Skip to Main Content
Students from the University of Gloucestershire presents

Fragmented Love - The Barthes Principle

24 May - 25 May

A philosopher, or is it possibly The Flying Dutchman, embarks on a fantastical, amazing, passionate yet strangely comical voyage into the unfathomable word of love. Lovers, marriages, friendships, parents, siblings, mistakes - love lost and discovered – can our hero pull the fragments together and find his way home?

Come and find out in this innovative and exciting live and mediated performance created by the students themselves!

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Sometimes Always Never (12) plus Q&A with director Carl Hunter

27 May

The launch of the inaugural Cheltenham International Film Festival opens with a preview of Sometimes Always Never.

Alan (Bill Nighy) has 2 passions in life; making suits and playing Scrabble. He had 2 sons, but Michael went missing 10 years ago. He and the other son, Peter are on a road trip to find Michael. Carl Hunter's debut film, based on Frank Cottrell Boyce's script, has a wonderful supporting cast and a real sense of both comedy and tragedy. Hunter will also be present at the screening for a post-film Q&A.

Please note this event is at Cineworld and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Capernaum (15)

27 May

Nadine Labaki's film has received extravagant praise; it was nominated for an Oscar and won the Jury award at Cannes. 12 year old Zain is alone on the streets of Beirut, until he hooks up with a single Ethiopian mother and her small baby. That family idyll is short-lived, and then Zain and the baby are alone together.

Please note this event takes place at Parabola Arts Centre and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Maria By Callas (12A)

28 May

Over 40 years after her death, no opera singer can match the charisma and talent possessed by Maria Callas, who combined her stellar career with a private life that ensured she was never off the front pages. This marvellous documentary composed of original footage, gives an insight into her talent, her fame, and the price she paid.

Please note this event takes place at Cineworld and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Love Sonia (18)

28 May

This tremendous movie is about a young woman who decides to save her sister from an international sex trafficking ring. Two sisters are separated by their father's decision to sell one of them. The film follows the young women as they are shipped from India to Hong Kong and eventually the USA. The film casts light on an especially shocking aspect of modern life.

Please note this event takes place at Parabola Arts Centre and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Arctic (12A)

28 May

A spare, stripped-to-the-essential survival thriller, with a touching humanism at its heart, Arctic is the brilliant debut feature of a YouTuber known for his short sci-fi films.

Mads Mikkelson, in great form, is a pilot downed in the Arctic and pondering his options. When a further accident introduces a second human being into the isolation, his hand is forced. We never know his name, we only stare aghast at his predicament, spellbound by his super-human struggle to overcome.

Please note this event takes place at Parabola Arts Centre and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Mug (15)

28 May

Jacek is a scruffy, heavy-metal-loving cheeky chappie, with a girlfriend and a family, some of whom love him. He is employed in building a truly enormous statue of Jesus, when a horrific accident requires facial surgery, making him all but unrecognisable. The community and family response to this change in appearance is what drives this extraordinary Polish comedy/drama.

Part of the Festival's Polish season.

Please note this event takes place at Parabola Arts Centre and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Mid 90s (15 tbc)

28 May

Jonah Hill's debut feature is some kind of wonderful: a coming-of-age film that is fresh, authentic and totally engaging. Preteen Stevie is living with his too-young-to-be-a-mum mum and an older brother who pushes him around. So when a gang of skateboarding kids take them into their community, his life is complete – he thinks.

Please note this event takes place at Parabola Arts Centre and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Hotel Mumbai (15)

29 May

In November 2018, an Islamic terrorist group unleashed a wave of attacks on Mumbai which lasted for 4 days. The film is a potent brew of excitement, credible tension and human courage, focusing on the hotel where the attacks took place. Starring Dev Patel, Armie Hammer and Jason Isaacs, this is a compelling, nail-biting drama that grips from start to finish.

Please note this event takes place at Cineworld at all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Maiden (12A)

29 May

This story of Tracy Edwards' participation in the 1990 Whitbread Yacht Race is awe inspiring. Tracy and her all-female crew were treated as a joke by the media – until they started to show that they were as good as their male counterparts. Using original footage of the race itself, this is an amazing account of the triumph of the underdog over adversity and prejudice.

Please note this event takes place at Parabola Arts Centre and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Nuts In May (PG) with Mike Leigh Q&A

29 May

In 1976, Mike Leigh made this TV film and introduced the world to the wonderful Alison Steadman, who became (in)famous a year later in Abigail's Party. Nuts In May is a classic Leigh creation of excruciating social awkwardness, centring on a couple whose quiet camping trip is disturbed by unwelcome outsiders. Director Mike Leigh will attend the screening for a Q&A.

