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House Full Productions presents

An Audience With Madeline Smith - postponed

4 April

A fundraising event for the theatre

Former Bond girl Madeline Smith, in conversation with Barnaby Eaton-Jones, is going to take to our stage to talk about her career but with a particular emphasis on her appearances in comedy. As well as Bond and a couple of Hammer Horror films, she worked with many legends on stage, in film and TV - John Gielgud, Frankie Howerd, Alec Guinness, Roger Moore, Leslie Phillips, Michael Hordern, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Tom Baker...the list goes on!

Madeline will be introducing rare and some never-before-seen clips of her work with Peter Sellers, The Two Ronnies and, in particular, Eric Morecambe's final role in the short film The Passionate Pilgrim; this was his only recorded work without Ernie Wise and Madeline played the female lead role opposite Eric. She is very kindly donating her time to the Playhouse totally free so that every single penny of every single ticket can go into our fundraising pot.

Theatre Studio presents

Easter Workshops - cancelled

EVENT CANCELLED

Love singing? Love dancing? Love acting?

Then sign up for these exciting Easter workshops and performance designed specifically for children aged between 4 - 11 years (Reception - Yr 6) with or without previous experience.

Led by experienced and highly talented tutors, the children will learn new theatre games that will increase their confidence both individually and when working within a group; story-telling, creating characters, learning songs, and movement, culminating in a final performance, fully costumed, on the main stage.

This fantastic course is also open to non-Theatre Studio students.

Please note you cannot book these Workshops through the theatre - book online HERE or email [email protected]

Theatre Studio presents

A Midsummer Night's Dream - postponed

10 April - 11 April

Start your festival season off with a Midsummer Night.

A dream-like celebration hosted by DJ PUCK the knavish sprite.

With classic 90s bangers to get you out of your seat.

Fairies bringing the forest to life and the lovers providing the heat.

A classic Shakespeare comedy, spliced with an all singing & dancing vibe.

It's all set for an unforgettable festival - so come and join the tribe.

Theatre Studio and the team, will take a night with you to prove.

That, the course of true love never did run smooth.

Join Theatre Studio this Easter for a re-telling of Shakespeare's classic tale of love and mistaken identity. Set in the Festival world of the 1990s this production will transform the Cheltenham Playhouse into a midsummer fest of fun and frolics. The perfect ointment to brush off the winter cobwebs and welcome the Summer.

Patesian Players presents

Two - postponed

16 April - 18 April

The Patesian Players present this site-specific play set in a pub somewhere in England. Meet the landlord and landlady, and a host of their regulars, all played by two actors. Listen in to their lives, loves and losses.

The performance takes place not in the main auditorium but our lounge bar, so that you feel you are really in the pub. This means that seats are unreserved (you choose your seat on arrival) and there is a maximum capacity of 50 - so it's a wonderful intimate performance up close with the actors.

Drinks can be bought before and during the play and doors will open 30 minutes ahead of the ticketed time. Although any remaining tickets will be available on the door, due to the smaller than usual capacity advance booking is strongly recommended.

JP Allstars presents

No Strings Attached - postponed

19 April

A night of brass magic like no other!

The JP AllStars (musical director Paul McLaughlin) are a fluid group of great musicians coming together to play great music. Tonight they're a traditional brass band playing very non-traditional brass band music. Rock covers, pop songs, show tunes...you name it. Forget marches and hymn tunes (although their pretty good at them too!).

If you've never heard a brass band before, you'll love them. If you've been brought up in the tradition, you'll love them. Music, laughter and joie de vivre is where we're at. Where are you?

Cheltenham Poetry Festival presents

John Hegley - postponed

24 April

John Hegley has captivated audiences all over the country and been described in Time Out as "fabulously funny" and in The Sunday Times as "scandalously talented".

Artworks created by the poet, his native French father and some of the greats of the public galleries are looked at, sniffed at and listened to, in this entertaining song and (a little bit of) dancing spectacular. Suitable for anyone who can attempt to draw a bicycle.

