Skip to Main Content
Cheltenham Playhouse presents

Volunteer Recruitment Evening

18 September

We're looking for more people to join our team of Volunteers to help us look after our audiences. If you have an occasional evening to spare, why not consider joining up? Come along to our lounge bar on Wednesday 18 September and - over refreshments! - find out what is involved as part of our Front of House Team greeting audience members as an usher or assisting with our coffee and lounge/green room bars.

If you can't come to this but would be interested in learning more, why not pop along to one of our regular Volunteer Coffee Mornings, held from 11.00 - 12.30 on the second Wednesday of most months? Our next one is on Wednesday 9 October. Alternatively, drop a line to [email protected]

The Album Project presents

1973: A Year In Rock - POSTPONED

26 September - 28 September

PLEASE NOTE this event has had to be rescheduled to 20 and 21 March 2020. We are currently in the process of switching or refunding tickets for those who had booked for the original dates. Once this is completed, in November any remaining seats will be placed on general sale.

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.

Blank Canvas Theatre Company presents

The Libertine

2 October - 5 October

Rochester was a man who was endowed with every conceivable talent and chose, deliberately and methodically, to waste each one.

John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. Charismatic poet, playwright and rake with a legendary appetite for excess. An anti-monarchist friend of Charles II, an atheist who converted to Christianity and a lyric poet who revelled in obscenity.

The play opens in 1675 when Rochester is just 28. Already a writer and poet of reputed brilliance, his irreverence is starting to lose acceptability with the king as he continues to relentlessly test the limits of his society. Caught in a downward spiral of feverish alcohol-fuelled mischief-making and sexual excess, his downfall is finally set in motion when he falls madly in love with Elizabeth Barry, the young actress he is attempting to mold.

With all the wit, flair and bawdiness of a Restoration comedy, this bold new production of Stephen Jeffreys' provocative play is an incisive critique of life in an age of excess.

Warning: the play contains strong language and adult themes throughout.

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.

The Playhouse presents

Volunteers' Coffee Morning

9 October

Coffee Mornings allow our existing volunteers can get to know each other better over a slice of cake or for new potential volunteers to drop in and find out more about us. 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 [email protected] 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 lounge bar at 11 am on this date if you wish!

Cheltenham Operatic & Dramatic Society presents

Our House

11 October - 19 October

Come on down to Camden Town for a night at 'Our House'.

This very British, Olivier Award-winning musical tells the story of Joe Casey, who on the night of his sixteenth birthday breaks the law to impress his girlfriend Sarah. When the police show up will Joe run, or turn himself in?

The story splits in to two, with Good Joe facing the music, and Bad Joe getting away with his crime. Both will learn life isn't always 'black and white'.

Written by Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, Kinky Boots) featuring Madness hits including: Baggy Trousers, Driving in my Car, It Must Be Love and of course Our House, missing this brilliant, hilarious and dazzling show would be utter 'Madness'!

House Full Productions presents

Film: Local Hero (PG)

23 October

Up-and-coming Houston oil executive "Mac" MacIntyre (Peter Riegert) gets more than he bargained for when a seemingly simple business trip to Scotland changes his outlook on life. Sent by his colorful boss (Burt Lancaster) to the small village of Ferness, Mac is looking to quickly buy out the townspeople so his company can build a new refinery. But after a taste of country life Mac begins to question whether he is on the right side of this transaction. Showing in a newly remastered print, Local Hero also stars Peter Capaldi, Denis Lawson, Fulton Mackay and Jenny Seagrove with a fabulous score by Mark Knopfler.

Celebrate the 80s - buy a combined ticket for Local Hero, Bill & Ted and The Breakfast Club for just £15 (saving £6)

House Full Productions presents

Film: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (PG)

24 October

Strange things are occurring outside the Circle K, San Demas. Ted Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves) and Bill S. Preston (Alex Winter), members of the totally bodacious local band The Wyld Stallyns, have just experienced a visitation from the future. His name is Rufus (stand-up legend George Carlin), and not only is he an awesome dude, but he also has a message for Bill and Ted. The destiny of mankind lies in their hands and if Bill and Ted fail their final history exam the world will become heinous place of doom. Luckily for Bill and Ted, Rufus also has a phone booth that can travel through time and a list of historic figures they intend on abducting for their high school presentation. From the Wild West to ancient Greece, from snotty, French dictators to medieval babes, Bill and Ted must make it back to San Demas in time and ensure a future where everyone is excellent to each other.