Please note this event is at Parabola Arts Centre and all seating is unreserved

Book for BOTH Mike Leigh events today for £25 (full price) or £21 (concessions) - system will automatically amend the value

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Bleak Moments (PG) with Mike Leigh Q&A

29 May

Mike Leigh's first film in 1971 set him off on the cinematic journey that has seen him become one of the UK's most admired ad acclaimed directors, with a wide range of subjects all examined with incisive precision. Described as a masterpiece on its release, Bleak Moments is one of the most impressive debuts of the last 50 years. Mike Leigh will attend the screening for a Q&A.

Please note this event is at Parabola Arts Centre and all seats are unreserved

Book for BOTH Mike Leigh events today for £25 (full price) or £21 (concessions) - system will automatically amend the value

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

The Guilty (15)

29 May

Sometimes the simplest plots are the best. A policeman in a call centre is called by a woman who's been kidnapped; he is her only lifeline to the world, but he cannot leave the phone to help her. This nailbiting Danish thriller is short (85 mins), sharp and utterly compelling.

Please note this event takes place at Parabola Arts Centre and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Another Day of Life (12A tbc)

30 May

Based on the book of the same name by Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuskinski, this a mostly animated account of the time he spent in Angola in 1975. Kapuskinski was right in the heart of the darkness, which allows the film to recreate the visceral experience of a hardened war correspondent faced with unimaginable horrors.

Part of the Festival's Polish season.

Please note this event takes place at Cineworld and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Master Class: Raising Finance with Alice Cabanas

30 May

Alice Cabañas, Talent Executive South West, British Film Institute (BFI) Network looks after and encourages local talent in the South West region of England. Alice's experience with young filmmakers goes back to her time with the British Council's Film Team, where she was Film Programme Manager, responsible for short film and new talent. Prior to that, Alice headed up communications, strategy and development for the Encounters Festival, in Bristol where she ran year-round training and development initiatives for new and emerging filmmakers. Alice has also been mentor for new talent schemes within the creative sector, including Guiding Lights and Re: Present.

Book for all three 30 May masterclasses at the same time for £12.75 (adults)/£9.75 (students) - price will amend when booking

Please note this event is at The Queens Hotel and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Master Class: Film Finance, Sales and Production with Gail Egan & Phil Hunt

30 May

Gail Egan established Potboiler Productions in 2000, one of the leading independent production companies in the UK, producing and executive producing over 20 films. Alongside Potboiler, Gail continues to collaborate with Mike Leigh's Thin Man Films, executive producing Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky, Another Year, Mr Turner and most recently, Peterloo. Among others, Gail is known for producing The Constant Gardener, starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz and A Most Wanted Man, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. More recently, Potboiler has produced the eagerly awaited The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, directed by the actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Yuli about Carlos Acosta, the first black principal guest at the Royal Ballet.

Phil Hunt is Co-Managing Director of Bankside Films, international film distribution, and Founder/Managing Director of Head Gear Films, investment company, which has invested in over 50 films in the past decade. Phil is a leading source of finance for producers and provider of international distribution through Bankside. Most recently the company financed Animals which premiered at Sundance 2019 and Papi Chulo, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival – both to praise and positive reviews. Phil is also a BAFTA voting member; mentor to National Film and Television producing students; regular speaker on the industry circuit; and founder/festival director of the British Film Festival of Kurdistan, Iraq (www.bffk.net).

Book for all three 30 May masterclasses at the same time for £12.75 (adults)/£9.75 (students) - price will amend when booking

Please note this event is at The Queens Hotel and all seats are unreserved


Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Master Class: What You Need to Know about Film Festivals with Rich Warren

30 May

Rich Warren is Festival Director for Encounters Film Festival, the UK's leading short film and animation festival, based in Bristol, UK. The festival showcases and supports the progression of new and emerging talent in film and animation. Rich began working for the festival in 2008 but he also continues to support new and emerging talent with roles such as the Talent Scout for the National Film and Television School, UK. His role requires him to attend festivals across Europe and he spends hours of his life embedded in the short form searching for new talent and emerging trends.