"Just because he is one of the funniest men alive, don't underestimate his dedicated gentleness." - Adrian Mitchell.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR TRAVELBAG WHO MADE THIS EVENT POSSIBLE

Holst Birthplace Trust presents

Cheltenham: A Secret A-Z - cancelled

EVENT CANCELLED

Eminent local author and historian David Elder will give a talk at St Luke's Church Hall entitled Cheltenham: A Secret A-Z. Discover fascinating facts and amazing stories about what lies beneath the surface of this Gloucestershire town.

Please note this event is NOT taking place at the Playhouse.

Cheltenham Poetry Festival presents

Slam to the Slaughter - postponed

24 April

It's the 10th, yes, 10th Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam!

This Slam contest is sure to be a night to dismember. Come and watch our 12 spoken-word superstars go head-to-head armed with killer lines and blade-sharp wits. Scream support for your favourites or simply sit back and let our hilarious, witty and outspoken poets slay you with their brilliance. It's going to be last slammer standing, as our murderously good performers compete for the Cheltenham Poetry Festival Cup.

This smoking gun of a spoken word stand-off is hosted by the hilarious and "completely spellbinding" (***** edfringereview.com) slam champ Tina Sederholm and comedian and slammer Neil Spokes.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR iPlus MARKETING WHO MADE THIS EVENT POSSIBLE

25 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 Cheltenham Playhouse for their 11th year running!

Presenting the very best in Burlesque and Cabaret from across the globe, this show incorporates vintage style glamour, dance, comedy, circus skills and music for a spectacular night out. The breath-taking costumes, musicality and award winning routines will leave you shouting for more!

Each show will contain different performances from the cast, as no show is ever the same! Watch this space for announcement of performers as they are confirmed.

"Sassy, slick and chic and all done in the best possible taste." – Simon Lewis, Gloucestershire Echo

2 May

Britain's No. 1 tribute show brings alive the magic of the sixties, with their tribute to over twenty five bands of that era and encompassing everything from the period, from the clothes that were worn to flashbacks from TV history.

The Counterfeit Sixties presents a showcase of the fantastic music of, among others, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks and The Monkees; all are recreated in this stunning show.

The band members have performed all over the UK and abroad and have a wide range of experience in that field, having individually worked with notable sixties' artists such as The Searchers, The Ivy League, The Fortunes, The Tremeloes and many more.

House Full Productions presents

The Dowager's Oyster starring Dr Evadne Hinge

23 September - 26 September

We're very pleased to announce that a legend of British comedy is to come out of retirement in France to appear in a musical romp here this year as part of our 75th anniversary celebrations. The Dowager's Oyster is described as a light opera that captures the comic book charades of a 1920s murder mystery farce and at its heart is the return to the stage of Dr Evadne Hinge, one half of the enormously popular double act Hinge and Bracket which entertained audiences with their songs and 'theatrical memories' for 30 years.

The story so far...

Persephone, Lady Tindale, sits in her boudoir, deep in thought. Cynthia, her only daughter, has recently become engaged. The Honourable Freddy Marriott would appear to be on the surface an admirable choice of fiancé. But the Dowager has doubts about him. Serious doubts. And now feather-headed Cynthia seems to be set on planning a trip to France. And she wants her mother to accompany her. The Dowager has never up till now encountered a situation she was unable to dominate and control through the sheer force of her personality. But she is about to come up against circumstances unparalleled in her experience.

Musically, the show has a roaring 1920s dance band score that nods to Gilbert and Sullivan with a twist of Kurt Weill and with just four performances scheduled we are expecting a sell out run long before the show opens - be prepared to book early!

Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra presents

Bartok, Sibelius & Vaughan Williams

26 September

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.

Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances

Sibelius: Pelleas & Melisande

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 5

Please note that this concert takes place at St Andrew's Church, Montpellier, and not the Playhouse. All seats are unreserved and any tickets not sold in advance may be obtained on the door.

Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra presents

A Baroque Evening including Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

17 October

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.

This will be a baroque evening including Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

Please note that this concert takes place at St Andrew's Church, Montpellier, and not the Playhouse. All seats are unreserved and any tickets not sold in advance may be obtained on the door.