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The National Production Company presents

Jekyll & Hyde - a very sensible farce

28 February

A show that stays true to the original tale whilst embracing the comedic magic of theatre in a hilarious fast paced spin! Full of unexpected highs and lows, quick costume changes and sharp wit, enjoy this classic novella as one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

Set against the backdrop of a charity organisation, the Catherstone Risdake Amateur Players, attempting to extort donations from their adoring local community to raise funds for lavish sets, high profile actors and a 'business trip' to the Bahamas. See how they creatively tell the tale of Dr. Henry Jekyll who believes there are two distinct sides to man - a good and an evil. Journey with this experimental scientist as he fashions a controversial concoction that transforms him, not only into an evil man, but a vile monster!

A comedy with all the drama left in!

Playhouse Company presents

Bombshells

4 March - 7 March

Meet the bombshells, six women on the edge - of greatness, of love, and their sanity.

Meryl fears she is the world's worst mother; Tiggy has taken refuge in her local cacti-appreciation society; Mary refuses to be upstaged by her arch-nemesis; Theresa couldn't be more excited to be in her wedding dress; Winsome has grown tired of being 'one of the widows'; and Zoe wants you to know that despite what you've heard, she's back and better than ever!

Delve into each character's life as they bare their most urgent wishes and thoughts - at times hilarious and, at others, heart breaking. Bombshells tells riveting personal stories that everyone can find themselves in, for better or worse...

Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra presents

Mozart, Bruch & Mendelssohn

7 March

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.

Mozart: Symphony No 32 in G Major, K318

Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1 in G Minor

Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 in A Minor ("Scottish")

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.

The Playhouse presents

Volunteers' Coffee Morning

11 March

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. Just drop in to our lounge bar at 11 am on this date if you wish!

Offstage Theatre Group presents

Total Commitments

14 March

According to the movie, The Commitments are the 'hardest working band in the world' - and If you've seen the film, written by Roddy Doyle and directed by Alan Parker, you'll know they're also the most hilarious and energetic band in the world too!

This 10-piece tribute to the soundtrack features Motown and Soul classics from the likes of Wilson Pickett, Dusty Springfield, James Brown and Otis Redding to name but a few. It's also a show that aims to bring the spirit of the film onto the stage, with an unpredictability that keeps the audience entertained, foot-tapping songs that can't help but make you move, and Irish accents that wander freely over borders. If you like to party, then buying a ticket is your invitation.

Being based in Gloucestershire, Total Commitments are delighted to return to The Playhouse and are hoping for another sold out show with an equally fun audience. Grab a pint of Guinness and, before it's had chance to settle, you'll be starting to sing along!

The Album Project presents

1973: A Year In Rock

20 March - 21 March

After an absence of 18 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.

Ad Hoc Theatre Co presents

Happy Birthday, Mr Sondheim

22 March

Stephen Sondheim is one of the most important figures in 20th century musical theatre; he wrote the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy, and wrote music and lyrics for 15 shows including Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Into The Woods.

He has won an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards, eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, a Laurence Olivier Award, and has theatres named after him both in New York and London.

Sunday 22 March is his 90th birthday – and what better way to celebrate the occasion than an evening devoted to his songs?

House Full Productions presents

Film: Blithe Spirit (U)

31 March

The Playhouse opened as a theatre for the first time in April 1945 so we're celebrating by screening three films from the year we were born!

Novelist Charles Condomine (Rex Harrison) invites eccentric medium Madame Arcati (Margaret Rutherford) to his home to conduct a séance. As Charles, his wife Ruth and their guests barely restrain themselves from laughing, Madame Arcati performs peculiar rituals and finally goes into a trance. Charles then hears the voice of his dead first wife, Elvira.

After Ruth retires for the night, Elvira becomes visible, but only to Charles. He becomes both dismayed and amused by the situation. Relations between Charles and Ruth become strained until he persuades Elvira to act as a poltergeist and transport a vase and a chair in front of his current wife. Ruth seeks Madame Arcati's help in sending Elvira back where she came from, but the medium professes that she does not know how…

David Lean's adaptation of Noel Coward's supernatural comedy won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.

Buy a ticket to two of our "Birthday Films" and ticket price drops to £6 each; buy a ticket for all three and ticket price drops to £5 each

House Full Productions presents

Film: Anchors Aweigh (U)

1 April

The Playhouse opened as a theatre for the first time in April 1945 so we're celebrating by screening three films from the year we were born!

Two sailors (Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly) go on a four-day shore leave in Hollywood, meet a young boy and his aunt, an aspiring young singer (Kathryn Grayson), and try to help her get an audition at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. With fabulous songs by Jule Styne (who wrote the musical Gypsy) and Sammy Cahn, Anchors Aweigh was nominated for five Oscars including Best Picture.

Oh, and it's the one where Gene Kelly dances with Jerry Mouse of Tom and Jerry fame!

Buy a ticket to two of our "Birthday Films" and ticket price drops to £6 each; buy a ticket for all three and ticket price drops to £5 each

House Full Productions presents

Film: Brief Encounter (U)

2 April

The Playhouse opened as a theatre for the first time in April 1945 so we're celebrating by screening three films from the year we were born!

Every Thursday morning, the idealistic Dr. Alec Harvey (Trevor Howard) catches the train at the Milford railway station to the local hospital, while, every Thursday morning, the middle-class British housewife, Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson), takes the train to the nearby town of Milford to shop and go to the movies. However, can a tiny speck of soot unite two perfect strangers on opposing lanes?

In the following weeks, even though they are both married with children, Laura and Alec will seek each other's company over a cup of tea at the railway station's cafeteria; nevertheless, they both know that their intoxicating love affair can only be ephemeral. Can the clandestine lovers find the courage to claim back their innocence, and above all, their happiness?

Another David Lean adaptation of a work by Noel Coward.

Buy a ticket to two of our "Birthday Films" and ticket price drops to £6 each; buy a ticket for all three and ticket price drops to £5 each


Theatre Studio presents

Easter Workshops

6 April - 10 April

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

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.

JP Allstars presents

No Strings Attached

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 - The Sound of Paint Drying

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

Cheltenham Poetry Festival presents

Slam to the Slaughter

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

Cheltenham Playhouse presents

The Counterfeit Sixties

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.