Book for all three 30 May masterclasses at the same time for £12.75 (adults)/£9.75 (students) - price will amend when booking

Please note this event is at The Queens Hotel and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Happy as Lazzaro (12A)

30 May

Alice Rohrwacher's third film was greeted with a wave of five star reviews. The story centres on a wholly innocent young man who is taken advantage of by the wealthy family who own the land that he and others live and work on. But when the aristocratic son suggests that he and Lazzaro may be brothers, the system begins to break down. Not to be missed.

Please note this event takes place at Parabola Arts Centre and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Mary Queen of Scots (15) with director Josie Rourke Q&A

30 May

Director Josie Rourke's film highlights the complex relationship between Elizabeth (Margot Robbie) and her cousin Mary (Saoirse Ronan) who was a danger to Elizabeth's hold on the English throne, and so the two women were locked in a dynastic rivalry that could only end badly. Josie Rourke will be present for a Q&A session after the screening.

Please note this event is at Princess Hall (Cheltenham Ladies College) and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Suicide Room (15) plus Q&A with director Jan Komasa

30 May

Spoiled teenager Dominik goes from hero to zero when a moment's carelessness sends his popularity spiraling. Shunned at school, he finds an online community/family, complete with avatar, where his fellow sufferers contemplate the possibility of self-extinction, while wearing the disguise of alternative personalities. It's a great chance to see a film that encapsulates so much of what affects young people today. The film will conclude with a Q&A with director Jan Komasa.

Part of the Festival's Polish season.

Please note this event takes place at Parabola Arts Centre and all seats are unreserved

Celtic Circle presents

Twenty

30 May - 1 June

Join the ever-popular Celtic Circle as it celebrates two decades as Cheltenham's leading Irish dancing troupe.

With a loyal following and consistent sell-out performances at the Playhouse, this exciting anniversary show pushes the boundaries of Irish dancing by adding an innovative twist to the magical traditional style.

A mixture of solo and group routines set to an uplifting and atmospheric soundtrack, and powerful songs from a guest vocal group, Twenty promises a captivating evening that celebrates the true magic of Ireland and twenty years since Celtic Circle was formed. Hand clapping and toe tapping guaranteed!

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Styx (12A)

30 May

A lone woman sailor is faced with a moral and practical dilemma when she comes across a boat full of migrants drifting and engine-less out at sea. She wants to help them, but not only is she ordered not to, but she realizes that if she tried, she risks disaster.

Please note this event takes place at Parabola Arts Centre and all seats are unreserved

31 May

This excellent and intelligent Polish film skillfully steers a path between the 2 extremes. Wiktoria is a talented young tennis player, travelling the circuits with her father. He is a demanding coach and parent, but when a young man of her age, and an older woman of his age come into their lives, the close bond begins to unravel. It's a funny, bright and intelligent film. The film will conclude with a Q&A with director, Lukasz Grzegorzek, and lead actor, Jacek Braciak.

Part of the Festival's Polish season.

Please note this event is at Cineworld and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Girl (15)

31 May

In this brilliantly conceived and executed Belgian film, we follow a young person, previously identified as male, who sees herself as female, and is in the process of undergoing surgery. She wants to be a ballerina, which means training with other girls, who do not accept her.

Please note this event takes place at Parabola Arts Centre and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Shakespeare's Heroes & Villains with Steven Berkoff

31 May

Shakespeare's Heroes & Villains is a journey through Shakespeare's most notorious villains with Steven Berkoff as your informed and entertaining tour guide. From the "genius" villain Richard III through to "wannabe" villain Macbeth, and "student" villain Hamlet, Berkoff portrays each and will take audience Q&A afterwards.

Steven Berkoff has acted in films as diverse as A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Passenger, Octopussy, Beverly Hills Cop, Rambo, Under the Cherry Moon, Absolute Beginners and The Krays. He directed and co-starred with Joan Collins in the film version of Decadence.

Please note this event takes place at Chapel Arts and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

We The Animals (15 tbc)

31 May

Jeremiah Zagar's amazing film has been compared to Moonlight, and to the work of Terence Malick. It's the story of 3 brothers living mostly without parents; Jonah, the youngest, also has to come to terms with his own reality, as opposed to the more conventional dreams of his brothers. A beautiful debut feature.

Please note this event takes place at Parabola Arts Centre and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Foxtrot (15)

31 May

This brilliant film is divided into three parts. The first and third are set in an apartment in Tel Aviv, where a couple receive some terrible news; the other part takes place on a dusty frontier post. This extraordinary film doesn't release its grip on your attention from start to finish, and reveals deeper truths about the situation in Israel.