Celebrate the 80s - buy a combined ticket for Local Hero, Bill & Ted and The Breakfast Club for just £15 (saving £6)
House Full Productions presents

Film: The Breakfast Club (15)

25 October

They were five students with nothing in common, faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7 am, they had nothing to say, but by 4 pm, they had bared their souls to each other and become good friends. To the outside world they were simply a Brain, an Athlete, a Basket Case, a Princess, and a Criminal, but to each other, they would always be the Breakfast Club.

Celebrate the 80s - buy a combined ticket for Local Hero, Bill & Ted and The Breakfast Club for just £15 (saving £6)

Cheltenham Film Society presents

Film: Sing Street (12A)

26 October

A delightful coming-of-age musical about a boy, Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), who starts a band in 1980s Ireland in a bid to impress Raphina (Lucy Boynton), a would-be model. The film is a funny and touching semi-autobiographical account of director John Carney's upbringing in Dublin, where he attended the real Synge Street school. He chose unknown actors as his leads, who also sing their own songs. Much of the music was composed by Gary Clark of the band Danny Wilson, but the director himself also chipped in. This 2016 film is sometimes compared to The Commitments, but Sing Street is less gritty and more romantic, with the band dreaming bigger dreams.

Cheltenham Film Society presents

Film: The Boy Friend (U)

26 October

A rare chance to see this 1971 musical on the big screen. Polly Browne (Twiggy) is an understudy in a seaside revival of a 1920s show. She finds herself unexpectedly promoted to the lead, and then a Hollywood producer comes calling. The legendary model's screen debut came about because director Ken Russell, struggling with his incendiary film The Devils, was looking for a light-hearted follow-up. He joked with a journalist that he was going to cast Twiggy in Sandy Wilson's 1950s frolic 'The Boy Friend'. Then MGM, which owned the rights, persuaded him to do it for real. The result is sparky, good-humoured and packed with classic songs.

Cheltenham Film Society presents

Film: Cabaret (15)

26 October

A young American singer, Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli), arrives in 1930s Berlin. She becomes involved with a British teacher, Brian Roberts (Michael York), and then they both become entangled with a German playboy. Sourced from the Berlin stories of Christopher Isherwood, the film is an extensive remodelling of the 1966 stage musical by Kander and Ebb, with new songs and a sharp focus on the decadent Kit Kat club, presided over by a sinister Master of Ceremonies (Joel Grey). As Sally's story unfolds, we witness the rise of the Nazis. Directed by Bob Fosse, and released in 1972, it went on to win eight Oscars including best director and best actress.

Join us in our own version of the Kit Kat Club - our Green Room Bar - after the film to continue the evening...

The Cotswold Savoyards presents

Calamity Jane

5 November - 9 November

Calamity can outrun and outshoot any man in Deadwood. Hard, boastful and desperate to impress, she travels to Chicago on the Deadwood Stage to recruit a star, Adelaide Adams. But things don't go too smoothly for Calamity, as everyone in town favours the new girl and she struggles to keep her jealousy and pride in check. It takes her long standing enemy Wild Bill Hickok to make her see sense, and realise her Secret Love.

With an Oscar nominated score that includes The Black Hills of Dakota, The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away), Just Blew in from the Windy City and the Award winning song Secret Love, don't miss this new production which blows into the Playhouse for one week only.

The Playhouse presents

Volunteers' Coffee Morning

13 November
Coffee Mornings allow our existing volunteers can get to know each other better over a slice of cake or for new potential volunteers to drop in and find out more about us. 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 [email protected] 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 lounge bar at 11 am on this date if you wish!
Playhouse Company presents

Flint Street Nativity

14 November - 23 November

A festive comedy about kids - for adults.

