Full Productions presents


26 September - 29 September

Growth was first performed at the Edinburgh festival in 2016 and was an instant smash hit. It received a Fringe First award for outstanding theatre, has been on two tours of the UK and has been staged at the Gate Theatre, London.

The central character, Tobin, is a young man whose life is transformed when his girlfriend dumps him and his employer sacks him. His biggest problem, however, is that he has a medical issue of a particularly private nature which is affecting his sex life. The time has come for pants to be dropped and decisions to be made.

Growth is a bittersweet comedy by Luke Norris who tackles an important subject with wit and humour. One critic wrote ' Growth is a gripping and deeply moving play with elements of comedy. it is a testament to brilliant sensitive writing. This play is the toast of Edinburgh.'
Director John Shirley has assembled a fine young cast to tackle this challenging play, all of whom are past or present members of Theatre Studio. Their aim is to make Growth the toast of Cheltenham. A production not to be missed.

The Album Project presents

The Beatles: Revolver and Abbey Road

3 October - 6 October


The wait is over. They're back! And because of their immense popularity and their choice of material this autumn, they're here for four nights.

After huge sell out successes with The Who, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and Led Zeppelin, we're thrilled to be presenting the latest gig from the phenomenally talented The Album Project who are presenting these two seminal Beatles albums, live in their entirety. Appearing at numbers 3 and 14 in Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Revolver and Abbey Road easily stand alongside Sgt Pepper as the greatest collection of The Beatles recorded works. The band has assembled a superb ensemble of musicians to perform these classics promising that these shows are definitely not to be missed.

No support act. Just pure, unadulterated Album Project.

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.

Cheltenham Operatic & Dramatic Society presents


13 October - 20 October

In 1996, RENT, an original rock musical opened on Broadway, it became the anthem of a generation, gaining coverage internationally; unlike any previous Broadway musical, it spoke to the 'MTV generation'.

A re-imagining of Puccini's La Boheme, set in late 80s New York it tells the story of a group of young impoverished artists living the bohemian lifestyle struggling to survive under the shadow of the HIV/Aids crisis.

With its inspiring message of joy and hope, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives in love. Claiming there is 'No Day but Today' it deals with the themes of loss, love, sex, life and death and defiantly delivers the message to live life to the fullest and without fear.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Moana (PG)

23 October

Walt Disney adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master way-finder and fulfil her ancestors' unfinished quest. During her journey, she meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds. Feel free to sing along!

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Donkeyote (cert tbc)

24 October


This charming documentary has won numerous awards at many film festivals. Manolo has a simple life in Southern Spain and two loves: his animals, in particular his donkey Gorrión ("Sparrow"), and wandering through nature. Against the advice of his doctor, he decides to plan one last walk in the US, the brutal 2200 mile Trail of Tears. But not without his donkey. Overcoming the small obstacle of shipping a donkey, Manolo's chronic arthritis, a history of heart attacks, and Gorrión's fear of water are just a few matters to take care of.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: If... (15)

25 October

Filmed 50 years ago in and around Cheltenham – in particular Cheltenham College – with Playhouse actors as extras and directed by Lindsay Anderson, who also trod the boards here in its early days. Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell) is in his final year at a public school and hates it; younger students are bullied by older students and everyone is bullied by the staff. When the opportunity arises, Mick and his friends have a surprise for parents and other guests…

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Chicago (12A)

26 October

Give ' em the old razzle dazzle! Roxie Hart is a small-time chorus dancer who would kill for fame. After doing just that, she lands behind bars alongside vaudeville star Velma Kelly, who, with the help of hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn, has spun her crime into a media frenzy. When Flynn takes Roxie's case, he makes her the latest tabloid sensation, setting the stage for a singing, dancing catfight between the all-too-willing rivals.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Mary Poppins (U)

27 October

It's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious entertainment and no one will mind if you want to sing along!

