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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

Noodle presents

An Evening with Leo Roberts

6 December

Leo is a West End leading man and British baritone whose career encompasses West End musicals, National tours, iconic concerts and live radio events.

He grew up in Cheltenham performing at Theatre Studio here at the Playhouse where his passion for acting, music and live theatre was born. At the age of 18 he was awarded a full scholarship at Arts Educational London but following an appearance as lead vocalist on BBC's Friday Night is Music Night he left drama school early at the age of 20 to start his career in Les Miserables where he appeared as Javert and The Bishop of Digne. He then joined the original cast of Shrek The Musical where he alternated the title role, followed by the role of Steve Baker in the West End revival of Show Boat.

Recently he played the role of Riff in West Side Story at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall and after six years he has returned to the All-Star Concert Version of Les Miserables currently playing at the Gielgud Theatre London along side Alfie Boe and Michael Ball.

Leo is thrilled to be returning to his Playhouse home where it all began performing songs for his debut album that will be recorded in January 2020.

Book before 1 November and all seats are £9 (price will automatically amend on booking)

Noodle presents

The Femmes

7 December

The Femmes are back in town and they are inviting you to join them for an evening of Hollywood glamour and festive cheer. Joined by their special guests, the Theatre Studio Choir, expect glitz, sophistication and a sprinkle of Christmas this December!

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.

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.

CODS Choir presents

Christmas Concert

14 December

The ever popular Cheltenham Community Choir are back again for their fabulously festive Christmas Concert. Held this year at Dean Close School's Centenary Hall, this marks the date for all things festive. Expect mince pies, well known show favourites, familiar classics and, of course, no Christmas event would be complete without Christmas carols.

The popularity of this event means that it will sell out, so make sure you get your tickets before it's too late and join us in an evening of festive celebrations.

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS AT CENTENARY HALL DEAN CLOSE AND ALL SEATS ARE UNALLOCATED

Cheltenham Operatic & Dramatic Society presents

Goodnight Mr Tom

31 January - 8 February

One of the most uplifting stories ever written and set during the dark and dangerous build up to the Second World War, we follow sad young William Beech as he is evacuated to the idyllic countryside where he builds a moving friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley and his dog Sammy.

A tale of two broken souls at very different ends of the age scale, this heart-warming and Olivier Award-winning play celebrates the value of love and proves that friendship knows no barriers.

John Thaw starred in the hugely successful television film version of the story in 1998 which won both a BAFTA and a National Television Award.

Suitable for young and old this inspiring story will send you home with a tear and a smile. Written by award-winning author David Wood, who also wrote the Playhouse 2019 Christmas production of Tom's Midnight Garden, missing this heart-warming show would be a crime.

"Enchanting, not a dry eye in the house" - The Independent

22 February

"The one thing I've always done - been lucky enough to do - in my career: take on challenges. I like things that are dangerous. I like a sense of danger." - Nickolas Grace

Celebrating 50 years in the business they call show, acclaimed actor Nickolas Grace will be spilling the beans with some cheeky gossip, amusing anecdotes, racy revelations and delving back into his characters he's brought to life from Brideshead Revisited to Robin of Sherwood and everything before, in-between and after! He's conquered stage, screen (big and small) and radio - all with equal aplomb.

Come and spend a day with His Grace at the Playhouse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. There will be interviews on stage, clips from his career, a special workshop session, some funny business and even more besides. You'll also have the opportunity to have your photo taken with His Grace, as well as an autograph or two.

Our event runs from 10:30 am - 4:30 pm. Your lunch will be provided - with Nickolas himself mingling among the munchers - and there is a licensed bar at the theatre which also sells snacks for the extra peckish.

At 6:00 pm, there will be a half an hour Q&A about the free screening of one of his favourite movies at 6:30 pm.

Interviews will be conducted by Paul Scott and Barnaby Eaton-Jones.

House Full Productions presents

The Dowager's Oyster

23 September - 26 September

BOOKING OPENS IN JANUARY 2020

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 next 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.

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!