Mrs Horrocks' class of seven year olds are about to put on this year's school nativity play in front of their parents. Amid dropped lines, dropped tunes and telling's off, backstage politics threatens de-rail the show; Gabriel plans to overthrow the Virgin Mary, King Herod would rather host A Question of Sport and the Innkeeper is determined to liven up the traditional script with a few antics of his own.

The Flint Street Nativity focuses on the hang-ups, worries and petty jealousies of these junior individuals and their brutal attempts to mimic and impress their elders.

Ah the little …"darlings".

Jacob’s Well Productions presents

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

27 November - 30 November

Jacob's Well are delighted to bring this C S Lewis classic to the Playhouse in a stunning musical version by Adrian Mitchell and Shaun Davey.

This is the tale of four children, evacuated from London during the Blitz. While exploring the professor's house, Lucy stumbles across a wardrobe, gateway to another world... and the adventure begins. The land of Narnia is under the spell of the wicked White Witch, and very quickly the four find themselves caught up in a deadly struggle between good and evil.

With a great cast, live band and brilliant score, this musical production will transport audiences on a gripping journey through Narnia and beyond.

Cheltenham Poetry Festival presents

The Slam-ta Claus Slam Qualifier

2 December

Enjoy a cracker of a night at the Slam-ta Claus Slam qualifier! Come and ho ho ho as our bards battle for places in the prestigious Cheltenham Poetry Festival slam - one of the biggest, most prestigious, and most exciting spoken word stand-offs in the UK.

The six highest-scoring poets will go to the top of the (Christmas) tree and each will win a place at Slam to The Slaughter - the 10th Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam on 24 April 2020. Music from DJ Dan Cooper and hosted by multiple slam champ Chloë Jacquet.

Treat yourself to an Early Bard ticket (£2 off if booked before 15 November) and make sure you don't miss out on the festival fun and frolics.
Beyond Eternity Promotions presents

Peter Gill's Christmas Comedy Songbook

5 December

Renowned entertainer Peter Gill presents his ever popular Comedy Songbook with a special Christmas theme. Along with favourites from the repertoire of greats such as Victoria Wood, Noel Coward, Allan Sherman, Flanders and Swann, Billy Connolly and Johnny Cash, expect festively themed classics like Tom Lehrer's Christmas Carol, Weird Al's The Night Santa Went Crazy, Spike Jones' All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth, Bob Rivers' Chipmunks Roasting On An Open Fire plus many many more.

'….. the wonderfully wide-eyed, manic and totally irresistible form of Peter Gill' - Musical Theatre Review

The Playhouse presents

Volunteers' Christmas Coffee Morning

11 December

Coffee Mornings allow our existing volunteers can get to know each other better over a slice of cake or for new potential volunteers to drop in and find out more about us. This month, volunteers will get the chance to meet the cast of our professional Christmas production of Tom's Midnight Garden.

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 [email protected] 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 lounge bar at 11 am on this date if you wish!

House Full Productions presents

Tom's Midnight Garden

14 December - 24 December

When his brother catches the measles, Tom is sent to stay with his Aunt Gwen and Uncle Alan in their upstairs flat in a big house. Tom isn't allowed out to play, in case he is infectious, but it wouldn't matter much anyway – the big house has no garden any more, having been sold for building land.

Tom is lonely and bored with little to do until one night he hears the grandfather clock in the hallway strike thirteen times. He creeps downstairs to investigate, throws open the back door, and where there used to be just a small yard he discovers a large and beautiful garden. Clearly, something strange is happening; every time the clock strikes thirteen Tom is transported back in time to the secret garden where he befriends an unhappy Victorian orphan, Hatty, and they have a series of adventures. But just what is the secret behind the magical midnight garden?

This wonderful adaptation of one of the most beloved children's books of all time is a real treat for the whole family this Christmas.

Early Bird Discount: £1 off all tickets booked by 1 September

Relaxed Performance on Sunday 15 December at 14.00: perfect for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including those with an autism spectrum condition or learning disability. The lights in the auditorium will be up so that it's not too dark, you can make noise during the show and you can come and go as you please. We also make small changes to the lighting and sound effects so that the performance is more accessible if you have sensory sensitivities. Special pricing applies - all seats £10.