Please note this event takes place at Parabola Arts Centre and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Werewolf (15 tbc)

31 May

A dazzling piece of work by writer-director Adrian Panek, this Polish film owes much to Lord Of The Flies. A group of children are abandoned in the woods, after their liberation from a German concentration camp. With only a 20 year old young woman to supervise them, the nightmare returns when bloodthirsty wolfhounds start circling the surrounding forest and survival is a lottery

Please note this event takes place at Parabola Arts Centre and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Woman at War (12A)

1 June

A lone woman with a bow and arrow declares war on the destructive forces that are damaging the local environment by bringing down power lines. The heroine is a complex and sympathetic character, who is both choir mistress and would-be adoptive mother. This Icelandic movie has won many awards and is a real crowdpleaser.

Please note this event takes place at Cineworld and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Birds of Passage (15)

1 June

This film is one of the highlights of 2019. Set in a remote part of Colombia it shows how a few American Peace Corps workers triggered a drug boom. But this is much more than a film about drugs. The directors capture the unique nature of the landscape, the indigenous people, and the delusions of grandeur that overcome those suddenly drenched in money.

Please note this event takes place at Parabola Arts Centre and all seats are unreserved

Cheltenham International Film Festival presents

Vox Lux (15)

1 June

Natalie Portman stars as a woman whose traumatic childhood has been the basis for a stellar career as a singer and icon to millions. She was involved in a shooting as a child, which triggered world wide attention. The film culminates in a comeback concert which concentrates all the crises into one night. Co-starring Jude Law as her manager, this is an unforgettable movie.

Please note this event takes place at Parabola Arts Centre and all seats are unreserved

Students from the University of Gloucestershire presents

The Water Babies

7 June - 8 June

Travel with the hard-done-by chimney sweep Tom from Victorian London to an amazing underwater world where he learned the right and wrong way to behave from Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby and Mrs Bedonebyasyoudid and teaches them a few things too! Shark tangos, pirate hornpipes and an array of slippery and hysterical fishy characters delight and thrill in this new musical full of song and dance.

Playhouse Company presents

A Few Good Men

EVENT CANCELLED

Can you handle the truth in this stage version of the hit movie?

Two US Marines are charged with being complicit in the death of a fellow squadron member; it falls to the callow Daniel Kaffee to defend the two men.

At first it seems like an open and shut case, but when the accused men refuse to accept his bargaining plea, frustrations reveal they were only following orders. As he delves deeper it becomes clear that moral superiority, rank, and conscience all factor in to paint a very different sequence of events. Bringing this revelation to light is one thing but proving is quite another, especially when up against the fierce loyalty of long standing Marines.

Mander Hall Academy presents

Legally Blonde Jr

26 June

Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit film, Legally Blonde JR. is a fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment and expanding horizons. The show's instantly recognizable songs are filled with humour, wit and sass – leaving cast members and audiences alike seeing pink!

Legally Blonde JR. follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. When Elle's high school boyfriend dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she's not "serious" enough, Elle takes matters into her own hands, crafting a showy song-and-dance personal essay and charming her way into law school. As Elle begins outsmarting her peers, she realizes that law may be her natural calling after all.

Gloucestershire Music presents

An Evening of Jazz

28 June

Join over 40 of Gloucestershire's top young jazz musicians for an evening of music presented by Gloucestershire Music.

The Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra and Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Academy presents a full evening of jazz music led by Pete Martin, Tessa Frye and Maureen Currie. Join us for a great night of music making from two of Gloucestershire's award winning county music groups.

CODS Choir presents

CODS Choir Summer Concert

6 July

CODS Community Choir returns to the stage this Summer on the 6th July 2019 to perform a fabulous repertoire of our favourite Musical Theatre hits. Featuring songs from A Star is Born, Beauty & the Beast, The Music Man, Dear Evan Hansen and even songs from some of the greats, such as Freddie Mercury.

CODS Community Choir is a part of CODS, Gloucestershire's oldest amateur theatre society. The Choir have been lucky enough to perform at many acclaimed concerts since they started, including performing alongside Russell Watson at the Cheltenham Town Hall for one night only during his nationwide tour.

The choir is under the experienced direction of Leeds University alumna and NODA award-winning Musical Director Beverley Whitaker.