Ahead of the soon-to-be released sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, here's a chance to see Julie Andrew and Dick Van Dyke back on the big screen in the tale of the magical nanny and her effects on the Banks' household.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: Dracula (15)

27 October

Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee star in Hammer's masterpiece in a restored print and celebrating its 60th anniversary. After Jonathan Harker attacks Count Dracula at his castle the vampire travels to a nearby city where he preys on the family of Harker's fiancée. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr Van Helsing, Harker's friend and fellow-student of vampires, who is determined to destroy Dracula, whatever the cost.

House Full Productions presents

FILM: The Lost Boys (15)

27 October

Sam and his older brother Michael are all-American teens with all-American interests. But after they move with their mother to peaceful Santa Carla, California, things mysteriously begin to change. Michael's not himself lately. And Mum's not going to like what he's turning into. The Lost Boys reshapes vampire tradition, deftly mixing heart-pounding terror, rib-tickling laughs and a body-gyrating rock soundtrack.

Playhouse Company presents

The Ladykillers

2 November - 10 November

A gang of criminal misfits take refuge in the house of kindly Mrs Wilberforce whilst they plan their next big job. Professor Marcus, the gang's mastermind, has concocted a devilish heist, which Mrs Wilberforce unwittingly becomes a part of. It's the perfect crime; after all who would suspect an innocent old lady of daylight robbery? After Mrs Wilberforce becomes aware of their deception, it becomes clear that she is intent on going to the police and the gang realises there is only one way they can guarantee she stays silent… But tying up this loose end soon threatens to unravel all of their best made plans!

The classic Ealing comedy re-imagined for the stage.

The Cotswold Savoyards presents


16 November - 24 November

Iolanthe is a brilliantly funny, satirical fantasy revealing a typically Gilbert & Sullivan topsy-turvy worldview. Based on W.S. Gilbert's Bab Ballad 'The Fairy Curate', Iolanthe is set 25 years after fairy Iolanthe committed the ultimate crime: marrying a mortal. Pardoned for her crime she begs the Fairy Queen to help her half-human, half-fairy son Strephon to marry his beloved Phyllis.

Unfortunately the scheming Lord Chancellor wants Phyllis for himself, so naturally the fairies invade Parliament so the boy can win the girl (and have a lot of fun with a few peers).


Jacob’s Well Productions presents

A Much-Loved Musical

28 November - 1 December

Shhh... it's a secret!

At the time of going to press we were legally unable to name this year's production by Jacob's Well. We can tell you, however, that this is a much loved musical classic by Britain's best-known song-writing partnership. We can tell you that young and old alike have been thrilled by this show for half a century and that this is the first time it has been performed at the Playhouse. So join us as we travel way, way back to a time when dreams can come true... Trust us; you won't be disappointed.

Jacob's Well have thrilled audiences for the past 19 years with their fresh, funny and often surprising performances. This crowd-pleasing production follows the sell-out smash of last year's adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

Praise for past productions: "Moving... hilarious" "A triumph"

In support of The Primary Trauma Care Foundation

Noodle presents

The Hatter in Winterland

15 December - 28 December


Far away from the mad comfort of Wonderland, this December the Hatter finds himself stranded in Winterland! Hysterical, silly and a little bit frightened, he must discover how he got there in order to find his way back home for the Christmas tea party…and all before the Jabberwocky's curse freezes him in Winterland forever.

This brand new, two-act adaptation is brought to you by the creative team behind the sell-out success, Grandma Claus: Waiting for Santa. Last year, Grandma reminded everyone that Christmas 'is about spending time with your family'. This Christmas, Hatter is here, wearing his heart on his sleeve, proving that 'very few things indeed are impossible'.

New pricing structure this year - selected performances have been designated 'off peak' performances and these are priced slightly cheaper than other performances.

Early Bird Discounts - get £1 off top three price brackets if you book by 30 August

Schools & Youth Groups - groups of 10 or more, each ticket just £8.50 (please contact box office directly)