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Noodle presents

One Hungry Butterfly

EVENT CANCELLED

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

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As the preparations for Boo's party are underway, her Papa takes her for her 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 herself sad, lonely and nowhere near home. As Boo realises the challenge ahead, she bumps into many different creatures. One of those creatures is a clumsy flamingo who helps lend a hand to reunite Boo with her 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.

Comic Sans Script presents

Comic Sans Script

8 June

Our own motley group of improvised comedians, Comic Sans Script, are back for their second main house show of the year after their first sell out performance of 2018 back in February. 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. And if you can't make this one (we'll accept doctor's notes) you'll have another opportunity in September!

The Playhouse presents

Coffee Morning

12 June

We're launching a series of Coffee Mornings so that our existing volunteers can get to know each other better over a slice of cake and for new potential volunteers to drop in and find out more about us. Over the months we may have guest speakers, tours of the theatre, quizzes, games - it will very much be led by those who come along as to how these sessions develop.

If you'd be interested in attending or learning more about becoming a volunteer to help with front of house duties or technically backstage, please send an email to our Volunteer Manager, Liz Maisey, at friends@cheltplayhouse.org.uk and she'll invite you to our next Coffee Morning or arrange to meet you separately one evening at the theatre. But do feel free to just drop in to our green room bar at 11 am on this date if you wish!

Strictly Theatre Entertainments presents

The Sounds of the 60s (new date)

15 June

RESCHEDULED FROM 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.

20 June - 23 June

Two classic comedies for the price of one!

THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND by Tom Stoppard

It's your typical manor house murder mystery, with Inspector Hound called upon to solve the murder. Which is why the two critics watching the show with the audience, Birdboot and Moon, get distracted by their own conversations as the play pans out, that is, until the lines between reality and stage begin to blur. Eventually, they unwittingly become part of the mystery on the stage. Can they unspool that mystery, and their lives, before the final curtain closes? Find out in a playful, interactive take on the classic murder mystery by one of the masters of the English language, Tom Stoppard. Like Moon and Birdboot, you won't know where the play begins and ends.

BLACK COMEDY by Peter Shaffer

Struggling artist Brindsley Miller is about to face the most important night of his life. A millionaire is coming to view his latest work on the same night that his fiancee's father has decided to meet him for the first time. Having made the necessary preparations (Stealing his next-door neighbour's more impressive furniture) disaster strikes: The lights go off.

The dark is soon the least of his worries, and quickly beomes the only thing protecting him when his neighbour returns early. To compound things even further, his former lover, Clea, has also apearred and begun using the dark to orchestrate her own hijinks. Brindsley's best laid plans are quickly beginning to unravel and the night begins to descend into unbridled chaos! A top-quality farce from the author of Amadeus and Equus.

Cheltenham Music Festival presents

Bernstein Double Bill: Walter & Lenny with On The Town

10 July

A stunning double bill of play and film presented by Cheltenham Music Festival to mark the Leonard Bernstein Centenary.

WALTER & LENNY (play)

'For my very favourite dean, dear Walter, with fondest wishes, Lenny'

In 1963, Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester Cathedral, wrote to world famous composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, asking him if he would compose a piece of choral music for their upcoming Three Choirs Festival. Bernstein accepted. An extraordinary friendship arose from their correspondence, and in 1965 The Chichester Psalms received their (almost) world premiere in the Cathedral.

A delightful insight into a chance friendship and the creation of a stunning piece of music that continues to entrance and enthrall audiences around the world. Devised and performed by Peter McEnery.

ON THE TOWN (film)

Three sailors - Gabey, Chip and Ozzie - let loose on a 24-hour pass in New York and the Big Apple will never be the same! Gabey falls head over heels for "Miss Turnstiles of the Month" (he thinks she's a high society deb when she's really a 'cooch dancer at Coney Island); innocent Chip gets highjacked (literally) by a lady cab driver; and Ozzie becomes the object of interest of a gorgeous anthropologist who thinks he's the perfect example of a "prehistoric man".

Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Ann Miller star in this glorious film version of the classic stage musical with book and lyrics by Comden & Green (Singin' in the Rain) and a stunning score by Leonard Bernstein.


Tickets (£15) are only available for this double bill from the Cheltenham Festivals Box Office on 01242 850270 or from their website here

The Playhouse presents

Coffee Morning

17 July

We're launching a series of Coffee Mornings so that our existing volunteers can get to know each other better over a slice of cake and for new potential volunteers to drop in and find out more about us. Over the months we may have guest speakers, tours of the theatre, quizzes, games - it will very much be led by those who come along as to how these sessions develop.

If you'd be interested in attending or learning more about becoming a volunteer to help with front of house duties or technically backstage, please send an email to our Volunteer Manager, Liz Maisey, at friends@cheltplayhouse.org.uk and she'll invite you to our next Coffee Morning or arrange to meet you separately one evening at the theatre. But do feel free to just drop in to our green room bar at 11 am on this date if you wish!

Noodle presents

That's Caught Me!

21 July

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!

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.

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

The Album Project presents

The Beatles: Revolver and Abbey Road

3 October - 6 October

BOOKING OPENS ONLINE AT 7 pm ON THURSDAY 26 APRIL, TELEPHONE BOOKINGS FROM 10 am ON FRIDAY 27 APRIL

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.