Please note that this event takes place at Centenary Hall at Dean Close School and all seats are unreserved

The Album Project presents

Southern Rock

8 July

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM 10 am TUESDAY 21 MAY

The ever-popular The Album Project is presenting a "one night only" of Southern Rock classics, showcasing tracks by Lynyrd Skynyrd, BlackBerry Smoke, The Black Crowes, The Allman Brothers and others - with the proceeds being donated to the Playhouse! The band will also be supported on this gig by Cheltenham's own Texicana-inspired blues band The Desperados.

Promenade Productions presents

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

17 July - 20 July

A fast-paced musical romp through ancient Rome, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is the story of an ambitious slave determined to win his freedom. To achieve his goal he agrees to help Hero, his masters' dim-witted son, to win the hand of the beautiful Philia - the girl next door! The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, disguises, door slamming, puns and satirical comment on social class plus an award-winning score by Stephen Sondheim.

There is 'something for everyone' and definitely 'comedy tonight'!

CODS Youth Theatre presents

Honk! Jr

25 July - 27 July

BOOKING OPENS 10 am ON TUESDAY 16 APRIL

Quack, waddle and strut your way to the Playhouse and join CODS for their brand new Youth Theatre company's debut production of Honk! Jr. Opening on a farmyard full to bursting with quirky characters, follow Ugly on his journey from being the duckling with no friends to the beautiful swan we all know and love from Hans Christian Andersen's beloved children's tale. Honk! Jr the musical will charm and delight Gloucestershire families with a menagerie of singing ducks, sly cats and flipper-wearing froglets - all brought together with a fun and frolicking musical score from Stiles and Drewe, the British composing duo behind Betty Blue Eyes, Wind in the Willows, and the stage adaptation of Mary Poppins.

Caamora Theatre Co presents

The Lost Journals

31 August

Clive Nolan and The Caamora Theatre Company are back for their now annual autumnal visit along with their followers from around Europe to present The Lost Journals - a brand new production featuring the music from Clive's musicals She, Alchemy and King's Ransom along with exclusive new material all presented in a brand new context. This will be an exciting and fun production, and will feature many of Caamora's singers, past and present.

7 September

With A Smile & A Song is a fun filled show featuring featuring songs from the pens of Ivor Novello, Michel Legrand, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lionel Bart, Lerner & Loewe, Noel Coward and Puccini and comedy from such greats as Kenneth Williams, Ken Dodd, Max Wall, The Two Ronnies and Dame Edna Everage.

Marilyn Hill Smith has sung principal roles with all the major British opera companies and her work encompasses a wide repertoire from early French opera at the Palais de Versailles, Gilbert & Sullivan at the Hollywood Bowl, Sondheim at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and concert, opera and oratorio throughout Europe. She won rave reviews as the Mother Abbess in Andrew Lloyd Webber's recent West End production of The Sound of Music and is a particular favourite with listeners of BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night, having starred in a record-breaking 105 broadcasts!

Adam Daye has appeared in theatre and cabaret with Victoria Wood, Danny La Rue, Frankie Howerd, Bob Monkhouse and Ken Dodd, including being Doddy's "voice man" for BBC Radio 2's Ken Dodd's Palace of Laughter. He recently played two leading roles in a new musical, Let's Hear it for the Wee Man, written by and starring Jimmy Cricket, and has appeared in over 35 pantos - usually playing the Dame. TV appearances include Opportunity Knocks, Starburst, Rising Stars and Who Do You Do?


The Album Project presents

1973 - A Year In Rock

26 September - 28 September

After an absence of 12 months, the hugely popular Album Project are back - and following their previous successful gigs recreating whole albums on stage from the likes of The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and The Eagles - their new show is most definitely "the gig of the year"!

A cursory look at the music released in 1973 will show that some of Rock music's most seminal albums burst into the public consciousness. The Album Project will perform some of the finest tracks off these albums plus songs that were in the top 100 selling singles of that year. There will be some old favourites, and some surprises spanning a range of genres. Something for everyone!

This is obviously a slight change in direction for the band and there will be an increased emphasis on the multi media visual element of the show. Expect the usual standard of high class musicianship with some new faces added to take the band to what will be another level.

Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra presents

A Holst Birthday Concert

5 October

Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra under the baton of conductor Timothy Carey and with guest viola Ana Teresa Alves present a programme including:

  • Mozart: Overture Don Giovanni
  • Holst: Fugal Concerto, Song No 1 & Lyric Movement
  • Vaughan Williams: Romance from Serenade in A Minor
  • Mozart: Symphony No 39

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.